Riverbanks for Service and Employee Freedom

Tabitha Mason, Managing Partner Cornman Farms – was venue manager when I recorded her. She gets into how she came into the Zingerman’s family and how her husband’s sudden job loss helped them to see the benefits of Open Book Management.Tabitha Mason Managing Partner of Cornman Farms

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Starting an Employee Engaging Company from the Ground Up

Ji Hye Kim – Founding Partner of Miss Kim, a Korean restaurant in Ann Arbor.

We’ll hear her story from moving to the US, to taking a 90% pay cut to join the Zingerman’s family, to bringing the Zingerman’s ethos alive in a new venture. It’s not easy, but being open with numbers, lean, and mindful have helped her to create a new business that will enrich the lives of the employees and customers. Continue reading Starting an Employee Engaging Company from the Ground Up

Scott Monette: Changing the World by Creating Work

First a shout out to a listener…my mother, Connie. She listens sporadically to the show, but she tuned into my episodes with Scott and they really grabbed her attention. She was so excited what Scott is doing that she shared with her local family owned restaurant (I think they might be there everyday) the story of what Scott’s doing. They then got her into contact with their distributor who really caught on to Scott’s vision for creating work for those living with disabilities and they have now brought his wine into their area, a new market for Scott and 100% wine. So cool.

Scott was one of my first guests that I asked what challenge the world could help him with and finding new markets was one of them. Who knew it would be my mom spurring that on! That’s why you put the challenge out there.

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Kieron Hales: Family, Lean, and Failure Equal Employee Engagement

Great story of an English kid, a prodigy really, in music and cooking that has found a new family in the town of Dexter, Michigan and his business that is part of the Zingerman’s Community, Cornman Farms.

Creating a work family.
Lean and it’s importance to business and employee engagement.
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Create Amazing Work and Change the World, Ep 90

I spent a few minutes with Valentina Silva, Communications Specialist at the Zingerman’s Service Network. Our talk ranges from her day to day to what her challenges and opportunities are for the future. She offers an employee perspective on a company that practices open book management and one that is known for it’s positive company culture.

Todd Reed and Valentina Silva

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