- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Crown Business; Revised, 20th Anniversary ed. edition (July 16, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0385348339
- ISBN-13: 978-0385348331
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.9 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,114 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“The Great Game of Business is one of the top 10 most important business books for all growth-minded company leaders to read. Why? It details how to create the critically important “line of sight” every employee needs to be fully engaged and driving toward a common goal. And Jack’s book details how to get everyone in your company focused with one eye on the financial impact of their decisions. Then watch profits and cash soar.” -Verne Harnish, CEO of Gazelles and author of The Greatest Business Decisions of All Time
"This is the brilliant story of the most radical act committed by a businessman in this century. You can't run or manage your business the old way once you read The Great Game." -Paul Hawken
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"An executive who turned around his own business shows how any company can build on its people's "universal desire to win," to boost both profits and employee morale, using his bold system of open-book management. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Jack Stack's Company is in the business of re-manufacturing engines (they sell a product). My concern was how could we make Open Book Management principles work in a service business. In the early months, we adopted Jack's three cornerstones: 1) Know the rules of the game: Create a written business plan, and involve all employees in the annual business planning process. 2) Keep score: Produce monthly financial statements, and teach all employee how to read the P&L. 3) What's in it for me: When the company wins, pay employees Gainsharing checks each quarter. Plus we adopted Jacks meeting schedule: Managers attend weekly Great Huddle Meetings, and all employees attend Chalk Talk meetings. These meetings are designed to inform and keep the team on track with our business plan.
Results? We found Open Book Management works very well in a service business. In fact, it completely changed our culture and our employees love it. Over the years, we have had a few employee leave and take jobs with other companies. But after a few months, some of them return saying they missed our culture and playing the GGOB. I strongly recommend and endorse the GGOB.
It changed our organization... Who knows... It might change yours too!
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The Great Game of Business, Expanded and Updated: The Only Sensible Way to Run a Company
To now watch the second generation of Jack's staff lead their organizations and observe thousands of companies using the cultural philosophy that has lead to the term open book management is simply amazing. This book is a staple and I continue to be inspired by it and gift it to leaders who get the value of empowering staff and rewarding for results.
Engaged employees deliver higher quality products. Engaged employees deliver superior customer services. Ultimately, engaged employees lead to greater profitability.
The challenge organizations face in seeking increased associate engagement comes in deciding which levers to pull. What systems make sense? What incentives motivate?
Jack Stack's book is good because he lays out in detail the approach an organization can take to prepare for the Digital Age. The appendix offers a playbook to follow.
Jack Stack takes a practical, implementable approach to Open Book Management. In a nutshell, the theory is that if employees understand the numeric goals of a business, and how their own measurables contribute to those goals in a fun, competitive environment -- they will find new, creative ways to assist management in cranking out profit, additional sales revenue, and free cash flow. Having personalized this approach and implemented it myself in a number of organizations, I can vouch that this is absolutely the best way to improve the numbers that are so critical to your business success. Get your team involved -- Roll out the Great Game of Business TODAY!