• Jim Collins, Author of

    The whole concept of the Great Game of Business is beautiful - consistency, alignment, and transparency, infused with core values and brought to life with powerful mechanisms. It is inspired and inspiring, a classic.

    - Jim Collins, Author of "Good to Great"
  • Verne Harnish, CEO Gazelles

    The Great Game of Business is one of the top 10 most important business books for all growth-minded company leaders to read. Jack’s book details how to get everyone in your company focused with one eye on the financial impact of their decisions. Then watch profits and cash soar.

    - Verne Harnish, CEO Gazelles

The Only Sensible Way to Run a Company

Two decades ago, Jack Stack started a business revolution by revealing how his company helped employees to think and act like owners by teaching them how business works, holding them accountable and providing them a stake in the outcome.

The Great Game of Business has been published in eleven different languages and been named one of the “100 Best Business Books of All Time”

The 20th Anniversary Edition includes 30% new, additional material: A new forward from Jack Stack and a full-blown implementation guide that readers have requested for 20 years.

Pre-order now and receive the newly recorded audiobook (narrated by Jack Stack) and complete resource library FREE, months before release!

  • Jim Collins, Author of

    The whole concept of the Great Game of Business is beautiful - consistency, alignment, and transparency, infused with core values and brought to life with powerful mechanisms. It is inspired and inspiring, a classic.

    - Jim Collins, Author of "Good to Great"
  • Verne Harnish, CEO Gazelles

    The Great Game of Business is one of the top 10 most important business books for all growth-minded company leaders to read. Jack’s book details how to get everyone in your company focused with one eye on the financial impact of their decisions. Then watch profits and cash soar.

    - Verne Harnish, CEO Gazelles

What’s the Great Game of Business?

The Great Game of Business is both a book and a management philosophy that has become the most celebrated approach to Open-Book Management. The Great Game of Business is 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 accountability's 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.

What's New

More than 30% all new material to help you drive your Game to the next level, including:

  • Introduction and commentary by Jack Stack
  • Interactive "Get in the Game" Guide - the "how to" people have sought for 20 years.
  • Access to private resource site, filled with tools, templates, spreadsheets, videos & more
Table of Contents
  • Introduction to the Expanded & Updated Edition

    I think that in most people’s hearts, they want to write a book. And most people can. But here’s some advice: don’t write a business book. Write a western or a romance instead—anything but a business book.

  • Why we Teach People how to Make Money

    Is profit good or bad? Where does profit come from? What happens to the profit we earn? Is there such a thing as too much profit? Too little profit? How much profit should we be trying to make? How does profit affect us?

  • Myths of Management

    Are there situations when managers should not tell the truth to the people they work with? Can we come up with an example from our company? Under what circumstances, if any, would you want your boss or your colleague to deceive you or keep you in the dark? Do people in our company tell one another the truth? Why or why not?

  • The Feeling of a Winner

    Do people here believe what management tells them? Do they think that management talks straight to them? If not, why not? What can we do about it?

  • The Big Picture

    What’s the larger purpose behind this business? Why is it worth spending a substantial portion of our lives coming here and doing whatever it is we do?

  • Open-Book Management

    What are the emotions people here feel most often about the business? Do their emotions ever get in the way of doing the right thing? How can emotions lead to bad decisions? Can you give an example from your own experience?

  • Setting Standards

    Numbers have gotten a bad reputation in some quarters: no surprise when you look at how they’ve been used. Most companies use them as punishment, as tools to supervise, intimidate, control. They don’t use numbers as tools to build—to teach people to be more productive.

  • Skip the Praise - Give us the Raise

    There is no more powerful tool a manager can have than a good bonus program—which is why some companies will pay a consultant tens of thousands of dollars to design one. That’s not necessarily a stupid investment. If a bonus program works, it can be an incredible motivator. It can get people producing at levels that make the cost of the program seem like peanuts, no matter how much you may have spent to set it up.

  • Coming up with the Game Plan

    The heart of the Great Game of Business is the annual game plan. By that, I mean a set of financial statements spelling out what you expect to do month by month for the entire year. Without a plan, people have nothing to which they can compare their performance, no means of recognizing problems, no targets they can use to organize, motivate, and challenge themselves.

  • The Great Huddle

    If Nobody Pays Attention, People Stop Caring.
    People have to see the effects of what they do, or they won’t care. It doesn’t matter if the effects are good or bad. If you go out every day, and nobody notices whether your work is good, bad, or indifferent, you’ll stop caring.

  • A Company of Owners

    Most companies pay their people $8 an hour or whatever and let it go at that. At SRC, we give people equity as well because we’re in business to achieve our dreams and we want them to achieve theirs, and all of us have a better shot at succeeding if everyone is a stockholder.

  • The Highest Level of Thinking

    Let me tell you about something that terrifies every person who runs a company—or at least it should. It has been sneaking up on us for years, while no one was paying attention. Now it’s here, and it’s big, and everybody is aware of it and scared by it. In an instant, it can leave you destitute. It can steal your job. It can destroy your company. It can devastate your family. It can ruin your life.

  • The Ultimate Higher Law: A Message to Middle Managers

    THE ULTIMATE HIGHER LAW IS:
    When You Appeal to the Highest Level of Thinking, You Get the Highest Level of Performance. That’s really the whole point. It’s what all the other higher laws lead up to. It’s also the main reason for playing the Great Game of Business.

  • Get in the Game Guide

    When practicing the Great Game of Business (GGOB), the breakthrough comes when companies shift from focusing on an event (bonus plan, financial literacy program, etc.) to using GGOB as an operating system to run their organization. GGOB is a system, a pattern, a strategy, a way of thinking. If you want to fully leverage the power of the Great Game, you must treat it as a system and persistently work it.

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Book Authors

Jack Stack

Jack Stack

Jack Stack is Founder, President and CEO of SRC Holdings Corporation. SRC is a 100% Employee-Owned Company employing over 1200 people, with sales of over $450,000,000. SRC operates 12 business units including joint ventures with John Deere, Case New Holland and Navistar, and maintains two venture capital incubator funds.

A pioneer of the leadership model known as open-book management, Stack is the author of two books on the subject, The Great Game of Business and A Stake in the Outcome. His expertise in using the open-book model has helped SRC Holdings Corp. start, acquire, and own over 60 small and medium size businesses and created thousands of jobs since 1983. In addition, SRC has increased its stock value 292,000% since 1983.

Jack has been called the “smartest strategist in America” by Inc. Magazine and one of the “top 10 minds in small business” by Fortune Small Business Magazine. Jack has served as a contributing editor for Inc. Magazine and contributing business writer for The New York Times.

Jack has served as a world judge for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards Institute and as an advisor for this group since 1998. Jack designed the first ever United Way Entrepreneurial Fund to encourage innovation within the non-profit community. He is the father of five children and grandfather of six.



Bo Burlingham

Bo Burlingham

Bo Burlingham is editor-at-large—and former executive editor—of Inc. magazine and chairman of the Small Giants Community (www.smallgiants.org). His book Small Giants: Companies That Choose To Be Great Instead of Big was a finalist for the 2006 Financial Times/Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year award. His most recent book, co-authored with Norm Brodsky, is Street Smarts: An All-Purpose Tool Kit for Entrepreneurs.

He has also written two books with Jack Stack. One of them, The Great Game of Business, was named one of 100 best business books of all time. The second, A Stake in the Outcome, has been called “the first management classic of the new millennium.” Burlingham is currently working on a book about exits. He lives in Oakland, CA, with his wife of 41 years, Lisa. They have two children and three grandchildren.



Rich Armstrong

Rich Armstrong

Rich Armstrong is the president of The Great Game of Business, Inc. and a 20+ year veteran of SRC Holdings Corporation. He co-authored the update to The Great Game of Business 20th Anniversary Edition: ‘Get in the Game - The Interactive Guide’ with GGOB Vice-President, Steve Baker.

Rich has been instrumental in the on-going design and development of the GGOB methodology because of his practical, “first-hand” experience running businesses at SRC - experience that has enabled him to successfully apply the practices of GGOB in both small and large-scale company implementations around the world. Known for his engaging, down to earth and authentic style, Rich is a popular, versatile speaker and business coach for audiences ranging from executive leadership to front-line employees.

Rich holds a degree in business from Pittsburg State University and serves on the board of Court Appointed Special Advocates for children (CASA) and the National Center for Employee Ownership (NCEO). Combined with the love and enjoyment of his family, including two wonderful children, Ryan and Rylee, Rich is an avid musician and will often be found enjoying music in his home studio.



Steve Baker

Steve Baker

Steve Baker is Vice President of The Great Game of Business, Inc., a division of employee-owned SRC Holdings Corporation. He co-wrote the update to The Great Game of Business 20th Anniversary Edition: ‘Get in the Game - The Interactive Guide’ with GGOB President, Rich Armstrong. Known for his high-energy and engaging message, he has become a top-rated and sought-after speaker, author and coach on topics of Open-Book Management, Strategy & Execution, Business Literacy and Employee Engagement.

Steve has served on the Board of Directors of the National Center for Employee Ownership and SRC’s Ownership Culture Steering Committee. He holds a Design degree from Missouri State University and spent two decades working in marketing and branding roles before joining SRC, and is an award-winning designer. He lives in Springfield, Missouri with his wife, JoAnn, and their three children.