Focus Forward

Move Ahead with Clarity and Confidence

Are you focused on the most important parts of your business, or only the most immediate needs? And where is your team devoting their time and attention? What parts of your business are thriving, and which are being stressed?

It’s normal, especially in challenging times, to feel like you need to revisit your priorities and recalibrate your work. Things have changed, and getting clear on your priorities for the future can help get all parts of your business running in the same direction again.

During the complimentary Focus Forward program, you’ll join other Course for Presidents® Alumni to uncover what’s working (and what’s not). You’ll consider what you want to prioritize and change so you can run the business well, rather than letting the business run you. Then, you’ll work one-on-one with an Aileron Business Advisor and start to articulate a focused, intentional path for the future.

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If you’re asking these questions, this is a right fit for you.

How can I focus on the future when I’m addressing immediate needs every day?

What comes next for my business? Where are we headed?

Is now really the best time to work on the vision for my business?

What can I do to help my team navigate change?

How can I get the energy to lead forward when so much is changing?

Why sign up?

Because you need space and support to get re-focused on what’s most important and regain momentum with your team.

What is it?

A free, guided opportunity for reflection, coaching, and group discussion to help you get unstuck and move ahead with confidence. Includes a facilitated workshop and separate one-on-one time with an Aileron Business Advisor.

Who should register?

Presidents and CEOs who have completed the Course for Presidents® and are ready to thrive, even during challenging times or transitions.

Facilitators

  • 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

“Aileron helped us implement a business structure and culture that has yielded higher employee engagement, increased profitability, and growth for our whole leadership team.”

“Working with our Aileron advisors keeps us accountable. We’re asked hard questions and forced to stretch our mindset in a way that we wouldn’t be without intentional coaching.”

“Because of Aileron, we are a more sophisticated, well-run, and profitable company.”

“My biggest challenge was being caught up in the whirlwind of doing everything for the company. Working with our advisor has helped us prioritize, take action, then move on to the next thing.”

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