Fall 2013

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Inside the Fall 2013 Issue:

Defining the Art of the ‘Pivot’
When it comes to “pivoting,” Aaron Mann (Group 275), isn’t a big fan of how most folks use the term. “In Silicon Valley, it’s usually used to describe the scenario, ‘our first business model failed completely and now we have a new one that we are sure is going to work!’” In this article, Mann and other Alliance Members discuss whether pivoting actually describes an existing business principle or represents a new trend in strategy.

Alliance Community Activities
Recent Alliance CEO Community Activities included a variety of CEO events such as:  Pan-Euro Meeting with Alliance partners CEO-CF in Barcelona and Keynote discussions with Godfrey Sullivan, CEO of Splunk, on leading through conflict and Baba Shiv, Stanford professor and neuroeconomics expert, on different leadership mindsets.

Nuggets From Behind Closed Doors
There are hundreds of years of experience inside every private Alliance meeting. While protecting the confidentiality of the member who turned to his or her group for help, we’ve captured just a few of the insightful comments from a handful of members. Read what Anthony Sperling of Advent Software and John Weber of CooperVision shared with their fellow members about their business challenges.

New Members
Check out our newest Alliance members, who run a wide range of companies in industries such as digital product design, positioning technology, aseptic process equipment, transport networks, energy recovery systems, high-value oils and chemicals, and many more.

Upcoming Events
We've got some great events coming up, including our Alliance Fall Dinner and keynote speakers such as David Gensler, CEO of Gensler Architecture, Maynard Webb, Chairman of LiveOps, Guy Kawasaki, entrepreneur, author and former chief evangelist of Apple, Joe Saunders, Executive Chairman and former CEO of Visa, and others.

Also inside: Member News, photos from our Spring Dinner, and more. Download it now!