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“Clay Mathile dives into educating entrepreneurs with the same energy he used to build a billion-dollar brand from the ground up. This is a book of lessons learned through living.”
—Steven Bertoni, Associate Editor, Forbes

“Run Your Business, Don’t Let It Run You gives you the road map for ‘working on your business, not in it’ and for turning your big dreams into reality. And you don't have to do it alone.”
—Anita Campbell, Publisher, Small Business Trends

“Using Aileron’s System of Professional Management, we went from 65 employees to 205 employees. As the heavy construction industry grew by less than 5 percent over the past five years, Kelchner Inc. has grown by 95 percent. This book can help you grow your business and become more profitable!”
—Todd Kelchner, CEO, Kelchner, Inc.

About the Author

Clay Mathile, former owner of the Iams Company, founded Aileron in 1996, a nonprofit foundation dedicated to helping private businesses employ proven approaches to raise the overall effectiveness of their organizations. He is currently chairman of the board.
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Product Details

  • Series: BK Business
  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers; 1 edition (July 8, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1609948955
  • ISBN-13: 978-1609948955
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #425,164 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Former CEO and owner of The Iams Company, Clay is the founder and Chairman of the Board of Aileron. He believes strongly in free enterprise and has a high respect for business owners who risk their capital to employ others. Clay attributes professional management as one of the key reasons he was able to grow Iams to a $1 billion organization. In 1999, the Mathile family sold Iams to international conglomerate Procter & Gamble for the sum of $2.3 billion.

Still active in several business ventures, Clay devotes most of his time to philanthropic interests. In addition to Aileron, Clay and his wife, MaryAnn, created the following initiatives to foster hope and inspire change in the Dayton region and around the world.

- The Mathile Family Foundation: Since 1989, the Foundation has granted more than $230 million to nonprofit organizations that help children and families in need.

- The Glen at St. Joseph: This life-changing campus for 36 single-moms and their young children is a realization of a longtime dream of MaryAnn'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: The Institute tackles issues of world hunger and malnutrition. It's 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 MaryAnn live in Dayton, Ohio. Clay insists his most important roles are that of husband, father of five, and grandfather of 15. Life as a family man has led to yet another dream, "A family united forever."

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Michael E. Long on July 2, 2013
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You can be the best at what you do, but if you don't know the basics of business, you really can't run a business -- no matter how committed you are. In this book, Clay Mathile -- he turned Iams into a giant from his own investment -- takes on that problem with a straightforward explanation, step by step, of how to take control of your own enterprise. It's easy to understand and it's explained really well. If you have your own business, no matter how big or small, you WILL encounter the problems described here. The solutions will save your business and rescue your personal life. If you own a business, run a business, or want to have your own operation someday, this is a must-have.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By martywalker1951 on August 10, 2013
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Clay Mathile built a fantastic company in The Iams Company. The principles he discusses in his new book is how he ran Iams. It is a great roadmap for other companies. Pragmatic, hands on, common sense approach built into his philosophy of Professional Management should be adopted by others seeking to build successful companies.
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Clay's book about professional management is fantastic. All of us who have been on the DOC model, Clay's creation, have benefited for many years. This adds great stories to each part of it. The book also adds relevance to the different parts of the DOC model and makes the lessons stick. DOC stands for "Direction, Operation, and Control". That perspective is imprortant to the success of your businness no matter the size or type of enterprise. Please read this book. It is good for non-profit organizations as well.
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Very few books about business are geared to the small business person. Mathile absolutely nails it with "Run Your Business, Don't let it Run You." Practical and very useful advice, not theory, no mumbo jumbo. Just real tips from someone who understands what you are going through. I don't know if there is a better book on this subject. Very down to earth and real world practical advice. Don't buy this book unless you want to get a lot better at what you do.
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I owe much of my business success to the principles and discipline that Mr. Mathile teaches in this book. This is a text book for those who wish to use a system to run their business. While Mr. Mathile ran a business much larger than mine will ever be, his philosophies are working great at my small business. I love this book, its easy to read and one you should read a few times. I highly recommend you and Senior Leadership Team read it and discuss it.
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