- I’m doing well with my business already. What more can Attollo offer me?
In a single word – a Catholic business community. If you are like most business owners, you feel in your heart that you can always do better. Attollo provides the environment for that to happen. You will have a board of advisors to bounce ideas off of, to discuss specific, relevant issues in your business and to help you focus by holding you accountable to achieve the goals you set for yourself. It’s a two way street. You will work with your peers to provide assistance in making their businesses stronger and they will work with you to help your business become stronger.
- I just don't have the time.
I hear this a lot. We are all busy but many people mistake the hundreds of day-to-day activities for productive action that will lead to growth and achievement of lifetime goals. Are you giving your business the time and attention that is required so it can mature to a point that it can work without you not work because of you. What are you willing to give up to significantly improve your business? Your investment in time to work on your business and not just in it everyday will greatly improve your bottom line and give you the foundation and traction needed for true growth.
- Why is Attollo mixing business and faith? I run an ethical business.
According to The Vocation of the Business Leader – “The most significant obstacle for a business leader to serve the common good on a personal level is leading a divided life. This split between faith and daily business practice can lead to imbalances and misplaced devotion to worldly success. The alternative path of faith-based “servant leadership” provides business leaders with a larger perspective and helps them to balance the demands of the business world with those of ethical social principles, illumined for Christians by the Gospel.” The opposite of living a divided life is living a full authentic life, a life where live your faith 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We should all be working toward sainthood and that means we need continual catechesis. We all have room to grow in faith and then have opportunities to practice at home, at work and in community. We cannot give what we do not possess.
- How do I know participation in Attollo will improve my business and help me live an authentic life?
It’s healthy to be somewhat skeptical. We can appreciate and understand that. There are a number of factors that will decide your success in this program namely your commitment to continuous learning, your drive to succeed, making the time for it and doing your homework and, of course, planning and then actually working on your business. However, we also realize that a peer advisory group just might not be a good fit so for that reason we offer a money back guarantee. Click here for details.
- The peer advisory concept is intriguing. However, I don’t want to be opening up and talking about my business to a room full of competitors.
Great point. All members will sign a confidentiality agreement. What’s said in an Attollo group stays there regarding your business. Also, your peer group will not include your competitors. We deal with this a few ways: first we review potential members for placement in groups where there are no business conflicts among them and secondly group members have the ability to vet potential members based on perceived conflicts when their request to join is reviewed.
- I’ve been in many groups where one person dominates the conversation during the whole meeting and other folks don’t get to say or do anything. How do you prevent this?
The Attollo key to success is the group facilitator. Our facilitators are business executives who are trained facilitators. They will manage the group to ensure that everyone has a fair level of participation and that the day’s agenda is kept on track.
- As a business owner, I don't want to push my faith on any of my employees.
You certainly won’t be pushing your faith on anyone. The principles of Catholic social teaching you will learn are based on reason and natural law and is meant for the benefit and flourishing of all of humanity. Catholic social teaching helps guide us to provide an environment in which all human beings can live and flourish and create prosperity as God intended. This framework then should be attractive and make sense to everyone in your organization regardless of their faith or lack of it. The hope is that you, made in the image and likeness of God (Imago Dei), may start pulling people toward Christ by living an authentic life and leading your business virtuously. Your testimony of a life resplendent in faith, hope and charity will make Christ known to others without preaching a single word.
- I hear that Attollo peer advisory groups are horizontal. How can business leaders people help me if they’re from a different industry from mine? They certainly can't understand my business problems.
You and your team are knowledgeable about the specific nuances of your industry and likely manage that part of the business well. Typically major issues facing your business are likely shared by your peers across all industries: namely financials, operations,people, processes, technology, etc. Your Attollo peers will have faced these problems and will have some great ideas as to how to resolve based on their own experiences.
- Do you charge a fee or have dues?
Absolutely. The dues are based on the gross revenues of your business. Attollo is “all inclusive” in that the dues cover food for breakfast, lunch and snacks, materials, room rental and the salary of your facilitator. Additionally, charging dues changes the mindset of the Attollo member. Every business leader has to have some “skin in the game”. I have found that pro-bono clients are typically poor clients. They associate “free” with no value and frequently miss meetings, don’t book or cancel coaching sessions and in general they don’t take the work needed to grow a business very seriously. Lastly, they typically refuse to evaluate the mindset that keep them “stuck” in life and business. I can’t “fix” that mindset and you don’t want that type of person on your board of advisors! Check out the Attollo Right Fit Guarantee.
Attollo is a tithing organization. 10% of gross revenues are donated to organizations dedicated to alleviating human suffering – which has many, many forms.
- OK, I now see how Attollo can help me. Where do I start?
It always starts with a discussion with the founder of Attollo, to ensure that the program is right for you and you are the right fit for the program and the other members. The next step is to visit a meeting for a full day to get a sense of what happens and what is accomplished. After that, the group discusses whether you are a good fit and will add value and also gain value from being part of Attollo. Then you will be invited to join. If you are up for it, it all starts here: click here to download the application to get started!
- I still have a few questions, who can I talk to?
Give me, Paul Winkler, a call at 303-877-1436 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org