Episode 006 Maggie Bayless, Business Systems, and Staying Inspired

In the last episode Maggie talked about Zingerman’s managing partner program and the role of Zingtrain. This week we’ll talk about business systems, staying motivated as an owner and the future of Zingtrain.

Maggie Bayless, Managing Parnter ZingTrain, and Todd Reed
Todd Reed (me) and Maggie Bayless, Managing Partner ZingTrain.

When the interview begins, she’s telling us one of the reasons why someone decides to take a ZingTrain class, which very quickly moves into the conversation about systems.

This week’s questions:

  1. Maggie begins with systems – do you have any in your business? More importantly, are they focused on helping you achieve your mission? Do they allow your people to be creatively do things that will differentiate your business?
  2. What energized you most when you started your business? Have you lost touch with that energy? What would it take for you to get back in touch with it? How could this help your employees be more excited about the work they’re doing?
  3. Do you want your business to go beyond you? What would it take to make this happen in your business? If you have potential leaders in your business, could you sit with them to create a vision of succession that would get them and you excited about the future of your business?

I would love to see your answers at one of the many Inspired and Intentional outlets:

On the comments below, on Twitter @ToddAReed, on LinkedIn at LinkedIn.com/in/toddareed, and on Facebook, search for inspired and intentional.

You can get hold of Maggie by emailing her at mbayless@zingermans.com.




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Next week we’ll talk with Amy Emberling of Zingerman’s Bakehouse.

Thank you for listening and until next week, be inspired and intentional.

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Building Inspired and Intentional 0002 – Podcast Training

First session with Jeff Brown, Read to Lead podcaster. I’ve hired him to teach me podcasting. I’m excited because this will help my at my job as well as for this project.

Jeff Brown, podcaster, podcasting coach, Read to Lead Podcaster
Jeff Brown, podcaster and coach. Image used from the Read to Lead Podcast

Our first session was around the podcast’s worldview or to put it another way: when someone asks, “What is your podcast about?” I have a relatively succinct answer.

We also talked about ideal listener. Some in the business, I’m looking at you JLD, call it their Avatar.

Here’s what I submitted to Jeff as my worldview:

In the United States, according to Gallup, nearly 70% of employees are not engaged in their work. This disengagement is affecting profitability and productivity. I believe there are 3 ways businesses can improve this. One, they inspire with an clear vision. Two, they practice open-book management. Three, they intentionally build a collaborative, accountable, strength focused team.

He likes it and we’re moving on to bigger and better topics. Next up, critiquing my first episdode.