• 6 Symptoms of Poor Leadership | Aileron

6 Symptoms of Poor Leadership

2021-03-24T14:32:26-04:00Leadership, Strategy|

Profits have dipped, productivity has slowed, and your business has felt like it’s been on a roller coaster for years. I hear it all the time when leading business owners through Aileron’s Course for Presidents® program. Sure, maybe it's the economy. Or those conditions could be clues that your organization is lacking the right kind of leadership. Here are some [ Read More ]

  • Sustainable Competitive Advantage | Aileron

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 a Small Business is Disrupting the Sales Process by Saying 'No' | Aileron

How a Small Business is Disrupting the Sales Process by Saying ‘No’

2021-03-01T09:45:49-05:00Business Structure, Strategy|

“People don't buy what you do, they buy why you do it,” says Simon Sinek. Stacy Sheldon, Managing Partner at POMIET, agrees, saying that having clarity on POMIET’s why has helped their sales team attract more of their ideal type of customers. (POMIET provides customized web and mobile solutions in the healthcare space.) “What we realized early on is that [ 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 ]

  • What's Next For Your Business? | Aileron

What’s Next For Your Business?

2021-04-08T09:17:34-04:00Business Structure, Leadership, Organizational Performance, Strategy|

Planning and setting direction for the future of your business is integral to professional management. As a result, succession planning and sustainability are a natural part of implementing the DOC model.Even though many business owners/founders produce a forward-looking vision for their company, fears or uncertainties can hold back the process of planning for a successful exit. If you don't figure [ Read More ]

  • The ROI of Investing in Your People | Aileron

The ROI of Investing in Your People

2022-06-06T14:28:05-04:00Leadership, People Development, Strategy|

“How can you not invest in people?” asks Mark Thompson, a former Business Advisor at Aileron. “It’s your only difference,” he says in this video also featured on Forbes. Ed Eppley, Course for Presidents Facilitator at Aileron, agrees that high-performing companies are those that invest in their people. Ed says that it’s in a business owner’s best interest [ Read More ]

  • Sports are a Weak Analogy for Business | Aileron

Why Sports Are a Weak Analogy for Business

2021-01-21T08:18:09-05:00Business Structure, Leadership, Strategy|

Although commonly used, sports are a weak analogy for thinking and talking about business. Mark Thompson, an Aileron Business Advisor, explains why a symphony is a better analogy for how we develop and support people in an organization. It’s More Than High Performers Sports analogies often glamorize motivation coming from a coach or a team leader. But high-performing organizations [ Read More ]

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