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Boundary Spanning Leadership: Six Practices for Solving Problems, Driving Innovation, and Transforming Organizations Hardcover – November 10, 2010

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About the Author

Chris Ernst is a Senior Enterprise faculty member for the Center for Creative Leadership, the leading global nonprofit institution dedicated exclusively to leadership. He is a coauthor of Success for the New Global Manager: How to Work across Distances, Countries, and Cultures. He lives in Raleigh, NC.

Donna Chrobot-Mason is an associate professor in the psychology department at the University of Cincinnati and director of the Center for Organizational Leadership. She has presented at nearly 50 conferences and has published numerous journal articles on diversity and leadership topics. She lives near Cincinnati, OH.

Today's world spans boundaries. So, too, must leadership. Read the book, then join the conversation at www.spanboundaries.com.

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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 1 edition (November 10, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071638873
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071638876
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #212,635 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth H. Cottrell on April 2, 2011
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BOOK REVIEW: Boundary Spanning Leadership:Six Practices for Solving Problems, Driving Innovation, and Transforming Organizations by Chris Ernst and Donna Chrobot-Mason

How refreshing and empowering to find a book on contemporary leadership that not only frames relevant issues that organization leaders face by identifying boundaries they are likely to encounter, but it also offers practical solutions to spanning these boundaries based on a decade of real-world research by leadership professionals at the Center for Creative Leadership. I'll wager that readers of this book will: 1) either already be dealing with many of the issues presented and find the discussions a veritable lifeline or 2) they will instantly recognize situations they have encountered in the past and understand for the first time why they were so intractable and challenging.

The rapidly shifting landscape of corporate and nonprofit leadership creates unique pitfalls as well as opportunities. Research surveys of over 125 senior level executives revealed an appallingly low number who felt they were very effective at knowing how to collaborate effectively across boundaries in their current leadership roles. Five primary boundary types were identified for discussion purposes, though the authors recognized that often they are closely linked:

1. Vertical boundaries between hierarchical levels of the organization
2. Horizontal boundaries between functions
3. Stakeholder boundaries with customers and vendors
4. Demographic boundaries in working with people from diverse groups
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Alicia Mandel-Hickey on April 12, 2011
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Boundary Spanning takes what appears to be very complex issues - heirarchy, silos, diversity, geographic dispersion, etc, and turns them into something that we can actually understand and better manage - the book offers real life examples as well as applicable solutions on a number of levels. I've already changed (for the better I hope) the roll out plans for a large scale organizational initiative, based on what I learned from reading. I love the fact that the book is steeped in research yet very practical in terms of how to solve some of the issues we are all facing. Great addition to my library!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By chris gergen on April 17, 2011
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Boundary-Spanning leadership offers an important framework for our growing global culture. If you work across sectors, silos, or cultures the process of managing boundaries, forging common ground, and discovering new boundaries is a powerful road map. Throughout the book, I found myself circling and underlining important point after important point - and have already begun applying the lessons learned. This will be a book that I will regularly return to and share with my students (at Duke). Accessible, insightful, and most importantly very applicable - I highly recommend it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Darren S. on January 25, 2011
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This book provided me with some very solid ideas regarding the bridging of groups and painted leadership in a different light. The real world examples made the concepts easy to understand. I am applying some of these concepts with one of the plants I work with and I do believe that the ideas set forth in the book will assist in bringing the group together and making the whole greater than the sum of the parts. I would recommend this book to any senior leader looking for an enlightened view of leadership.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Albert Soto on February 13, 2012
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Boundary Spanning Leadership: Six Practices for Solving Problems, Driving Innovation, and Transforming OrganizationsSince Thomas Friedman's bestseller, The World is Flat, was published in 2005, the world of business has felt anything but flat - the global financial crisis, climate change, energy crisis, and political and religious unrest. Why do things feel bumpier than ever? In their preface this is the opening statement and question that the authors present progressing to the reality that in a world in which a flat world perspective can no longer keep up with the necessary relational connections that are necessary to help groups and organizations succeed in bridging boundaries. Matter of fact the author's present that the most important challenges we face today are interdependent - they only can be solved by groups working collaboratively together. They continue on to state, "For businesses, governments, organizations, and communities to solve current problems and realize new opportunities, leaders must think and act beyond group boundaries and identities."
In their thinking boundaries are not limits to constrain us but are in fact new frontiers where the most advanced, breakthrough thinking resides. Therefore, the authors present a model that they call the "Boundary Spanning Leadership Model" which has six practices that inspire what is termed as the "Nexus Effect." The Nexus effect is defined as the limitless possibilities and inspiring results that groups can realize together above and beyond what they can achieve on their own.
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