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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.


Book Details
ISBN: 9781562868727
Pages: 248
Publication Date:
Formats: Paperback, PDF
Product Code: 111318
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Praise for This Book
Harvard University Author of The Global Achievement Gap and Creating Innovators
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!
Dartmouth University Author of Reverse Innovation
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.
President and CEO, Center for Talent Innovation Author of Forget a Mentor, Find a Sponsor: The New Way to Fast-Track Your Career
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.
Senior Vice President, Cisco Transformation Office
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!
CEO, Watermark
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.
Chief Financial Officer, TruEffect
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 Commercial Officer, Illumio
Annmarie Neal illustrates the social network that drives innovation in business. A must-read for start-up founders as well as multinational leaders.
Spencer Stuart, Global Human Resources Practice
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.
President & CEO, Executive Networks, Inc
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.
VP, Talent Management Polycom, 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.
MIT Sloan School of Business
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.
Silicon Valley High-Tech Executive and Salesforce Transformation Expert
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.
CHRO, Open Link
Edgy read…authentic, thoughtful, and provocative…worth the investment.
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