Part 3 of the Ari Weinzweig Interview – Collaboration and Support

This is the third of three episodes with Ari Weinzwieg, co-founding partner of the Zingerman’s community of businesses. Last week he talked about the 3Cs of organizational design. This week he’ll cover collaboration and support.

Zingemrans Deli in Ann Arbor, MI
The deli that started it all for Ari Weinzweig and Paul Saginaw, Zingerman’s.

The four questions
1. Is fear holding you back from sharing more information with your team, suppliers, and customers? Could your organization benefit from being more open?

2. He talked about collaborative decision making. What are some small steps you could take to begin incorporating more collaboration into the leadership of your company? What people could bring different insight to the decisions you’re trying to make?

3. Along those lines of collaboration – he talked about how Paul and He rarely see eye to eye, but what they do share are values and vision. Is your team on the same page around values and vision?

4. Do you have a community of like minded leaders to support you in your journey? Remember, you are not alone in wanting to create a more engaged, collaborative, and open work place.

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Next week, I start a 3 part series with Maggie Bayless, managing partner of ZingTrain. My time with her will cover topics like consensus (trend), creating new opportunities for your growing people, and the importance of systems. Until then, be inspired and intentional.

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Global Leadership Summit Day 2 Highlights

Finally getting my Global Leadership Summit Day 2 highlights up for all the world. Some other great speakers.

Horst Schulze spoke about his experience at the Ritz Carlton and how leaders determine the culture and how excellent an organization is to be.

Sheila Heen spoke on feedback and the importance of learning how to receive it and learn from it.

Bill Hybels interviewed Brian Houston about his experience building an international organization. I like his point about being true to your mission, no matter where you go.

Sam Ademeyi spoke on the leadership chasm and how to tell if you have a hierarchal problem where leadership is too controlling and not allowing people to have power.

Liz Wiseman spoke on Rookie smarts and the value of taking the eyes of a rookie. Really enjoyed her speaking and will recommend she speak at one of my company’s events in the future.

Finally, Craig Groeschel spoke on the 5 C’s and the importance of improving in one of them this year. They are: Confidence, Competence, Connections, Character, and Commitment. I chose Connections, but could have easily gone with Commitment or Confidence. I chose connections because I need to allow others into my life that can help build what I believe can happen with Inspired and Intentional. Also, I need to have more confidence that I have something of value to share with them.

Global Leadership Summit 2015 Day 1 Highlights

I enjoyed my first day of the Global Leadership Summit 2015. Nice array of speakers and a good format that mixed things up.

Speakers today included
Bill Hybels
Adam Grant
Jim Collins
Albert Tate
Sallie Krawcheck
Dr Brene Brown
and a cool stories about a church in Uganda working on housing and repentance for the country; Warden from the Angola Prison in Louisiana; and the Nature Sweet Tomatoes company (now on my list to interview).

3 Bits of Inspired and Intentional News

Here’s my first video that I’m promoting. 3 items of news that I found regarding Inspired and Intentional business.

The first is from Huffington Post’s new section called Purpose + Profit. It’s underwritten by PWC, Price Waterhouse Coopers, which is nice and bringing some big names to the movement.

The second is from a LinkedIn story called “.State of HR: Why You Should Fill Your Payroll with Purpose-Driven People” by Aaron Hurst, CEO of Imperative. A study was conducted regarding types of employees, they came up with 3 and I talk about them briefly.

The last one is about Mindy Hall, PhD. I heard her speak to Jeff Brown on the Read to Lead podcast (I keep calling it the Lead to Read cast.) and I want to bring attention to her and her book, Leading with Intention.

Which of these stories resonates with your situation and why?

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