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Leading Beyond the Walls: How High-Performing Organizations Collaborate for Shared Success [Paperback]

By Somerville (Author) & Marian Ed Goldsmith (Author)
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In Leading Beyond the Walls, twenty-nine thought leaders address the challenge of leading in an age when the old rules and conventional boundaries no longer exist. In today's fast-paced global society, leaders must be adept at establishing diverse partnerships, alliances, and networks by building relationships both within and outside their own organizations. Peter F. Drucker, Stephen R. Covey, Peter M. Senge, Jim Collins, Noel Tichy, Regina E. Herzlinger, C.K. Prahalad, and Sally Helgesen are among those who explore new ways of building relationships, new approaches to strategy and marketing, new models of employee relations, and other innovations. Their incisive essays herald a world where new possibilities can come only from leaders willing to move beyond the walls of inertia and tradition.

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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
In Leading Beyond the Walls, twenty-nine great thinkers examine leaders adept at establishing partnerships, alliances, and networks both within and outside their organizations. They address the challenge of leading in an age when the old rules and conventional boundaries no longer exist. Peter F. Drucker, Stephen R. Covey, Peter M. Senge, Jim Collins, Noel Tichy, Regina E. Herzlinger, C.K. Prahalad, and Sally Helgesen are among those who explore new ways of building relationships, new approaches to strategy and marketing, new models of employee relations, and other innovations. Their essays herald a new world where success comes to those willing to move beyond the walls of tradition and inertia.
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Studio: Jossey-Bass
Pages   320
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.04" Width: 5.98" Height: 0.87"
Weight:   0.96 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 19, 2001
Publisher   Jossey-Bass
Edition  Revised  
Series  New Drucker Foundaton Wisdom To   
ISBN  0787955558  
ISBN13  9780787955557  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! FRANCES HESSELBEIN is chairman of the board of governors of the Peter F. Drucker Foundation for Nonprofit Management and editor in chief of its journal, Leader to Leader. She was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the United States of America's highest civilian honor, in 1998. MARSHALL GOLDSMITH is a founding director of Keilty, Goldsmith and Company, one of America's key providers of customized leadership development. He is also a cofounder of the Learning Network, an association of the world's top consultants. IAIN SOMERVILLE is a partner in Andersen Consulting, where he founded and led the Organization Strategy practice and Institute for Strategic Change-the firm's global "think tank." As a top management consultant and educator, he has for more than two decades served the world's leading private, public, and social sector organizations.

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Fresh Insight from Leading Organizational Thinkers  Nov 9, 2002
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.

By contrast, there is a wonderful timelessness to Stratford Sherman�s �The Power of Choice,� an insightful case study on a Catholic priest in the Philippines who successfully uses choice to redeem Manila�s most hardened street children.

There are no bombs thrown in �Leading.� But one of the more incendiary essays comes from consultant Charles Roussel, who suggests that corporate governance is paternalistic and determinalistic. Roussel wouldn�t abolish boards and executive teams just yet. But he finds them largely unprepared to change or lead change, especially when it comes to modern alliances. Instead, new decision routines should be established and governance decisions driven by �decision expeditors,� �alliance champions,� and frontline employees.

There�s a lot of meat here and my pages of �Decision Making Beyond the Boundaries� were well marked by the time I finished reading it. Roussel�s conclusions may be right on, but I�m still digesting his rather challenging recommendations.

Leadership in the twenty-first century.  Jul 28, 2000
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. Prahalad argues that "In the new millennium, managers are likely to live and work in a new competitive environment characterized by the coexistence of intense global competition and increased global opportunities". Hence, he outlines some of the personal traits of leaders in the new millennium (pp.29-36).

* Charles Roussel explains how some leading companies are expanding and deepening governance to cope with the demands of the networked global enterprise by comparing new and old governance (pp.57-69)

* Stephen R. Covey identifies principles you need to be an effective leader beyond the walls (pp.149-158).

* Marshall Goldsmith and Cathy Walt, in addition to communicating vision, demonstrating integrity, focusing on results, and ensuring customer satisfaction, describe emerging competencies for tomorrow's global leaders such as thinking globally, appreciating cultural diversity, demonstrating technological savvy, building partnership, and sharing leadership (pp.159-166).

* Rita Harmon and Mel Toomey define five specific characteristics, or abilities, needed by leaders beyond the walls:

- the ability to design powerful relationships.

- the ability to create systemic change.

- the ability to distinguish and work with preservative, creative, and development systems.

- the ability to develop comfort with risk while building trust.

- the ability to value diversity as the source of contribution.

Finally, Peter F. Drucker writes, "There is need for acceptance of leaders in every single institution and in every single sector that they, as leaders, have two responsibilities. They are responsible and accountable for the performance of their institutions, and that requires them and their institutions to be concentrated, focused, limited. They are responsible also, however, for the community as a whole...Yes, each institution is authonomous and has to do its own work the way each instrument in an orchestra plays only its own part. But there is also the 'score', the community. And only if each individual instrument contributes to the score is there music. Otherwise there is only noise. And this book is about the score" (p.17).

Strongly recommended.

Leadership within or "in & out" of a cocoon?  Apr 2, 2000
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.

A "Must Have" Book For Every Business Leader  Dec 22, 1999
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!
Wow! Insight for leading with partnerships, alliances, etc.  Sep 29, 1999
This collection covers critical issues with wise insight. "Leading Beyond the Walls" is the only way that small, competitive (and it seems large and successful) organizations will prevail in the world tomorrow. We each need to focus on OUR strengths and then coordinate, partner, and work with others on THEIR strengths.

The Drucker Foundation uses its expertise on nonprofit management to bring a focus on collaborative work. The examples are from across the sectors, and business is as much the subject as community-building is. I like the Reader's Guide the Foundation gives away on its site. See for it and a sample chapter.


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