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Leading Across New Borders: How to Succeed as the Center Shifts Hardcover – September 21, 2015
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Praise for Leading Across New Borders
“What makes this book stand out from other books on leadership is that it is so thoroughly global in its approach. It challenges leaders and their organizations to embrace the big shift that is taking place in the world’s center of economic gravity, from advanced to emerging economies.”
—Pankaj Ghemawat, author of Redefining Global Strategy, Anselmo Rubiralta Professor of Global Strategy, IESE Business School, Barcelona and Global Professor of Management and Strategy and Director of the Center for the Globalization of Education and Management, Stern School of Business, New York University
“The authors have captured trends that are moving faster than most of us realize and that are critical for global leaders to know and navigate.”
—Terry Hogan, Director, Global Talent Management, Citi
“There is certainly a lot of chatter in the business community about globalization and its increasing impact on all of us. However, this is the first book I’ve seen that truly dives into how organizations can and should deal with these new dynamics. This is a comprehensive, practical and engaging playbook for operating in the new global environment. Anyone who runs a business with any aspect that crosses borders can benefit from reading this expertly written book.”
—Jeff Rosenthal, CEO, UC Berkeley Center for Executive Education
From the Back Cover
The world is changing, with a huge economic shift occurring between the developed economies and those that have recently emerged or are on their way. It is vital for leaders everywhere to learn how to navigate this altered landscape skillfully. Previous assumptions must be considered from new vantage points as countries in Asia, Africa, and Latin America assume far greater prominence as key growth markets and sources of talent. Leading Across New Borders challenges common assumptions about critical everyday business topics such as global mindset, outsourcing, team facilitation, diversity and inclusion, due diligence, innovation, ethical integrity, and authentic leadership.
This one-of-a-kind resource looks at examples both from current executives and from high-potential future leaders who are all striving to grow their business, make their operations more efficient, and cultivate future talent. Based on pragmatic, real-world examples, the book addresses the question, “What must these leaders do to succeed in global organizations, often while serving many different stakeholders and without direct lines of authority?” It demonstrates how successful leaders integrate voices from customers and colleagues around the world into viable solutions.
Most writings on leadership focus on competencies — developing individual skills and characteristics to produce better results. Leading Across New Borders focuses instead on key tasks, including knowledge and expertise that global leaders need to perform at the highest level. This book will help you to:
- Combine cultural awareness with subject matter expertise
- Move from outsourcing to leveraging global talent
- Position a matrix team for high performance
- Lead inclusively across multiple aspects of global diversity
- Integrate a cross-border merger or acquisition
- Innovate by combining superior global products, processes, and marketing
- Make difficult ethical choices for a sustainable future
- Find your own center as a leader with an eye to past, present, and future
Grouping these tasks into three areas—self and other, team, and organization—the book examines current best practices with attention to their limitations in the global workspace, and offers innovative ideas and approaches for producing better results given the new realities of the global economy. Expert wisdom and technical advice come from practical, dedicated people in the field working for companies in a variety of industries and locations.
Additionally, a wealth of hands-on tools and web-based resources enable you to put into practice what you learn:
- The GlobeSmart ProfileSM, a cultural inventory tool for quickly identifying your own cultural patterns based on five dimensions of culture
- Revealing new data gleaned from thousands of responses to the GlobeSmart ProfileSM and two proprietary surveys, the GlobeSmart Teaming AssessmentSM and the GlobeSmart Innovation AssessmentSM
- The Global Team Leader Checklist that highlights requirements for effective teamwork in a matrix organizational context, along with other specific tips and recommendations in each chapter
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In marketing, this is what Marty Neumeier has in mind – in his recent book, THE BRAND FLIP – when suggesting that a “an explosion of connectivity, and the power it gives customers, is turning companies upside down. The question isn’t [begin italics] whether [end italics] your industry will be disrupted, but [begin italics] when [end italics].” Thomas Kuhn would call this a paradigm shift and the co-authors of Leaders Across New Borders would call this simply a shift to what has become a volatile and disruptive global marketplace.
Gundling, Caldwell, and Cvitkovich provide a wealth of information, insights, and counsel to help the executives who read this book to become much better prepared to lead their companies when struggling to meet the various challenges of global disruption. These are among the subjects of greatest interest and value to me, also listed to suggest the scope of their book’s coverage.
o What is changing and why it matters
o Who "global talent" is, what people want, and what they need to learn
o When cultural awareness is not enough
o Why matrix teams fail and how to get better results
o How to create inclusive leadership for competitive advantage
o How to focus on the real work needed to bring people together and make any deal worthwhile
o Developing the agility to innovate on a global scale
o Making conscious choices to ensure a sustainable future
o Integrating your own heritage, present awareness, and a vision for the future
I commend Gundling, Caldwell, and Cvitkovich on their skillful use of various reader-friendly devices. For example, "Sidebars" that range from global team elements ranked from highest to lowest scoring to personal consequences of economic trends; boxed mini-commentaries (e.g. "Superstars versus Everyone Else"); Tables; a "What You Can Do" section at the conclusion of Chapters 2-9; and three appendices; "Team Launch: Foundations," "Assessments from Aperian Global," and "Recommended Case Studies." These devices and others help to facilitate, indeed accelerate frequent review of key material later.
Heaven knows, there really are serious challenges to face and they will become even more unsettling in months and years to come. Ernest Gundling, Christie Caldwell, and Karen Cvitkovich are well-aware of the perils that await. In this volume, they have shared all that they have learned about what works, what doesn't, and why when confronting a challenge. These are their concluding thoughts about the leadership that will be urgently needed: "Leaders who are clear about their own personal core values -- knowing both what they stand for and where they are willing to be flexible -- are best suited to handle shifting economic realities and to identify and cultivate fresh talent. Taking on new responsibilities requires a leap of faith on the part of those who accept them as well. Yet leaders who have found their own center can also be trusted to shape the future."
It is a new landscape in terms of markets for growth and markets for talent. And the complexities of business are only accelerating. Leading Across New Borders has some prescriptive advice on how one can successfully navigate and lead in today’s interconnected business world. Highly recommended.
It is an important read for business leaders, HR managers and professionals who wish to become more successful when operating across today's new boarders.