All The Pamphlets Bundle

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Each is printed on sustainable paper, saddle stitched, and includes a hand-laid scratch-board illustration. We’ve chosen several key Secrets to introduce our collection.

Excerpted from Zingerman’s Guide to Good Leading, Part 1: A Lapsed Anarchist’s Approach to Building a Great Business. The laws of nature that underlie the success of any organization—large or small, for profit or not-for-profit, and most definitely Zingerman's!  
Excerpted from Zingerman’s Guide to Good Leading, Part 1: A Lapsed Anarchist’s Approach to Building a Great Business. A mission statement can be a valuable investment of time—if you actually use it. This essay details the whys and hows of writing one for your own organization.
Excerpted from Zingerman’s Guide to Good Leading, Part 1: A Lapsed Anarchist’s Approach to Building a Great Business. Visioning is one of the keys to the way we work at Zingerman's. It's a Natural Law of Business that organizations with clear and compelling visions of the future are more likely to be more successful. The idea is to begin our work by first figuring out what we want success to look like at a particular point in the future, then work backward to the present. Not sure if or why you should be creating a vision? In this essay Ari discusses our passion, here at Zingerman’s, for the effectiveness of visioning work.
Excerpted from Zingerman’s Guide to Good Leading, Part 1: A Lapsed Anarchist’s Approach to Building a Great Business. This chapter outlines the basics of writing a vision. It gives some background on the visioning process, why and how it works, and how it's helped to change our organization for the better. It includes a detailed look at our four elements of an effective vision.
Excerpted from Zingerman’s Guide to Good Leading, Part 1: A Lapsed Anarchist’s Approach to Building a Great Business. This is the recipe for drafting a vision of greatness for your business, department, project or personal life. It's guaranteed to get you a really good first draft in under thirty minutes!
Excerpted from Zingerman’s Guide to Good Leading, Part 1: A Lapsed Anarchist’s Approach to Building a Great Business. Among the small and very easy-to-implement things you can do to make a big difference in an organization very quickly, appreciation is high on our list: the cost is next to nil, and the benefits are very big. It’s incredible how far a bit of recognition and caring, heartfelt positive feedback will go.
Excerpted from Zingerman’s Guide to Good Leading, Part 2: A Lapsed Anarchist’s Approach to Being a Better Leader. You can read all about the Natural Laws of Business in Secret 1. They underlie the success of any organization—large or small, for profit or not-for-profit, and most definitely Zingerman's! Secret 19 is about how, by operating in violation of the Natural Laws of Business, we as a country have slowly but surely created an energy crisis in the workplace that’s clearly apparent in the passive, unhelpful, low-energy effort we see in the vast majority of American workplaces today. The good news is that the solution to the energy crisis is something any caring organization can tackle. And it's free! Find out more here.
Secret 20: Raising the Energy Bar / Secret 21: Defining Positive Energy It’s a tête-bêche energy boost! We’ve combined our energy secrets into one pamphlet, along with a bonus energy tracking exercise. We’re increasing our energy by having fun flipping from cover to cover: Secret 20 on one side, Secret 21 on the other!
Excerpted from Zingerman’s Guide to Good Leading, Part 2: A Lapsed Anarchist’s Approach to Being a Better Leader. If traditional business models have everybody serving their boss, Servant Leadership flips that model on its head. It says, when in doubt, do what’s right for the organization. It's a natural law of business that if we want our staff to give great service to our guests, we as leaders need to give great service to the staff. This secret explores the why and how-to behind this transformational approach.
Excerpted from Zingerman’s Guide to Good Leading, Part 2: A Lapsed Anarchist’s Approach to Being a Better Leader. Our approach to Stewardship is based on our belief that the effectiveness of our authority is inversely related to the frequency with which we use it. Instead, we work to interact with everyone—regardless of where they are on our org chart—as if they are our peers, negotiating as equals to arrive at freely chosen commitments. It's all about how to take authority out of the equation and increase the effectiveness of our leadership in the process.
Excerpted from Zingerman’s Guide to Good Leading, Part 2: A Lapsed Anarchist’s Approach to Being a Better Leader. Can Anarchism and Capitalism really come together in a productive way? We sure think so. This is about how our approach to both has helped us to build a thriving and successful business that's also caring and community oriented. It blends a belief in both respect for the individual and free choice with respect for customers, staff, product and the free market. If you want to find out how Emma Goldman's approaches to Anarchism can be applied to build a $40,000,000 business, this secret is for you!
Excerpted from Zingerman’s Guide to Good Leading, Part 3: A Lapsed Anarchist’s Approach to Being a Better Leader. When all the big business stuff is said and done—missions and visions written, strategies and systems set, values and cultures established—our long-term success still really comes down to this: the effectiveness with which we manage ourselves will almost always make or break the rest of the work we do. While it’s true that a once in-a-lifetime innovation or a quickly implemented stroke of genius might bring us success in spite of ourselves, 98 times out of 100 the effectiveness with which our organizations operate will depend on the way we work within ourselves. The better we manage ourselves, the better we, and everyone around us, will do.
This essay could just as easily have been called: How I Spent Three Years Learning That I Didn’t Actually Have To Do a Darned Thing. Free choice is clearly a central political principle of American life. But what's included here is, as per the rest of this book, about what goes on inside us, not what happens in the halls of Congress or on the bench of the Supreme Court. Secret 32 focuses on the importance for each of us to embrace free choice from the inside out.
Mindfulness, like everything else in Part 3, can help enormously to make both our lives and our management richer and more rewarding. Practicing it is, of course, a piece of effective self-management. Here, Ari devotes an entire secret to sharing his sense of it.
Excerpted from Zingerman’s Guide to Good Leading, Part 3: A Lapsed Anarchist’s Approach to Being a Better Leader. A Tribute to Edgar Schein’s Essay "Leadership and Organizational Culture," this essay isn’t, per se, about self-management. It’s an in-depth look at the style of leadership that’s needed and appropriate for various levels of organizational development. Which, in turn, is fully in synch with the idea of effective self management—it’s hard to manage ourselves well without a good sense of how what we want to do fits with what’s likely best for our business. Our hope is that it gets you thinking about how your personal style, drive, and dreams mesh with what it will likely take to bring your organization to the success you’ve so mindfully chosen. The more you understand where you are and where you need to be, the higher the odds of getting to greatness and having fun en route. Download this PDF any time! The link won't expire.
Excerpted from Zingerman’s Guide to Good Leading, Part 3: A Lapsed Anarchist’s Approach to Being a Better Leader. The Twelve Natural Laws of Business is Secret #1 in Zingerman’s Guide to Good Leading, Part 1. The idea is that these laws apply to all organizations, everywhere. And that like the law of gravity, they hold true regardless of how we feel about them. In the years since they appeared, the Natural Laws have proven themselves ever more solid. They now serve as the basis for ZingTrain’s Zingerman’s Experience
Excerpted from Zingerman’s Guide to Good Leading, Part 3: A Lapsed Anarchist’s Approach to Being a Better Leader. Of the Natural Laws of Life, the first—about the importance of vision—is one of the least recognized in the wider business world, but it’s probably the most powerful of the twelve. It’s also the most expansive and inclusive—writing a personal vision gives you a chance to weave any or all of the other eleven into your desired future. With that in mind, here’s Ari's take on why each of the Natural Laws contributes meaningfully to
Excerpted from Zingerman’s Guide to Good Leading, Part 3: A Lapsed Anarchist’s Approach to Being a Better Leader. How to Make Every Day a Holiday We teach many different classes for our staff here at Zingerman’s—courses on leadership, service, open book finance, food, etc. While it hardly seems the most glamorous of the group, one of the most oft requested is the course we do on time management.
Excerpted from Zingerman’s Guide to Good Leading, Part 3: A Lapsed Anarchist’s Approach to Being a Better Leader. Creativity is a nearly universally sought-after attribute. The funny thing is that unlike baking a cake or building a cathedral, you can’t really design and create creativity—it kind of just happens. What you can do, though, is actively build an environment in which creativity, encouraged rather than encumbered, is much more likely to occur. We’ve done a great deal of that sort of work here over the years, and with really good results to show for it. This essay shares how we've worked to build a culture of creativity.
Excerpted from Zingerman’s Guide to Good Leading, Part 4: A Lapsed Anarchist’s Approach to the Power of Beliefs in Business. In 1908, six years after Disderide opened his shop on Detroit Street, anarchist Emma Goldman published a pamphlet called “What I Believe.” As is often the case, Ari agrees wholeheartedly with Goldman’s words: “‘What I believe’ is a process rather than a finality.” Understanding the thought and the action behind her statement is what this essay is all about. Beliefs are one of the most powerful forces in our lives. They impact how well we work together, the quality of our products, our organizational culture, our community, our relationships. Everything in our lives is likely to have its roots in beliefs. As we become more mindful of our beliefs and the impact they have on us, we can steadily shape our lives to be as we would like them to be.
Excerpted from Zingerman’s Guide to Good Leading, Part 4: A Lapsed Anarchist’s Approach to the Power of Beliefs in Business. Given that positive beliefs lead to positive outcomes and that negative beliefs do not, it became increasingly clear to Ari that leading from a positive perspective was the only way we were going to build the kind of long-lasting, much-loved organization we want to be a part of. What's included here is an attempt to apply this principle in all walks of our leadership life. Just the act of working on it has helped us stay on the positive path and to get more rewarding results. We hope it does the same for you.
Excerpted from Zingerman’s Guide to Good Leading, Part 4: A Lapsed Anarchist’s Approach to the Power of Beliefs in Business. If you, like us, have found some beliefs you’d prefer to do without, the recipe that follows is for you.
Excerpted from Zingerman’s Guide to Good Leading, Part 4: A Lapsed Anarchist’s Approach to the Power of Beliefs in Business. Ari's original interest in anarchist thinking goes back to my days in school at the University of Michigan. The ideas that came out of it lay dormant for most of the following three decades. But in the last six or seven years, he's become increasingly intrigued. He believes that there’s a lot for those of us who are trying to run caring,
Excerpted from Zingerman’s Guide to Good Leading, Part 4: A Lapsed Anarchist’s Approach to the Power of Beliefs in Business. Many of our long-standing organizational recipes at Zingerman's already help to build the idea of Hope in indirectly. The Six-Pointed Hope Star that’s illuminated in this chapter is a more direct way to do it. The Star provides anyone who’s interested with a practical, repeatable, and extremely effective tool to help make hope happen.
Excerpted from Zingerman’s Guide to Good Leading, Part 4: A Lapsed Anarchist’s Approach to the Power of Beliefs in Business. Like its philosophical fellows, belief and hope, the spirit of generosity is an essential element in developing a sustainable organization.
Excerpted from Zingerman’s Guide to Good Leading, Part 4: A Lapsed Anarchist’s Approach to the Power of Beliefs in Business.  
Excerpted from Zingerman’s Guide to Good Leading, Part 4: A Lapsed Anarchist’s Approach to the Power of Beliefs in Business. If you want to make a big difference in your organization—large or small, for- or not-for-profit—a class of this sort is one of the most practical and effective tools I know of.
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. Humility, Ari suggests, is subtle, but significant. While it may be easy to miss in the moment, in the long run it’s hugely important to our health and humanity. As Ari writes:
In “Going into Business with Emma Goldman,” Ari brings together two seemingly incompatible approaches—the century-old, revolutionary, anarchist beliefs of Emma Goldman and the business world with which she was, for most of her life, at odds. As Ari imagines it, the pamphlet is “an adventure in intellectual time travel—an uplifting, anarchist fable for the modern world.” This pamphlet brings to life Emma Goldman’s history, pulls extensively from her writing and speeches, and takes a few creative twists and turns to imagine her past a bit differently than it was, positioning her perspectives perfectly for the world of progressive business. The 18 lessons in the pamphlet can breathe life into any caring company, interested organization, or individual who wants to live a creative and fulfilled life!
We teach Bottom Line Change, our recipe for effective organizational change, in several of our 2-day seminars. But never before had we released it in print. Despite being crucial to the success of just about any enterprise, effective organizational change rarely wins headlines. When change management is done well, it goes almost unnoticed. When it fails, the effects can be spectacular—million dollar mishaps, unwitting chaos, disgruntled employees, anxiety, disruption and frustration—to name a few.
What a year it’s been! As we work our way through the marathon of a minefield that was 2020, this newly-released pamphlet from Zingerman’s Press shares Ari’s look back on the lessons learned in the first ten months of the global pandemic. Each offers a tangible tool for helping get through hard days—both the pandemic with which we’re currently confronted, but also any tough times in the years to come.
Ever wonder about the food philosophy that has helped make Zingerman’s what it is? The belief that everyone can learn to cook great food; that everyone can learn to taste the difference between great food and bad; that simple dishes prepared with world class ingredients make for wonderful eating that can be prepared in about eighteen minutes. It’s all here in Ari’s in-depth discussion about his beliefs about food and cooking. As Buddhist Beat poet Gary Snyder said after visiting, “Zingerman’s is a remarkable synthesis of the old and the new, the elite and the populist. I loved it!”