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Using MiniGames™ To Drive Open-Book Leadership At H-E-B

Oct 17, 2019 by Darren Dahl 1 Comment
“Open-book management” was one of the popular phrases that got applied to the leadership system, The Great Game of Business®, that Jack Stack and his associates at SRC created back in 1983. But as Stack himself has said many times, most people don’t like to be managed. They like to be lead instead. In that spirit, perhaps it’s time we start thinking of the Great Game as a form of what we might call “open-book leadership.” A fantastic example of open-book leadership in action comes from the front lines of a grocery store in Austin, Texas—H-E-B. Starting back in 2016, the large grocery chain began sending managers and employees—who H-E-B calls “partners”—to the Gathering of Games conference to help inspire them in rolling out Great Game™ practices throughout the company.
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Our 10-Step Approach to GGOB Implementation

In more than 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 the 10-Step Approach to GGOB Implementation to guide companies implementing The Great Game of Business in their organizations. 
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3 Efficiency MiniGame™ Ideas & Examples From the 2019 All-Stars

Jul 19, 2019 by Lauren Haley 0 Comments
Looking for some MiniGame™ inspiration? A MiniGame is a targeted day-to-day improvement challenge aimed at correcting a weakness or pursuing an opportunity in your company. We've got three examples from our the 2019 Great Game All-Star Team demonstrating how they took advantage of opportunities and found solutions to their efficiency problems in these MiniGames:
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MiniGame™ Showcase: GUY Engingeering's Take Me Out to the Ballgame

Jun 19, 2019 by Lauren Haley 0 Comments
In order to get the most out of your MiniGame™, it's essential to clearly communicate all elements of the MiniGame to the players to ensure that everyone is on the same page, has a line of sight toward the goal, can easily tell if they're winning or losing, and who's accountable. GUY Engineering, a professional services firm in Tulsa, Oklahoma, presented an excellent example of a MiniGame at the "Show Me Your MiniGame" session at the 26th Annual Gathering of Games. Their MiniGame hits all the essential MiniGame elements: establishing a specific, timely, achievable goal through a MiniGame, making the information available for everyone, motivating their team with fun and memorable prizes, and rallying everyone around the goal to achieve results.
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8 Awesome MiniGame Ideas Generated by Practitioners

By definition, a MiniGame™ is a short-term activity designed to correct a weakness or pursue an opportunity in your company. MiniGames motivate employees to make day-to-day improvements that will add up to year-long success, and when implemented correctly, MiniGames are proven to: Affect a financial or operational change: Drive results through improved performance. Increase business literacy: Reinforce key components of business success such as goal setting, mutual responsibility and performance management. Build teamwork: Rally employees (players) around a common goal in order to achieve a shared reward. Develop a winning attitude: Create an environment where winners are recognized and rewarded for generating results.
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An Ownership Culture & Mindset: Redemption After Financial Downturn

May 31, 2019 by Lauren Haley 0 Comments
Essential Ingredients was founded in May 1996 in Augusta, GA. This cosmetic chemical and supply distributor has been 100% employee-owned since 2011, after a long history of keeping the financial information and challenges locked away for only management to see. There was one problem: the employees had never had any input or understanding of the company financials, and the financial downturn that followed the ESOP launch proved it. Although an ESOP is a great way to give associates a stake in the outcome® of the company, Essential Ingredients quickly learned that an ownership mindset among the employees may be even more impactful. The Great Game has been the turning point that helped all EI associates think and act like the owners they are and see tremendous results impacting revenue growth, the company's ownership culture, savings equating to more than $750K in sales, and earned EI a spot on the 2018 All-Star Team. 
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MiniGame™ Showcase: GRC's Galaga Doubles Planned PBT

May 17, 2019 by Lauren Haley 0 Comments
Global Recovery Corp, an engine and part supplier for the agricultural, highway trucking, industrial and automotive sectors, has seen the benefits of opening the books firsthand as a result of their dedication to the Great Game of Business® methodology. In addition to MiniGames™ like their recent $100K+ MiniGame featured on the GGOB Blog, GRC regularly practices the Huddle Cycle, rewards and recognition, and the High-Involvement Planning™ process to maximize engagement and involvement among their staff.  Here are some of the most recent advancements in their Game that have helped them double their planned PBT for the first quarter at 55% above plan. 
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Hitting Big Goals Starts with Small Wins

Apr 19, 2019 by Steve Baker 0 Comments
Once you’ve seen the transformational power of The Great Game of Business, your team will begin to grab onto the gamification aspects; and along with it, the language. Words like Huddles and scoreboards will become part of the vernacular of your organization. To us, MiniGames™ are a powerful way to describe short-term, self-funding incentive plans that will make a huge impact on your organization in 90 days or less. They are designed to affect a change, reinforce business training, build teamwork, and develop a winning attitude—all of which lead to success for both your company and your people. Heck, it’s just the Big Game, but in microcosm. But until they’ve ‘crossed over’, some newcomers might think the name is trivializing business.
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MiniGames Help Generate $475,000 Increase in Sales at Willoway

Mar 21, 2019 by Lauren Haley 0 Comments
Margins in the landscaping business continue to shrink—and it’s harder than ever to grow the top line as well. Willoway Nurseries, a leading US wholesale supplier of nursery products, understands this better than anyone. This nursery, founded in 1954, grows wholesale trees, shrubs, perennials, and seasonal color crops and ships to retailers and contractors across 26 states. With a customer base of more than 1,200 independent garden centers and landscape contractors, this company has personally seen the effects of industry-wide shrinking margins and a need for drastic change in how they operate their business.  To confront these challenges, Willoway needed a way to gain efficiencies and improve quality. They decided to open the books to communicate the realities of operating a business to their team and what it takes to be profitable.
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One MiniGame, 4 Players, $100K Return

Feb 18, 2019 by Lauren Haley 1 Comment
Global Recovery Corp saw an opportunity to remove old inventory from storage and cash in on the inventory they weren't using. Four of GRC's employees were able to take this opportunity to generate $110,250 from a single MiniGame™ in less than 60 days. How? Company Background GRC was founded in 2013 as an engine and part supplier for the agricultural, highway trucking, industrial and automotive sectors.
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Lessons from the Field: Qualbe's 8 Points to Consider When Playing MiniGames

MiniGames™ are a fun, engaging way to correct a weakness or pursue an opportunity in your business.  They get teams focused on the same goal and moving in the right direction, while also reinforcing business education, building teamwork, and creating a culture of winning. Great Game practitioner Qualbe Marketing Group started playing MiniGames two years ago, and their award-winning team has experienced impressive operational and cultural improvements as a result.    Qualbe, a digital marketing, sales and technology firm based in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, is the home of the national 1Dental brand, a top dental insurance alternative. They credit the principles of the Great Game of Business with helping them achieve their goal of outstanding organizational growth.  Along the way, their MiniGame successes and challenges have provided them with several practical lessons from the field any Great Game practitioner can benefit from.
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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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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.