Run Your Business, Don't Let It Run You

Learning and Living Professional Management

| 208 pages

Run Your Business, Don't Let It Run You

Packed with the real-world experiences of small business owners making the transition to professional management

  • Forgoes academic jargon and dense management theory to provide practical, accessible methods for taking your small business to the next level
  • Packed with the real-world experiences of small business owners making the transition to professional management, including Mathile's own
  • Published in collaboration with Aileron, a nonprofit foundation dedicated to helping private business owners develop their professional management system

Running a thriving business is the American dream: no boss to answer to, a flexible schedule, calling your own shots. But then there is the reality: sixteen-hour days, little time for family and friends, and the unrelenting pressure to create constant growth while attending to all the day-to-day details. And ironically, all this hard hands-on work is only going to take you so far. To get to the next level, you need to step back from being the entrepreneur/owner who makes every single decision and run your business by the fundamentals of professional management.

Run Your Business, Don't Let It Run You introduces proven management fundamentals and disciplines in a systematic, practical way, one that has been developed for and used by thousands of business owners. You'll get real-world details that academic courses don't teach-true stories from the trenches from those who, like Clay Mathile, made this difficult transition and thrived as a result. You will discover a way to help you gain the freedom that propelled you to become a business owner in the first place.

Mathile outlines the shifts you need to make to lay out the overall direction for your organization, ensure that your plan is put into action, and establish indicators so you can monitor progress and make corrections. You'll discover how to focus on what is important, not just urgent, and to view and manage the whole system, not become entangled in the individual parts. This book's insights and tools will help businesses adapt and grow in any market environment while preserving their distinctive values and core practices-and the leader's sanity.

To create a sustainable and profitable business, you must change your focus to working on your business, not in it. With Clay Mathile as your mentor, you can take that next step forward, making your business more successful and your life more livable.

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Packed with the real-world experiences of small business owners making the transition to professional management

  • Forgoes academic jargon and dense management theory to provide practical, accessible methods for taking your small business to the next level
  • Packed with the real-world experiences of small business owners making the transition to professional management, including Mathile's own
  • Published in collaboration with Aileron, a nonprofit foundation dedicated to helping private business owners develop their professional management system

Running a thriving business is the American dream: no boss to answer to, a flexible schedule, calling your own shots. But then there is the reality: sixteen-hour days, little time for family and friends, and the unrelenting pressure to create constant growth while attending to all the day-to-day details. And ironically, all this hard hands-on work is only going to take you so far. To get to the next level, you need to step back from being the entrepreneur/owner who makes every single decision and run your business by the fundamentals of professional management.

Run Your Business, Don't Let It Run You introduces proven management fundamentals and disciplines in a systematic, practical way, one that has been developed for and used by thousands of business owners. You'll get real-world details that academic courses don't teach-true stories from the trenches from those who, like Clay Mathile, made this difficult transition and thrived as a result. You will discover a way to help you gain the freedom that propelled you to become a business owner in the first place.

Mathile outlines the shifts you need to make to lay out the overall direction for your organization, ensure that your plan is put into action, and establish indicators so you can monitor progress and make corrections. You'll discover how to focus on what is important, not just urgent, and to view and manage the whole system, not become entangled in the individual parts. This book's insights and tools will help businesses adapt and grow in any market environment while preserving their distinctive values and core practices-and the leader's sanity.

To create a sustainable and profitable business, you must change your focus to working on your business, not in it. With Clay Mathile as your mentor, you can take that next step forward, making your business more successful and your life more livable.

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Meet the Author


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Clay Mathile understands the challenges of private business owners. As the former owner of Iams, a company committed to helping dogs and cats to live long, healthy lives through superior nutrition, he increased sales from $12.5 million to $1 billion. Clay cites professional management as one of the critical keys for this growth. In 1999, the Mathile family sold Iams to international conglomerate Procter & Gamble for $2.3 billion.   

During his incredibly challenging journey, Clay developed a belief in free enterprise for the greater good. It became a dream for him to help private businesses to become successful, profitable, and sustainable so that they could provide employment in their communities and help their communities to thrive, and in so doing help the people in those communities to have better lives. To turn his passions into a reality, he founded Aileron, a nonprofit foundation. He maintains a tremendous respect for business owners who risk their capital to employ others.  

Still active in several business ventures, Clay devotes most of his time to philanthropic interests. In addition to serving as chairman of the board of Aileron, Clay, with his wife, Mary, created the following initiatives to foster hope and inspire change in the Dayton, Ohio, region and around the world: 
  • The Mathile Family Foundation, which since 1989 has granted more than $230 million to nonprofit organizations that help children and families in need. 
  • The Glen at St. Joseph, a life-changing campus for 36 single mothers and their young children that is the realization of a longtime dream of Mary’s. The Glen offers mothers the opportunity to pursue their educational and career goals while their children attend a state-of-the-art early-learning center on campus. 
  •  The Mathile Institute for the Advancement of Human Nutrition, whose charter is to tackle issues of world hunger and malnutrition. Its mission is to create innovative, effective, and sustainable solutions to alleviate nutritional inadequacies in children. 


Clay also serves as a trustee on a select group of nonprofit boards focused on education, medical innovation, and social justice. Clay and Mary live in Dayton, Ohio. Clay insists that his most important roles are husband, father of 5, and grandfather of 15. Life as a family man has led to yet another dream, “a family united forever.”

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Preface

Introduction: No More 16-Hour Days

Part One: A Better Way to Run a Business

one. Is Your Business Running You?

two. Shifting to Professional Management

Part Two: Learning Professional Management

three. How You Lead

Leadership

four. Your Dream with a Plan

Strategy

five. Grow Your People, Grow Your Business

People Development

six. Aligning Your Business with Your Vision

Business Structure

seven. The Keys to Accountability

Performance Management

eight. Culture-the Engine Moving Your Business

Living Your Values

nine. The Gift That Keeps on Giving

An Effective Outside Board

Part Three: Living Professional Management

ten. The Business of the Family

eleven. Sustainability and Succession

Conclusion

Notes

Selected Bibliography

Acknowledgments

Index

About the Author

About Aileron

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