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Above and Beyond Engaging Workplace Culture: Answers from our All-Stars

  What puts the-best-of-the-best in open-book management above the rest when it comes to an engaging workplace culture? We've asked this year's All-Stars how they have transformed their businesses to create a top-notch culture that promotes engagement and accountability throughout the entire organization. Check out what they said below!
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Getting the Most "Bang" Out of Your MiniGames with Outstanding Rewards

MiniGames™ are a powerful tool in engaging your team while targeting a weakness or pursuing an opportunity within your company. As you may know, they have been proven to spark tremendous results.  One component that can make or break the success of your MiniGames™ is the strength of your reward system. Here are the most essential elements of choosing the best rewards to motivate your teams for memorable and sustainable results.
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4 Best Practices for Employee Engagement

While the percentage of engaged employees in the US is higher than it has ever been, according to Gallup over 50% of employees are unengaged: “they may be generally satisfied but are not cognitively and emotionally connected to their work and workplace; they will usually show up to work and do the minimum required but will quickly leave their company for a slightly better offer.”   What’s worse - 13% are actively disengaged employees who, in addition to being poor performers who exerted minimal effort, are four times more likely to leave their organization than the average employee.
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7 Reasons Organizational Knowledge Is Power

Nov 8, 2018 by Donna Coppock 2 Comments
Historically, businesses using traditional management styles have been reluctant to give all of their employees the knowledge they need in order to make good business decisions day in and day out as they do their jobs. Open-book management takes a much different approach. It’s all about capturing and sharing both financial and organizational knowledge with every employee and empowering them to use that knowledge to contribute to the long-term success of the organization, as well as their own personal success. The benefits of knowledge sharing are numerous:
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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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Closing the Talent Gap at Hutten & Co

May 23, 2018 by Kristi Stringer 1 Comment
Ask anyone - it's just getting harder and harder to find good employees.  In the U.S., the unemployment rate is at 4.1 percent (a 17-year low) and in Canada that number is 5.8 percent (a 40-year low). These numbers suggest that businesses are operating at full capacity, but if you are a business leader, you probably have a different perspective.  Low unemployment often means a gap the number of qualified people available to fill open positions.  
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How One Company Is Tackling The Coming War For Talent

May 7, 2018 by Rich Armstrong 2 Comments
 
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Our 10-Step Approach to GGOB Implementation

  In over 35 years practicing The Great Game of Business at SRC, as well as three decades helping thousands of companies implement The Game in their own companies, we have determined the fastest, most efficient and most reliable path to rapid financial results and lasting cultural change follows a set process.  We honed and developed that 10-Step Approach to GGOB Implementation to guide companies implementing The Great Game of Business in their organizations. 
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What does the “e” in eLearning stand for?

Apr 16, 2018 by Donna Coppock 0 Comments
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Gathering Highlights | 10 Reasons Great Employees Stay

Apr 9, 2018 by Brian Underhill 0 Comments
This is the second in our series of weekly blogs on the Annual Gathering of Games, the world's largest conference on open-book management.  This year marks the 26th anniversary of the event, which attracts business leaders from companies of all sizes, in all industries, from all over the world, who recognize that they can transform their businesses by valuing and elevating their greatest resource: their employees.  These articles are written by Great Game employees to highlight some of the highest rated sessions at the 2017 conference.  We hope to give you a flavor of the content-rich sessions that can be found at The Gathering of Games.  Click the link below to hear the entire audio recording from this breakout session. 
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Gathering Highlights | How Having Hope Helps

Apr 4, 2018 by Steve Baker 0 Comments
This is the first in our series of weekly blogs on the Annual Gathering of Games, the world's largest conference on open-book management.  This year marks the 26th anniversary of the event, which attracts business leaders from companies of all sizes, in all industries, from all over the world, who recognize that they can transform their businesses by valuing and elevating their greatest resource: their employees.  These articles are written by Great Game employees to highlight some of the highest rated sessions at the 2017 conference.  We hope to give you a flavor of the content-rich sessions that can be found at The Gathering of Games.  Click the link below to hear the entire audio recording from this breakout session. 
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Tips for an Outstanding Huddle

The Huddle is perhaps one of the most beautiful components of the Great Game of Business.  There is something special about getting everybody in the same room to go over how the company is doing financially and physically that astonishes people. No outsider who comes to SRC to see a Huddle ever leaves disappointed in the level of engagement, curiosity and fulfillment in each of SRC’s employee-owners.
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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.