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Onward Nation

America's best podcast for learning how today's top business owners Think, Act, & Achieve. Onward Nation is a five-day-a-week podcast hosted by Stephen Woessner, CEO of Predictive ROI. Business owners share the most influential lessons learned throughout their careers, including insights into their daily habits, their most vital priorities that have contributed to their business and personal success, and the most challenging time or situation that could have devastated or even ruined their businesses or careers. Business owners share their "recipes for success" including those systems they wish they had put into practice inside their business when first starting out. Each episode concludes with guests sharing two or three practical and tactical strategies they would recommend to brand new business owners in order to best ensure success in their new business and careers. Onward Nation provides business owners with the strategies and tactical step-by-step "recipe" that will help anyone make their business more systematic, predictable, measurable, and repeatable.
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Aug 25, 2015

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 and the newest business, Cornman Farms. Zingerman's produces and sells all sorts of full flavored, traditional foods in its home of Ann Arbor, Michigan to the tune of $55,000,000 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 Service, Zingerman's Guide to Good Eating (Houghton Mifflin), Zingerman's Guide to Good Leading, Part 1: A Lapsed Anarchists Approach to Building a Great Business, and Zingerman's Guide to Good Leading, Part 2: A Lapsed Anarchists Approach to Being a Better Leader. Zingerman'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 is scheduled for release in the first part of 2016.  

Secret -- timesaving technique

Keep a journal -- writing down your thoughts each morning is a great way to stay organised. ONWARD!

Daily habit that contributes to success

Ari likes to cook during his free-time at home -- being in the food business requires experimentation.

Could have ruined your business -- but now -- an invaluable learning experience

Ari dealt with growing his business over the years -- and Ari tells the whole story here.

Most critical skill you think business owners need to master to be successful

“A business owner has to stay grounded -- resist the hierarchical model -- and focus on self-management.”

Most influential lesson learned from a mentor

“Don’t look for one heroic person -- the world is a giant classroom full of information.”  

 

Final Round -- “Breaking Down the Recipe for Success”

 

What systems would you go back and put into place sooner?

I would have went back and put a system in place to hone the practicable skill of creating a vision.

What one strategy or “recipe” would compound into big wins for business owners?

There’s three steps to great customer service -- the key is to create an ecosystem of collaboration.

How to exceed expectations and add the most value?

An individual who can collaborate -- service the customer -- and reflect on their actions daily.

What strategy would you recommend new business owners focus on to best ensure success?

  1. Business is exhausting
  2. Try to focus on self-management

How best to connect with Ari:

 

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