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Customer Service

6 Tips for Creating a Truly Great Customer Experience

What does a truly great customer experience look like? We spend a lot of time thinking about this at Zingerman’s. In fact, we actively measure the customer experience  by way of the Zingerman’s Experience Indicator (ZXI), which is our adaptation of the more commonly known Net Promoter Score. As Ari explains in this article, “the […]

Leadership Development

When Things Get Hectic… Appreciate!

When the holiday season rolls around, most of us have the ‘Busy Dial’ turned up to 10, or even 20 on some days.

Customer Service

Educating Your Customers: Using Every Opportunity to Teach and Sell

For those of us who sell specialty products, customer education has always been part of the selling process.  Sometimes we’re offering products that most customers have never heard of. Other times we have items with familiar names but vastly superior ingredients or construction. Almost always the prices that we charge are higher than what is […]

Business Visioning

4 Reasons to Write a Vision of Success

We’re big believers in visioning at Zingerman’s. We’ve seen firsthand how it can improve our organization and the personal lives of those who use the vision process.

Training & Business Systems

Training vs. Consulting

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.

Training & Business Systems

How Much Does Training Cost?

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

Open Book Management

Open Book Management: AN FAQ

As far as ways to approach your business’ finances, Open Book Management has a lot going for it – the numbers! The transparency! The shared sense of ownership! The accountability!

Leadership Development

3 Things to Consider Before Booking a Keynote Speaker for Your Event

In addition to offering training on-site at our training facility and on the road at client businesses all over the country, did you know that we also have a line-up of speakers who present at events on a variety of different topics – be it the values we hold dear, the system we use to […]

Leadership Development

The Pros and Cons of Servant Leadership

Zingerman’s didn’t invent the idea of Servant Leadership – we learned our approach from Robert Greenleaf and have adapted his thoughts, along with the thoughts of many other leaders we’ve admired, into our approach to Servant Leadership.  The basic idea of servant leadership is that, first and foremost, we are here to serve the organization. […]