Finding Focus in Uncertainty

Recapture Your Focus to Move Forward Confidently

Your business is not a set-it-and-forget-it system; quite the opposite, it’s a system that needs to be revisited regularly and intentionally, especially during periods of change. In Finding Focus in Uncertainty – a two-part workshop designed exclusively for Course for Presidents® alumni – you’ll meet twice with fellow CFP alumni. In part one, you’ll leverage the professional management framework to revisit every area of your business at a high-level, drill down to focus on the areas that need your attention the most, and put together a plan to address them. In part two, you’ll come back together after you’ve had time to begin implementing your plan in the real world to talk through challenges, refuel your energy, and re-enter your business confidently and intentionally.

This course is not currently on our public calendar, however it is available privately. Click below if you’re interested in being notified when this course is offered publicly or to get information about hosting this course privately for your team.

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Why sign up?

You’re feeling the effects of change and seeing opportunities ahead, and craving time and space to strategize a path forward.

What is it?

A two-part workshop with your peers that helps you recapture the focus you had right after you took the Course for Presidents® by getting clear on the vital few areas you can work on to regain your organization’s performance.

Who should register?

Presidents and CEOs who have completed the Course for Presidents® and are looking for clarity on how to move forward.


  • Tony Collins
    Business Advisor and Facilitator
    Tony Collins
    Business Advisor and Facilitator

    Over the last 25 years, Tony has started, turned-around or helped grow over five different small to medium sized businesses in a variety of industries.

    At the age of 26, Tony founded a non-regulated energy service subsidiary of DPL, Inc. that he quickly led to profitably during its first year of operations. Having led on one subsidiary to profitability, Tony was tapped by DPL Inc.’s CEO to lead the turnaround of a technology subsidiary where he executed a new strategy that resulted in a 200% increase in sales and the subsidiary’s first profit. Tony left DPL Inc. after a 15-year career to help grow an early and pioneering internet start-up.

    Prior to startingTurningPoint Strategy over 10 years ago, Tony was Vice President of Marketing Strategy & Product Development for Cadence Network, a web-based cost management company that attracted $14 Million in venture funding. Tony was the architect behind the strategy that shifted Cadence Network into high-growth attracting such marquee clients as The Limited, Footlocker, Blockbuster Video, and AT&T Wireless. Forbes Magazine selected Cadence as Best of The Web B2B due in a large part to Tony’s strategy innovation and leadership.

    At TurningPoint Strategy, Tony is an expert in growth strategy development, planning, execution and strategic marketing. Tony has authored a series of small business strategy workshops and presentations that he has delivered throughout the U.S. He also authors a blog called Big Strategy for Small Business. Tony is often called upon by business leaders for advice and input how and where to strategically grow their business.

    Tony received his BS in Marketing from WSU, and an MBA in Finance from the University of Dayton. Tony serves or has served on several non-profit and for-profit boards in his community.

    Tony is an avid runner, competitive tennis player and chef wannabe that lives in Lebanon, Ohio with his wife Janet and his daughters Lindsey and Maddie.

  • Anne Thompson
    Business Advisor, Facilitator and Leadership Coach
    Anne Thompson
    Business Advisor, Facilitator and Leadership Coach

    As a Business Advisor and Facilitator at Aileron, Anne Thompson uses her expertise in organizational, leadership, and culture development to help businesses achieve their vision and purpose. Anne’s diverse experience in working with small privately held businesses, large public corporations, educational institutions, and nonprofits – and growing a business herself – enables her to quickly understand the context and culture of organizations, ask important questions to uncover key levers for change, and assist business leaders in identifying and implementing strategies, structures, and behaviors to create positive, sustainable change in all kinds of organizations.

    Anne is endlessly curious; she uses the power of question to help people make sense of situations and uncover insights. She’s passionate about partnership, and driven to empower her clients to turn their hopes and dreams into realities. She has deep expertise in emotional and social intelligence, and sees the integration of the head and the heart as critical to developing the self, and in turn developing others. 

    In her free time, you can find Anne, her husband, and their son jet setting around the world to experience different cultures and cuisines, or enjoying a beer and OSU football game while stateside.

    What’s something you’re constantly striving to get better at?

    “I’m always striving to operate from a mindset of being ‘good enough.’ It’s counter-culture to feel that what I do doesn’t equate to the value I have as a person. To get there, I’m continually connecting to the intention of my heart and my desire to serve. That helps to minimize the ‘I’m not good enough’ narrative.” 

    What are the values that drive you?

    “I’m driven by mastery and serving clients through evidence-based, practiced strategies. I thrive on collaboration and work to build reciprocal, respectful relationships. And I practice empathy. I embrace people where they’re at while also challenging them to stretch just a bit further outside of their comfort zone to help them see greater possibilities.”

    Why Aileron?

    “At Aileron, we consistently put into practice with each other what we offer to our clients. Aileron is its own learning lab for all the concepts we’re asking our business leaders to embrace. I love that about this organization.”

What Our Community Says

“[I] created a plan with action, [and now] we have a marketing plan, social campaign, [and] sell sheets.”

“Dave helped me realize the area to focus on…. I thought it was a bigger leadership issue, but he helped me focus on business structure. It was eye opening to me. I scheduled a meeting with my leadership team right after our last meeting.”

“SO helpful. SO powerful. Aileron accelerated my emotional and financial (hopefully) recovery.”

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