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Attending the Inc. 5000 Conference? Catch up with us in Orlando!

This week the Great Game of Business team will hit the road for Orlando, Florida, for the annual Inc. 5000 Conference and Gala. The Inc. 5000 Conference & Gala is an annual three-day event that brings the nation’s brightest, most successful business minds together to celebrate the remarkable achievements of the companies that appear on Inc.’s prestigious ranking of America’s fastest-growing privately held companies.  The Great Game of Business made it's debut on the list this year at 2518 with three year sales growth of 148% and will also be speaking at the conference.
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How Well Do You Know Your Business? Take This Quiz

Mar 20, 2015 by Ron Ameln 0 Comments
A few years ago, one of my relatives who used to own a lawn-mowing business was telling me a story about how the crew members were perfectionists about the lawns. “After we’re done, we walk across the street into the adjoining neighbors’ yards, etc., to make sure we’ve done a great job trimming,” he said. Then, I said, “Why walk across the street? Can’t you tell when you’re trimming?” “No, way,” he said. “You can’t tell when you’re on it. It all looks good from that vantage point. You need a different perspective.”
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GGOB Practitioner Hits #15 on Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For List

Jan 23, 2014 by The Great Game Team 1 Comment
All-Star winner Hilcorp Energy makes the list for the second year in a row. Last week, Fortune Magazine released their annual list of the 100 Best Companies to Work For; topping the list were Google, SAS and The Boston Consulting Group (see the full list here).
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Value...Not Price

Nov 7, 2013 by Bill Collier 1 Comment
“Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without.” ― Confucius About ten years ago in my past life – as CEO of a medical equipment company which I have since sold – we were exhibiting at a trade show. An attendee walked by,  checking out our booth. As I started to introduce myself, he exclaimed with a scowl, “Our business goes to the lowest priced vendor! Price is everything!” If his goal was to set the tone for our interaction, he succeeded. I’m rarely at a loss for words, but I had never encountered anyone so obviously hell-bent on turning his organization into the home of crazy-low prices. The one positive outcome of my blissfully brief meeting with him was the eventual inspiration for this article.
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Why the Heck Would Anyone Want to Buy a 20 Year Old Book?

Apr 11, 2013 by The Great Game Team 1 Comment
“Why the heck would anyone want to buy a 20 year old book?” That was Jack Stack’s question to me. I didn’t know if he was going to punch me or throw up. Jack Stack is not a guy who likes to toot his own horn, and here I was asking him to re-issue a book he wrote two decades ago.
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5 Lessons to Learn from a Billionaire

Seth Godin recently wrote a post entitled ‘Studying entrepreneurship without doing it is like studying music without listening to it.’ In it, Godin points out that until you’re actually in the thick of things, you really have no idea of what it’s like to be an entrepreneur. Recently I’ve had the privilege of working closely with Great Game Practitioner, Hilcorp Energy. One of the things I really like about Hilcorp is that they walk the walk. They don’t just talk about making something happen, they make it happen.
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Curb Your Enthusiasm

Feb 18, 2013 by Bill Collier 0 Comments
"The trust of the innocent is the liar's most useful tool." - Stephen King We all have people we trust. And they trust us in return. In some cases, that trust has been earned via confidences kept and commitments achieved. In others, it's possible that the mutual trust is there because ... well, just because. Among my friends are two entrepreneurs who have been harmed by being too trusting, and perhaps too eager to offer others the opportunity to benefit from their businesses.
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Can The Great Game of Business Help Voters?

At The Great Game of Business, Inc. people often ask us if it is possible for Open-Book Management to work in a government organization. While it might seem difficult to share financial or operational information in a government organization, it is possible and very practical. Recently, Greene County (located in Missouri, where  SRC Holdings & The Great Game of Business, Inc reside), made the bold move to begin educating employees on the County financials to overcome some significant barriers.
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The Bottom Line that Patagonia Missed.

Way back in 1970, Milton Friedman wrote that any business’s responsibility to society was simply to increase its profits and not break the rules. He’s absolutely right. That’s all business should do. What happens with those profits, when that money is put into the hands of those who have earned it, is where the notion of multiple bottom lines truly comes in. Unfortunately, not everyone thinks the way Mr. Friedman and I do.
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Five Reasons NOT to Attend the SRC Experience: Resolved

Who wouldn’t want to make the journey to fantastic Springfield, Missouri? After all, it’s the birthplace of Cashew Chicken, Brad Pitt and Open-Book Management (hopefully you’re most concerned with the latter). So, if you’ve been putting off the trip, there has to be a good reason why. But, because we know there is no good reason to avoid doing something that could transform your company, we’ve tackled the top five below:
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The Challenge of Handling a Moving Target

Since I promised to deliver Part Two of our prior blog, here it is. As a recap, I blogged last time about how challenging it can be to focus on numbers that tend to change even after you’ve technically closed the books on an accounting period. It can be difficult and confusing to determine what number you’re starting your new period off with because your books close so many weeks after the period ends.
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Jack Stack Uncut: Why I'm Blogging Again

I consider myself a student of business. I love to learn and to push myself to understand every nuance that distinguishes success from failure. That's why I was so drawn to Bo Burlingham almost 30 years ago. Bo, who was then a young writer for Inc. magazine (, and I struck up what has become a 30-year friendship based on a simple idea: we wanted to dig as deeply as we could into every idea, decision or best practice involved in running a successful business. That's how Bo and I came to write two books together as well as, for a while at least, a column for Inc. I'll admit that it wasn't always easy. In fact, it was downright frustrating at times. Bo is relentless in asking questions and it can drive you crazy. But he was asking those questions because he, too, has this desire to learn and understand. And I deeply respect that.
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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.