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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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7 Steps To Getting A Business Loan

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 26, 2016 11:15:00 AM / by Aileron posted in Business Structure, Strategy

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This post originally appeared on Forbes.com.

While it is not as easy as it once was before the Great Recession, all banks and other lenders still need to loan money to small business. The key is to know how to do it and get the best terms.

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Can Addressing Self-Doubt Improve Your Culture?

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 19, 2016 10:30:00 AM / by Aileron posted in People Development, Leadership, Strategy

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Sharing self-doubts with your leadership team may not seem like a way to make your business stronger, but for Dave Dunaway, it helped him turnaround his company and create a great company culture in the process.

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Putting Out Fires? Uncover the Cause Using a Systems View

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 12, 2016 10:30:00 AM / by Aileron posted in People Development, Leadership, Strategy

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When thinking about an organization, many people think of a hierarchical, “org chart” view—a visual view that is top down or bottom up. Often, that picture of an organization has the leader at the top, with the management layers underneath.

But does this traditional view of an organization tell us anything about the factors driving quality, customer loyalty, employee satisfaction or profitability?

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4 Powerful Steps to Take When You Don’t Know What’s Next

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 5, 2016 10:00:00 AM / by Aileron posted in People Development, Leadership, Strategy

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Gary Grefer, President and CEO of Atlantic Foods Corp., had just successfully reinvented his company. After losing a large account that represented the majority of the company’s business, Gary had led the company during its quick and successful turnaround.

“With the help of Aileron, we redefined the company, we recreated the culture, and we restructured the organization. We went through a lot of hard work with a strong team,” recalls Gary.

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