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

Keesee Associates’ 2016 team goal: a cruise for the entire company

Playing the Great Game of Business has changed the culture of this business…the employees have that ‘ownership’ mindset in the day-to-day operation, which has freed me up to do what I do best…”

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…

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