Fall 2011

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Inside the Fall 2011 Issue:

Making the CEO Judgment Call
Daniel Dargham (Group 321) of Lohika often counts on the opinions of other stakeholders, but he does not set the expectation that he will follow their advice. “In the end,” he says, “the CEO is solely accountable for the results.” Yet CEOs often find themselves at odds with their boards, their executive teams and others over major strategic decisions. Dargham and other Alliance members discuss how they handle these situations – and the risks they entail.

Alliance Community Activities
Recent Alliance CEO Community Activities included a variety of CEO events such as:  CEO Roundtables in which Bay Area CEOs and Top Teams discussed “Leading Your Board of Directors,” and “The Engaged and Motivated Workforce,” and Keynote discussions with Mozilla CEO Gary Kovacs on the fundamental shift happening with the Internet; and Alliance Member and GoGrid CEO John Keagy on the emerging cloud computing landscape.

Developing in the Developing World: A Case Study
While architecture and design firm Gensler has become a truly global organization poised to benefit from urban development in developing countries, getting there was not easy. David Gensler shares how the firm's initial foray – into China – was rather rough going. Yet eventually, a unique strategy emerged that would prove invaluable as the firm continued to expand.

New Members
Check out our newest Alliance members, who run a wide range of companies in industries such as precision optics, mobile payments, secure collaboration software, IV medical devices, SAP implementation, electrical energy storage and many others.

Upcoming Events
We've got some great events coming up, including our Alliance Fall Dinner; CEO and Top Team Roundtables on “Fund Raising in this Economy,” “Competitive Strategy,” “Managing Your Sales Leadership” and “Managing Corporate Culture in a Multinational Firm”; and keynote events with former Alliance member Rob Majteles of Treehouse Capital, who will discuss the art of “Board of Director Brainstorming,” and John Hamm, author of the book, “Unusually Excellent.” Alliance members are invited to attend all keynote discussions.

Also inside: Member News; an update on our growing Top Team Alliance, photos of recent Alliance events; and more. Download it now!