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Webinar Recap: Boundary Spanning Leadership Integrated with Network Development | September 21, 2015

Welcome back to our networks and leadership webinar series! We host this space for practitioners and researchers in both the leadership and network development areas to connect and learn from each other. Our introductory webinar is archived here (slides & video).




Our presenter Chris Ernst is a four-way player: He is active in both research and practice of both leadership development and organizational network analysis. Chris is VP of Leadership and OE at Juniper Networks and a former senior faculty member of the Center for Creative Leadership.

We invite you to review an optional pre-read for this webinar, Bright, Shiny Objects and the Future of HR, (Harvard Business Review, July 2015), which puts this work at Juniper into a business HR context.

In this interactive workshop, Chris will shared how Juniper Networks is reimagining the way work gets done in networked organizations. Drawing upon the best-selling book Boundary Spanning Leadership, participants were able to:

  1. Identify five type of boundaries that limit innovation and the organizational practices to overcome them
  2. Experience a case study at Juniper, including what’s working and traps encountered
  3. Harvest ideas about how to put boundary spanning leadership and organizational networks into practice

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Guest Blog By Anne Whatley: Follow Up on “Strengthening Network Practice Through Evaluation Webinar”

Network Impact presented the webinarStrengthening Network Practice Through Evaluationon July 15th, 2015.  There was great interest in the topic and more questions than there was time to respond to each. Therefore, we have selected questions that were representative and are providing links to additional resources that address key topics in network building and assessment.

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Guest Blog By Adriano Pianesi: No Touchy Feely Stuff! The Myth Of Rationality and My Leadership Lab

This blog was originally posted on August 19th, 2015 through Adriano's Blog and has been re-posted with his permision.

descartesDualism, the idea that thinking and feeling are separated, can be traced from Plato to Descartes, and from Kant to the Logical Positivists. For Plato, emotions were defects, irrational urges that needed controlling, and for Kant, emotions were regarded as an illness. Day-to-day life is permeated with expressions like, “Don’t be so emotional!” and “Let’s leave emotions out of this discussion.” In Anglo-Saxon cultures the word “passionate” is often used to mean erratic and unpredictable, even.


Guess what? Dualism has been proven false; cognition and emotions appear to be dynamic, interactive, and interdependent. Research shows that emotion and cognition jointly contribute to our mental activity and behavior. Emotions are a potential moderator of all kinds of thinking processes, from perception and attention to learning. Even if we think we 

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Non-Traditional Approaches to Developing Non-Traditional Leadership: Learning from LINC Community Revitalization

In 2013, we spoke with Darel Ross (who is one of the Catalysts this year at Creating Space XII) and Jorge Gonzalez from LINC Community Revitalization in Grand Rapids. In this month’s newsletter, we are once again sharing the conversation with our community since we are passionate about the LINC model of community change that is focused on promoting collective impact, racial justice and civic engagement.

LINC Community Revitalization, A Model 
(originally posted 7/31/2013)

Why is LINC demonstrating important models of Leadership development?

LINC is an example of leadership hiding in plain sight, because of its holistic approach to revitalizing communities and neighborhoods in Kent County, Michigan. Holistic means that to establish healthy communities, LINC tackles issues such as 

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Guest Blog Q&A With Claudia Paredes on Learning Through The Greenlining Experience

Last month, Claudia Paredes from the Greenlining Institute hosted a webinar with LLC. Many of you wanted to learn more after the webinar and Claudia has generously responded to your questions in a Q&A format. We hope you can continue to mine this knowledge and can also review the webinar or share with other through this link.

Following many of your requests, Claudia agregated your questions and answers them for all of you. We hope you will continue to mine these lessons and implement them in your own work.

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Guest Blog: Reflections from the Funders Evaluators’ Meeting by Sally Leiderman

I am a proud member of the Funders/Evaluators Circle of the Leadership Learning Community (LLC). I have always been impressed by the way LLC, and particularly Deborah and Claire, embody the ethics they espouse. They ask the hard questions about leadership development, redistribute resources to the LLC network (seed grants, evaluation opportunities, access to useful contacts), and collaborate, rather than compete, in a great deal of their work.

CAPD and I have often been beneficiaries of LLC’s fidelity to its principles. Most recently, I had a chance to be part of a Funders/Evaluators convening designed to look at ways that leadership development evaluation can support learning about the contribution of leaders and leadership to large scale social change. I have also had the opportunity to contribute to the resulting report: Leadership & Large Scale Change: How to Accelerate Learning and Deepen Impact. The convening, and the report, were organized around some of the thorniest questions in leadership development, and in its evaluation: what are rigorous ways to assess the contribution of a leadership development effort to population and community level outcomes, particularly in complex efforts with many actors and hard-to-see immediate change? How do we draw a path from supports to identify, strengthen and activate the capacities of leadership to their application and results? And, in the absence of random assignment, how do we know the value-added of those activities for individuals, cohorts and networks already on a path of leadership? As Claire Reinelt noted in last month’s blog post, the report describes several different approaches people are using that are pushing this work ahead.

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Guest Blog Post | CompassPoint of Views: Reflecting on Charleston

This article was originally posted on CompassPoint' Nonprofit Services' newsletter and is reprinted, with permission from both CompassPoint and Kad Smith.

Like you, we've been watching with anger, fear, frustration, and deep sadness at the events that unfolded in Charleston this past week. In a year where the trauma of violence against black lives and bodies has been acutely present in our communities, this act of racist terrorism cuts deeply into fresh wounds. Where do we go from here and how do we come together to take on the systems of racism and oppression that lay the groundwork for this kind of violence? As we grapple with the work ahead of us and create spaces for healing in light of despair, we wanted to take a moment to share some of our own thoughts and feelings, elevate some of the voices and calls-to-action that are resonating with us at CompassPoint, and honor the lives and memories of the nine victims: 
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Webinar Recap: Strengthening Network Practice Through Evaluation | July 2015

Growing numbers of social change agents are building networks to increase impact. Using real-life case examples, this webinar offered an introduction to basic network concepts and approaches with an emphasis on how practitioners can strengthen their network through systematic monitoring and evaluation. 
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CCL Announcement | Leadership Development Programs Please Take This 15 minute survey

The Center for Creative Leadership: As part of their ongoing networks research,  CCL is conducting a survey to learn more about the ways in which organizations are developing and leveraging relationships among individuals, teams, and business units. They are seeking responses from both practicing leadership development professionals as well as individuals who have participated in leadership development activities within the past year. By leadership development, they are referring to activities aimed at improving individuals’ abilities to lead as well as activities designed to enhance the leadership capacity of teams, groups, departments, organizations, and other collectives.
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Guest Blog: Practicing What I Preach: Creating a network to study and advance networks for impact by Jane Wei-Skillern

By Jane Wei-Skillern originally posted to Berkeley Haas School of Business' Center for Social Sector Leadership reposted with permission. 

have been doing research and teaching in the social impact field for fifteen years and have met countless social sector leaders over the course of my career. While I am always impressed by the good intentions and the drive of these leaders, only on rare occasions will I find a ‘needle in a haystack’. A leader that works tirelessly with a single-minded focus on advancing the mission rather than their organization, a leader who is better at being humble than at self promotion, works well with trusted peers and routinely advances the field ahead of their own interests. These are some of the most accomplished leaders that you likely have never heard of. They have helped to generate social impact efficiently, effectively, and sustainably in fields as wide ranging as environmental conservation/climate change, housing, education, international development, economic development, animal welfare, and health, among others. These leaders have achieved tremendous leverage on their own resources by catalyzing networks directly with the communities that they serve and supporting the development of local capacity to serve these needs on an ongoing basis.

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