March 2011 —

Brussels – Globalization powered by technology has erased many borders but boundaries in human relationships remain, as sharp and menacing as ever. Boundary Spanning Leadership: Six Practices for Solving Problems, Driving Innovation, and Transforming Organizations, a new book from the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL), shows how to overcome these barriers, solve complex problems and drive innovation.

Boundary Spanning Leadership: Six Practices for Solving Problems, Driving Innovation, and Transforming OrganizationsUsing a decade of global research and client experience, CCL’s Chris Ernst and co-author Donna Chrobot-Mason (University of Cincinnati), take readers from rural towns in the US, to skyscrapers in Hong Kong, from modernizing South Africa to the bustling streets of India. They offer a series of boundary spanning techniques that organizations around the world have used successfully, including Lenovo, Juniper Networks, IKEA, British Gas and Philips.

Turf battles, generation gaps, and culture clashes are common terms for boundaries,” says Ernst. “They are largely about identity and relationship — how we define ourselves and where we fit into an organization or society.”

Guy Kempfert, global head, Learning & Development at Syngenta Crop Protection is a Boundary Spanning Leadership champion. “I haven’t seen another methodology that responds so effectively to the strategic shifts in the global business environment,” he states. “We’re using boundary spanning methodology to steer through a major transformation of our business that requires us to work across strongly-held group identities. The book offers pragmatic insight and exercises based on solid research and real-world experience.”

“You may be a CEO or a middle manager. You may be in an international NGO or local government. You could be working in Johannesburg, London, Qatar or Moscow, or all of them at the same time,” says CCL’s Rudi Plettinx, VP & Managing Director, EMEA. “The book’s message is the same: through boundary spanning practices, you can solve problems, create innovative solutions and transform your organization.”

About the Center for Creative Leadership

The Center for Creative Leadership (CCL®) is a top-ranked, global provider of leadership development. By leveraging the power of leadership to drive results that matter most to clients, CCL transforms individual leaders, teams, organizations, and society. Our array of cutting-edge solutions is steeped in extensive research and experience gained from working with hundreds of thousands of leaders at all levels. Ranked among the world’s top providers of executive education, CCL has locations in countries worldwide.

Stephen Martin
Center for Creative Leadership
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