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Workshop to Provide Behind-The-Scenes Look at Open-Book Management in Practice

  (January 12, 2018)
Workshop to Provide Behind-The-Scenes Look at Open-Book Management in Practice

Participants of the upcoming “Great Game Experience" regional workshop will have the unique opportunity to see open-book management in action at Keesee Associates, an award-winning residential design service headquartered in the Orlando suburb of Apopka.

Keesee Associates has been practicing the The Great Game of Business, the most celebrated approach to open-book management, since 2014. The Great Game focuses on not only sharing financial information with employees, but also teaching business and financial literacy, forward forecasting of financial statements and providing employees a stake in the outcome.

“Playing the Great Game of Business has changed the culture of this business," says Mike Keesee, Keesee Associates founder. “No longer does management have to run around the office to see if we have scope-creep, or hunting for jobs to be invoiced. The employees have that ‘ownership' mindset in the day-to-day operation, which has freed me up to do what I do best, which is help sell for this company."

And it's the employees who are reaping the rewards of running the business better. For example, prior to implementing “The Game," the company paid out a bonus pool of $16,000. In 2015, thanks to the lessons they learned from opening the books, Keesee's associates earned $125,000 in bonuses. In 2016, the team maxed out their bonus again – which led Keesee to add another layer to the bonus program – which they also hit. The result was that the entire company, including spouses and partners, went on a three-day cruise to the Bahamas together.

The workshop will be a joint presentation by the Keesee Associates team and a Great Game coach, and will feature an overview of The Great Game of Business, a live Keesee Associates financial reporting staff meeting (“Huddle"), and an employee panel for audience Q & A. In addition, participants will discover the power of “MiniGames," short-term incentive plans designed to correct a weakness or pursue an opportunity. Workshop participants will be coached through the process of producing a MiniGame, which on the average saves companies $25,000 per 90-day Game.

If you would like more information about The Great Game Experience to be hosted in Apopka/Orlando, Florida, please contact The Great Game of Business at 417-831-7706 or email at rkiolbassa(at)ggob(dot)com.

About The Great Game of Business, Inc.
The Great Game of Business is the largest and most well-known resource for open-book management training and education. Developed as the educational wing of Springfield, MO's SRC Holdings Corporation, where the philosophy of open-book management was developed by President and CEO, Jack Stack, over 30 years ago. The Great Game of Business, Inc. has provided educational services to over 6,000 companies around the world - including Southwest Airlines, Harley-Davidson and Whole Foods Market. For more information, visit The company also hosts an annual practitioner led conference called The Gathering of Games in Dallas, Texas.

About Keesee Associates
Established in 1992, Keesee Associates has grown over the years to become one of the most recognized design firms across the nation. Today the company provides services to all facets of the architectural community. Commercial, custom homes, remodeling, production builder services and pre-drawn home plans is what makes Keesee Associates a stand out in the industry. Along with its sister company, FDS Engineering, and having reprographics in house, Keesee Associates is your “Total Solution Studio".

The company now operates on an “open-book management" system which recognizes that every team member is an owner in the company and that their effort is what makes Keesee Associates the award-winning company that it is.

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