“So, how did I find my board? Aileron helped me do it! A small business owner does not have the time to be soliciting board members one by one. The team at Aileron found my board members for me, and I am proud to say that I now have an attorney and another very successful entrepreneur who owns a multi-million-dollar company. We are about to add one more member, which will bring our total to three. I never realized what a huge impact a board of directors could make on my business. The members provide me with direction, keep me focused on the long-term strategic plan and help me stick to what I know best.
Probably the biggest difference that this program has made in my life is holding me accountable for my game plan. When I left the Course for Presidents, I had an action plan for my business in place, and I was responsible for implementing it. And who was going to hold me accountable? The Aileron consultant assigned to me, who I have on speed dial 24/7, keeps me on track and on course.
At one point in time I was considering the acquisition of a large company with 50+ employees. So, what did I do? I speed-dialed my Aileron contact, who told me that he would pull together a temporary board of directors to help me evaluate my opportunity. Within a week, Aileron had some major CEOs from billion-dollar companies at my fingertips and ready to advise me. After discussing the potential acquisition with them, it became very clear to me that this would have been a huge mistake. Without the board’s expertise, I probably would have pursued it and regretted it in a major way further down the road.
We are all now on the same page, and my employees take pride that they are being held accountable to help us meet our goals. Every decision that I make will be made looking down the road ten years and considering how it will affect my company and my family of employees.
Perhaps most importantly, the Aileron experience has shown me that I can’t grow if I stay in my comfort zone. To grow my business, I need to be pushed, challenged, and continue to learn, and Aileron makes working hard fun!”