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Leading From the Edge

By  Annmarie Neal, Karen Conway

Leading from the edge

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The old model of globalization—including offshoring to save money—no longer applies. Globalization now means you can better position your company for innovation and growth. To be a global leader, you must change and lead from the edge. Every day as a global leader seems to be a paradox: balancing the needs of daily operations while creating conditions that drive success in the future. Rather than try to resolve that paradox, this book helps you think about how to live within it, by developing essential traits and hearing from leaders who succeed globally.


  • Learn from seven top executives how they shifted from individual thinkers to leading and growing organizations in an ever-changing economy.
  • Learn the specific traits and model for business professionals to emulate and achieve success in global business enterprises.
  • Get the on-the-ground, common-sense advice that has been applied by today’s successful global executives.



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Annmarie Neal

Annmarie Neal, former chief talent officer at Cisco Systems and First Data Corporation, is the chief talent officer of Hellman and Friedman, a San Francisco–based private equity firm. She also it founder of the Center of Leadership Innovation—a worldwide consulting firm that specializes in business innovation and transformation through leadership and organizational excellence. She brings more than 20 years of global experience consulting with business executives and senior leaders across a range of industries to her writing, speaking engagements, business management, and consultation. She has provided expert commentary for many publications, including The Wall Street Journal. She has contributed to books and magazines on executive leadership, including The Executive Guide to Integrated Talent Management, Talent Management: Strategies for Success, and TD magazine. She wrote the Infoline "Developing a Leadership Strategy," as well as articles for the Organization Development journal and Conference Board. 

Learn more about her new book Leading from the Edge: Global Executives Share Strategies for Success (ASTD Press) and follow her on Twitter.

Karen Conway
Karen Conway is a frequently requested international speaker and author, especially on the topic of how collaboration and alignment across diverse stakeholders can drive industry transformation. She is at ease moderating large-scale discussions on healthcare reform between Senators Tom Daschle and Bill Frist, as she is while building consensus among environmentalists and oil and gas producers. Conway has held executive positions in healthcare and energy and has extensive experience in government and public affairs, print journalism, and as a radio and television talk show host. Her firm Conway Associates created a unique approach to strategic communication based on her father's firsthand experience working with Dr. W. Edwards Deming and Procter & Gamble. Conway’s work has appeared in Redbook
, USA Today, Parenting, and also in books published by Springer in London.


Annmarie Neal has written a very important book for our time. If you aspire to be a leader—or even a good parent—in a flat world, you need to read Leading From the Edge!

Harvard University
Author of The Global Achievement Gap and Creating Innovators

Leading From the Edge tracks the crucial balance between driving today's business performance and defining success in an increasingly complex world economy. Annmarie appropriately combines the evolving psychological demands of leadership within a deep knowledge of business practice.

Dartmouth University
Author of Reverse Innovation

In her book, Neal examines the traits leaders need to lead globally and offers strategies from business leaders who have successfully navigated across borders. This is a must-read for any aspiring global change agent.

President and CEO, Center for Talent Innovation
Author of Forget a Mentor, Find a Sponsor: The New Way to Fast-Track Your Career

Annmarie Neal has captured a true 'how-to' manual for the contemporary, global organization as it thinks of the right characteristics and leadership development model for competing in an increasingly global, uncertain, and perplexing business environment. At no time in my career has innovation and transformation been more important, and it takes leaders with these characteristics, and organizations that farm them, to win!

Senior Vice President, Cisco Transformation Office

This must-read book from Annmarie Neal is like having your own dinner party with seven amazing global leaders who offer personal insights on the future of leadership—and no cooking is required.

CEO, Watermark

A must-read for everyone from CEOs, to business school students, to entrepreneurs. Annmarie Neal identifies the essential traits required to lead in today’s global economy and turns conventional wisdom on its end to say we need to rethink our current systems to develop global leaders of the future.

Chief Financial Officer, TruEffect

Annmarie Neal illustrates the social network that drives innovation in business. A must-read for start-up founders as well as multinational leaders.

Chief Commercial Officer, Illumio

Annmarie Neal defines the leadership traits and actions needed for executives to be successful as the world moves from an international to a truly global and mobile economy. If every candidate read this book, my job would be much easier.

Spencer Stuart, Global Human Resources Practice

Annmarie is what I call a 'practitioner thought leader.' She doesn’t just do the work, she creates best practices and innovates in the work. Her background as a psychologist gives her a broad perspective and deep knowledge of what makes people and organizations tick...the good and the bad. She's what I call a COCO—a Chief Organizational Capability Officer, someone who can work hand in hand with a CEO to build and develop sustained innovation and organizational capability. In my humble opinion, Annmarie embodies the future of human capital and organizational management, and reading her book provides you with a very valuable insight into that future.

President & CEO, Executive Networks, Inc.

Annmarie Neal has an uncanny ability to take complex issues that face every business today and push the perspective of leaders to adjust their lens toward the future. If you are a leader, Leading From the Edge is a must-read to prepare yourself for the changes we see today, but more importantly, to help you stay ahead of the curve for tomorrow.

VP, Talent Management Polycom, Inc.

While many firms invest in executive training programs, few of these programs are truly transformative. What distinguishes the programs that Annmarie Neal documents is the focus on application. Participants spend most of their time learning how to apply a small number of key frameworks. They learn through feedback, which they receive through expert facilitation and personal coaching. The outcome is true transformation in how the participants think about strategic issues and how they act in their leadership behaviors.

MIT Sloan School of Business

Annmarie has captured the essence of global leadership, and how to become a global leader, in this incredible book. Leading From the Edge is a must-read for every executive and for those who aspire to become one.

Silicon Valley High-Tech Executive and Salesforce Transformation Expert

Edgy read…authentic, thoughtful, and provocative…worth the investment.

CHRO, Open Link


Book Details

ISBN: 9781562868727

Pages: 248

Publisher: ASTD Press

Pub Date: September 2013

Formats: Paperback, PDF

Product Code: 111318

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