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The Great Game of Business' Influence on Southwest Airline's Cutting Edge Culture

At the 26th Annual Gathering of Games, we had the opportunity to host Gregg Stebben from ForbesBooks Radio as he interviewed participants from this year's conference. Check out his interview with our 2018 Keynote Speaker, Ann Rhoades.    A Sneak Peak: What's Included in the Podcast Ann Rhoades' background with companies including Southwest Airlines, JetBlue, DoubleTree Hotel, and PF Chang's. Ann's experiences that led to her book, Built on Values: Creating an Enviable Culture that Outperforms the Competition. Ann's role in the People Department at Southwest Airlines, and how the Great Game was implemented at the company with the help of Jack Stack. The powerful impact of Great Game practices at Southwest and how they saved 15% in healthcare costs.  Her role as a founding executive at People Ink,  formed in 1999 to create  organizational cultures based on values and performance. Bridging the gap for women in leadership. The Great Game of Business and Millennials- a generation speaking up about what employees have wanted all along.
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Gut + Science Podcast with Rich Armstrong

  The Gut+Science Podcast, hosted by Nikki Lewallen, features the nation's greatest leaders as they cut to the core of people-first cultures and ask CEOs how they are redefining employee engagement. Gut+Science recently featured The Great Game of Business' President, Rich Armstrong, as he discusses playing the Great Game, employee engagement, "gamifying" business and more.  Check out the full podcast below! Sneak Peek- What's Included in the Podcast: Definition of open-book management: four components The concept of "gamifying" business Business and the elements of a game Is every financial detail shared in OBM? Does company culture and employee engagement impact profitability? Education- who, how often, and how to educate through this process Common skills and values found in Great Game leaders Cross-departmental alignment MiniGames™ Lightning round- learn about Rich Armstrong  
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5 Career Page Essentials To Build A Brand People Want to Work For

Oct 19, 2018 by Kathy Steele 0 Comments
Is talent your Critical Number™? While most of us focus on revenue or profit, Jack Stack took the stage at this year’s Gathering of Games and announced that hiring top talent was this year's important focus at SRC. The Great Game of Business Community embraces the idea that its both Money and People that drive results. As Great Game practitioners, I believe we are the coolest companies to work for in the world! However, most of us are just not telling that story to potential employees.
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Four Rules Our Favorite Comedians Teach Us About Effective Teamwork

Aug 2, 2018 by Dallan Guzinski 0 Comments
  Many of our favorite funny celebrities got their start in comedy with the famous improvisational theater group Second City in Chicago, Illinois. The rules for improv turn out to be great guidelines for anyone involved in various types of team-based work. Using the rules to improvisational comedy may seem like a strange way to improve your culture and business, but the foundations of effective improv are also the foundations for effective communication and teamwork: creativity and innovative thinking, active listening, open communication, trust, reciprocity, engagement, effective leadership, responding to mistakes or failures ... the list goes on.
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Last Year I Was You

Jul 9, 2018 by Jeff Annis 0 Comments
  If you are just getting started with The Great Game of Business, let me begin by saying that last year I was you:  sitting in the audience at The Gathering of Games, at the beginning of our Great Game journey.   Fast forward a year, and we are a 2018 All-Star Rookie of the Year finalist.
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How To Make the Most of Your Great Game Story

Jul 2, 2018 by Darren Dahl 0 Comments
Everybody loves a great story. So what’s yours? The benefits of good storytelling ripple out from gaining exposure to new customers, partners, and even employees—all of whom may be inspired to join your cause. Your story should be part of your brand and, at a minimum, be part of your website. But you don’t have to stop there. You can also use your story to connect with the media, or as an internal tool to help on-board new employees to help them understand what your company culture is all about.
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Using Culture Teams to Drive Positive Culture Change

Jun 28, 2018 by Emily Showalter 1 Comment
Bogged down with resistance to change? Having a hard time promoting your business as a promising place to work (aka hiring challenges)? Moving your business to the next level starts with a positive work culture. You can give your employees a voice and make noticeable improvements in your company’s culture (and bottom line!) by focusing on four objectives and the concept of “Culture Teams.”
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Surviving to Thriving: Taking Control of Your Business and Your Life

Jun 19, 2018 by David Branch 0 Comments
Do you wish you had more money, fewer employee issues, and the freedom to be able to go home at the end of the day without thinking about problems?  Wow! Just the idea of that sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it? Unfortunately, many business owners are in tremendous debt and feel like their businesses are squeezing the life out of them. That’s how I used to feel, but I discovered that the business will provide excess cash, a peaceful work environment and personal freedom when a business is healthy and functioning as it should.
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The Great Game Changed Our Culture and Business

We are humbled and honored to be inducted into the Great Game of Business All-Star Hall of Fame. GGOB has changed the way we do business, but that is secondary to the sense of ownership, pride, and resilience that has come from playing the Game. Our team member’s reflections on how our work culture has changed say it best.  
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Leading the Way Towards a Hopeful Culture

Jun 27, 2017 by Great Game Team 0 Comments
What if each of us in a leadership role simply made a point of working to make hope happen for the people we work with every single day? Within a few weeks, hope levels would have certainly gone up. By the end of a year, we’d have hope deeply embedded in the workplace culture; the climate of the organization couldn’t help but be significantly sunnier than it would have been before you started.
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Top 10 Reasons Great Employees Stay

Jun 14, 2017 by Neil Ducoff 1 Comment
    This is NOT a regurgitation of the obvious reasons great employees stay. Because great employees show up, deliver results and consistently go above and beyond to support the company, they could easily jump ship for a better job offer, or, if bold enough, strike out on their own. But they don't.
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Measuring 'Funergy'

May 30, 2017 by Elnian Gilbert 0 Comments
In 2007, we rolled out the Zingerman’s 2020 Vision with much fanfare.  As the written picture of what success would look like for our organization, we included such lofty headers as "Radically Better Service," "An Education Destination," "Changing Our World" and ... "We Put the F U in Fun." In the year 2020, Zingerman’s is planning to have increased the level of fun at work by at least 380%!   
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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.