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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.