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Humility: A Humble, Anarchistic Inquiry

Jan 5, 2021 by Ari Weinzweig 1 Comment
While the world focuses on blaring headlines and dramatic confrontations, humility continues on quietly—but meaningfully—behind the scenes, and away from the spotlight. In his new pamphlet, “Humility: A Humble, Anarchistic Inquiry,” Zingerman’s co-founder Ari Weinzweig shares his two-year-long inquiry into how the gentle art of humility can bring out our humanness, elevate organizational effectiveness, enhance leadership, and enrich quality of life.
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The Power of Visioning

Aug 8, 2018 by Ari Weinzweig 1 Comment
(Excerpted from the Zingerman’s Guide to Good Leading, Part 1: A Lapsed Anarchist’s Approach to Building a Great Business) It’s been almost thirty years since I first started learning about visioning in the context of workplace leadership. At the time that I heard about it, I can’t say I was particularly open to the concept. I don’t think it came up in any sort really formal way—it was likely more just hearing about it from people like my partner Paul and others around me who had some experience working with it. At best I was probably moderately receptive, and more than likely, almost actively resistant at first.
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Changing the Way We Change: Zingerman's Approach to Organizational Change

Jul 17, 2015 by Ari Weinzweig 1 Comment
Most organizations deal with change grudgingly. Change is something we rarely looked forward to, and it’s generally not considered part of the routine operational activity. Rather, it's an exception to it, often about as welcomed as a root canal. Most folks prefer to have as little change as possible, and when it comes up, they grind their teeth and do their best to work through it with minimal pain.
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As a Leader, Everything We Do Sets an Example

Aug 15, 2013 by Ari Weinzweig 0 Comments
*Excerpted from Zingerman’s Guide to Good Leading, Part 3: A Lapsed Anarchist’s Approach to Managing Ourselves As much as we may not want them to, the reality of every workplace is that the staff is watching our behaviors very closely. They watch how we deal with customers, how we handle money, how well we meet our commitments. They look at little things and big things alike. They see it all. They hear it all. And, through our vibrational energy, they actually feel it all too. What that means for workplace leadership is that we need to mindfully manage our own behavior in order to set the tone we desire on all fronts. Certainly, just leading by example won’t insure that our organizations are successful. But it always improves the odds. And there is absolutely no down side to modeling the behaviors you want your staff to pick up on.
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