The Great Game of Business has become the most celebrated approach to Open-book Management, a unique and well-proven approach to running a company, based on a simple, yet powerful, belief; “When employees think, act and feel like owners… everybody wins.” In its simplest form, The Great Game of Business is a way of running a company that gets everyone focused on helping the business be successful. Employee goals and accountabilities are tied directly to the success of the company. It teaches all employees the Critical Numbers of the company and how they can make a difference—both individually and as part of a team.
"In the Great Game of Business Jack Stack provides a primer for managing any size company, including overarching principles and detailed actions. All small business owners should read this book. If you run an ESOP, it probably should be mandatory.”— Coherent Coaching
It used to be said that¾It is not whether you win or lose, it’s how you play the game. That old saying might be fine to coach a soccer team. But in today’s dynamic working environment it’s all about winning. With that said, companies and individuals must focus on the mechanisms
To say that work has changed over the last years would be an understatement. With an increase in downsizing, cut budgets, working hours, customer demands and shareholder requirements, people in charge are constantly under the gun to achieve more with less. It is common now to find managers carrying out a
Confronting Reality will change the way you think about and run your business. It is the first book that shows how to connect the big picture of the new era of business with the nitty-gritty of what to do about it. Through a completely new way to understand and use the
1. The only way to be secure is to make money and generate cash. Everything else is a means to that end.
The ignorance of the people on the shop floor usually means they have no idea why managers do what they do and chalk up every mistake in the company to a combination of greed and stupidity.
The ignorance of the middle managers means they are constantly torn between the demands of top management and those of the work force. They really have the most difficult role in the company because they have to please two masters. If they side with their people, they're against top management. If they side with top management, they're in conflict with the work force. Consequently, they can never please themselves.
The ignorance of top management assumes that people down the ladder are incapable of understanding its problems and responsibilities.
How do you start the Great Game of Business? By creating a series of small wins—by showing people how it feels to be a winner.
No company can play the Great Game of Business with people who feel like losers. Even if people believe the numbers, they won't respond to them if they don't care about what they're doing.
Having fun should be a job responsibility. Nobody can do a job well if he or she doesn't have fun doing it. Winning is a lot of fun, but people may not know how to be winners in their jobs. So you have to show them.
Most of the problems we have in business today are a direct result of our failure to show people how they fit into the Big Picture.
You will always be more successful in business by sharing information with the people you work with than by keeping them in the dark.