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6 Symptoms of Poor Leadership

Oct 19, 2017 10:30 AM by Aileron
Profits have dipped, productivity has slowed, and your business has felt like it’s been on a roller coaster for years. I hear it all the time when leading business owners through Aileron’s Course for Presidents® program.  Sure, maybe it's the economy....
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Jumpstart Your Next, Big Strategic Move

Oct 12, 2017 10:30 AM by Aileron
Is your profit margin average for your industry? Is your revenue per customer in the middle of the pack for companies like yours? How about your growth rate as compared to the industry?
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Are You Building the Only Sustainable Competitive Advantage?

Oct 05, 2017 10:30 AM by Aileron
Not all company growth comes from selling more. Wes Gipe, Founder of Agil IT, agrees, saying he experienced this within his own company: “I had been so externally focused. I was focused on growing the business," he says in this video. "I really didn’t...
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The Wisdom of the Decision Has Nothing to Do with the Power of the Position

Sep 28, 2017 10:30 AM by Aileron
“There is a difference between positional authority in a company and pure leadership,” says Clay Mathile, Founder and Chairman at Aileron and Former CEO and owner of The Iams Company.  Leadership, excellent decision-making, and great ideas can come...
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Lessons from a Small Business Using a 32-Hour Work Week

Sep 21, 2017 10:30 AM by Aileron
“We prioritize people over everything,” says Ben Callahan, President of Sparkbox, an Ohio-based company that designs and develops responsive websites and applications. 
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How a Small Business is Disrupting the Sales Process by Saying 'No'

Sep 14, 2017 10:30 AM by Aileron
“People don't buy what you do, they buy why you do it,” says Simon Sinek.  Stacy Sheldon, Managing Partner at POMIET, agrees, saying that having clarity on POMIET’s why has helped their sales team attract more of their ideal type of customers. (POMIET...
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5 Ways To Build A Culture Of Ownership

Sep 07, 2017 10:30 AM by Aileron
One hot and humid Saturday morning at Tasty Catering, a supervisor, Steven, noticed one of his team members was loading Indiana-bound equipment onto a truck headed for Wisconsin. Seeing what would be a costly mistake, he yelled, “What is the matter...
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Tips to Help You Hire Successfully (Part 2)

Aug 31, 2017 10:30 AM by Aileron
“Would I hire this person again today given the same circumstances?” Asking yourself this question as a business owner can uncover areas of opportunity with your hiring process. Jeff Annis, President at Advanced Services, Inc. asked himself that...
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