Alliance Perspectives

The implicit understanding among Alliance members is that, in exchange for their willingness to share their own experience and knowledge, they gain access to the extraordinary collective wisdom of the Alliance community of CEOs. Our members do amazing things and here we've collected some of their lessons learned to preserve and highlight the wealth of knowledge in our membership. Alliance Founder & CEO, Paul Witkay, also shares his perspectives on topics such as leadership, strategy and innovation.

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Top 3 COVID-19 Leadership Lessons for Our New Business Realities
October 16, 2020

As we gradually emerge from the global pandemic, applying these COVID-19 leadership lessons to your business can help prepare you for the next new normal. 

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Case categories include: Founder’s Insights   Leadership   Strategy & Planning   

How to Develop Strong Business Innovation Strategies
October 09, 2020

Developing a strong business innovation strategy requires attentive observation, creative analysis, and out-of-the box thinking. Alliance Founder & CEO Paul Witkay shares his thoughts on how to get it done.  

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Case categories include: Founder’s Insights   Leadership   Strategy & Planning   

The Workplace and COVID-19: What Employees Need From Leadership Right Now
October 02, 2020

As companies prepare for what’s ahead, understanding what employees need from leadership right now is critical. While the specifics may differ, there are common elements that can set CEOs up for success. Approaches shared in this article by Alliance Founder & CEO Paul Witkay can help both you and your workforce pull through this tumultuous period.

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First Time CEO Advice That Experienced Leaders Wish They Had Known
September 25, 2020

Over the course of his four decade entrepreneurial career, Alliance Founder & CEO Paul Witkay has learned his fair share of tough business lessons. Here, he shares some thoughts for first-time CEOs in the hope that these six points will help lay a strong foundation for their long-term success.

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Case categories include: Executive Development   Founder’s Insights   Leadership   

COVID-19 Leadership Resources for Building Resiliency in Uncertain Times
September 18, 2020

Staying resilient is essential when faced with adversity. These COVID-19 leadership resources shared by Alliance Founder & CEO Paul Witkay can help you build that strength.

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Case categories include: Founder’s Insights   Leadership   Strategy & Planning   

Top CEO Challenges for 2021: How Innovative Leaders Are Preparing
September 11, 2020

By working with so many CEOs within our diverse community, Alliance Founder & CEO Paul Witkay has seen how today’s innovative leaders are already anticipating the upcoming challenges and opportunities next year will surely bring. Here are a few thoughts to help us plan how to take decisive, positive actions in 2021—despite the current unpredictability.

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Case categories include: Founder’s Insights   Leadership   Strategy & Planning   

Developing Leadership Diversity: The Challenges and Opportunities
September 04, 2020

Alliance Founder & CEO Paul Witkay shares some of the learnings and experiences other CEOs have shared with him, along with a few words of wisdom about the importance and value of developing leadership diversity and how to face some of the challenges involved.

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Case categories include: Founder’s Insights   Leadership   

COVID-19 Leadership: Challenges and Solutions
August 21, 2020

Alliance Founder & CEO Paul Witkay has had the privilege of working alongside some of the brightest business minds in the world who lead companies in virtually every industry. The pandemic nonetheless has taken many of these leaders by surprise. Read on to learn his observations about how they are dealing with the COVID-19 crisis.

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Strengthening Leadership During Change and Uncertainty in Organizations
August 14, 2020

It may seem daunting, but strengthening leadership during change and uncertainty for an organization starts with the CEO. Alliance Founder & CEO, Paul Witkay, shares what he has learned from many great CEOs and executives about how you can weather change in your organization.

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Are You Playing with an Infinite Mindset?
February 03, 2020

The world is changing at exponential rates and, as a result, the competition for talent, customers and investors is more intense than ever. Competitors are now global, and new entrants can appear at any time and from any place. So that others may feel they can make a meaningful difference in this dynamic new world, leaders must be able to communicate the opportunity of joining them in their cause. In this article, Alliance Founder & CEO, Paul Witkay, discusses some of the ideas behind Simon Sinek’s latest book, The Infinite Game, and the critical need to cultivate an infinite mindset.

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Case categories include: Founder’s Insights   Leadership   Strategy & Planning   

Addressing Complexity Requires Fresh Approaches
October 04, 2019

Disruptive innovations are being announced almost every day. New technologies are enabling scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs to create a constant stream of innovations designed to make our lives better. Inspired by his recent travels exploring the Galapagos Islands and Machu Picchu, witnessing the amazing examples of how different species adapted to dramatic changes in their environments, Alliance Founder & CEO, Paul Witkay discusses the need to take advantage of all of our collective wisdom to identify fresh approaches to today’s increasingly complex challenges.

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Case categories include: Founder’s Insights   Leadership   

Diversity Matters
June 05, 2019

It’s more comfortable to surround ourselves with people who share similar views and values. But we must learn to become comfortable with being uncomfortable. The world is changing more rapidly than ever and our ability to change typically happens when we think differently than we did before. Therefore, it’s imperative that we seek out as many intelligent people as we can with experience, knowledge and ideas different from our own. In this article, Alliance Founder & CEO, Paul Witkay, describes the need for CEOs to surround themselves with intelligent diversity so they will be better equipped to think creatively, and to make big, strategic decisions that move their organizations forward.

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Case categories include: Executive Development   Founder’s Insights   Leadership   

Strategic Intent in the 21st Century
January 22, 2019

We are now living in an age in which technology cycles outpace planning cycles. Undergoing an exponential pace of change, we can no longer depend upon creating a plan to be executed. Agility and speed will typically trump a larger competitor’s size or ability to scale. In this article, Alliance Founder & CEO, Paul Witkay, reflects on our current pace of change and the need for leaders to broaden and deepen their access to ideas, information and other leaders.

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Case categories include: Founder’s Insights   Leadership   Strategy & Planning   

What is Good Strategy?
June 05, 2018

The key to creating good strategy is understanding that the world is constantly changing and that markets evolve in both predictable and unpredictable ways. To succeed, leaders must continuously review their current situations, challenge their assumptions and, when appropriate, be willing to change their strategic direction. In this article, Alliance Founder & CEO, Paul Witkay, reflects on his own indoctrination into corporate strategy in the late 1980s while working for Air Liquide America, and notes similarities mentioned by Richard Rumelt in his book, Good Strategy/Bad Strategy.

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Case categories include: Founder’s Insights   Strategy & Planning   

Building Community in the Age of Exponential Change
March 23, 2018

Healthy communities of the future will need to not only foster trust but also life-long learning, as well as be socially and economically inclusive. Here, Alliance Founder & CEO Paul Witkay, shares his learnings from Thomas Friedman’s latest book, Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist’s Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations, and the value of local communities providing a solid foundation to help people adapt to inevitable progress.

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How Anyone Can Achieve Breakthrough Thinking
October 20, 2017

While the world is changing at an exponential rate of speed as industry after industry is being transformed, most CEOs are either seeking breakthrough ideas that will disrupt back, or are in fear of falling behind – or both. Here, Alliance Founder & CEO Paul Witkay shares four types of breakthroughs as learned from Olivia Fox Cabane and Judah Pollack’s latest book, The Net and the Butterfly: The Art and Practice of Breakthrough Thinking. The authors describe not only their findings based on neuroscience, but also provide practical tools one can use to increase the probability for creating breakthrough ideas.

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Case categories include: Entrepreneurship   Executive Development   Founder’s Insights   Leadership   

In Pursuit of Smarter, Better Leadership
May 30, 2017

Every successful CEO strives to be more effective, make better decisions and become more productive, which are key reasons why we bring leaders together at the Alliance of CEOs. Learned through Charles Duhigg’s new book, Smarter Faster Better: The Transformative Power of Real Productivity, Alliance Founder & CEO Paul Witkay shares three valuable concepts for improving individual productivity.

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Paul Witkay

A Message to Alliance Members from Paul Witkay
October 14, 2008

The implicit understanding among Alliance members has always been that in exchange for your willingness to share your knowledge and experience, you gain access to the extraordinary collective wisdom of the entire community of CEOs. I believe that during volatile times, it is even more critical to share our experiences, knowledge and ideas with each other. Read my recommendations as to how to best use the unique resources within the Alliance community of CEOs.

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Case categories include: Founder’s Insights   Strategy & Planning   

How COVID-19 Is Affecting Alliance Companies – Week 30
October 05, 2020

Since March 17th, Alliance leaders have participated in a CEO survey to measure how businesses are experiencing the COVID-19 crisis -- to gauge the depth of impact, the latest business trends and the progress of returning employees to their workplaces. Here, you'll find the most recent Week #30 (October 5, 2020) CEO Survey results.  

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Case categories include: CEO Survey   Health   Leadership   Strategy & Planning   Trends   

“Return to Workplace” Planning and Strategies During COVID-19
April 29, 2020

In the spirit of sharing the collective wisdom of our Alliance community during the COVID-19 crisis, we invited leaders from world-class organizations to share their critical considerations for “Return-to-Workplace” (RTW) planning at our Alliance Leadership Forum on April 29, 2020.

Presenters in areas of Health Issues (One Medical), Employee Issues (Lattice Semiconductor), and specific industries including Manufacturing (Flex), Construction (Webcor Builders) and Scientific Laboratories (Triple Ring Technologies) shared their Back-to-Office principles and timelines, employee health, safety and training plans, strategies for risk mitigation and more.

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