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4 Reasons Your Employees Aren't on the Open-Book Bandwagon

Is your leadership team ready to make the leap into open-books, but the rest of your employees lagging behind? If you’re ready to start sharing financial and operational business information with your employees, but they’re just not ready to play along, there are probably some very logical –and common – reasons why. Here are the top four reasons that your employees haven’t jumped on the open-book management bandwagon.
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An Auto Repair Shop Leverages Open-Book Management to Beat Industry Profit Margins

A mechanic by trade, Tom Bissonnette has been part of the auto body repair business in his hometown of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, since the 1980s. It was in 2000 that the opportunity arose to purchase Parr Auto Body, a company specializing/that specialized in auto collision repairs. While the business proved successful over the next 12 years, Bissonnette saw room for improvement. While he had first come across Jack Stack’s book, The Great Game of Business, back in 1998, it was a newly hired consultant who suggested in 2012 that he implement its best practices in his own business.
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Communicate Company Financials so Employees Can Understand

Feb 20, 2013 by The Great Game Team 1 Comment
I spend a lot of time talking with business leaders and managers who struggle with how they should talk about company financial information with the general workforce.  The reality is, for those who don’t have a background in accounting or business – be it formal or informal – nearly anything you say about the financials will sound absolutely foreign.
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Your Most Important Document by Bill Collier

Feb 5, 2013 by Bill Collier 0 Comments
In a previous column titled Great Expectations, I urged business owners to have realistic expectations for their employees. (Read it at www.sbmon.com. Search for "collier expectations.") Now let's build on that message:  Define your expectations. In my role as a business coach, most of the issues I hear about are related to employees. And more often than not, a lack of clear expectations is at the root of the problem. We usually let our people know how to do a job. "Open the software. Click the blue icon. Use the menu to find the customer ..."
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6 Easy Ways to Reward & Recognize your Employees

When you hear the words, “cheap and easy”, you might not automatically think of rewarding and recognizing the folks on your team. However, that’s exactly what your employee recognition program should be: an affordable, habitual pattern. While there is value to an occasional blow-out celebration, your employees will feel just as appreciated with frequent, small reminders that they are important. Take a look at some of these super-simple ways to show appreciation to your employees.
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Lead, Follow or Get Out of the Way

Jul 17, 2011 by Bill Collier 0 Comments
Lead, Follow or Get Out of the Way Are you a leader? Before you answer that question, consider … there’s a big difference between management and leadership. Try this quote on for size: “Management is efficiency in climbing the ladder of success; leadership determines whether the ladder is leaning against the right wall.”   – Stephen Covey
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About The Great Game of Business

Our approach to running a company was developed to help close one of the biggest gaps in business: the gap between managers and employees. We call our open-book approach The Great Game of Business. What lies at the heart of The Game is a very simple proposition: The best, most efficient, most profitable way to operate a business is to give everybody in the company a voice in saying how the company is run and a stake in the outcome. Let us teach you how to develop a culture of ownership, where employees think, act and feel like owners.