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25 Handy Tips to Keep Your Great Game on Track

Creating an informed and engaged workforce doesn't happen overnight...and isn't sustainable without the dedication and focus of the whole team. To help get your Game off on the right foot in the new year, here's a list of must-know tips from our best blogs to help The Game excel at your company.
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The One Thing You Should Be Giving Every Employee: Financial Literacy Training

It's simple. You cannot successfully implement the Great Game of Business® unless every employee understands the financials and drivers of the business. But what puts the "best of the best" in open-book management above the rest when it comes to financial literacy training? We asked this year's All-Stars how they transformed their businesses to create a financial literacy focus that promotes engagement and accountability from top to bottom in their organization. 
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4 Common Mistakes with Open-Book Management

For more than 25 years, we’ve helped thousands of companies implement open-book management to its fullest capacity. Along the way, we’ve developed a list of common mistakes companies make while using transparency and open-book management in their organization. If you think you are not executing open-book management correctly, or are not seeing the results you expected, then you may be making one of these four common errors:
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7 Stories Hiding in Your Financial Statements

When I’m asked to explain the best way to talk with employees about company financials, I am reminded of an old axiom from Jack Stack, “Numbers are just stories about people.” And it’s true. All numbers on your financial statements have a story behind them – a story that explains how it came to be.  When you communicate numbers and the stories behind them in accordance with open-book management, they take on a whole new meaning. Employees will begin to understand the “why” of what they do and how they can make a difference. Here are 7 things to help you “get to the stories behind the numbers”.
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Eliminating Distortions in Your Data

Aug 14, 2018 by Greg Crabtree 0 Comments
  It is not uncommon for every business owner to start a discussion about their P&L statement with “well, that net income number is not correct,” then go on to list all of the things they would change if their accountant didn't make them do it that way. Business owners need to take back responsibility and control of their financial reporting in financial literacy training and follow these simple principles to make their P&L a useful document.
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What does the “e” in eLearning stand for?

Apr 16, 2018 by Donna Coppock 0 Comments
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Jenner Ag's Great Game Story

Feb 14, 2018 by The Jenner Ag Team 0 Comments
We're Jenner Ag and we are a practitioner host for The Great Game Experience. We're very excited to partner with The Great Game of Business team for this event. We wanted to tell you a little more about our story and how we practice open-book management in our organization.  Before we had ever heard about The Great Game of Business, Jenner Ag was a profitable company… but we knew we had more potential. Although the profit sharing program the company had implemented years ago was quite successful, the management team could feel it getting stale. Worse, the employees had come to view it as more of an entitlement than something they had to earn. It desperately needed reenergizing.
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5 Ways to Reinvigorate Your Financial Literacy

Opening the books only works when people are taught to understand them — which is best done both formally and informally. When The Game is created with broad participation — specifically the people who are closest to the action and who understand the realities — it creates a level of commitment and alignment that just can't be matched.
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Using Education and Open-Book Management to Improve Your Cash Flow

In business, there isn’t anything more important than cash. Cash is the oxygen of the business that enables it to survive and prosper. While a business can survive for a short time without sales growth or profits, without cash it will not survive. For this very reason, the inflow and outflow of cash must be carefully watched and managed. Employees and Cash Knowledge If you were to ask your employees, “Who generates the cash?” what would they say? Would they point to your sales team? Management team?
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Financially Literate Employees Means Stronger Financial Plans

May 26, 2015 by Robert Washatka 0 Comments
Financial planning is vital to every organization’s success. It’s the roadmap to where your business is going, and without it, well, it is extremely difficult to organize a successful short- and long-term plan, (let alone define what it means to be “successful” in the first place). What is surprising to me is, that despite how vital a Financial Plan is to the success of a company, some organizations refuse to properly share theirs with employees.
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Think Outside the Top Line: How Open-Book Management Helps Employees Understand the Bottom Line

Mar 24, 2015 by Mary Lewis 0 Comments
“We need to sell more stuff!” “If only the sales team was on a plan, we would be hitting our profit numbers and making bonuses!” Do you ever hear this chatter in your company? When our bottom line profits are not up to par, we all have a tendency to first focus on the top line. When in reality, there are all kinds of opportunities internally to boost profits. In most companies, additional profits are slipping through the cracks every day.
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Family-Owned Firm Sees Increase in Trust & Engagement with Financial Literacy Training

Mid America Metals is a 29-year-old firm based in Forsyth, Missouri, that provides metal, stone, wood, and glass refinishing and restoration services to primarily Class A office buildings across the U.S. Business Challenges Even as the company has grown over the years, it became apparent to Dale Donat, who co-founded Mid America with his two brothers, that the members of his workforce – which are distributed all over the U.S. – were struggling with their own finances – which prompted him to turn to the system his neighbor, Jack Stack, helped start: the GGOB.
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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.