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What's the Great Game All About Anyway?

Apr 15, 2019 by Lauren Haley 0 Comments

What is The Great Game of Business About?

The Great Game of Business® is not for everyone. It's for business leaders looking for true transformation—those who fantasize about a business life in which others share the burdens often reserved for owners and executive staff. It's for those who view prosperity as a journey, not just an outcome. It's for leaders prepared to learn, teach, and share in The Game

It's Money.

The most foundational business goals include creating a profit and generating cash. What if everyone in your company understood how these happen and how they can individually contribute to the success of the business?

GGOB focuses on financial literacy and business education from the top of the organization to the bottom, equipping all employees with business knowledge and the tools to participate in company discussions and decisions. When employees understand the "secret language" of business and are encouraged to think and act like owners, everyone wins.

It's People.

As Jack Stack, author of The Great Game of Business says, "the best, most efficient, most profitable way to operate a business is to give everyone in the company a voice in how it's run and a stake in the financial outcome—good or bad." Company culture and employee engagement drive profitability and sustainability—linking Rapid Financial Results to Lasting Cultural Change™.  

Great Game methodology systematically engages your people by developing a culture of ownership, closing the gap between managers and employees, creating cohesive teams, improving communication, and increasing overall trust and job satisfaction. 

It's Both.

The Great Game of Business is an operating system focused on growth and engagement: growth in the education and accountability of employees, as well as growth in revenue, profits and performance—all driven by highly-engaged employees. The goal is long-term success and sustainability for your company and long-term personal success for your employees by giving your team a stake in the company's — and their own—financial future.

What If:

  • every member of your team was operating as if he/she owned the business?
  • your staff made decisions as a team with intentionality and insights?
  • they all understood the impact they personally could have on the outcomes by working towards common goals?
  • each team was accountable and responsible for projecting and controlling revenues and/or expenses within their area?
  • everyone in the company had access to the financials and understood what they meant?

These are the results Great Game companies see in their employees when everyone knows the rules of business, is held accountable, and has a stake in the outcome in the company's success. See the Great Game's impact for yourself in our 2018 All-Star Case Studies and Anthony Wilder Design/Build's story below.

Liz Wilder, president of Anthony Wilder Design/Build, shares how her company transformed their business and used GGOB practices to survive the 2008 financial crisis, earning GGOB's All-Star Award in 2009 and Hall of Fame Award in 2017 for their outstanding performance and results since implementing The Game. 

When you're ready to see this kind of change in your organization, we've got the tried and true formula for success. Based on 35 years of experience in implementing the Great Game and creating success stories all over the globe, we condensed the process into these 10 steps: 

10 Steps of Implementation  (1)


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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.