The Harrington Group

Recognizing The Challenges Of Open-Book Management

Posted on Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

Open-book management can be fun, but the flip-side to any game is that sometimes, you will lose. Many employees will take the ball and run with it. But some people don’t want the responsibility of managing a business’ bottom line and all of the pressures it brings. The change is noticeable. Open-book management is like...read the full article

Games For Business Results

Posted on Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

Open-book management requires consensus and planning, but implementation isn’t just grit; it can be a fun game. To encourage participation and make the financial statements meaningful, Harrington Group employees played games. Each game was a month long and focused on an individual goal. For example, one month, the game involved reaching a certain overhead rate....read the full article

Open-Book Management in Motion

Posted on Friday, July 13th, 2012

When employees have access to all relevant financial information and critical data, they have a better understanding of how the company is doing as a whole and are more likely to make better decisions and perform their jobs more effectively. This is the basic concept of Open-Book Management. But, not all employees have a background...read the full article

Open-Book Management In Harrington Group

Posted on Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

In early 1998, I was browsing through the bookstore, looking at the shelves in the business section. Something always jumps off the shelf when I do this and, mysteriously, the subject matter always seems to be just what I need at that moment in time. I found myself in the checkout line holding Open-Book Management...read the full article

One Fire Department’s Top Lessons Learned After a Combustible Dust Explosion Injures Three

Posted on Monday, July 2nd, 2012

While the cause of a recent fire and combustible dust explosion at North America, that injured three firefighters, is still undetermined and under investigation, a closer look into the events that occurred that day resulted in valuable lessons learned for the reporting fire department. The fire department was dispatched to an active fire inside a...read the full article