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Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter Hardcover – June 15, 2010
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Wiseman cites dozens of real-world examples that suggest how almost any organization (regardless of its size or nature) can plan, implement, accelerate, and sustain a human development program that strengthens participants' leadership and management skills that (a) will enable them to multiply the intelligence and capability of the people around them and (b) avoid behaviors that can diminish people's ability and enthusiasm
As Wiseman clearly realizes, people combine some of the best and worst traits of both the Multiplier and Diminisher. Strengths can become weaknesses or vice versa if carried to an extreme. A Talent Magnet, for example, could be especially effective recognizing and attracting high-potentials and then hoard their talents, exploiting them to her or his advantage. A Micro Manager could be especially alert for significant details that others ignore but deny other people's professional development by refusing to delegate tasks to them.Read more ›
I ask myself things like"
"Is this new thinking, or just a rework of some existing ideas?"
" Am I going to be able to improve myself or my abilities from reading this, or is this just to inform me?"
" Is this based on someone's opinion, or is it grounded in some real research?"
"Do I believe that I will be able to take action and apply what I'm reading when I'm done?"
This work brings all of these questions to the right place. If you have to deal with people as part of your role in whatever you're doing, this book will provoke you to think differently about how you engage with the people around you. You will get a very high return on your time and money spent on this book.
Probably the most fun aspect of it is afterward, tracking all the diminishers in your life. If you look at how these people engage and lead, it becomes a really stark and obvious trait that's really, really easy to spot once you've read this book.
If you enjoy books like Daniel Goldman's "Emotional Intelligence", Howard Gardener's "Multiple Intelligence", Carol Dweck's "Mindset" and subjects like psychometrics, personality type and temperament you will relate well to this book.
Having said that I think the real value of this book and its main aim is how we can improve ourselves; how each of us can be less of a diminisher and more of a multiplier. You WILL recognize yourself and others in this book.
I have one bit of advice if you plan to read this book - take the test first. It is located at [...]
I have taken a LOT of psychometric tests in my time and this one is very new so its easy to game if you have read the book. Take the test, THEN read the book.
I do plan on implementing what I have learned and the implementation strategy they recommend is not onerous.
I'm lucky enough to work for an employer who decided to get Liz Wiseman and Greg McKeown to give a bunch of their managers an accelerated one-day 'multipliers' talk based on their book (before it was published so I read it a few months later). As I've mentioned before I'm a skeptic. Most of this management stuff is repetitious BS and it's all about the authors/presenters talking about what made them the great managers and leaders that they are today. I didn't have much of a choice about attending and as I listened to Greg and Liz speak about their research and present raw unedited video clips about some of the multipliers they were writing about in their book something changed.
They were offering practical advice about how to be not just a better leader but a better person. What's leadership about? It's not about about being better than everybody else on your team - it's about getting the most out of them. That's what this book is about. The examples are concrete and the advice and techniques are down to earth and useful to everyone from a parent to a C-level executive.
There isn't a day that goes by when something from Multipliers doesn't influence what I do and how I lead.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is absolutely an excellent read. I like her terminology of Diminishers and Multipliers. Her research supports the data of other leadership theories that excellent leaders... Read morePublished 12 days ago by Larry E. Cole
the intro just states the same concept over and over. it is repetative drivel. the concept is hard to disagree with on the surface. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
When reading this book, you inevitably analyze all of the bosses you've had and see which category (diminisher or multiplier) they fall into. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ansatz
I like the points the author makes, but overall thought it was way too long. Halfway through I started skimming and just reading the bullet points at the end of each chapter.Published 2 months ago by Ashley Getz
This is an excellent framework for understanding modern leadership. It's easy to understand, and more importantly the author provides helpful outlines and real world examples to... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Russ Harlan
This is been one of those revolutionary books that truly changed my mind set. Every leader should read it at least once!Published 2 months ago by Joel S.