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Paperback A Stake in the Outcome: Building a Culture of Ownership for the Long-Term Success of Your Business Book

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ISBN13: 9780385505093

A Stake in the Outcome: Building a Culture of Ownership for the Long-Term Success of Your Business

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Now in paperback, A STAKE IN THE OUTCOME, which follows to the highly successful THE GREAT GAME OF BUSINESS, explains why and how the key to getting the best performance from your employees is to give them a sense of ownership in the company. A STAKE IN THE OUTCOME states that by building a true culture of ownership among a company's employees, they will be somotivated to succeed that they can and will outperform any competing workforce. Like its...

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Excellent Journal of the trip to create a succesful employee-owned company

The book describes with candor the experience of the author in building a succesful employee-owned organization. It narrates, in very human terms, the journey of a group of people to build what has become a case study in business management studies. From the motivations of the people involved, to the challenges and dilemmas they faced, to the strategies and solutions they found, the book provides tremendous amount of insight for anybody considering creating an organization that shares ownership with employees and aims to have an ownership culture.

Much Better than The Great Game of Business

I found the Great Game of Business to be uninformative. However, A Stake in the Outcome made up for it! If you've ever considered becoming an entrepreneur, READ THIS BOOK!

Cold, hard, ruthless, and magnificent!

A lot of "business management" books are all fluff; not here.There is not one wasted word in this wonderful book, which should be mandatory reading in every business in America.Inadvertantly, Stack addressed the issue of a "culture of ownership" just in time to face a generational shift in the work force."Theory X" worked for the veterans of WWII; "Theory Y" worked, to a degree, for the Baby Boomers."Generation X," and "Generation Y," see the cultural climate of business in an entirely different light; yet, they must find a voice in working with American business, for the good of all.Incredibly distrustful of authority, and poorly served by the education system they have left, something new is needed to bring order out of the chaos of their perceptions.If you are looking for silver bullets, look no further than Stack's books (and Ricardo Semler's "Maverick").In "The Great Game of Business," Stack discussed the restructuring of Sprinfield Remanfacturing, starting with a debt/equity ratio of 89 to 1.Success brought a new, painful awareness of two basic issues: one, growth leads to conflict arising, and must be resolved; and two, businesses do not scale very well. A larger business requires a qualitatively different framework to resolve conflicts in; the price of the necessary knowledge is very high, indeed.Good news!Stack and the people at SRC Holdings Corporation - the name should give you a hint of the magnitude of change required - have done the heavy lifting for you!The best accompaniment you can have as you try to apply his principles is a good primer on economic value added (EVA) accounting.Incidentally, Chapter 10, "Crossing the Great Divide," includes a great story about "The Secret of the Chinese Firecracker Factory," where the issue of scaling the business model is addressed following an insight gained from the manufacturing process of Chinese firecrackers.The same insight was expressed in Chapter 15 of "Maverick," by Ricardo Semler. Called "Divide and Prosper," Semler addresses the issue of the appropriate scale and structure of the business in the same light as Stack. Semler also addressed a good many of the issues Stack faced from an invaluable perspective, particularly management structure (see Chapter 21 of "Maverick.")Stack has given one and all an invaluable guide to The Next Step after Open Books; keep it close to hand, give it to all of your people, and let people who wonder about "who moved their cheese," keep wondering!

A good story, instructive

Jack Stack has become well-known in some circles as the poster boy of open book management. He and his colleagues at SRC (Springfield Remanufacturing Corporation) have built a company and set of business practices (Great Game of Business) around the concept of sharing numbers with your employees. Yes, it's more than just sharing numbers, it's empowering the employees to be true team members, enabling them to take personal and collective actions to influence the numbers and to share in the profits. Open book management is a great concept that has made a significant difference for a lot of companies, and even the U. S. Coast Guard. Stack presented the concept in his 1992 book, "The Great Game of Business" (Currency Doubleday). That book was a valuable how-to package."A Stake in the Outcome" is more of the story of the transformation of a remanufacturing plant owned by a large corporation into a thriving independent business. In the midst of the text, the reader will find some advice, some brief case studies of other companies, and some experience descriptions that may be instructive. But, when it all shakes out, this is the story of the growth of a business. It's an historical review with plenty of detail. It's Jack Stack's story.If you're looking for an instruction book of how to build an employee-centered open book management company, this isn't it. If you're looking for an instructive report of what one company went through, from the leader's perspective, this book fits that description. It's Jack Stack's book, even though Bo Burlingham, an editor-at-large of Inc. Magazine, is shown as co-author. Burlingham's photo doesn't appear on the dust jacket, just Stack's. Reading the book is like listening to Stack telling his story, with the emotion, the ego, the pride, and the rough-and-tumble. It would be interesting to hear this story shared by others. You can gain that experience by visiting SRC in Springfield, Missouri, but you can't get it from this book.

Jack Stack does it again!

In his latest book, A Stake in the Outcome, Jack Stack (and coauthor Bob Burlingham) extends and amplifies the lessons he taught in his first book, The Great Game of Business. This is the detailed story of how Springfield Remanufacturing Corporation evolved into SRC Holdings and it is a great read! Many of us have wondered over the years how SRC was evolving. We knew a bit about the diversification activities but none of the details and, certainly, little of the philosophy. This book pulls the curtain aside and lets us look at the fascinating details of this very worthy endeavor.Stack and his cohort at SRC have, literally, created a new business model - in the sense that Peter Drucker uses the term. There are significant lessons to be learned here and I intend to point my Strategic Management students in the direction of this book. What is particularly appealing to me is that the book is not a watered down "ain't we wonderful" retrospective summary. It's a detailed presentation of what went on including all of the mistakes and "lessons learned".
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