Please join us for our second webinar in a series on the topic ofHome
Network Leadership and Leadership Networks

September 21 (Monday) 2015
2-3 pm Eastern | 11 am-12 pm Pacific

Register here. It’s free
thanks to our partners.

Chris Ernst (VP of Juniper Networks) will talk juniperabout the integration of leadership development and network analysis at Juniper.  

We invite you to review an optional pre-read for this webinar, Bright, Shiny Objects and the Future of HR, (Harvard Business Review, July 2015), which puts this work at Juniper into a business HR context. CCL has been proud to play a role.

This is a follow-up to our Thought Forum on Leadership Networks (June 2014) during which we committed to continuing the rich conversations among scholars and practitioners. Download the white paper resulting from the Thought Forum here.

Our introductory webinar in this series is archived here (slides & video).

In this interactive workshop, Chris will share how Juniper Networks is reimagining the way work gets done in networked organizations. Drawing upon the best-selling book Boundary Spanning Leadership, participants will:

  1. Identify five type of boundaries that limit innovation and the organizational practices to overcome them
  2. Experience a case study at Juniper, including what’s working and traps encountered
  3. Harvest ideas about how to put boundary spanning leadership and organizational networks into practice

This webinar series is hosted by the Leadership Learning Community (thank you!) in partnership with the Center for Creative Leadership and the NYU Wagner School of Public Service.


Innovation today spans boundaries– it thrives in networks where information and expertise flow laterally, diagonally, and in spirals. Senior executives agree, but say that spanning wide-ranging functional, stakeholder, and geographic boundaries is easier said than done. Research by the Center for Creative Leadership shows that 99% of the senior executives surveyed said that working across boundaries is important for business success, yet just 7% said they were “very effective” at doing so.

Until recently, networks were seemingly invisible and underappreciated in comparison to formal, hierarchical structure. Recent advances in organizational network analysis and boundary spanning leadership has changed that, yielding critical insights into how to catalyze collaboration, drive innovation, and transform organizations.

Our presenter Chris Ernst is a four-way player: He is active in both research and practice of both leadership development and organizational network analysis.

Chris Ernst is Vice-President of Leadership and Organization Effectiveness at Juniper Networks in Silicon Valley. His life’s work is to develop new social innovations and networked environments that empower people to collaborate across wide-ranging boundaries to tackle their toughest challenges.


Chris Ernst

Chris was a founding member in the Center for Creative Leadership’s Organizational Leadership practice, and a lead researcher in CCL’s studies of interdependent leadership cultures.

Chris is published in the Harvard Business Review, CCL Handbook of Leadership Development, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Chief Learning Officer and MIT Sloan Management Review, and the best-selling book, Boundary Spanning Leadership: Six Practices for Solving Problems, Driving Innovation, and Transforming Organizations.


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