Kevin Kruse knows two things about leadership that most people do not believe:
First, leadership is a superpower.
Second, almost everything we’ve been taught about leadership is wrong.
Kevin is a New York Times bestselling author of nine books and a serial entrepreneur who started or co-founded several multimillion-dollar businesses. At the Gathering of Games, this Great Game® practitioner will provide insights from his brand new book, Great Leaders Have No Rules: Contrarian Leadership Principles to Transform Your Team and Business.
In Great Leaders Have No Rules, Kevin debunks popular wisdom with ten contrarian principles for better, faster, easier leadership. Grounded in solid research and three decades of entrepreneurial experience, his message has one purpose: to teach you how to be both the boss everyone wants to work for and the high achiever every CEO wants to hire—all without drama, stress, or endless hours in the office.
Inspired by his viral article "Why Successful Leaders Don't Have an Open Door Policy", this contrarian approach to leadership reveals why you should throw out the rule book and instead play favorites, crowd your calendar, tell employees everything (even salaries), stay out of meetings, hide your phone, and more. Kruse makes the case for these principles with engaging real-world stories and case studies, and shows how to use this wisdom to buck the trend and become more effective. He also shares applications beyond the office—at home, in sales, in sports, and more. Ultimately, his advice empowers you to focus on what matters, which is the key to success for you, your employees, and your company.
Kruse’s articles on leadership have appeared in Forbes and a number of other publications, and his podcast, The LEADx Leadership Show, has been downloaded more than one million times. He is the founder and CEO of LEADx.org, whose mission is to spark one hundred million new leaders.
Can we make an impact with our lives? Is it really possible to change the world?
Yes, says Jack Stack, the co-founder, president, and CEO of SRC Holdings Corporation, an employee-owned conglomerate of small- and mid-sized businesses based in southwest Missouri. But we can’t do it alone. To change the world, we need to bring people together willing to work toward a common purpose. When we do that, we can create a movement.
Jack wrote (along with Bo Burlingham) the best-selling book The Great Game of Business, and later A Stake in the Outcome, to chronicle his team’s experience leading and growing SRC—which has increased its stock value 610,000% since its start in 1983.
In his keynote at the 27th Annual Gathering of Games, Jack will talk about how The Great Game of Business® leadership system has evolved and grown over the past few decades thanks to the players—the thousands of people around the world who believed in their hearts and minds that teaching people business and empowering and rewarding them for their hard work was simply the right thing to do. It wasn’t always clear if the Game could be played anywhere by anyone. But it’s everyone who attends the Gathering of Games that has proven and validated that it can. In fact, it's their contributions that have made the system even stronger. That journey continues today.
Jack, who has written a new book set to debut at the Gathering, will share how the Game continues to adapt and grow in ways that prove it can have a transformational impact on people’s lives anywhere it's played.
Every year the Gathering of Games features inspirational stories from Great Game practitioners. They take the main stage in TED-style talks to share why they decided to implement The Great Game of Business, and how that decision has impacted their company, their employees, their communities, and themselves.
Real people giving real experiences, not marketing.