What is Professional Management?

2022-06-17T12:37:15-04:00Business Structure, Culture, Leadership, Organizational Performance, People Development, Strategy|

This Insights post has been updated. For our latest thinking on professional management, see our most recent post here.  In the video below a number of small business owners explain—in their own words—how professional management has helped their businesses. Professional management is something that can help you run your business, rather than letting it run you. It [ Read More ]

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What’s the Painful Problem Your Business Is Helping to Solve?

2021-04-08T09:09:29-04:00Business Structure, Organizational Performance, Strategy|

Throughout my career, I’ve developed many products and services that were good, sometimes even great. But more times than I would like to admit, they never got noticed. Never got talked about. Never achieved the desired results. Why? Because they were really just another offering in a sea of offerings. Imagine you compete in the market for rock bands. [ Read More ]

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4 Ways Ohio’s Leading Landscaping Company Increases Employee Productivity

2021-04-08T09:21:51-04:00Culture, Leadership, Organizational Performance, People Development|

What’s one of the biggest challenges in small business today? Keeping employees motivated and productive, says Marty Grunder, President and CEO of Grunder Landscaping Co., in Dayton, Ohio. Knowing how difficult this can be, Marty shared a few lessons on how to create a high-energy, productive atmosphere at work. Lesson #1: Make Time For Individuals to Express How They [ Read More ]

  • Hiring? Follow These 4 Secrets to Find Top Talent

Hiring? Follow These 4 Secrets to Find Top Talent

2019-10-24T14:45:59-04:00Culture, Organizational Performance, People Development|

When hiring, LaRosa’s, Inc.’s philosophy is, “Good people know good people.” That’s why they make sure to tap their current employee base to help find additional great talent, says Steve Browne, Executive Director of HR at LaRosa’s. (LaRosa’s is a chain of pizza restaurants located in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana and Tennessee.) “When we have openings, we go to our team [ Read More ]

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Are You Building the Only Sustainable Competitive Advantage?

2021-04-08T09:21:18-04:00Business Structure, Organizational Performance, Strategy|

Not all company growth comes from selling more. Wes Gipe, Founder of Agil IT, agrees, saying he experienced this within his own company: “I had been so externally focused. I was focused on growing the business," he says in this video. "I really didn’t spend a lot of time thinking about the success of the people within the organization.” [ Read More ]

  • How To Deal With A Key Employee Leaving | Aileron

How To Deal With A Key Employee Leaving: Lessons From A Blue-Collar Millionaire

2021-03-24T14:33:27-04:00Business Structure, Leadership, Organizational Performance, Strategy|

In 2008, Nick Sarillo’s team at Nick’s Pizza & Pub made the decision to abandon its expansion plans for a third restaurant, and refocus on its existing two. (Based in Illinois, Nick’s Pizza & Pub is one of the top ten busiest independent pizza companies in per-store sales in the nation. Today, it has margins nearly twice that of [ Read More ]

  • What Business School Isn’t Teaching You | Aileron

What Business School Isn’t Teaching You

2021-03-24T14:28:57-04:00Business Structure, Organizational Performance, Strategy, Uncategorized|

We sat down with Ed Baker, author of The Symphony of Profound Knowledge, to talk about the motivation behind writing his latest book, including what he says was the most challenging and rewarding part of the process. “This book provides a framework to think differently about organizations, in contrast to what business schools teach,” Ed tells us. “Living is [ Read More ]

  • How Can Employee Turnover Return Positive Results? | Aileron

How Can Employee Turnover Return Positive Results?

2021-04-08T09:20:17-04:00Business Structure, Leadership, Organizational Performance, People Development|

Every business owner has something that’s kept them up at night. For Bernard Dalichau, President of Lavender Home Care Solutions, it was the thought of losing his employees. “I put so much effort into hiring them, and I put so much effort into developing them, the fear of losing people was a huge anxiety point I had,” he says [ Read More ]

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