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Drawing on interviews with more than 150 executives and on her own experience as a former executive at the Oracle Corporation and the former vice president of Oracle University, Weisman argues that executives fall into two distinct leadership categories: Multipliers and Diminishers. Unsurprisingly, Multipliers turn out to be better leaders: unlike Diminishers—self-centered empire builders who tear employees down—Multipliers attract talent, liberate employees to do their best and step out of their comfort zones, make decisions rather than promoting unproductive debate, and invest in human capital. While spotlights on such Multipliers as Mitt Romney, a Talent Magnet at Bain Capital and beyond, and Steven Spielberg, who fosters an open environment on his film sets, are appealing and instructive, the major points are repetitive. Chapters drag on after descriptions of distinctive Multiplier or Diminisher behavior have been made. The breadth of the material is better suited for a lengthy article than a full business book, and the effort to stretch it into a longer work diminishes the meaningful research. (June)
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Why do some genius-level leaders seem to drain intelligence and performance out of the people around them, while others stimulate, motivate, and get so much more out of their work associates? Wiseman labels the former group, people who need to be the smartest person in the room, as diminishers, while the latter are multipliers, people who use their smarts to stimulate and enhance the creativity of the group. Both authors are connected with the Wiseman Group, a leadership research center that advises senior executives and provides workshops and leadership assessments around the world. By analyzing 150 executives across America, Europe, Asia, and Africa, the authors have identified what they consider the five most important disciplines that help managers to think and act more like multipliers, bringing people together, and giving others on the team more freedom, power, and responsibility, which ultimately generates self-worth and satisfaction. The book is a well-organized sytem that could be used as a personal tool or as a workbook for team-development seminars. --David SiegfriedSee all Editorial Reviews
The first third or so of Multipliers was very interesting. My mind immediately went to the Diminishers and Multipliers I worked with in the past and how the Diminishers would... Read morePublished 9 days ago by JC Sants
The value is in the specific practices Multipliers engage in.Published 10 days ago by Nancy Harvey Kodish
It is one of the best books that I have read, it has been very useful in my role as Engineering ManagerMultipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone SmarterPublished 10 days ago by Gilson Rincón
The five areas of becoming a multiplier are well defined with excellent, actionable summaries at the end of each section. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Kenny Stone
This book open my eyes to true leadership that helps your team shine brighter than the leader. Reading Multipliers inspired us to uncover each team member's native genius and this... Read morePublished 23 days ago by Mr. Adam C. Franklin
Is extremely embarrassing that I see so much of myself in this book. It is also hard to see how hard it is to break bad habits. At least I am convinced the are bad habits. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Liz