Spring 2012

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Inside the Spring 2012 Issue:

Hiring in a Troubled Economy
John De Santis (Group 308) of HyTrust knows a bit about hiring heartbreak. “Given the past state of the economy, three or four out of five applicants would take themselves out of the mix because they didn’t want to risk joining a startup,” he says. He’s not alone. Many CEOs are having difficulty finding the right talent – in spite of relatively high unemployment and a large labor pool – and are reexamining their hiring strategies as a result.

Alliance Community Activities
Recent Alliance CEO Community Activities included a variety of events such as: CEO Roundtables in which Bay Area CEOs and Top Teams discussed issues including “Acquisitions in a Slow Recovery” and “Managing Your Sales Leadership,” Keynote discussions with George Halvorson, CEO of Kaiser Permanente, on reforming the U.S. healthcare industry; and George Anders, author of “The Rare Find,” on finding and attracting rare talent.

Preparing to Plant Your Acquisition
Growing through acquisition is an enticing prospect for many mid-market companies, but success is rare. As M&A activity begins to heat up, Alliance Director Robert Sher presents the results of a recent M&A survey of Alliance members and makes the case for creating greater bandwidth in our organizations, so we can better prepare the “soil” for acquisition success.

New Members
Check out our newest Alliance members, who run a wide range of companies in industries such as organic food, skincare products, geothermal engineering & equipment, offshore software development, fraud prevention, digital marketing services and many more.

Upcoming Events
We've got some great events coming up, including our Alliance Spring Dinner; CEO and Top Team Roundtables on “Strategic Outsourcing: Risks and Opportunities” and “Building Great Top Teams”; and keynote events with John Hamm, author of “Unusually Excellent,” and Chip Conley, founder of Joie de Vivre Hospitality and author of “Emotional Equations - The Simple Truths for Creating Happiness + Success.”

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