The 27th Annual
Gathering of Games
September 4-6, 2019 | Hilton Anatole Dallas

Pre-Conference Events - Wednesday, Sept. 4

Take a deep-dive into Great Game implementation topics or complementary practices during the day, then join us for our networking reception that night.

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Our pre-conference workshops are designed to enhance your conference experience even further.  In addition to our very popular day-long workshop "Experience the Game" (formerly "The Game Overview"), this year you'll have the opportunity to explore several Great Game® implementation topics lead by our experienced coaches, as well as some insightful, hands-on workshops on related management topics.

Register for the Gathering of Games

8am to 5pm

Full-Day Pre-Conference Workshop

Michele Bridges (The Great Game of Business)

Michele Bridges

The Great Game of Business

(guest appearance by Jack Stack)

Experience the Game: An Overview of The Great Game of Business®

Additional Fee: $585

If you've read the book The Great Game of Business you're probably asking yourself, "Is The Game for real? Can it really produce rapid financial results and lasting cultural change?"

The answer is yes, and for more than 30 years, we've been sharing our proven operating system for educating, empowering and engaging employees at all levels of the company with business people all over the world.

This workshop features:

  • a complete Great Game™ overview
  • an employee panel Q&A
  • a full MiniGames training session
  • insights from and Q&A with Jack Stack, co-author of The Great Game of Business

The Game can be adapted to fit any organization. Come see for yourself!  Join GGOB executive trainer Michele Bridges for a full-day overview and immerse yourself in The Great Game of Business.

Recommended for: attendees from companies considering or just beginning GGOB implementation; employees new to the GGOB concepts (new hires at current practitioners, for example)
Pre-registration for this workshop is required for an additional fee ($585). Breakfast, lunch and breaks included.

1pm to 5pm

Half-Day Pre-Conference Workshops

Dave Scholten

Dave Scholten

Great Game of Business Coach

(guest appearance by Jack Stack)

Design the Game: The 10 Steps of Great Game Implementation

Additional Fee: $235

Take a deep-dive into the best practices of the GGOB with our “10-Step Approach to Implementation”.

The Great Game of Business is simple, but not always easy. At this truncated version of our two-day workshop at SRC, you'll learn the time-tested approach to sustainable success with the Great Game of Business.

The process demands a commitment to the sequential 10-step journey. You will learn the fundamentals of each step, including:

  • the most effective process for determining your Critical Number
  • how to create a consistent Huddle rhythm and build scoreboards that help your teams learn and understand winning and success
  • the best practices and strategies for a spectacular MiniGame practice
  • how to build a motivating and behavior-changing communication process for a Stake in the Outcome bonus plan that engages the employees at all levels throughout the year
  • PLUS - insights from and Q&A with Jack Stack, co-author of The Great Game of Business

Lead by Great Game® certified coach Dave Scholten, this session will give participants valuable tools and practical planning tips to help kick off their Great Game of Business journey. 

Recommended for: executives and Design Team members from companies ready to start playing The Game
Pre-registration for this workshop is required for an additional fee ($235).
Kevin Walter (Tasty Catering / GGOB Coach)

Kevin Walter

Tasty Catering (GGOB Coach)

(guest appearance by Jack Stack)

Play the Game: Follow the Action with Huddles and Scoreboards

Additional Fee: $235

Whether you are new to the Game or a long-time practitioner, Huddles can become stale or just routine—which can lead to lackluster employee engagement in playing your Game.  Sound familiar?

In this session, Great Game practitioner-coach Kevin Walter will engage participants with a variety of best practices and tools to create line-of-site to the financials and get your employees engaged and focused through interactive Huddles, scoreboards, rewards & recognition, and team celebrations.

For example, Kevin will share his time-tested techniques to make your Huddles the “can’t miss” highlight of the workweek. Kevin will also discuss and demonstrate how to use these tools to effectively communicate and educate your employees on the health of the organization—which will create a clear line-of-sight between their efforts and the success of the company.

PLUS - participants will hear from Jack Stack, co-author of The Great Game of Business, who will join the session to provide his insights and answer questions from the audience.

Recommended for: supervisors at all levels of companies practicing GGOB (beginners to advanced)
Pre-registration for this workshop is required for an additional fee ($235).

Jack O'Riley

The Coaching House (GGOB Coach)

(guest appearance by Jack Stack)

Sustain The Game: Make it Stick with High-Involvement Planning

Additional Fee: $235

Most business failures are planning failures. Even if your team works well together, it's tough to win at any game without a well-communicated strategy—an informed, research-based approach to reaching the stated objective.  When that strategy is created with broad participation, it creates a level of commitment and alignment that just can't be matched.

In this pre-conference session, long-time Great Game coach Jack O'Riley will demonstrate some of the tools the Great Game of Business uses to help companies transform their planning process from an annual, time-consuming ritual to a highly informative, educational journey that involves everyone in the organization.

Participants will also have the opportunity to engage with The Great Game of Business co-author, Jack Stack, to hear his take and answer questions on the importance of this often-forgotten higher-level component of the Great Game.

Recommended for: executive teams who are involved with the company's annual planning process; members of the sales & marketing team charged with developing and delivering on the company's annual plan
Pre-registration for this workshop is required for an additional fee ($235).
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Lisa Halfmann, Alyssa Maxon and team

Daryl Flood, Inc.

SOLD OUT! Off-Site Practitioner Visit to Daryl Flood, Inc: Keeping the Game Alive after 25 Years

Additional Fee: $235

SOLD OUT!  -  Daryl Flood, Inc. began as a humble start-up moving company in 1982. Their deep commitment to open-book management and Great Game principles for almost 25 years enabled the company to grow into an organization comprised of four wholly-owned subsidiaries specializing in domestic and international household goods moving, commercial moving, employee relocation management, last mile delivery, and contract warehousing.

In this half-day workshop, you will travel to Daryl Flood, Inc. headquarters to experience their Game in action. Highlights will include a live departmental Huddle, a Q&A session with employees, and a behind-the-scenes tour of their facility.

Recommended for: any attendee interested in seeing The Game in action, including new practitioners looking for ideas to get started, as well as established players wanting insights to make their Game sustainable
Pre-registration for this workshop is required for an additional fee ($235) and includes transportation to and from Daryl Flood's nearby offices.

Alia Stowers

Tarath & Assoc. (GGOB Coach)

Leading from Strengths: Using Gallup's StrengthsFinder 2.0®

Additional Fee: $235

REGISTRATION CLOSES 8/30 -- Leadership development is a key, and sometimes overlooked, component of implementing the Great Game of Business. If you want to minimize conflict and enhance team performance, you need to start by building an awareness of self and of others. That’s where a tool like Gallup’s StrengthsFinder 2.0—which is used by many highly profitable companies to engage employees, leverage their best talents in the work environment, and motivate them toward a common vision—can help. 

Participants in this half-day workshop will:

  • learn about talent themes and understand why strengths culture is the most highly-engaged culture in the world
  • learn to create powerful partnerships and strategically manage teams to leverage natural talents
  • discover how their own leadership style is impacted by their natural talents, and how to use this to their advantage

As part of this workshop, GGOB certified coach Alia Stowers will provide participants with their Top 5 StrengthsFinder results. The workshop is then customized to the participants’ results so they can practice the power of strengths and how the talents of their team members can be leveraged using this incredible tool. Great discussion will keep the workshop energized as participants learn to apply strengths to their current culture to fully maximize GGOB principles.

Recommended for: anyone; especially helpful for leaders of teams
Pre-registration for this workshop is required for an additional fee ($235) and includes your top-5 StrengthsFinder results.

Chris Hutchinson

Trebuchet Group

Winning Leadership: Being the Leader Your Team Wants to Follow

Additional Fee: $235

The Great Game of Business has a lot of moving parts—which is why it can be easy to get tripped up from time to time. But the real key to implementing the Game over the long term is to begin with highly effective leadership—starting with you.

Join Chris Hutchinson, CEO of GGOB practitioner Trebuchet Group, in this half-day workshop where he will explore topics like:

  • how to show up as a leader people want to follow
  • how to build your team’s capacity, trust, and commitment to persist through setbacks that will come
  • how to enable everyone to bring their best to the Game for shared success
Recommended for: current leaders, as well as those who desire to move into the ranks of leadership
Pre-registration for this workshop is required for an additional fee ($235).

4pm to 5pm

Sponsored Session

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Victor Aspengren

Prairie Capital Advisors

A Closer Look at ESOPs as an Ownership Transition Alternative


The Game teaches employees to think and act like owners. What if you decide to make them owners with an Employee Stock Ownership Plan?

An Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) is a valuable transition tool that can achieve continued business growth while also rewarding management and employees for participation. For Shareholders, ESOPs are a valuable liquidity mechanism that minimize business disruptions.

This session will take a closer look at an ESOP as an ownership transition alternative that accomplishes multiple goals for your growing business concerns as a business owner.

Recommended for: owners/top management of companies considering different exit strategies
This session is sponsored by Prairie Capital Advisors, and is free to attend. Pre-registration is requested.

6:30 to 9:30pm

Networking Reception

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Tap into the wisdom of the crowd and grow your open-book community by attending the 2019 Gathering Networking Reception!

This year is all about community, so how fitting that the venue for this year's networking event is the Community Beer Company! 

Meet new friends and catch up with those you already know while enjoying local craft brews and your fill of a mouth-watering array of delicious menu options provided by local staple Pappa’s Restaurant Catering.

Then, try your hand at the casino tables or pull some new friends together for a round of trivia (or two)!

The conference is all about building and engaging with an awesome community of Great Game practitioners so don’t miss your chance to mingle with the best of the best at the 2019 Gathering of Games networking reception!

Pre-registration for this event was required for an additional fee ($175) - price included food, bar, entertainment and transportation from/to the hotel.


Good people with enthusiasm about The Game and willing to share with everyone. A wonderful community to be involved with.

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