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How a Manufacturer Is Using Open-Book Management to Reinvent Public School Education

About Innotec The founders of Innotec, a manufacturer based in Zeeland, Michigan, wove the open-book principles of The Great Game of Business into the DNA of their business right from the get-go in 1992. “We based our organization on the same practices that SRC uses,” says Nick deVries, Innotec’s head of finance. “We want to […]

Continue Reading » 7.16.15 / open-book management, The Great Game of Business

4 Types of Planning for Sustainable Business Success

Springfield Remanufacturing Corporation (SRC) is well-known for high-involvement business planning structure. Using this structure, we develop our strategic plans as a collective organization—involving literally everyone in the company, from hourly employees to management, in the planning process. While it might seem extensive, this process proves an integral component of our open-book management structure. Over the […]

Continue Reading » 5.6.15 / The Great Game of Business

The Four Pillars of Leadership

Co-authored by Darren Dahl As I was growing up on the shop floors of manufacturing plants, I was constantly bombarded with best practices that had names like total quality management, management by objectives and lean manufacturing. The idea was that the company’s management was trying to make us more productive and efficient. If one person […]

Continue Reading » 4.28.15 / The Great Game of Business

Beyond the Books: 3 Ways Open-Book Management Helps Your Employees in Their Personal Life

  We’ve seen countless articles on why managers and business leaders need to focus on engaging employees–not only is it generally an important predictor of company performance–but it leads to stronger communication, higher customer satisfaction and loyalty, and increased productivity and profitability. These benefits are widely recognized in organizations running open-book management systems; they encourage […]

Continue Reading » 4.16.15 / Employee Ownership, open-book management, The Great Game of Business

Preparing Your Business for Engaged Employees at All Levels From Front-Line to Director

Think back to when you first opened your business or launched your company. All your hopes and dreams centered on having happy, returning, high-spending customers, right? Your first few customers offered you a great chance to learn how to interact with them to create a great customer experience. As your business grew, so did the […]

Continue Reading » 4.14.15 / Employee Engagement, The Great Game of Business

4 Best Practices for Employee Engagement

Do a quick Google search for the term “employee engagement.” Do you notice anything about the results? On the first several pages, you should see at least one article from every major business magazine, news entity and publication. You should also find endless organizations that provide professional engagement surveys, infographics and reports touting the “amazing” […]

Continue Reading » 4.8.15 / Employee Engagement, The Great Game of Business

4 Common Mistakes with Open-Book Management

For more than 25 years, we’ve helped thousands of companies implement open-book management to its fullest capacity. Along the way, we’ve developed a list of common mistakes companies make while using transparency and open-book management in their organization. If you think you are not executing open-book management correctly, or are not seeing the results you […]

Continue Reading » 3.26.15 / business and financial literacy, Great Game Coaching, open-book management, The Great Game of Business

Attending the 2015 NCEO Employee Ownership Conference? Catch up with us in Denver!

Coming up on April 21-23, 2015, the Great Game of Business team will hit the road for Denver, Colorado, for the National Center for Employee Ownership’s annual Employee Ownership Conference. The NCEO Employee Ownership Conference is the premiere gathering on employee ownership, and the NCEO’s annual conference provides an ideal opportunity to learn, network and […]

Continue Reading » 3.25.15 / The Great Game of Business
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