Nuggets from Behind Closed Doors

Inside every private Alliance meeting, there are hundreds of years of experience. While keeping confidentiality of the member who provided the challenge to their group, we’ve captured (with permission) just some of the insightful comments from a handful of members. Read what these members had to say to get a glimpse of what it is like to be an Alliance member.

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Member Eric Billingsley Speaks: Seeking Organizational Alignment? Try a “Panic Monster” Instead

With key milestones looming and a lack of urgency on the part of employees, leaders often struggle to build momentum and enthusiasm. Eric Billingsley, Co-Founder and CEO of Guide-Rails, shares insight into how to guide employees to overcome procrastination and win the day.

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Insight categories include: Leadership   Operations   Strategy & Planning   

Member Terese Kemble Speaks: Finding the ESG Sweet Spot

During a recent Alliance meeting, the topic of ESG was brought up among the gathered executives. Terese Kemble, Chief Human Resources Officer, Lattice Semiconductor Corporation, shared her experiences and insight about strategically embracing ESG.

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Insight categories include: Culture   Human Resources   Leadership   Strategy & Planning   

Member Cathilea Robinett Speaks: Getting Personal? Go Professional

When long-term employees grow jaded or disgruntled, leaders can struggle to reboot the relationship. Cathilea Robinett, CEO of e.Republic, suggests creating a structured and engaging professional development program to guide every employee, from entry-level to executive.

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Insight categories include: Human Resources   Leadership   Operations   Strategy & Planning   

Member Pat Lashinsky Speaks: Pursuing IPO? Invest Now in the Right People and Processes to Take You Over the Finish Line

When companies are faced with the opportunity to go public, their leaders can struggle to prioritize the right next step forward. Pat Lashinsky, Co-Founder of Momseze, suggests moving decisively and preparing immediately.

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Insight categories include: Leadership   Operations   Organizational Design   Strategy & Planning   

Member Serge Longin Speaks: Realign With Your Goals and Do Your Research

When businesses are presented with exciting offers, such as giving a controlling stake to a private equity firm, their leaders can struggle to decide if the opportunity is worth the potential costs. Serge Longin, Co-Founder & CEO of RevenueWell Systems, offers his insight into making the right strategic decision.

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Insight categories include: Finance   Leadership   Strategy & Planning   

Member Tom Sego Speaks: Thinking About a Go-to-Market Strategy? Consider Other Options

When business leaders have a disruptive new technology in their hands, the assumed next step is often to bring the product to market. Sometimes, the risks inherent in that approach outweigh the likelihood of a successful product launch. Tom Sego, Co-Founder & CEO, BlastWave, offers insight into leveraging intellectual property as an alternate strategy.

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Insight categories include: Leadership   Strategy & Planning   Technology   

Member Craig Hinkley Speaks: Tempted to Turn Down Funds? Consider These Risks

When the financial markets are hot, business leaders are often faced with the question: should I fundraise or not – and what’s at stake if I don’t? Craig Hinkley, CEO of WhiteHat Security, offers insight into assessing competitor risk and staying on top of the market. 

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Insight categories include: Finance   Leadership   Marketing   Sales   Strategy & Planning   

Member Alex Ashton Speaks: Get Binary With Complex Questions

Innovative technology can have seemingly endless applications. Business leaders in technology are often faced with the common yet overwhelming question of, “What type of company do I really have?” Alex Ashton, Founder & Principal of I/D.W, offers strategies to reach clarity.

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Insight categories include: Leadership   Organizational Design   Strategy & Planning   

Member Sanjay Bonde Speaks: Bigger Isn’t Always Better

A common Silicon Valley mantra is to productize, scale, and then IPO. But is that really the best formula for every company? Alliance member & CEO Sanjay Bonde offers his insights into creating long-term satisfaction for both the customer and business leader.

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Insight categories include: Leadership   Strategy & Planning   

Member Bernie Tobin Speaks: Growing Quickly? Sacrifice Speed to Find the Best Fit

When companies are faced with the need to quickly increase headcount, their leaders can struggle to decide on the next step forward. Bernie Tobin, General Manager of Natera, shares strategy into hiring the right candidates who can evolve with a rapidly changing organization.

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Insight categories include: Culture   Human Resources   Leadership   Operations   Organizational Design   

Member Stan Schneider Speaks: To Scale Effectively, Treat it Like the Major Project It Is

Fast-growing mid-size companies often reach a point where systems are stretched across the board. Scaling the fundamental company infrastructure is important but not urgent, so it often makes little progress. Stan Schneider, CEO of Real-Time Innovations, shared insight into delegating the scaling process in a way that will be successful and internally well received.

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Insight categories include: Leadership   Strategy & Planning   

Member Nadim Maluf Speaks: When Pivoting, Hypothesize, Then Act

Business leaders considering a pivot are often faced with big questions about the market and how to change course effectively. Alliance member Nadim Maluf, CEO of Qnovo, recommends testing your hypothesis—and quickly.

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Insight categories include: Leadership   Strategy & Planning   

Member Jim Flatt Speaks: Scaling? Dust Off That Organizational Chart

When companies undergo rapid growth, their leaders often struggle to implement organizational structure and personnel in such a dynamic environment. Alliance member Jim Flatt, Co-Founder, CEO and President of Brightseed, shares his insights into creating an effective scaling process.

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Insight categories include: Leadership   Organizational Design   Strategy & Planning   

Member Paul Sechrist Speaks: In Acquisition, Lead Actively and With the Customer in Mind

Acquiring a company presents unique challenges as the acquirer seeks to maximize cohesive branding and functional efficiency. Alliance member Paul Sechrist of Coherent suggests, while every integration of a company is unique, active leadership and the establishment of key driving principles help achieve successful integrations.

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Insight categories include: Leadership   M&A   Strategy & Planning   

Member Bill Newell Speaks: Establish a Core Technology, Not Just a Single Offering

Perhaps a company has developed a stellar product. Or maybe, luck has it that the company has more than one promising product. That’s good, but what really creates value in the long run? Bill Newell, CEO of Sutro Biopharma shares insight into establishing a core technology platform to build upon for long-term value creation.

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Insight categories include: Leadership   Strategy & Planning   Technology   

Member Edmundo Costa Speaks: You Can “Win” While Holding Second Place in Your Market

Raising millions in a Series B funding round is an admirable accomplishment that any entrepreneur should be proud of — but what if your competitor raised four times more? Alliance member Edmundo Costa of Automation Anywhere shares some well-seasoned insight into making your dollars go further as a second place fundraiser in your market.

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Insight categories include: Finance   Leadership   Operations   Sales   Strategy & Planning   

Member David Earp Speaks: Convene the Board to Consolidate Strategy and Introduce New Members

Integrating a newly hired board member often comes with both changes and challenges. David Earp, President and CEO of Circle Pharma, shares some effective approaches for successfully bringing new board members up to speed.

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Insight categories include: Boards   Leadership   Strategy & Planning   

Member Erin Mendez Speaks: Involve (All) Your People in Strategic Decisions

Whenever major changes occur within a company, there is a risk that employees won’t jump on board with the new plan. Erin Mendez, President and CEO of Patelco Credit Union, shares her insights into the benefits of involving every level of the company when executing major strategic changes.

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Insight categories include: Culture   Leadership   Strategy & Planning   

Member Peter Koshland Speaks: Share Fears, Empathize and Negotiate

Navigating a fifty-fifty percent ownership structure is difficult, and perhaps even impossible. Alliance member Peter Koshland, Founder of Koshland Pharm, describes the inherent difficulties in this arrangement and strategizes approaches to mitigate dysfunction.

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Insight categories include: Leadership   Organizational Design   Strategy & Planning   

Member Paul White Speaks: Instead of Diving In, Consider Zooming Out

More often than not, CEOs are hyper focused on the here and now. Paul White, Founder and CEO of Muir Services, advises that while it is hard to step outside and look down upon a business holistically, doing so can reveal transformational opportunities.

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Insight categories include: Entrepreneurship   Leadership   Operations   Sales   Strategy & Planning