Capitalism in its traditional form is under attack. Solutions from both sides are extreme and unsustainable. There is a revolution going on in business; a movement that is teaching the have-nots how the haves make it. It’s about creating and distributing wealth equitably as a way to close those gaps in wealth that plague our society. It’s about changing the game. And it all started nearly 40 years ago at a company called SRC.
Why Three Books?
In 1983, Jack Stack and 12 managers bought a dying division of International Harvester and turned it into one of the most competitive companies in America. They did it by teaching every person in the factory how business works. In 1992, their story, The Great Game of Business became an unexpected best-seller. Popular demand has been the driving force behind writing these two new books. Together, they provide the What, Why and How of the Great Game of Business.
Change the Game is an inspiration, brimming with case studies of enlightened capitalism and transformed lives, proving that business is truly the catalyst for lasting change in the world. This powerful book explores the impact of a business and financially literate population in every sector.
By Jack Stack with Darren Dahl
The goal of playing the Great Game of Business has always been to find a way to teach the have-nots how the haves make it. It’s about creating and distributing wealth equitably as a way to close those gaps in wealth that plague our society. It’s about changing the game.
We wrote Change The Game for those of you who continue to seek a brighter side of capitalism, one that truly transforms lives for the better. This book is about hope: no matter how grim things look, you can make them better. You don’t have to wait for someone to bail you out. You have the ability to attain peace, security, and happiness. That’s what we think the American dream is all about. It’s our continuing belief that, through building successful organizations, we can change the world for the better. We can give people the tools to bring about positive change in our society. Change The Game is filled with stories that demonstrate the transformative effects that happen when people embrace a system that makes work fun and rewarding for everyone who plays. Businesses have the potential to make a positive difference in the world. They can empower people to pursue their dreams and benefit our society as a whole.
The Great Game of Business, the leadership system we developed with the help of our associates more than forty years ago, is the result of seeking a better way to run a business than what we had learned on the gritty factory floors where we began our careers. The journey we’ve been on for more than four decades and counting has been driven by our desire to give people the opportunity to build better lives for themselves, their families, and their communities. That’s how we want to Change The Game.
“Change the Game is an inspiration, brimming with case studies of enlightened capitalism and transformed lives, proving that business is truly the catalyst for lasting change in the world.”- Verne Harnish, Founder Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) and author of Scaling Up (Rockefeller Habits 2.0)
John P. (Jack) Stack is president and CEO of SRC Holdings Corporation. SRC remanufactures gasoline and diesel engines for the automotive and off-highway markets, distributes engine kits, manufactures power units and remanufactures electrical components, and conducts seminars and training programs specializing in all aspects of teaching people how to implement open-book management. SRC has annual sales of over $600 million and currently employs more than 1,900 people.
Stack, a graduate of Elmhurst College, came to SRC in 1979 as the Plant Manager of International Harvester after eleven years of direct supply chain management experience. 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 book The Great Game of Business, published in 1992, which was selected one of the thirty best business books of the year by Soundview Executive Book Summaries. This open-book management program has been recognized by the CBS program Eye on America and PBS’s McNeil-Lehrer Report and has received both the National Business Ethics Award and the Business Enterprise Trust Award. SRC was also selected as one of the Top 100 Companies to Work for in America. Jack’s second book, A Stake in the Outcome, was published in March 2002.
Jack has been named the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce’s “Springfieldian of the Year,” an honor bestowed annually on a local community member who has worked to improve the quality of life in Springfield. He has also received the Springfield Business Journal’s Economic Impact “Lifetime Achievement” award for outstanding professional accomplishments and contributions in the business community. Inc. magazine has called him the “smartest strategist in America” and named him one of twenty-five entrepreneurs selected to represent the twenty-five years Inc. has been published. Jack was also listed among the “Top 10 Minds in Small Business” in Fortune Small Business magazine. He was recently named the Remanufacturer of the Year by ReMaTecNews at their annual conference.
Jack serves as a director on the boards of several SRC-affiliated companies, including Newstream Enterprises, CNH Reman, and SRC of Lexington. He is a trustee for SRC’s employee stock ownership program, VEBA Trust, and 401(k) Program. He also serves on the board of directors of Paul Mueller Company, and is an advisory board member of the Greater Ozarks Centers for Advanced Professional Studies (GO-CAPS), which includes Springfield and twenty of the surrounding school districts. GO-CAPS, a program for high school juniors and seniors, gives students the chance to explore their interests in engineering and manufacturing, entrepreneurship, medicine and healthcare, and IT and software solutions.
Jack is presently serving as a director of Care to Learn, a local not-for-profit agency that provides relief to children with emergent hunger, health, and hygiene needs. He serves as the chairman of the advisory board of Harmony House I-Care, a not-for-profit organization that provides shelter, advocacy, and education to survivors of domestic violence. Jack is the founder of the Boys and Girls Clubs’ “Invest to Invest Club,” which was created in order to generate a new source of funds for their youth programs and to serve as a tool to teach business basics to club members and provide a friendly and competitive venue for the Invest to Invest group members.
Jack has been married to Betsy for forty-seven years and is the father of five children and grandfather of ten.
Darren is an experienced ghostwriter and business journalist. He’s written many words in his career, more than one million of them, targeting various topics in the worlds of business and entrepreneurship. That spans the more than five hundred articles he has written for publications like the New York Times, Inc., Forbes, the Huffington Post, and American Express OPEN Forum. He is particularly passionate about projects that connect to the notion that conscious businesses can be a force for good and positive change in the world.
Darren has worked with some of our era’s leading entrepreneurs and business thought leaders in writing blogs and white papers covering a slew of topics ranging from practical how-to pieces to in-depth profiles on some of the world’s most intriguing companies and entrepreneurs. He’s also ghostwritten multiple books, two of which have landed on multiple best-seller lists while others have garnered attention and applause from other leading business publications, such as the Harvard Business Review, the Wall Street Journal, and Strategy + Business.
Darren earned a master of arts degree in journalism from Columbia University, a master of business administration from the University of Albany, and a bachelor’s degree in English and economics from Union College. He lives in Asheville, North Carolina, with his wife, Stephanie.