Jack Stack

The Great Game of Business, Expanded and Updated

Open Book Management: The Great Game of Business

The Great Game of Business started a business revolution by introducing the world to open-book management, a new way of running a business that created unprecedented profit and employee engagement.

The revised and updated edition of The Great Game of Business lays out an entirely different way of running a company. It wasn’t dreamed up in an executive think tank or an Ivy League business school or around the conference table by big-time consultants.

What these workers created was a revolutionary approach to management that has proven itself in every industry around the world for the past thirty years—an approach that is perhaps the last, best hope for reviving the American Dream.

The Higher Laws of Business

1. You get what you give.

2. It’s easy to stop one guy, but it’s pretty hard to stop 100.

3. What goes around comes around.

4. You do what you gotta do.

5. You gotta wanna.

6. You can sometimes fool the fans, but you can never fool the players.

7. When you raise the bottom, the top rises.

8. When people set their own targets, they usually hit them.

9. If nobody pays attention, people stop caring.

10. As they say in Missouri: S#@$ rolls downhill. By which we mean change begins at the top.

The Ultimate Higher Law

When you appeal to the highest level of thinking, you get the highest level of performance.

Additional Resources:

The Great Game of Business YouTube channel.  There are many great videos about Open Book Leadership from The Great Game and GGOB practitioners there.

The Annual Open Book Management Conference.  This is a great chance to meet other Open Book leaders of all shapes, sizes, and business models and to discern if Open Book is right for you.  The conference is wrapped around education delivered mostly by Open Book practitioners.