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Multipliers. I guess I should be one. – Multipliers by Liz Wiseman Book Review

Bad bosses are the worst, amirite?

Book 2 this year is Multipliers by Liz Wiseman. Beyond the core concept, there’s not a lot to say about Multipliers. You should be a Multiplier. You should not be a Diminisher (just in case there was any confusion).

A MultiplierTM is a member of an organization who encourages collaboration from all levels of the company. A diminisher is a person who, whether intentionally or not, behaves in a way that stops people from participating intelligently. When people are not engaged, they go into survival mode. If team members can’t trust that their opinions are valued, they lose their motivation to participate.

In order to be a Multiplier, a manager should call for input from all levels of the organization and then be patient enough to allow other people to contribute. Once people have been heard, you should receive what they have to say with respect. Also, if you’re going to make an unpopular decision, allowing for the discussion can make it so people feel that they have been heard and acknowledged, even if they don’t get what they wanted.

I can’t stress this enough: don’t be a diminisher.

You were thinking about being a diminisher just then, weren’t you? I can’t believe you.

Multipliers is a good book and what it says is correct, but it just wasn’t for me. Despite the fact that I work in an office, I would say I’m not quite the audience for this book, so when I say I don’t recommend it, it’s not any disagreement with the core concepts of MultipliersTM. The only concrete issue I can pinpoint is the length of the book. Around 30% of the way through the book I couldn’t help but feel like I just purchased a very long sales brochure for MultipliersTM workshop packages.

If you’re into the core concepts of Multipliers, then you might also enjoy How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie or 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Steven R. Covey, who actually wrote the foreward to Multipliers. While I won’t discourage you from reading Multipliers, I would highly recommend reading either of those books first.

If you think I haven’t given Multipliers a good enough chance, just let me know on Twitter, or reach out to me on Instagram. I’d love to have your recommendations for more books since I’m planning on reading more than 100 books this year.

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Multipliers, Revised and Updated: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter

A revised and updated edition of the acclaimed Wall Street Journal best seller that explores why some leaders drain capability and intelligence from their teams while others amplify it to produce better results.

We’ve all had experiences with two dramatically different types of leaders. The first type drain intelligence, energy, and capability from the people around them and always need to be the smartest people in the room. These are the idea killers, the energy sappers, the diminishers of talent and commitment. On the other side of the spectrum are leaders who use their intelligence to amplify the smarts and capabilities of the people around them. When these leaders walk into a room, lightbulbs go off over people’s heads; ideas flow, and problems get solved. These are the leaders who inspire employees to stretch themselves to deliver results that surpass expectations. These are the Multipliers. And the world needs more of them – especially now, when leaders are expected to do more with less.

In this engaging and highly practical book, leadership expert Liz Wiseman explores these two leadership styles, persuasively showing how Multipliers can have a resoundingly positive and profitable effect on organizations – getting more done with fewer resources, developing and attracting talent, and cultivating new ideas and energy to drive organizational change and innovation.

In analyzing data from more than 150 leaders, Wiseman has identified five disciplines that distinguish Multipliers from Diminishers. These five disciplines are not based on innate talent; indeed, they are skills and practices that everyone can learn to use – even lifelong and recalcitrant Diminishers. Lively real-world case studies and practical tips and techniques bring to life each of these principles, showing you how to become a Multiplier, too, whether you are a new or an experienced manager. This revered classic has been updated with new examples of Multipliers as well as two new chapters – one on accidental Diminishers and one on how to deal with Diminishers.

Just imagine what you could accomplish if you could harness all the energy and intelligence around you. Multipliers will show you how.

2 comments on “Multipliers. I guess I should be one. – Multipliers by Liz Wiseman Book Review

  1. Bob Boyter

    I am not saying this because my evaluation is next month, well maybe a little, but my boss is a classic example of a multiplier. Kurt (my boss) asks me what am I doing today, it’s not to check to make sure I am working hard enough, rather, he wants to know how he can help me complete the tasks I have planned for the day. He is always telling my whatever idea you have lets see how we can make it happen (as long as it’s in our budget of course). Kurt lets me take my vision for my job and helps me see that vision come to fruition.

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