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9 Rules to Make Staff Huddles Work

Jul 11, 2019 by The Great Game Team 1 Comment
Wouldn’t it be nice if you just had a checklist that led you through the rules of making your staff Huddles work every time? Well, we thought it might be nice too, so we compiled the following steps to help you make the most of your staff Huddles.
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Huddling 101: The Pre-Huddle, Management Huddle, and Company-Wide Huddle

A workplace Huddle is more than just a staff meeting. Discussing the financials and critical elements of your business is a vital part of the Great Game of Business®, but more importantly, the Huddle is an opportunity to focus on the people responsible for those numbers and the story behind the numbers. In the Huddle Cycle, numbers are forecast and shared in a series of meetings from daily departmental check-ins to weekly company-wide gatherings, driving employee engagement and serving as a self-correcting measure to keep the company on the path toward achieving its goals. To better understand what's involved in creating a Huddle rhythm, let's break down the three main types of workplace Huddles: the Pre-Huddle, the Management Huddle, and Company-Wide Huddle.
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Over Your GGOB Honeymoon Phase? So Was My Company

Mar 22, 2019 by Kevin Walter 0 Comments
  Newbies to the Great Game, seasoned company owners, and CEOs alike are often bothered by this question: How do I get my leaders and front-line employees more engaged in The Game? A few years back, I was asking this question at my own company, Tasty Catering. While our company soared immediately following the implementation of GGOB, our Game engagement faded after about eight months. Although financial improvements were still evident on our scoreboard, I could tell by the faces and body language in our weekly Huddle that something was “off.” We needed a boost.
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The Management Style Every Millennial Should Know

Feb 5, 2019 by Steve Baker 0 Comments
Amy’s Ice Creams’ workforce is made up primarily of millennials, most of which are seasonal employees. In the short time these younger workers are with Amy's, this Great Game All-Star company maximizes engagement in order to make a lasting impact on employees' futures, as well as the success of the business. Take a look at what Marketing and Communications Director, Aaron Clay, has to say about the company's fun, fast-paced and positive Huddles combined with open-book management, and his four guidelines for enhancing engagement in your team's Huddles.
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Four Essential Items to Cover During A Huddle

Jan 25, 2019 by Steve Baker, VP 0 Comments
Huddles are a hybrid of typical staff meetings, not unlike what you might see during downtime at any athletic event. Their purpose is to share information while inspiring and motivating the team. In The Great Game, a Huddle is a structured meeting designed to keep the players focused on, informed about and feeling involved in The Game.
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A Quick Guide to Huddle Success [Video and Checklist]

Jan 17, 2019 by Great Game Team 0 Comments
The Huddle cycle consists of a series of meetings where financial and operational numbers are shared and forecasted. These meetings include a Pre-Huddle, Main-Huddle and Post-Huddle, all with different focuses and objectives. When performed properly, the Huddle Cycle saves time despite the additional meetings by providing improved communication within your company, better execution of your tasks and strategies, and a clear understanding of how each employee affects the success of the company. 
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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 Huddle: Where the Action Happens (Even Virtually)

Dec 24, 2018 by Great Game Team 0 Comments
Your company Huddle is your weekly opportunity to improve how you communicate with your employees. We've compiled ideas and tips to refresh, expand, and strengthen your Huddle to ensure that your whole team is included and engaged. Check out these best practices for getting the most out of your Huddles, whether it be virtually or in person.
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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 team 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 in the workplace, 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 workplace 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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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.