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 Rob Conant Speaks: External Skills Solving Internal Problems

Alliance Member, Rob Conant, CEO of Cirrent, shares his insights on a case brought by the CEO of a recently purchased company, whose parent seemed unwilling to loosen the purse strings and invest in growing his company.

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Insight categories include: Leadership   M&A   Strategy & Planning   

Member Brad Freitag Speaks: Go Direct, Go Small, Learn Lots

Alliance Top Team Member, Brad Freitag of FileMaker, shared his thoughts on a case brought by an SVP whose company was reinventing itself as a cloud provider offering SaaS in place of their current hardware/software package.

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Insight categories include: Boards   Leadership   Marketing   Operations   Sales   Strategy & Planning   Technology   

Member John Maydonovitch Speaks: Inspire with Breakthrough Objectives and Stretch Goals

Here’s what member John Maydonovitch, CEO of MCE, shared with his Alliance peers following a case presented by a CEO who had prepared a very detailed business plan to guide his management team through the next fiscal year.

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Insight categories include: Entrepreneurship   Leadership   Strategy & Planning   

Member Doug Dooley Speaks: Speak to Your Audience’s Language and Viewpoint

Alliance Top Team Member, Doug Dooley of Venrock, shared his insights on a case brought by the top leader of a software subsidiary of a global technology giant who was preparing for a meeting with the CFO of the multi billion-dollar parent company. 

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Insight categories include: Leadership   Strategy & Planning   Technology   

Member Shane Buckley Speaks: Reaffirming Executive and Non-Executive Function

Here’s what Shane Buckley, CEO of Xirrus, shared with his Alliance peers following a discussion from a CEO who was seeking clarification between executive and non-executive board member functions to help clarify precisely what is expected of a CEO.

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Insight categories include: Boards   Leadership   

Member David Traversi Speaks: When CEO Passion Ebbs, Discipline Is Required

The case at hand was brought by a CEO, who was in the middle of a taxing M&A deal. He was feeling intense CEO fatigue and looked to his Alliance group for advice. In response, here’s what David Traversi, former CEO of Traversi Capital Advisors, shared with this Alliance peer.

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Insight categories include: Leadership   M&A   

Member Pat Lashinsky Speaks: Hire Fresh Talent from Outside Your Industry to Drive Innovation

When a CEO was looking for ways to innovate in a commoditized market, he felt discouraged by the consumer perception that their industry’s products are “all the same” and wondered how he could find the right people to innovate his product portfolio. Here’s what Pat Lashinsky, CEO of RealMassive, shared with his Alliance peers.

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Insight categories include: Leadership   Strategy & Planning   

Russ Harrison Speaks: Change the Nature of the Conversation

When a fellow Alliance member wanted to acquire a company that would not allow any due diligence on its critical technology, Russ Harrison, President and CEO of The Leadership Group and an Alliance Director, shared the following insights with his Alliance peers.

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Insight categories include: Leadership   M&A   Strategy & Planning   

Member John Weber Speaks: Be Honest With Yourself

The case at hand was brought to a recent Alliance meeting by an Alliance CEO who was considering whether or not to take the company public, but was concerned about his responsibility to employees who have been issued equity. Here's what John Weber, then President of CooperVision, shared with the Alliance member.

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Insight categories include: Finance   Leadership   Organizational Design   Strategy & Planning   

Member Alain Couder Speaks: Wait, Then Make the Call

The case at hand was brought to a recent Alliance meeting by an Alliance CEO whose company had a major acquisition in the works. As a result of the acquisition, the CEO believed that the company needed to change from a functional structure to a business unit structure. In response, here's what Alain Couder, then CEO of Oclaro, a global provider of optical products for the telecommunications market, shared with the Alliance member.

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Insight categories include: Leadership   M&A   Organizational Design   

Member Prem Uppaluru Speaks: Be Careful About Switching to Product Business

Read what Prem Uppaluru, CEO of Transera Communications, shared with an Alliance member whose consulting company was considering whether to create a successful new product or transform itself into a product company.

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Insight categories include: Leadership   Marketing   Organizational Design   Sales   Strategy & Planning   

Member Ittai Bareket Speaks: You Need Someone You Can Trust

When a fellow Alliance member was preparing to enter Japan with a huge partner that would resell its software, the member wanted to know what to do to succeed and whether to hire locally or not. Here's what Ittai Bareket, CEO of Netformx, shared with the Alliance member.

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Insight categories include: Culture   International Business   Leadership   Operations   Sales   Strategy & Planning   

Member Dan Peterson Speaks: When Picking a Team, Put Values First

Read what Dan Peterson, Founder & Chairman of Loyale, shared with an Alliance member whose early stage startup company was about to close a B round of financing. The CEO was preparing to build the executive team with some key hires.

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Insight categories include: Culture   Finance   Human Resources   Leadership