Training & Business Systems

Training & Business Systems

How To Finally Love Visioning

In 2001, Ian Gurfield co-founded Ian’s Pizza in Madison, Wisconsin.  In 2003, Ian attended his first ZingTrain seminar hoping to get direction and vision on how to thoughtfully grow his small business.  Today, Ian’s Pizza is bringing pizza to the people at 9 locations across 4 states and their cross-country team is actively working towards a shared vision […]

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A Practical Guide to Onboarding New Employees

This webinar is Part 2 of a two-part series on the basics of our Bottom-Line Training® method. Part 1: Set New Employees Up For Success with an Effective Training Program A new hire walks into your organization for their first day. Do you feel confident you’re able to give them a great onboarding experience? Do you have […]

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What is Bottom-Line Training®?

This is Part 1 of a multi-part series on the basics of our Bottom-Line Training method. Creating the Training Method When ZingTrain was founded in 1994, Maggie Bayless, ZingTrain’s Founding Partner, joined the Zingerman’s Community of Businesses as the third Zingerman’s business along with the Delicatessen and the Bakehouse. Her expertise in training method and instructional […]

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Set New Hires Up For Success with an Employee Training Program

This webinar is Part 1 of a two-part series on the basics of our Bottom-Line Training® method. Part 2: A Practical Guide to Onboarding New Employees In the mid 90s, after a decade of organic growth, Zingerman’s needed to more formally develop its employee training program. Enter Maggie Bayless, ZingTrain’s Founding Partner. Her expertise in […]

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A Proven Recipe for Effective Organizational Change

Change is an inevitable part of life. Organizations embark on new initiatives, businesses begin to offer new products and services, managers want to improve the way their team is working, individuals desire personal and professional growth. But for many of us, change is also challenging. We humans are creatures of habit. Our brains love recognizing […]

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An Employment Specialist’s Guide to Great Hiring

Chances are you’ve seen the signs everywhere that say “Now Hiring!”  Recruiting and hiring is a real challenge nowadays – we hear it from our clients time and time again and we’ve certainly experienced it ourselves throughout the Zingerman’s Community of Businesses over the last few years. According to Glassdoor, “it will be just as […]

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32 Icebreakers to Kick Off Your Meetings and Energize Your Team

We’ve all been in the bad meeting… You’re left wondering why the meeting was called in the first place and why the same four people are dominating the conversation. In any meeting, in-person or virtual, it’s important to kick things off by letting everyone get their voice in the “room” in order to have a […]

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Creating a Feedback-Friendly Team Culture using Liked Best/Next Time

Giving and receiving actionable feedback is a pillar of a strong team culture. Not only is feedback an essential tool for performance management, it’s also a productive tool for debriefing events and managing ongoing change – continuously improving your work as a team. How can you foster this kind of feedback within your team? We […]

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Taking a Look at Zingerman’s Training Compact—25 Years Later

Poet Naomi Shihab Nye says, “Questions are very helpful. Begin with a few you’re carrying right now.” So, in the spirit of Ms. Shihab Nye’s suggestion, here are a few questions with which to start this conversation: What if I told you I had a tool that you could put to work in your organization […]

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Why I’m Glad to Still Teach our Staff Orientation

I don’t have that many regrets in life, but one of mine is that I never managed to meet Grace Lee Boggs. She lived relatively close by in Detroit and passed away, just six years ago, at the age of 105. I have read a lot of what this amazing woman put into print. Her […]

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How to Handle Complaints From Coworkers

If you work with anyone, whether it’s you and a business partner, or you’re a part of a team of many, it’s inevitable that people will complain from time-to-time. This is a co-working reality! How you handle a complaint from a coworker says a lot about your organization, and it’s important to give these complaints […]

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Another Look at Bottom-Line Change®

What if I told you we had an organizational tool that gets better, longer lasting results than the old command-and-control approach? That it helps develop effective leadership skills across all levels of the organization. Encourages humility in everyone. Actively and systemically engages diverse perspectives in meaningful conversation. Cuts down on unpleasant surprise changes that can […]