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7 Best Practices to Take Your Bonus Plan Up a Notch

Jul 10, 2019 by Bill Collier 0 Comments
Did you have a bonus plan in place last year? If so, was it effective? How is this year’s plan working out? If you have a good year and want to share some of the fruits of your labor with your team, great, but to do so without a well-planned and executed bonus plan is a wasted opportunity. So, here’s a list of best bonus and incentive practices to help you get the most bang for your bonus bucks.
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The "Why" Behind High-Involvement Planning™

High-Involvement Planning™, or ‘H.I.P.’, has been critical to SRC’s sustainability of The Game and its long-term financial success. H.I.P. has kept us focused and committed to The Game, primarily because it keeps it fresh and exciting by changing things up, year after year. It redefines our Game each year, with new Critical Numbers™, new financial targets, new challenges to conquer, and new goals to achieve. H.I.P. is also where we leverage the business know-how we have worked so hard to create. We use the collective knowledge of our team to raise our level of thinking from 90-day MiniGames™, to annual bonus plans, to 5 and 10-year visions for the company. The result of High-Involvement Planning is a vision—and a specific plan to achieve the vision.
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4 Types of Planning for Sustainable Business Success

  Springfield Remanufacturing Corporation (SRC) is well-known for High-Involvement Planning™ structure. Using this structure, we develop our strategic plans as a collective organization—involving literally everyone in the company, from hourly employees to management, in the planning process. While it might seem extensive, this process proves an integral component of our open-book management structure. Over the years, involving everyone at all levels of the company has also proven to repeatedly generate positive results. SRC uses four types of key planning that translate directly into our sustainable business success. Let’s dig deeper into each of these four key types of planning:
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Healthy Budgeting Means Cutting Fat—Not Muscle

Mar 5, 2019 by Rich Armstrong 0 Comments
 A few years ago, the Wall Street Journal ran an article about a practice called “Zero-Based Budgeting,” which is basically a cost-control process that was being embraced by big-name companies such as Heinz, Kraft, and Burger King. The idea is that companies don’t roll over budgets from year to year, but they have to make a case for new spending plans each year. This philosophy wasn’t new—Texas Instruments experimented with it a few decades ago—but it seemed to gain popularity with investors interested in keeping costs under control. That was especially true when it came to the Kraft-Heinz merger. But things apparently haven’t worked out.
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Game on! What’s Next?

Jul 4, 2018 by Michelle Gardner 2 Comments
I remember vividly that moment, after many months of management team discussions, when we finally pulled the trigger. We knew that committing to practicing the Great Game of Business would be transformational for our business, but like any change, it was new and scary. We were all very excited, but also nervous and dare I say a little apprehensive. What if the time commitment is too great? What if our team members don’t embrace this new way of thinking? What if it just doesn’t work? BUT WHAT IF IT DOES!?
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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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Top 5 Inflection Points of Business Ownership Succession

There are a lot of “moving parts” in the day-to-day management of a business. Business owners are likely wearing many hats and ownership succession may not be top of mind. However, it is a topic that must be addressed. When it does, it can be a stressful, but ultimately a worthwhile conversation. 
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How to Get Started Tracking Your Business Metrics

Jul 28, 2015 by Bill Collier 0 Comments
Though he’s referring to baseball, Jim Evans’ stance on tracking metrics can be applied to professional organizations just as they are to professional baseball organizations. Metric tracking is a fundamental process for companies that practice the Great Game of Business. And although it’s an essential part of playing The Game, it isn’t uncommon for companies to find themselves at a loss for whether or not they’re tracking the right numbers. Sometimes company leaders don’t even know where to start tracking!
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The Arithmetic of Ownership Transition Planning

For owners of closely held businesses, planning for the ultimate transition of ownership is critical to the long-term health and profitability of the organization. Assessing your company’s internal infrastructure and management team is one of the most important components of the planning process. In fact, so is assessing the subsequent necessary additions or adjustments.
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How Great Entrepreneurs Exit Their Companies on Top

Jul 3, 2015 by Bo Burlingham 1 Comment
Every entrepreneur exits. It’s one of the few absolute certainties in business. Assuming you’ve built a viable company, you can choose when and how you exit, but you can’t choose whether. It’s going to happen. You can count on it.
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Commercial Nursery Increases Profitability with The Great Game of Business

Van Belle Nursery is a commercial supplier of trees, plants, and shrubs based in Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada. The company, which was founded in 1973, ships to a variety of retailers in western Canada as well as in the northern U.S.  Business Challenges One of the biggest challenges that the nursery faces is finding a way to build a cohesive company culture for its 100 associates, most of whom are immigrants from companies like Mexico, Iraq, Sudan, Zimbabwe, China, Costa Rica, Peru, Mexico, and India, and even a few from Canada.
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4 Questions to Ask for Successful Succession Planning

Aug 26, 2013 by Keith Boatright 0 Comments
At SRC Holdings, we see our succession management program as one of our most important strategic advantages. It is also one of our most important challenges because our managers must not only be good at their jobs but also good at building and maintaining our culture. Every year, we dive deeply into our workforce and employment data to evaluate ownership succession planning results while actively supporting progress and alignment of our strategic workforce goals. During this process, the big objective is to complete detailed strategic workforce planning. The goals of this process can be achieved by answering four basic questions: Where are we going? What we will need to get there? Who do we have now? What are our talent gaps? Let us take a closer look at each of these steps:
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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.