• Bridging the Mindset Gap: RetireMEDiQ | Aileron

Bridging the Leadership Gap: How RetireMEDiQ’s Marisa O’Neill Navigated Stepping into the Shoes – and Mentality – of a CEO

2022-03-31T14:55:34-04:00Community, Leadership|

Doing the work of a CEO is one thing; feeling like a CEO is a whole different ballgame. We hear that sentiment a lot at Aileron, especially from young leaders who are fresh in their roles. While imposter syndrome – the self-limiting belief that you’re not as capable as you are – can contribute to not feeling CEO-ready, other [ Read More ]

  • 3 Insights Mailchimp's CEO Learned in Course for Presidents | Aileron

3 Insights Mailchimp’s CEO Learned in Course for Presidents

2022-06-28T13:51:26-04:00Aileron News, Culture, Leadership, Strategy|

Aileron sees business owners from all walks of life and all industries come through our doors. We’ve seen professional management transform $2M family-owned small businesses as well as $200M large corporations. Recently, Course for Presidents alumni and CEO of Mailchimp Ben Chestnut was featured in NPR’s How I Built This. During his conversation with Guy Raz, [ Read More ]

  • How to Make Every Conversation a Powerful One | Aileron

How to Make Every Conversation a Powerful One

2021-08-10T09:20:08-04:00Culture, Leadership, People Development|

Thoughts from Aileron Business Advisor Wes Gipe  The average person says approximately 16,000 words per day. That’s an average of 3 hours per day spent talking. To put this in perspective, every two days, we speak enough words to write a long novel.  How much of those three hours per day is spoken with true intent?  One of my favorite workshops to facilitate is Leading [ Read More ]

  • What is the Least Valuable Work You Do? | Aileron

What is the Least Valuable Work You Do? Here’s How to Find Out.


Your time is valuable. In order to successfully plan and execute work, we must intentionally use our time in a way that produces the most value. How do you determine what work you do is most valuable, and what is least valuable? Isn’t everything you do valuable at some level? Yes – but that value varies significantly. If you were asked to put an hourly value [ Read More ]

  • Financial Flashback: Looking Back at the Financial Forecast of 2020 | Aileron

Financial Flashback: Looking Back at the Financial Forecast of 2020

2022-07-08T09:56:54-04:00Aileron News, Business Structure, Culture, Leadership, Strategy|

Thoughts from Lindsey Bahr, Director of Finance and Administration  Leveraging the power of transparency to release fear in uncertainty When the COVID-19 pandemic began, many of us were thrown into uncertain and stress-provoking situations. Those situations can stir up fearful and worrisome thoughts: Am I going to lose my job? Will there be enough cash to make it through [ Read More ]

Run Your Business, Don’t Let it Run You

2022-03-31T14:58:14-04:00Business Structure, Culture, Leadership, Organizational Performance, People Development, Strategy|

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 [ Read More ]

Using Conscious Conversations to Build Understanding and Connection

2022-03-31T14:50:46-04:00Business Structure, Culture, Leadership, Organizational Performance, People Development, Strategy|

During times when it feels like difference is standing in the way of dialogue, lean into listening to better understand and communicate with each other.   At Aileron, we practice conscious leadership. It’s an approach to leadership that blends heightened awareness, suspended judgement, and intentionality to empower us to bring our best selves to every role, situation, and conversation. Conscious [ Read More ]

Making Space for Gratitude


April 17, 2020 Thoughts by Joni Fedders, President of Aileron Although highly unnatural, quarantine is starting to feel normal. Our team at Aileron has gotten in a virtual groove, my family has found ways to connect that don’t require physical togetherness, and my emotional rollercoaster is starting to level out. The past week has been a calming, unburdening, very [ Read More ]

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