Z-Pic of the Week

October 24, 2014

'Tis the season at the Deli.

‘Tis the season at the Deli.


Z-Pic of the Week

October 10, 2014

Zingerman’s staff train for the 2016 Olympics in Rio.





Z-Pic of the Week

October 3, 2014

Autumn decor at Zingerman's Creamery

Autumn decor at Zingerman’s Creamery



Z-Pic of the Week

September 26, 2014

Deli by night.

Deli by night.


Five Questions (+1) for Lee Meadows

Business Consultant Dr. Lee Meadows at the ZingTrain Speaker Series

We caught up with Dr. Meadows to ask him five (plus one!) quick questions:

What drew you to Zingerman’s?
As an Ann Arbor resident, I have heard of and enjoyed the culinary delight that is the Zingerman brand. In recent years, I became aware of Zingerman’s strategic focus on the training and development of its employees.

Why are you interested in participating in our Speaker Series?
Like those who have presented in this series, I was drawn to the Zingerman commitment to ‘serving’ (I couldn’t resist) the broader community through activities beyond satisfying the hunger cravings. The Speaker Series represents a strong statement by Zingerman’s, to the community, about developing people. Who wouldn’t want to be a part of that kind of experience?

You are the Lull Doctor. Would you, briefly, tell us what the lull is?
The lull represents an ‘unrecognized opportunity’ that, when given just the slightest attention, can make a positive difference for the individual and the organization. The opportunities I speak of are, typically, found within the people employed by the organization.

How did you get into the business of helping businesses with the Lull?
Like most things that happen with us, circumstances dictated and directed my interest. Most of it came as a result of the layoffs and downsizing of the 90’s and into the 21st Century. Productivity was driven by mastering technology and along the way, we forgot that people

Diversity is a hot topic right now. How do you define diversity?
Diversity is a ‘hot’ topic, but my goal is to make it a ‘continuous’ area of ‘collaborative performance’. For now, diversity is defined as ‘identifiable characteristics’ that distinguish one group from another.

Would you give us a, brief, summary of what you’ll cover in your Speaker Series session?
I will present information that builds on the current reality, (Diversity has been and will always be a part of our lives) and focuses our efforts on building the best ‘performance-based’ collaborative teams that builds on the best skills of the diverse workforce.

Dr. Lee Meadows

Dr. Lee Meadows’ other name is “The Lull Doctor”. And for good reason! Dr. Meadows specializes in helping organizations large and small, for-profit and non-profit, public and private, escape the Lull. He defines the Lull as a Missed Opportunity and has literally written the book on how to recognize missed opportunities and turn any situation into an innovative and dynamic experience. His book, “Taking the Lull by the Horns” outlines a philosophy of situational leadership that any individual can emulate and any organization can encourage!

In his studies of what prevents the Lull, Dr. Meadows has come to firmly believe that the growing (and well documented) diversity of the workforce represents a strength that enhances the competitive edge of successful organizations. He will tell you that maximizing a team’s diverse talents is a leadership opportunity that is anchored in a specific set of actions common to successful 21st century organizations. Please join us on Wednesday, October 1, 8 – 930 am.

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Five Questions for Jeff Janssen

Sports Leadership Expert Jeff Janssen at the ZingTrain Speaker Series

We recently caught up with Jeff to ask him five questions:Jeff Janssen mug low-res 2013 (1)

How did you get into the world of Sports Leadership?
I have always been fascinated by the impact that leaders have on a team, especially in the sports and business world.

Do you think Sports Leadership is different from leadership, say in a business? If so, how?
I think effective leadership principles are mostly the same in sports and business – both deal with bringing out the best in people, both involve competitive situations, both rely on building and sustaining championship cultures.

Could you tell us a little bit about the work you do at the Janssen Sports Leadership Center?
We help coaches and captains become world-class leaders who are committed to a lifetime of service, success, and significance. We develop leaders who win on and off the playing fields by teaching them to effectively lead themselves and others.

Could we ask you to name-drop a little for us and tell us who some of your most exciting clients are?
My most exciting clients are Michigan, North Carolina, LSU, Illinois, Arkansas, NC State, and Colorado.

What will your speaker series session focus on?
We’ll focus on 7 Leadership Lessons from sport’s legendary coaches that can be applied by leaders of all walks of life.

John Beilein, University of Michigan Men’s Basketball Coach said,

“Jeff Janssen’s work with the Michigan Leadership Academy has been tremendous.”

We agree! And we’re tremendously pleased to offer a session with Jeff Janssen in this season of ZingTrain’s Speaker Series. If you are looking to build a Championship Culture in your business and help your team consistently perform to its full potential, then this is the session for you!

In this session, Leadership Academy Director Jeff Janssen reveals the seven Leadership Lessons he has learned from consulting with 25 NCAA National Championship teams at top athletic departments including Michigan, Stanford, North Carolina, Arizona, Notre Dame, and many others. Jeff’s program is designed for leaders who want to build a winning team – no matter from which walk of life, or what level of an organization! Please join us this coming Thursday, September 25, 8 – 930am! 

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