Creating a thriving tribe
Today, Jim is grateful for the deep sense of peace he feels about the direction of the company and its next generation of leaders. He’s confident they have the skills, knowledge, and support they need to continue – and grow – the efforts he’s spent a professional lifetime building.
“Being an entrepreneur can be a lonely place, especially in a family business. No one knows exactly what you’re dealing with, and it’s hard to talk through feelings or challenges because you don’t want to alarm people. But you have to have a space for vulnerability and support to really thrive. That’s what our Aileron team has been for me.”
Jim’s pastor recently connected him with another second-generation family business owner whose experience sounded a lot like Jim’s early days as CEO. It was deeply meaningful for Jim to shift into the role of mentor and coach, and today, that business owner is also working with an Aileron Business Advisor for support.
“To me, that’s what life is really all about. We’re all doing this together, and we want our customers, staff, contract growers, shareholders, and even our poultry to thrive. By using the tools I learned from Clay and Aileron, I – and now my team – have been able to build healthier relationships, confidence, and peace knowing that we’re making the best decisions we can.”