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The Do's and Don’ts of an Outstanding Huddle

Dec 3, 2018 by Kevin Walter 0 Comments
Do you ever find yourself wondering if you’re maximizing your Huddle time? Do you ever second-guess your Huddles, thinking they could be better? Overall, if you’re getting what you need to get out of your Huddles, then you’re probably doing a good (enough) job. But sometimes it takes more than “good enough” to have great Huddle experiences week after week. Below are a few Huddle do's and don’ts designed to help you tweak minor behaviors and practices to ensure that you are indeed getting as much as you, your team members and employees can get out of each week’s meeting.
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If You're Not Keeping Score, It's Only Practice

  Winners are fanatics about keeping score. They understand that if you’re not keeping score, you’re not playing for real.   Whether in business or in a game, the primary objective of keeping score is to consistently inform the players if they are winning or losing and who is accountable... moving the process of keeping score from “them measuring us” to “us measuring ourselves.”  Keeping score gives people the critical feedback they need to make the right adjustments, improve performance, and win the game.
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Using Technology to Huddle with Multiple Locations

  Effectively playing The Game in a company with multiple locations can be a challenging due to the complicated logistics of conducting Huddles, playing MiniGames™, and communicating information with dispersed workforces.  Check out the creative ways these two Great Game practitioners use technology to bring their people together:  
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8 Essential Tips for a Successful Huddle

  Meeting together as a team to discuss the financials and critical elements of your business is a vital part of the Great Game of Business, but more importantly, it is an opportunity to focus on the people responsible for those numbers and the story behind the numbers. Successful Huddles affect all team members' mindsets and influence your team's performance in the financials.  Here are 8 tips to help you get the most out of your Huddles.  
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How to Tell if Your Huddle Needs Help

Jul 26, 2018 by Bob Bennett 0 Comments
  You may know that Zingerman’s Roadhouse is a full-service restaurant in Ann Arbor, MI, with a reputation for really good American food and great service - and you many also know that we’ve practiced open-book management since opening in 2003.  That’s not to say we’ve always done it perfectly, at any of the Zingerman’s businesses! One thing we’ve learned time and again is that the culture of the huddle is a good pulse on how the business is doing overall, and that’s even more true when you’re talking about the team in the kitchen.
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Live Great Game Huddle at Big Brothers Big Sisters Conference

Jul 13, 2018 by Katie Davis 0 Comments
  At The Great Game of Business®, we love to see the progress of our practitioners and hear about their Great Game journeys. Check out the video below featuring Big Brothers Big Sisters Lone Star's live Huddle from the BBBS National Conference as they reveal results from their first year of implementing the Great Game.
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9 Forecasting Phrases to Listen For

Apr 19, 2018 by Jack O'Riley 0 Comments
Part of the “secret sauce” in playing The Great Game of Business is developing a consistent Huddle rhythm that includes forward forecasting your income statement by "line owners" - people close to the numbers that have responsibility for reporting each line of the P & L.  Embracing this practice varies across Huddle team members - some take it very seriously, while others devote little or no time to this critical process.
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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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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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6 Ways to Make Your Huddle More People-Centric

Jul 17, 2017 by Dr. David Stern 0 Comments
A weekly, company-wide recitation of the full financials may sound like an absolute snooze-fest, but it can really be an exciting weekly morale boost - if the focus is on people and not numbers. Yes, numbers are important, but the people behind those numbers – and the stories of how they achieved those numbers – are even more important. Here are six ways to make your huddles more engaging and people-centric without losing the numbers.
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There is No "I" in Team: Why Adding Teambuilding to Your Huddles is Important

Jun 28, 2017 by Bekah Keene 0 Comments
Ownership rule #5 from A Stake in the Outcome is “It takes a team to build equity value.” But how do you do that? How do you encourage teamwork and is it really that important?  During this session, you will learn the importance behind having a strong team and how to build your team with fun quick games during your huddles.  
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Supercharge your Huddles: Employee Engagement that Works

Aug 18, 2016 by Justin Hill 0 Comments
Imagine your team walking into the weekly huddle to find themselves as a contestant on Jeopardy competing for real cash prizes!  How about feeling like they just walked onto the set of one of the most popular current reality shows.  Or what if your staff meeting was a spoofed, miniature production of the Tonight Show?  These are just a few of endless ideas to add a little spice when needing to reignite what may have become the “dreaded mandatory weekly meeting.”  It is also a great way to honor those special employees in a most memorable way.
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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.