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"Beyond the walls is a battle cry that mobilizes.... The walls that surround us, protect us, and embrace us can also inhibit movement, limit understanding, restrict engagement, and diminish our relevance in the wider world. I realized that my walls, and the walls of leaders everywhere, were not only the walls of current policy, practice, procedure, and assumption but also the walls of the past—safe, familiar, and secure. This recognition was just the first of several as we worked through a process to take ourselves and our organizations beyond the walls to new levels of performance and positive changes in the lives of people."—from the Introduction by Frances Hesselbein

This first volume of the Wisdom to Action series, twenty-nine of the world's greatest thinkers explore the need for a new paradigm in leadership. In today's fast-paced global society, leaders must be adept at establishing diverse partnerships, alliances, and networks by building and maintaining relationships both within and outside their own organizations. They must be comfortable with working with individuals and organizations they cannot control in the traditional sense, but with whom they share core values, purposes, and goals. Ultimately, they must learn to lead through commitment and connection—both of which are rooted in freedom of choice rather than in systems of coercion and control. Leading Beyond the Walls brings together Peter F. Drucker, Stephen R. Covey, Peter M. Senge, Jim Collins, Noel Tichy, Regina E. Herzlinger, C.K. Prahalad, Sally Helgesen, and other thought leaders to describe new ways of building relationships, new approaches to strategy and marketing, new models of employee relations, and other innovative ways of thinking and acting. They share practical insights on the challenge of leading in an age when the old rules and conventional boundaries no longer exist.


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Product Details

  • Series: J-B Leader to Leader Institute/PF Drucker Foundation (Book 59)
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass (September 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0787945935
  • ISBN-13: 978-0787945930
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.1 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,859,354 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Turgay BUGDACIGIL on July 28, 2000
Format: Hardcover
An excellent study from the Drucker Foundation. As written by F. Hesselbein, M. Goldsmith, and I. Somerville, "Leading Beyond the Walls focuses on the first requirement of leadership in the twenty-first century. In the chapters, leaders at all levels will find inspiration and practical advice on building effective organizations that focus on their strengths and employ the resources of individuals, organizations, and communities beyond their walls. This book explores what is needed to transcend the personal walls that inhibit effectiveness and the organizational, social, and political boundaries that inhibit reaching out. It will help all leaders to achieve personal excellence and high performance and to lead beyond the old boundaries to forge partnerships that are essential in the increasingly challenging period ahead. Leading ourselves and our organizations beyond the walls is the first requirement for success in the years to come. It's a call for engagement; one each of us must answer" (from the Preface).
In this context, for instance:
* Jim Collins displays four important points to executives in order to be effective in the next century (pp.19-28):
- First, executives must define the inside and the outside of the organization by reference to core values and purpose, not by traditional boundaries.
- Second, executives must build mechanisms of connection and commitment rooted in freedom of choice, rather than relying on systems of coercion and control.
- Third, executives must accept the fact that the exercise of true leadership is inversely proportional to the exercise of power.
- Fourth, executives must embrace the reality that traditional walls are dissolving and that this trend will accelerate.
* C. K.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Gilbert A. Williams on December 21, 1999
Format: Hardcover
As a management consultant who is interested in helping executives get results I am always looking for reference material for my clients. This book clearly articulates the need (and "means-by-which") Leaders must adopt a systems perspective and then go beyond "thinking about it" to the "doing of it". It is jamb-packed with useful information and applicable ideas that will help Leaders truly "Lead", well into the new mellinium. Represented are methods you can use "right now". I will be buying this book for my clients and insisting they read it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Paul Jones on November 8, 2002
Format: Paperback
I would walk barefoot to the bookstore to read something new by Peter Drucker. Now in his ninety-fourth year the man still seems preternaturally able to unearth new insights, no matter what subject commands his attention.
The 23 essays in �Leading Beyond the Walls� are based around the premise that we�ve all gotten a little too comfortable with business as usual. More to the point, that our comfort zones aren�t only comfortable, but limiting. It�s a slightly self-evident conclusion called by a new and more awkward name.
Drucker gets first crack at the topic with an essay on the hazards of unfettered pluralism. Drucker is always didactic, but not in a painful way. One never feels talked down to. Instead it�s as if a wise old man has watched things develop from the vantage point of a tall tower, then comes down periodically to tell us where things really stand. His call for new community in an age of pluralism is cogent, to the point, and on the money.
The remaining essays come from some name brand organizational thinkers including the likes of Jim Collins, Peter Senge and Steven R. Covey. Not surprisingly the writing and thinking are little uneven. That�s the usual price of admission for these collected works.
�Leading� was published in 1999 and there�s more than a little of the Fast Company group-think that now has been so thoroughly disavowed. ...
And so reading parts of �Leading Beyond the Walls� now is a little like déjà vu all over again. For instance, C.K. Prahalad�s breathless, dense essay �Preparing for Leadership� reads like old Latin after Vatican II. In separate essays William Bridges and Sally Helgesen wave the �everything�s different� banner so reminiscent of the go-go 1990s when it comes, respectively, to partners and leaders. Time will tell.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By QuaSyLaTic on April 1, 2000
Format: Hardcover
When cocoon becomes rigid walls, it provides seemingly secure, safe and comfortable environment. But imagine we are enclosed in home walls, no interaction with neighbors or outside world... the walls are the cells of a prison! .
In this world of complexity, we continue to build rigid walls around us. In organization, we hide ourselves in silo, in departments. In society, we peddle around the designated sector: industry, interest group. In the supposedly global village, we narrowly focus on territories of national boundaries ... in the meantime, an underlying force is erupting to connect and interact with everything in space and time. A force that can have consequences beyond our imagination, as we are truly living in a world of highly interconnected and interdependent. There will be negative consequences to the extend of the peril of mankind if we leave it to chance and random happening. But a bright new world if there is emergent leadership beyond the walls. Where are these leaders?.
Read on the thoughts of a panel of prominent thinkers on this subject.
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