Boundary Spanning Leadership: New Book Shows How to Bridge Divides

Mar 28, 2011, 06:03 ET from The Center for Creative Leadership

BRUSSELS, March 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- 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.

Using 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."

The Center for Creative Leadership (CCL(R)) is a top-ranked, global provider of executive education that accelerates strategy and business results by unlocking the leadership potential of individuals and organizations. Ranked among the world's Top 5 providers of executive education by Bloomberg BusinessWeek and the Financial Times, CCL is headquartered in Greensboro, N.C., with offices in Colorado Springs, San Diego, Brussels, Moscow, Singapore, Pune, and Addis Ababa.

More information on the book, including a video and blog is available at

SOURCE The Center for Creative Leadership