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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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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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Gathering of Games- MiniGame Showcase

  MiniGames™ are short-term improvement challenges designed to correct a weakness or pursue an opportunity in the company.  This targeted day-to-day progress adds up to long-term success, every small win putting you closer to the big win or goal.  MiniGames are one of the greatest tools for driving improvement and engagement in your organization, so we asked you to share your company's best MiniGame at this year's annual conference.  At the Gathering of Games, our practitioners had a chance to pitch their most successful MiniGame to a group of seasoned judges to see how it stacked up. Our judges selected two finalists to present on the Gathering main stage to share their best MiniGame with the entire conference.   Check out our participants' and winners' presentations, along with our Minigame Toolkit below to help you get started or improve your company's MiniGames!
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Engage the Front-Line

Front-line employees often see obvious ways to affect Critical Numbers, but we want them invested beyond the obvious and think like owners.  We teach the employees at our restaurants to use MiniGames™ to improve aspects of performance that would not otherwise receive focus.
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5 Ways to Win at MiniGames

Jun 21, 2018 by Jeremy McCammack 0 Comments
    When you’re planning a MiniGame™, you’re most likely starting with a goal in mind, whether it’s reducing an expense, increasing a sales number or even replacing the toilet paper roll (hey, MiniGames can target any area that needs addressing!). It’s usually easy to find something you want to improve, but building a MiniGame that will drive those results takes some fun – and some finesse. We may be a two-time All-Star Award winner, but not all our early MiniGames were successful. Even a few years in, we had to step back, review and reinvent our Game play to reset and reinvigorate our results. Here are a few tricks we’ve learned along the way.
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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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Creating Wins with MiniGames

"Winning isn't everything, but wanting to win is."  - Vince Lombardi Part of the magic behind The Great Game of Business comes from tapping into the universal human desire to win.  Give people a chance to win early and win often, and you'll capture their interest, keep them engaged and drive the success of your business.  Whether you are just starting your Great Game journey, or just looking for a boost, inject some fun and focus by launching some departmental MiniGames™  and create the wins your team needs.  
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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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The Efficiency MiniGame

  Rolf Glass is a small manufacturer of decorative glassware in Pennsylvania. When the company first began teaching the Critical Numbers to its employees, the leadership at Rolf Glass noticed that there was a lot of room for improvement. In 2013, it was running at an average 88 percent efficiency, thus losing 12 percent of product.
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Playing MiniGames

Co-authored by Jack O'Riley A MiniGame™ is an engaging, short-term activity designed to pursue an opportunity or correct a weakness within a company. Engaging employees through an incentivized program provides an opportunity to develop staff as well as discover their hidden skill-sets. Often times, MiniGames also improve teamwork and employee satisfaction scores.
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Family-Owned Manufacturer Improves Gross Margin with The Great Game of Business

The Kiolbassa Provision Company is a 65-year-old family-owned manufacturer of handcrafted sausage based in San Antonio, Texas. Originally started as more of a pork and beef processor, the company shifted into making sausage fulltime under the guidance of president Michael Kiolbassa, whose grandfather started the company. The company’s sausages will soon be sold in all 50 states and in Mexico. 
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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.