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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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5 Easy Steps to a Strategic Plan

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 28, 2016 12:15:00 PM / by Aileron posted in People Development, Leadership, Strategy

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This post originally appeared on Forbes.com.

It’s hard to accomplish anything without a plan. Whether you’re coaching a football team, cooking Thanksgiving dinner, or running a small business, you need a strategic plan.

A strategic plan looks at all the things your small business could do and narrows it down to the things it is actually good at doing. A strategic plan also helps business leaders determine where to spend time, human capital, and money.

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Employee Ownership: Is an ESOP Right for Your Company?

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

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An ESOP, or an employee stock ownership plan, is a retirement program that allows participating individuals to acquire ownership interest in their employer’s organization. ESOPs are most commonly used by business owners to transition a business (if they are departing or want to move ownership away from a concentrated group of owners), as a benefit to employees. There is also a tax benefit to doing so.

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The Most Fundamental Way to Growth: Employee Engagement

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 16, 2016 2:50:00 PM / by Aileron posted in People Development, Leadership, Strategy

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If you’re growing your business, and customers are happy, just how much does employee engagement matter?

“To ignore employee engagement is to ignore one of the fundamental ways that you grow businesses—which is through people and relationships,” says Chris Powell, CEO of BlackbookHR, a software company that facilitates, measures and helps improve employee engagement. Chris has spent more than 20 years as an HR executive and practitioner, helping companies and talent develop, perform and succeed. 

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Eliminating Performance Reviews: Cutting Edge or Finally Catching On?

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 9, 2016 4:39:59 PM / by Aileron posted in People Development, Leadership, Strategy

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Recently, some of the top newspapers are covering the topic of “performance reviews” and how they are becoming extinct as science was recently released that shows they actually cause a decline in employee morale. Is the science cutting edge or just catching up to what Deming has been teaching us since the 1970’s?

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