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Behind Summit: A Chat With Nicole Luisi

2019-09-03T16:00:29-04:00Business Structure, Culture, Leadership, Organizational Performance, People Development, Strategy|

Aileron’s Director of Research & Development, Nicole Luisi, shares the beginnings of Summit, why she’s passionate about the conference, and how it helps her find harmony in her everyday work. Nicole, you were one of the driving forces behind the inaugural conference last year. What inspired you and Aileron to launch Summit in the first place? We’ve built our [ Read More ]

Why You Should Stop Striving for Work-Life Balance

2020-12-22T09:39:50-05:00Business Structure, Culture, Leadership, Organizational Performance, People Development, Strategy|

Open up Forbes, head over to HBR, or scroll through Thrive Global, and you’ll see plenty of pieces discussing burnout. People are working long hours and neglecting their health. Workers are answering emails at 12 AM and skipping vacation. Employees aren’t taking advantage of health programs and sitting for too long. The solution? Work-life balance. The answer, according to [ Read More ]

4 Ways To Foster A Culture Of Respect & Accountability

2020-11-16T13:40:09-05:00Culture, Organizational Performance, People Development|

Value Added Packaging (VAP) has an Elite Customer Service Standard. It’s a standard that all customer service team members agree to and sign off on as soon as they join the VAP team. (Headquartered in Ohio, VAP offers custom corrugated packaging manufacturing solutions.) That service experience includes a 30-minute response time when dealing with customers. “It’s just respectful. For one, [ Read More ]

Business Owner Only Hires People Smarter than Him

2022-03-31T14:48:35-04:00Business Structure, Culture, Leadership, Organizational Performance, People Development, Strategy|

When Travis Greenwood was nineteen, he learned a meaningful leadership lesson he still applies today as a small business owner. Travis was a sophomore in college, working as an intern at an association management firm. Each day, after work, he’d catch a bus to get back to his college campus. On one particular day, Skip, Vice President of the [ Read More ]

How to Make the Jump to a Management Role (Podcast)

2019-09-03T16:05:37-04:00Leadership, People Development|

What has changed for Heather Brown—and the company she works for—since working with Aileron? Heather Brown, now a Production Manager for Ramco Electric Motors, answers that question and more in our latest podcast. During her 12 years with the company, Heather explains how she's worked her way up within the organization. Learn how she learned key tools from Aileron [ Read More ]

This Is How You Can Make Everyone’s Job Better

2020-01-15T12:06:43-05:00Business Structure, Culture, Leadership, Organizational Performance, People Development, Strategy|

Team members at Solid Blend Technologies had a unified vision, but gaps in the company’s operations were starting to show. Solid Blend Technologies is a Dayton-based service water management company established in 1999. A company that’s growing often sees new, unforeseen challenges—and that was no different for Solid Blend Technologies, says Ken Elrich, President of Solid Blend Technologies and his wife, [ Read More ]

Lessons from Deming: It’s The Whole Being Who Comes to Work

2022-07-08T09:58:02-04:00Culture, Organizational Performance, People Development|

There are two models that can describe the way people are valued and managed in organizations. One is the centuries-old model associated with Isaac Newton where the physical world is thought of as a machine. This model also was adopted by biology and physiology as well as the social sciences of psychology, sociology, economics, and politics. The other is [ Read More ]

2 Key Ways to Let the Customer Lead You to New Ideas

2020-01-15T12:06:07-05:00Business Structure, Culture, Leadership, Organizational Performance, People Development, Strategy|

Several years ago, a customer came to Promotional Spring asking for point of purchase signage. (Promotional Spring is a company that creates experiences and solutions that help organizations to promote their products and services.) Even though they had asked for a specific deliverable, after further conversation, leaders at Promotional Spring realized the customer had 4 different pain points. Those challenges they [ Read More ]

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How To Build A Work Culture That Appeals To All Generations

2021-04-08T09:19:18-04:00Business Structure, Culture, Leadership, Organizational Performance, People Development, Strategy|

People picked on my generation. People picked on my fathers’ generation. People are picking on this generation, and I think it’s wrong,” says Scott McGohan, CEO at McGohan Brabender, a company that provides employee benefit consulting, compliance, and health risk management. “We have to understand technology and communication paths that are going to be attractive [across generations], but to pretend [ Read More ]

What is Professional Management?

2022-08-18T09:31:57-04:00Business Structure, Culture, Leadership, Organizational Performance, People Development, Strategy|

This Insights post has been updated. For our latest thinking on professional management, see our most recent post here.  In the video below a number of small business owners explain—in their own words—how professional management has helped their businesses. Professional management is something that can help you run your business, rather than letting it run you. It [ Read More ]

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