Episode 007 Zingerman’s Amy Emberling Hiring, Systems and Success

Amy Emberling, Managing Partner of Zingerman’s Bakehouse, has been an avid food lover and baker since her childhood in Nova Scotia, Canada where she often treated friends to after-school concoctions. She grew up in a family business and always hoped to have her own business one day.

Inspired And Intentional Business Podcast Amy Emberling, ZingTrain Pt 1

In addition to her work at the Bakehouse, Amy also teaches seminars for ZingTrain in two seminars: Leading with Zing and Bottom Line Training. She is also one of the partners of Zingerman’s Candy Manufactory (with Charlie Frank), which was developed in the bakery.

In this episode we talk a bit about:

  • Letting systems help during those times when your people aren’t at their best.
  • Finding and hiring the right kind of people.
  • One way of defining success for each member of your team.

Episode 7 Questions

  1. Do your systems allow people to fall back on them to achieve the organizational goals if they’re not having the best day and need a hand to create a great customer experience?
  2. Are people aware of what your company really stands for and what they’re getting into when they choose to come work for your company?
  3. Is your hiring, training, and ongoing development in alignment with your mission and vision of what you want your company to look like in 5, 10, 15 years?

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You can get hold of Amy by emailing her at aemberling@zingermans.com.

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Next week we’ll continue our talk with Amy Emberling. She’ll cover issues like training systems, getting dissenting opinions to bubble up in your team, and having those difficult employee conversations.

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

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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?

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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.

The inspired and intentional business  podcast is copyright 2015 by it’s owner. The music is Funk Game Loop, Kevin MacLeod Royalty Free from Incompatech. Thank you for sharing your talent.

 

Episode 005 Maggie Bayless and Zingerman’s Managing Partner Program

Listen as I talk with Maggie about Zingerman’s managing partner program:

Todd Reed and Maggie Bayless at ZingTrain, Ann Arbor, MI
Todd Reed and Maggie Bayless at ZingTrain in Ann Arbor MI

Questions for the episode:

  1. Do you have aspiring leaders in your organization, yet you are limited to the number of positions available to them simply because of the size of your company? Consider creating a system that allows them to create new businesses that support your main venture. What are some other companies that you could grow from your existing talent pool?  Most of your ideas will come from your people, are you ready to hear and support them?
  2. What is your vision do you have for your business. Take step back and pretend you’re coming in as a potential new partner to your business. What kind of vision would you have for your business?
  3. What could you get from taking a class like those offered from ZingTrain? If you’re not in food service you might benefit from getting a completely different perspective.

You can post your answers to the questions in the comments below or on one of the following channels.

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

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Sample vision to get you started thinking about visioning, from ZingTrain’s site.

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Thank you to Jay, Kristy, and Anthony Witt, creator of The Champion Entrepreneur podcast.

Next week Maggie will discuss in more detail how they create systems without becoming too bureaucratic.

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

The inspired and intentional business  podcast is copyright 2015 by it’s owner. The music is Funk Game Loop, Kevin MacLeod Royalty Free from Incompatech. Thank you for sharing your talent.

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.

You can get hold of Ari by emailing him at ari@zingermans.com. You can find show notes, the questions, at http://inspiredandintentional.com/episode003. There you can also sign up to be kept up to date on the latest podcasts and happenings in the world of Inspired and Intentional business news.

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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.

The inspired and intentional business podcast is copyright 2015 by it’s owner. The music is Funk Game Loop, Kevin MacLeod Royalty Free from Incomptech. Thank you for sharing your talent.

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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.