Edgewalkers: People And Organizations That Take Risks, Build Bridges, And Break New Ground

Hardcover | October 1, 2006

byJudi Neal

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They're the first people to volunteer to head up a new business unit, lead a cross-company initiative, or take on an overseas assignment. They're the glass half-full folks, who are constantly thinking "out of the box," forging alliances with colleagues in other departments, seeking out new solutions to old problems, and anticipating challenges on the horizon. And in today's increasingly diverse workplaces, they are often people who have pursued unusual educational and career paths, traveled widely, and speak more than one language. Judi Neal has a term for these people: Edgewalkers. Literally, an edgewalker is someone who walks between two worlds. In ancient cultures, each village had a shaman or medicine man who would visit the invisible world to obtain vital information, guidance, and healing for members of the tribe. Today's corporate edgewalkers serve a similar function, interpreting trends from the marketplace, translating messages across departments, and envisioning the future impact of today's decisions and actions. "Edgewalking" doesn't come without its own risks and challenges; these unconventional people often clash with more traditional, rule-bound colleagues, and they are often frustrated by organizational systems that emphasize quantitative results over creative impulses. And yet in today's fast-changing, globalized business environment, organizations must recruit and support these people in order to stay competitive. Featuring colorful interviews with edgewalkers from a variety of fields and practical tools to gauge and manage your own edgewalking skills, Edgewalkers explores the opportunities that are created by defying formal boundaries and fostering creativity at everylevel of the organization.

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They're the first people to volunteer to head up a new business unit, lead a cross-company initiative, or take on an overseas assignment. They're the glass half-full folks, who are constantly thinking "out of the box," forging alliances with colleagues in other departments, seeking out new solutions to old problems, and anticipating ch...

Format:HardcoverDimensions:208 pages, 9.41 × 7.24 × 0.98 inPublished:October 1, 2006Publisher:Praeger PublishersLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0275989208

ISBN - 13:9780275989200

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"As you think about all the voices raised on issues about management and leadership over the last 20 years, most have been echoes. Judi Neal, by contrast, has been an original. She pulsed the appetite for managerial leaders to talk about issues like 'workplace spirit' early; then she started to profile the people who were making such issues tangible, manageable, popular, and productive. The result is her amazing Edgewalkers book. There is really no other book like it, because there is no other voice quite like Judi's. Listen up."-Tom Brown, Publisher and Co-founder, BrownHerron Publishing, and "Best Practice" editor, Business: The Ultimate Resource