Learning to Work through Others
Set Yourself – And Others – Up For Greater Success
No matter your role, one measure of your success as a leader is your ability to get work done without doing it all yourself. And as you progress as a leader, more of your time will be spent working through others—and working on the business, rather than in it.
At the same time, it’s not always natural to know how to get the work done with those around us, and it takes time to learn the best methods. Offer yourself the opportunity to grow as a leader, so you can empower and equip those around you. That way, you can invite your team to be more engaged, to do their best thinking, and to do their best work.
- Lois ElrichLeadership CoachLois ElrichLeadership Coach
Lois came to Aileron hoping to learn to run her business, Solid Blend, the right way. Captivated by Aileron’s focus on corporate culture and leadership development, Lois is now a facilitator and leadership coach for Aileron’s Becoming a More Conscious Leader program.
As a leadership coach, Lois helps clients overcome obstacles that get in the way of growth. Lois has a knack for asking the right questions to get to the heart of issues. Around the office, she’s known for being a thoughtful listener and approaching each day with energy and kindness. She has a heart for people and is happiest spending time with her husband Ken, three sons and their wives, and grandkids. Passionate about personal growth, Lois also enjoys reading and spending time at the gym.
Lois believes that every member of the team has a vital contribution in completing strategic initiatives. At Aileron, Lois lives out her passion to develop teams and professional culture centered around mutual values. You can connect with Lois on LinkedIn or by email.
- Joni FeddersPresident, Facilitator and Leadership Coach
As a past business owner, Joni understands the risks, rewards, and challenges that ownership and professional management bring. She had the opportunity at Iams as a Brand Manager to live in a professionally managed organization where she saw first hand how strategy, strong leadership and culture can fuel a company to do great things.
After Iams, Joni co-founded a technology services company and became an Aileron client herself, taking the Course for Presidents, establishing an outside Board of Directors and utilizing strategic planning. The company grew from 2 to 100 employees in five years, was a finalist for the Ernst & Young Cincinnati Entrepreneur of the Year award, and was named by the Cincinnati Business Courier as one of the 25 fastest growing companies in the region. After selling this business, she and her husband just couldn’t stop and bought a second business in decorative packaging that they operated for seven years before successfully selling.
In her role as President, Joni oversees Aileron’s strategic direction, culture and operational activities. Her leadership and energy inspire and motivate the Aileron team and the community as we strive to raise the quality of life, one private business at a time.
Joni was honored with the “Forty Under Forty” award and received her bachelor’s degree in business from Miami University (the real one, in Ohio). She obtained her MBA from Xavier University. As college sweethearts, Joni and her husband Jim have been married for 27 years; they have three great children, a golden retriever and a small mutt who thinks he’s a cross between a mastiff and a pit bull. Family time is a crucial priority for Joni and they enjoy skiing, tubing, running, fishing, sports, eating Chipotle (don’t ask Joni to cook – she can’t), family events and vacations.
- Wes GipeBusiness Advisor, Facilitator and Leadership Coach
Wes Gipe works with business owners and their teams as a trusted facilitator, business advisor and coach. Known for his enthusiasm and high-energy approach, Wes’s willingness to boldly approach tough issues and go the extra mile have gained him loyal clients who look to him for help with strategic planning, leadership and culture development, and conflict resolution.
Wes started his journey as an Aileron client in 2008. After applying Aileron’s Professional Management principles to build a self-managing company, he now spends much of his time helping other organizations—big and small—build a strategy that endures. Through this work, he has logged over 9,000 coaching hours with more than 500 individuals throughout North America and Europe. His work has been featured in Forbes as well as other national media outlets. Wes resides in Miami County, OH with his wife and three rambunctious boys.
- Chuck HugginsChief Operating Officer, Facilitator and Leadership CoachChuck HugginsChief Operating Officer, Facilitator and Leadership CoachAs Aileron’s Chief Operating Officer, Chuck’s passion for helping business owners is palpable. He loves finding ways to help Business Owners drive professional management throughout their entire organization. He strives to make it a real, practical living system that not only helps the business owner but their employees as well. Chuck and his team are always improving our processes. From helping clients create a board of advisors to offering one on one Business Advisor support and coaching – they are constantly looking at ways to improve the process to help you professionally manage your company.Stop by Chuck’s office and tell him how professional management has improved your life – he’ll sit and listen to you all day. Then he’ll give all the credit to his team. And, if you’re not careful, he may encourage you to tell others your story and help another business owner because he’s also in charge of our Contributors – those awesome folks who share their time, talents and treasures with Aileron.Since selling his HVAC business, Chuck has focused on Aileron’s mission of unleashing the potential of private businesses. One way he’s done this is by spending hundreds of hours learning to become a Certified Executive Leadership Coach. Now Chuck enjoys coaching others to unleash their own personal potential as well.If he’s not in his office, then he’s probably fishing, so check the pond. If he’s not there, then he’s with his wife and kids either running a marathon, or attending one of their many sporting events.
- Krista PowellBrand Manager and Leadership Coach
As the daughter and granddaughter of entrepreneurs, Krista is no stranger to the challenges small business owners face. Given her background, she is passionate about professional management and believes it has the power to raise the quality of life for business owners, their families, their organizations, and whole communities.
In fact, Krista believes in private businesses so strongly, that she recently co-founded a marketing and design company with her husband.
In her role as Brand Manager, Krista is responsible for the oversight, development, marketing, and continual improvement of Aileron brands, products and services. Krista’s natural curiosity leads her to be constantly learning. As a result, Krista has her Bachelor of Science in Marketing, an MBA, and she’s a Certified Professional Coach. Krista’s highest calling, sparked by being a former Girl Scout and a Delta Zeta alumnae, is to leave the world better than she found it, by making a difference in the lives of those she touches.
Outside of Aileron, you can find Krista with her husband, Jon, and children, Jackson and Mackenzie. She loves spending time with family and friends, trying new things, traveling, being outside, decorating, and reading.
- Tony SchroederBusiness Advisor, Facilitator and Leadership CoachTony SchroederBusiness Advisor, Facilitator and Leadership Coach
With a passion for proactive leadership, business improvement, and personal development, Tony serves as an energetic mentor and role model for those seeking to lead a fulfilling life inside and outside of business. His experience in strategic planning, business finance, individual advancement, and team cooperation make Tony a well-rounded advisor for small and medium businesses, especially those with a focus on professional services.
For 22 years, Tony has led Choice One Engineering, a civil engineering firm based in Sidney, Ohio, as President, and now serves as the firm’s CEO. Tony and his fellow Choice One leaders have developed and maintained a unique, down-to-earth company culture rich in enjoyment, cooperation, trust, responsiveness, and success. In 2015, the firm implemented a form of open book management based on “Ownership Thinking” and “Great Game of Business”, through which all employees understand the financial aspects of Choice One’s business. Tony has also been a long-time proponent of the DOC Model, and all Choice One employees participate in the planning and implementation of the company’s strategic plan for business, culture, and future growth.
After graduating from Ohio Northern University in 1984 with a B.S. in Civil Engineering, Tony began his career in engineering. After several positions in various roles, Tony and several partners founded Choice One Engineering in 1994. Choice One has grown to include three office locations in western Ohio/eastern Indiana and over 35 employees. Tony’s efforts in company culture and with making Choice One a great place to work has contributed to the firm’s success as the number one “Best Firm to Work For” in the nation in civil engineering for two years in a row, as well as a three-time Dayton Business Journal “Best Place to Work” in the Dayton region.
In 2014, Tony earned his iPEC Life Coaching Certification, and has been using this expertise to positively impact the mindsets and lives of his coaching clients, Choice One employees, and his family. He regularly holds both group and individual coaching to help individuals overcome emotional hurdles that may be holding them back from success, fulfillment, and happiness.
Outside of business, Tony enjoys spending time with his wife Joan and his three grown children Cara, Wade, and Marla. He has a passion for bicycling and has participated in cross-state and cross-country rides on multiple occasions. Always one to seek improvement, he enjoys authors Matthew Kelly, Patrick Lencioni, Lawrence Janesky and others. Finally, he spends time as a volunteer for his local parish, Holy Angels in Sidney, and is a strong advocate for the United Way of Shelby County.
- Phillip StollerBusiness Advisor, Facilitator and Leadership CoachPhillip StollerBusiness Advisor, Facilitator and Leadership Coach
Phillip Stoller is a business advisor, executive coach, entrepreneur, and innovator. Phillip is a professionally certified leadership coach, holds a B.A. in Psychology from Purdue University, and an M.B.A. from Indiana University. However, he has learned the most through his own entrepreneurial journey. Along the way, he founded Perma-Column and grew the company to an international force within the post-frame industry. In 2014 he had the opportunity to sell the company which is now owned by industry leader Morton Buildings. Since then, he has provided consultation to businesses through Accendo Consulting and has found an even deeper level of meaning and purpose in the work he has done atAileron advising and coaching leaders from over 150 businesses.
During his professional journey, experience has taught Phillip the importance of the “human-element” of business. He has found the impact of successfully navigating cultural and relational challenges to be as important in driving business results as some of the more technical work he has helped businesses work through.
As an avid reader that is passionate about learning, he is always working to find the latest research from Universities and Fortune 500 Companies. He takes great joy in adapting those findings into practical solutions capable of driving businesses of any size to greater success. His insights and empathetic approach to leadership have supported leaders in businesses in the US, Canada, and Europe in industries including Hospitality, Healthcare, Technology, Manufacturing, Engineering, Professional Trades, and Finance.
When Phillip isn’t working one-on-one with business leaders, he enjoys sharing his ideas on his website.
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