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imperfect action: top 10 episodes: #7 Ari Weinzweig

As we wrap up 2019, I’m counting down Imperfect Action’s top 10 most popular episodes. At #7 is Ari Weinzweig with his message about using business to make a positive difference.

Ari Weinzweig, co-founder of Zingerman’s, shares how they have created a successful community of businesses by going their own way and using what are now considered cutting edge business approaches.  He touches on non-hierarchical, consensus-based decision making and transparent servant leadership as well as thinking about business like an artist, how beliefs power business and can change who we are, learning from everyone, and the importance of building hope. That’s not a “traditional” approach to leadership, but then you don’t stand out and make a difference by doing what everyone else is doing.    

Ari Weinzweig, CEO and Co-Founder, Zingerman’s, Author, and Business Artist

Ari Weinzweig is CEO and co-founding partner of Zingerman’s Community of Businesses, which includes Zingerman’s Delicatessen, Bakehouse, Creamery, Catering, Mail Order, ZingTrain, Coffee Company, Roadhouse, Candy Manufactory, Events at Cornman Farms.  And the newest business, Miss Kim, which serves great tasting Korean fare.

Zingerman’s produces and sells all sorts of full flavored, traditional foods in its home of Ann Arbor, Michigan to the tune of $60,000,000 a year in annual sales.  Ari was recognized as one of the “Who’s Who of Food & Beverage in America” by the 2006 James Beard Foundation and has awarded a Bon Appetit Lifetime Achievement Award among many recognitions.

Ari is the author of a number of articles and books, including Zingerman’s Guide to Better Bacon (Zingerman’s Press), Zingerman’s Guide to Giving Great ServiceZingerman’s Guide to Good Eating (Houghton Mifflin), Zingerman’s Guide to Good Leading, Part 1: A Lapsed Anarchist’s Approach to Building a Great Business, and Zingerman’s Guide to Good Leading, Part 2: A Lapsed Anarchist’s Approach to Being a Better LeaderZingerman’s Guide to Good Leading, Part 3; A Lapsed Anarchist’s Approach to Managing Ourselves, was released in December of 2013.  Zingerman’s Guide to Good Leading, Part 4; A Lapsed Anarchist’s Approach to the Power of Beliefs in Business was released in summer of 2016.  

In 2017 Ari was named one of “The World’s 10 Top CEOs (They Lead in a Totally Unique Way)” by Inc. Magazine.  His most recent publication is the pamphlet, “The Art of Business; Why I Want to be an Artist.”

Connect with Ari: Website: Twitter: @ZingTrain   

Order his books (and a bunch of other great stuff):

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Theme music: Just a Little by Shadow of Whales.

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