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New to Visioning? Read This First...

Posted by Ian Gurfield on 6/25/19 9:42 AM

Ian Gurfield, Co-Founder of Ian's Pizza, is a long-time client and dear friend of ZingTrain.

Below, he shares how he came to learn about Visioning, what the process of writing his first Vision was like and the impact it's had on his business. And be sure to scroll down to to the end of this post to see his January 2018 Vision realized... it involves delicious Italian pizza!

Check it out below and prepared to be inspired!


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Topics: Visioning, Training, Case Study

A Beloved Third-Generation Ann Arbor Business Writes a Vision of Greatness for Grand Reopening

Posted by Emily Sandelands on 5/14/19 12:55 PM

Ask any Ann Arborite where to find a pair of shoes that are as comfortable as they are stylish, complete with a truly enjoyable shopping experience, and it’s more-than-likely that you’ll be guided to MAST Shoes.

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Topics: Visioning, Training, Client Story, Case Study

CASE STUDY: Zingerman's Business Practices Have Gone to the Cats and Dogs!

Posted by Emily Sandelands on 3/19/19 3:15 PM

 

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Topics: Organizational Systems, Customer Service, Visioning, Training

Why the Best Performers Aren't Always the Best Trainers

Posted by Maggie Bayless on 2/26/19 10:24 PM

OK.  How many of you are willing to admit that you’ve experienced this scenario: You needed someone to train a new hire, automatically chose the person who was the best performer in the job that needed to be trained—and then were disappointed with the results?  Unfortunately, it's likely that we’ve all done that at one time or another.

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Topics: Training

Making a Great First Impression: If You're Only Going to Teach Your Employees One Class...

Posted by Maggie Bayless on 1/24/19 3:27 PM

How do you welcome new hires into your organization? Do you hand them a uniform and point them in the general direction of the front counter? Do you have them attend several days of classroom training before they ever talk to a customer? Do they learn about your organization’s history and vision from someone in leadership? Or do they get their information from the disgruntled employees out on the back dock?

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Topics: Leadership, Training

Bring Your Best Self to Work

Posted by Joanie Hales on 1/14/19 2:25 PM

Back in 2007, when Zingerman’s wrote Zingerman’s 2020 Vision describing what the business would look like in the year 2020, we wrote that “we [Zingerman’s] have successfully quantified fun, measured fun, and improved our fun factor by at least 380% since 2007. We actively teach people how to have fun at work. We have games to increase the volume of fun we experience and reward ourselves with added fun.”  

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Topics: Customer Service, Leadership, Training

Training vs. Consulting

Posted by Maggie Bayless on 9/12/18 2:55 PM

When business owners run into challenges that they’re not sure how to address—or know they can’t resolve on their own—they often start looking outside their organizations for expertise and resources.  Two common places to look are consultants and trainers.

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Topics: Training

How much does training cost?

Posted by Arianna Tellez on 8/14/18 1:00 PM

Training is a big investment–a worthwhile one (!) but can be accompanied by a price tag that makes some folks nervous.

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Topics: Training

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