The Great Game of Business Shares Its Formula for Open-Book Management & Strategic Planning at Upcoming Workshop


Springfield, MO (PRWEB) January 22, 2015

The Great Game of Business, Inc. invites business leaders and entrepreneurs to visit legendary open-book company, Springfield Remanufacturing Corporation (SRC), to learn the company’s proven formula for involving the entire company in the annual strategic plan at their upcoming High-Involvement Planning Workshop.

The Origins of Open-Book Management

There are very few people who know that Springfield, Missouri is the birthplace of open-book management. It all started at SRC, which employs about 1,500 employees at 14 core divisions; most of which are involved in re-manufacturing or joint ventures with companies such as Case New Holland. The Great Game of Business, Inc., the smallest division of SRC, was established to handle a high demand for company tours 25 years ago as business leaders learned about open-book management. Today, The Great Game of Business has grown into the largest and most well-known resource for open-book management training and education.

The book, The Great Game of Business, – authored by SRC’s president & CEO, Jack Stack – was originally published in 1992 and is the story of SRC and open-book management.

The secret to success with The Great Game of Business, is that the model goes beyond simply opening the books and sharing company financials. Their methodology offers a bottom-up management system that educates, engages and empowers employees to become a part of the business’ success.

High-Involvement Planning

One vital aspect of Great Game’s success is, “High-Involvement Planning,” SRC’s formula for bringing the annual financial and strategic planning process to the people that actually execute the plan day-to-day. During High-Involvement Planning, SRC creates and communicates a plan for what the organization will look like one, five and even 10 years into the future.

“Putting your targets out there isn’t the conclusion,” Stack states in a recent blog on Great Game’s website,” It’s just the beginning. It’s one thing to listen to your sales team about the kind of potential that’s out there for your organization, but it’s another thing altogether to focus on the details about how you will be able to execute on that plan.”

While nearly every company has a process for establishing a long-term financial plan, SRC’s template is unique in that it offers a pattern and communication process that is uncommon in traditional strategic plans.

The Great Game of Business invites business leaders to learn SRC’s proven strategic planning process at the High-Involvement Planning Workshop, held February 24 and 25, 2015 at SRC’s corporate headquarters in Springfield, Missouri. This workshop is designed to equip companies with tools, practices and know-how necessary to implement and sustain a high-involvement planning process that consistently involves, informs and educates the entire organization on the realities of the marketplace and the strategic goals of the company.

Participants at this event will take away proprietary tools aimed at guiding them through processes such as contingency evaluation, SWOT analysis, financial forecasting and bottom-up financial planning

Interested companies can find out more about the event by visiting or by calling 1-800-386-2752.

About The Great Game of Business, Inc.

The Great Game of Business, Inc. was established to help companies implement the open-book management practices outlined in the book The Great Game of Business. We are the educational wing of SRC Holdings Corporation, where the business philosophy of open-book management was developed by President and CEO, Jack Stack, more than 30 years ago.

Originally established to handle a high-demand for company tours and visits after the book’s release, The Great Game of Business, Inc. is now the largest and most well-known resource for open-book management training and education.

The Great Game of Business provides expert training and coaching services as well as an annual conference for companies interested in implementing open-book management in their organization. The Great Game of Business, Inc. has hosted more than 6,000 companies around the world — including Southwest Airlines, Harley-Davidson and Whole Foods Market. For more information, visit

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AMCA Urges That All Mosquito Control Strategies Needed to Protect Public Health of Communities


Mount Laurel, N.J. (PRWEB) August 18, 2014

The American Mosquito Control Association (AMCA) reminds the public that the integrated mosquito management methods currently employed by organized mosquito and vector control districts and endorsed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), are comprehensive and specifically tailored to safely counter each stage of the mosquito life cycle.

Communities seeking relief from massive mosquito populations this summer are coming under increasing pressure from activists to refrain from applying public health pesticides to abate the problem and provide protection from diseases transmitted by mosquitoes. These attacks on the proper use of EPA-registered public health pesticides are most unfortunate, shortsighted, and place the public at increased risk of mosquito-borne diseases.

“Larval control through water management and source reduction, where compatible with other land management uses, is a prudent pest management alternative – as is use of the environmentally friendly EPA-registered larvicides currently available,” said Joe Conlon, Technical Advisor for the AMCA. “However, when source elimination or larval control measures are clearly inadequate, or in the case of imminent disease, the EPA and CDC have emphasized the need for considered application of adulticides by certified applicators trained in the specialized handling of these products in a published joint statement.”

The extremely small droplet aerosols utilized in adult mosquito control are designed to impact on adult mosquitoes that are in flight at the time of the application. Degradation of these small droplets is rapid, leaving little or no residue in the target area at ground level. These special considerations are major factors that favor the use of very low application rates for these products, at approximately 0.06 ounces active ingredient per acre in the case of permethrin, and are instrumental in minimizing adverse impacts.

In many cases, such as in protected wetlands, mosquito breeding habitat cannot be removed or treated with larvicides. The public health community is thus forced to deal with the blood-feeding adult mosquitoes being produced in these areas using other means. Furthermore, flight ranges of many mosquito species are in excess of two miles, meaning they can bring their diseases into populated areas from outside jurisdictions. In order to stop the disease transmission cycle these populations must be dealt with by adulticides when deemed necessary by mosquito control experts.

“To gratuitously eliminate adulticiding as a control alternative removes a valuable tool that significantly reduces the disease threat while simultaneously reducing the number of mosquitoes producing future generations,” said Conlon.

Despite intense pressures in some communities to eliminate the use of mosquito adulticides, the CDC, World Health Organization (WHO) and other public health agencies agree that it is essential that adulticiding remains available for disease prevention and control of large nuisance mosquito populations. The public health agencies promote the proper use of mosquitocides by established mosquito control agencies does not put the general public or the environment at unreasonable risk from runoff, leaching or drift when used according to label specifications.

“Several recent studies have clearly shown that the risk from mosquito-borne disease far outweighs that posed by mosquito adulticides in even the worst-case scenarios,” says Conlon.

The AMCA promotes integrated, effective and sustainable mosquito control utilizing the full range of mosquito control methods, where appropriate, as the key to enhancing the public’s health and quality of life. The general public can adopt safe mosquito control following “the 3 Ds:

Drain: Empty out water containers at least once per week
Dress: Wear long sleeves, long pants, and light-colored, loose-fitting clothing
Defend: Properly apply an EPA registered approved repellent such as DEET, picaridin, IR3535 or oil of lemon-eucalyptus
For more information on the American Mosquito Control Association or this issue, please visit

About the American Mosquito Control Association

Celebrating 79 years of protecting public health in 2014, the American Mosquito Control Association (AMCA) is an international not-for-profit public service association. With over 1,600 members worldwide, AMCA membership extends to more than 35 countries, and includes individuals and public agencies engaged in mosquito control, mosquito research and related activities. Please visit AMCA online at and follow AMCA on Twitter @AMCAupdates.

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