“We decided to participate in The Great Game of Business because we believe in providing our staff with continuous growth opportunities,” says Loretta Roney, President and CEO of Volt Credit Union. “People like to ‘win’ and momentum builds when you are winning. Through this process and by starting ‘mini games’ we hope to show our staff how they can have fun at work while gaining a stronger sense of purpose.”
Each game is a response to a problem within the company; every employee makes a small change and together, the collected effort is expected to produce incredible results. Just like any other game, this 16-week course has its own scorecard, players and coach. The scorecard keeps track of the company’s progress over time, the employees are the players and Katie Davis, coach for The Great Game of Business, leads each company through the process. The goal of the program is to test a solution and create a new sustainable habit that engages its workforce and increases revenue growth.
"The Great Game of Business has been around for 29 years and we've impacted hundreds of companies, but they've typically had 50 employees or more," Davis says. "Jack Stack says this can be adapted and implemented anywhere and we've been looking at the small business community. We wanted to scale the traditional implementation and apply it to a small business."
Rich Armstrong, President of The Great Game of Business, says the element of having a coach for implementation support is one of the most crucial aspects of the practice. Through The Great Game for Small Business, smaller companies have an opportunity to engage with a coach for an investment that better fits their budget. The difference in this pilot program is that coaching is provided in a group setting with five companies per program. The coaching is done remotely through video conferencing and is supplemented by eLearning training modules.
“We have always worked hard to make The Great Game practices accessible to all organizations, of all sizes,” Armstrong says. “We have a vision to give every employee a chance to learn and play the game of business, and win. We want to break down the walls and hype that make business an elite sport for the select few and keep everyone else in the dark and out of the money. Everyone should play and share in the rewards. The Great Game for Small Business will help us realize that vision.”