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What’s Holding You Back?

March 31, 2015

Tom is a successful business owner, but lately, something hasn’t been quite right at work. One day, he’s at lunch with Kathy, a friend and colleague, and she asks him, “What’s keeping you up at night, Tom?”

Tom thinks about it for a minute and then answers.


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Chuck Huggins

About Chuck Huggins

As Aileron's Director of Client Development, Chuck oversees the framework, people, and processes utilized with clients to help them drive professional management throughout their organization. Chuck also oversees all Aileron Contributors as well as the processes, structure, and approaches of staff and delivery team to deliver all Aileron 1:1 services. Chuck is also a Certified Executive Leadership Coach who brings expertise to Aileron and their clients in the areas of 1 on 1 coaching, assessments, structure, performance management and people development.


The Fox And The Chipmunk: A Lesson In Decision Making

March 25, 2015

What catalyzes the execution of a decision?

It was a sunny day, and I was enjoying the company of my dog while on a walk. In the distance, the frisky movement of an animal caught my eye; I stopped to get a better look. I noticed a fox, brilliant red and sleek – the white tip of his tail seemed to dance with joy. A closer look and I couldn’t believe my eyes!

This wasn’t an ordinary interaction! The fox frolicked with glee as he tossed the chipmunk into the air. The chipmunk, upon landing, scurried back into the fox’s mouth for more of the same. The fox didn’t seem phased in the slightest for the chipmunk’s escape, and he demonstrated this by repeatedly releasing the tiny creature. The interaction lasted nearly 30 minutes.


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Jenni Lough Watson

About Jenni Lough Watson

In 2009, Jenni launched Swiftdogz™ Inc., in Concord, NC where “Helping Dogs Make Better Decisions” is delivered through a proprietary process called Relative Space℠. As a result of implementing professional management, Swiftdogz has expanded into other states, including a spoke location in Dayton, OH. Jenni is a Licensed Peerspectives Facilitator through the The Edward Lowe Foundation. Jenni is a member of the Piedmont Prime Time Community Band, playing trumpet, and serves on their board as a member at large. She is accompanied by Ace, a Medical Alert Service Dog, to which she personally bred, selected and trained.


Are You Measuring What Matters?

March 11, 2015

Lately, I’ve been overwhelmed by the interest in measuring important client data, especially the data that is relevant to customer engagement. I’m thrilled that so many organizations are focusing on figuring out what matters to their customers. It’s the first step in learning how to create meaningful connection and engagement.


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Sarah Robinson

About Sarah Robinson

Sarah Robinson is a business strategist, speaker and author of the Amazon best-selling book, Fierce Loyalty: Unlocking the DNA of Wildly Successful Communities. Based in Birmingham, Alabama, Sarah advises her international clients on how to build thriving, successful communities and set their companies apart from the pack. www.fierce-loyalty.com


Primogeniture Is Fading

February 26, 2015

We all know that societal and business cultures heavily influence behavior and decisions. One dominant paradigm for family business over many centuries has been one of primogeniture – that is that the oldest son is the first choice to take over leadership of a family business. Growing up on a family farm in the 1960s, I had one older brother and five sisters and observed this assumptive succession personally. We all anticipated that Dave would follow in my father’s footsteps. But when Dave and I took different career paths after college, one of my older sisters and her husband purchased the farm and related business.


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Larry Grypp

About Larry Grypp

Larry Grypp is President of the Goering Center for Family & Private Business, part of the University of Cincinnati’s Lindner College of Business. The Goering Center is the largest family business center in the nation. Educating and nurturing family and private businesses to drive a vibrant economy in the region.


Don’t Settle For Sustainability – Flourish!

February 16, 2015

At the start of a new year, I am reminded of Leon Danco’s classic and pioneering book, “Beyond Survival“. In this book, the first of his famous 12 Commandments for the business owner is as follows: – “Thou shalt inform your managers and employees that this company shall continue forever”.

Perhaps ahead of his time, what is more sustainable than ‘forever’?


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John Neff

About John Neff

John Neff is a partner with Family Enterprise Consulting whose purpose is to assist family businesses in planning, development and transition. Previously he worked for 20 years in his family’s 3rd generation packaging manufacturing business, mainly in a financial capacity, and remains a board member. John is familiar with strategy and developmental tools such as Compression Planning, Appreciative Inquiry and Quick Response Manufacturing. He is also working to complete a PhD in Management from Case Western Reserve University.