MERRIAM, Kan. - Sept. 23, 2021 - PRLog -- Ryan Lawn & Tree has been named as one of the Great Game of Business' (GGOB) 25 All-Star companies for 2021. All-Stars are companies from around the globe that have fully embraced the principles of open-book management and The Great Game of Business and have demonstrated outstanding results.
RYAN first kicked off its GGOB initiative in 2018. GGOB helps businesses educate individuals, from hourly employees to top-level executives, about how to run a successful business. GGOB creates an environment of learning and financial literacy and helps employees start thinking like owners. Vice President & CFO, Roy Heinbach, has a unique take, saying, "We're creating a bunch of mini CFOs. There are not too many places where everyone in a company of 350+ is in tune with the financial statements."
Prior to implementing GGOB, RYAN bounced between growth and profit goals and never found a balance between the two priorities. Either sales soared and profits plummeted or vice versa. Increases in the company's stock price also seesawed as a result. "We have always been a 'work hard and work long' company," says Jason Snyder, Director of Business Development. "We needed to find a way to 'work smarter' to our mantra."
RYAN has seen a steady growth of more than 20% and turned a profit of more than 8% in each of its first 2 years since applying the GGOB principles. GGOB was our missing link," says Russ Merwin, Director of Training. "GGOB has added the framework that allows everyone, from top to bottom, to understand our operations and now add 'working smarter' to our mantra. Our culture was strong; GGOB is making it stronger."
Here is what some of RYAN's employees have to say about GGOB:
"GGOB has changed our culture and people for the better. Our people have more of a team mentality, are more thoughtful in thinking of the companies needs first instead of their own, and have increased our value of the customer above all else because they ultimately take care of us. I have seen dramatic changes from upper management all the way down to new associates for the better and know this will continue in the future as this is how The Game was designed and you can't help but do great things with it."
- Josh Scheer, Landscape Sales Consultant
"GGOB has helped younger employees, new to the ESOP, understand the importance of what and how they do their jobs really does affect the overall performance of the organization."
- Mark Bartlow, Consulting Arborist
"Through transparency and goal setting, The Great Game of Business encourages employees to be an agent of change in the workplace. Everyone has a role to play!"
- Angie Laughrey, Project Coordinator
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