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3 Steps to Avoid Procrastination

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 21, 2016 9:00:00 AM / by Aileron posted in People Development, Leadership, Culture

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We sat down with Wes Gipe, a business owner who is now a Business Advisor at Aileron, to talk about how fear shows up in an organization. Wes gave us insight into how leaders can deal with uncertainty in order to be more productive, effective, and resilient throughout their lives.

How Does Fear Show Itself In An Organization?

Within an organization, fear can show up as aggression, anger, paralysis, and even micromanagement. “There is a saying that, ‘People who do not listen are  soon surrounded by people who have nothing to say,’ and I think that can come true with leaders who lead with fear,” says Wes.

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The Case Against Being a Continuous Learner

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 14, 2016 9:45:00 AM / by Aileron posted in People Development, Leadership, Culture

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In an ever-changing world, we’re tasked with staying relevant and profitable. Often, leaders turn to books, lectures, and workshops to stay current.

This is the traditional approach. But what if I actually told you, for you to have a more abundant personal and professional life, you actually have to adopt the philosophy of continuous unlearning? 

This might strike you as counterintuitive. How many times have you heard someone say, “I am a continuous learner”?

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How to Lead From Any Level In the Organization

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 9, 2016 8:00:00 AM / by Aileron posted in People Development, Leadership, Business Structure, Culture, Strategy

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In looking to create great results, we have to balance getting results in the near-term with building our organization’s capability to maximize results in the long-term.

But what are the methods and ways in which we can help encourage this kind of continual improvement within our organization? And how can anyone, no matter their role or authority level, create value and shape their influence so that the company can amplify positive results?

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Learn It, Do It, Give It Away: The Power of Giving Back

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 31, 2016 10:45:00 AM / by Aileron posted in People Development, Leadership, Culture

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“The hardest resource to give is your time. As a leader, when we're giving our time to people, we're giving them love and we're encouraging them,” says Scott McGohan, CEO at McGohan Brabender. We sat down with both Scott and John Meredith, President and Owner of SaverSystems, to talk about the power of giving back, including how part of taking a business to the next level goes beyond what happens in the 8 to 5 workday. Along their entrepreneurial journeys, these two business owners have both learned how important it is to give back.

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Run Your Business, Don’t Let It Run You

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 24, 2016 10:30:00 AM / by Aileron posted in People Development, Leadership, Culture

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Working long hours, not getting enough sleep, eating food based on what’s convenient, and missing out on time with your family… These and other stressors can be draining for a small business owner: physically, emotionally, and mentally. At times, it may even seem you have to keep sacrificing your health for the sake of your business. 

But health and running a successful business can—and should—go hand-in-hand. Being more intentional about how the hours are used outside of 8-5 can also help your company’s performance.

We sat down with John Meredith, President and Owner of SaverSystems and Scott McGohan, CEO at McGohan Brabender, to talk about their approaches to creating a lifestyle that is both fulfilling and sustainable. During our conversation, we learned approaches they use to prioritize their health and learned why they carve out time for reading on a daily basis.

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4 Powerful Lessons Learned at the Personal Values Workshop

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 17, 2016 9:45:00 AM / by Aileron posted in People Development, Leadership, Culture

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We all look at situations differently, and many times, we do so because we have different values. You may value independence, whereas someone else may find greater value in collaboration.

Values are the lens through which we see the world.

While values help us find focus and make better decisions, they can unintentionally get in the way of our productivity, fulfillment, and resilience. Here are 4 lessons learned from a recent Personal Values Workshop that explored how values shape the way we view and navigate the world around us.

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Ways to Build Culture During Growth (Part 2)

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 11, 2016 10:15:00 AM / by Aileron posted in People Development, Leadership, Culture, Strategy

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FUSIAN is known for offering simple, convenient and high quality sushi. The fast-casual restaurant is also known for having a culture of hospitality—all while being inspired, creative, fun and energetic.

We sat down with FUSIAN co-founder Stephan Harman to talk about how he and his partners went about defining and evolving FUSIAN’s company values. In part two of the series, Stephan shares insights on how the company has been able to scale and maintain the culture it’s known for as the business grows.

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Ways to Build Culture During Growth (Part 1)

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 3, 2016 9:10:00 AM / by Aileron posted in People Development, Leadership, Culture, Strategy

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Stephan Harman, Zach Weprin and Josh Weprin were fresh out of college when they saw the need for a simple, fresh, and casual sushi restaurant. Brothers Josh and Zach, with their childhood friend Stephan acted on the idea, launching FUSIAN—with the mantra “easy, casual, sushi”—in 2010.

Six years later, FUSIAN has grown to 9 locations across Dayton, Columbus, and Cincinnati, Ohio, with number 10 slated for a summer opening in Clifton, a metro extension north of downtown Cincinnati.

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