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The Only Sensible Way To Run A Company

The book that sparked the open-book management movement! Read about how the SRC team turned their company around by teaching everyone how to think and act like an owner of the business.

The Great Game of Business lays out an entirely different way of running a company. It wasn’t dreamed up in an executive think tank or an Ivy League business school or around the conference table by big-time consultants. It was forged on the factory floors of the heartland by ordinary folks hoping to figure out how to save their jobs when their parent company, International Harvester, went down the tubes.
What these workers created was a revolutionary approach to management that has proven itself in every industry around the world for the past thirty years—an approach that is perhaps the last, best hope for reviving the American Dream.


In This Book, You Will Learn:

  • The benefits of teaching your employees how to make money
  • The myths of management
  • The basics of open-book management
  • How to create both a culture of winning and a productive team
  • How to engage and motivate your people through a gain-share bonus program
  • How to structure your annual planning process
  • How to hold exceptional meetings that inform your people on the company's finances and align them to a common goal




Best business book of all time. No question about it. I’m in the process of implementing myself and the results are already coming in.

Zach – Amazon Customer

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If you want to be successful in management, leadership or business and have engaged and informed employees, then read this book. It's a game changer for sure.

JD Schultz


John P. (Jack) Stack is president and CEO of SRC Holdings Corporation. Stack, a graduate of Elmhurst College, came to SRC in 1979 as the plant manager of International Harvester (IH). In 1983, Stack and the SRC employees bought the company from IH and have turned it into what Inc. magazine has proclaimed “one of America’s most competitive small companies.” He is the author of the books, The Great Game of Business and A Stake in the Outcome. Jack has been called the “smartest strategist in America” by Inc. Magazine and one of the “top 10 minds in small business” by Fortune Magazine. 

Jack has been married to his wife, Betsy, for forty-seven years and is the father of five children and grandfather of ten.

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Bo Burlingham is the author of Small Giants: Companies That Choose To Be Great Instead of Big(Portfolio, 2006) and an editor-at-large of Inc. Magazine. Bo joined Inc. in January 1983 as a senior editor and became executive editor six months later, a position he held for the next seven years or so. In 1990 he became editor-at-large for a number of reasons, including his desire to go back to writing. He subsequently wrote two books with Jack Stack, the co-founder and CEO of Springfield Remanufacturing Corp. and the pioneer of open-book management. One of the books, The Great Game of Business, has sold more than 300,000 copies. The other, A Stake in the Outcome, has also done pretty well and gotten great reviews.


As a General Manager faced with conducting turnarounds of struggling divisions of a Fortune 500 Corporation, this was my PROFIT bible! Now, as the founder of an investment company faced with resolving complex cash issues at our client companies, it is equally relevant. If you have a business of greater than 10 employees and over $1 MM in revenue, you will find the approaches inside extremely helpful in achieving your financial goals for the business.

Brett Potts