The Great Game of Business: Unlocking the Power and Profitability of Open-Book Management

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In the early 1980s, Springfield Remanufacturing  Corporation (SRC) in Springfield, Missouri, was a  near bankrupt division of International Harvester.  That's when a green young manager, Jack Stack,  took over and turned it around. He didn't know how to  "manage" a company, but he did know about the  principal, of athletic competition and democracy:  keeping score, having fun, playing fair, providing  choice, and having a voice. With these principals  he created his own style of management --  open-book management. The key is to let everyone in on  financial decisions. At SRC, everyone learns how to  read a P&L -- even those without a high school  education know how much the toilet paper they use  cuts into profits. SRC people have a piece of the  action and a vote in company matters. Imagine  having a vote on your bonus and on what businesses the  company should be in. SRC restored the dignity of  economic freedom to its people. Stack's  "open-book management" is the key -- a system  which, as he describes it here, is literally  a game, and one so simple anyone can use  it. As part of the Currency paperback line, the  book includes a "User's Guide" -- an  introduction and discussion guide created for the  paperback by the author -- to help readers make  practical use of the book's ideas. Jack Stack is the  president and CEO of the Springfield Remanufacturing  Corporation, in Springfield, Missouri. The recipient  of the 1993 Business Enterprise Trust Award, Jack  speaks throughout the country on The  Great Game Of Business and Open  Book Management.

Now available in paperback--the book that has, since 1992, become the primer for open-book management, a new method based on the concept of democracy, the spirit of sports, and the reality of numbers. Includes a "user's guide" and a discussion guide created especially for this edition.

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"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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780385475259
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/28/1994
  • Pages: 252
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.19 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

JACK STACK is President and CEO of SRC Holding Corporation, an employee-owned company that supplies remanufactured engines to the transportation industries. He is also the author of A Stake in the Outcome. He lives in Springfield, Missouri.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2004

    What a great way of looking at business!

    This is a great book, particularly for business owners/leaders. Jack Stack shows how and why getting all employees to think and act like owners gives a company an incredible advantage against its competitors. And one can't argue with the author's success. I would also recommend John Case's 'Open-Book Management' for a slightly more 'big-picture' view of the same topic. On related topics I would recommend Ayn Rand's 'Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal' and L. B. M. Serven's 'The End of Office Politics as Usual'.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2001

    A must for anymore going into management.

    I believe this book is an insightful tool for any manager's library. He gives a clear understanding of what it is like to be an employee and ultimately a manager. The tools he learned along the way and is incorporating into SRC are invaluable to the success of an organization. I have toured SRC and talked with the employees and they are his biggest advocates. That says it all!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2000

    Managing a Business - Make it a Game

    Jack Stack has taken Springfield Remanufacturing Corporation from a failing business to a very successful one. How did he do it? He made operating a business a game and included all employees as players in the game. Over a period of many years, he has taught his employees what business is all about by giving them 'the numbers.' He has educated all employees from the top down to the bottom about what the numbers mean and then challenged them to make them better. Has it worked? You bet! SRC has been turned around and is still today a highly successful corporation. This book is a must for all managers! It's easy to read and full of topics that all managers can understand.

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