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

by Liz Wiseman

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We've all had experience with two dramatically different types of leaders. The first type drains intelligence, energy, and capability from the people around them and always needs to be the smartest person 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, light bulbs 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. Leadership expert Liz Wiseman explores these two leadership styles, 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. 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 updated edition includes new examples of Multipliers as well as two new chapters: one on accidental Diminishers, and one on how to deal with Diminishers.… (more)

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A really excellent book to read if you are at all interested in understanding dynamics between a manager/leader and employee direct reports/followers. The author distinguishes between a "Multiplier" and a "Diminisher", the former a manager/boss/leader who can get far more work/accomplishment out of their employees (than they or anyone else believes possible, including the employees themselves) from the latter, who as a leader can actually diminish the amount of work from their employees. then the author goes on to discuss how to become a Multiplier or at least reduce your Diminisher tendencies, and how to work for a "Diminisher" or at least find ways to work around their Diminisher tendencies.

I certainly wish this book had been around many years ago in my working life, not only for me to learn how to reduce my Diminisher tendencies and become a real Multiplier. Being retired now, this book does not directly affect my working in a business; however, I found the book to be useful in other situations in life than a boss/employee relationship.
The book is not a technical/boring management tome, but very readable and understandable. By using actual examples of individuals in real life and how they were Multipliers or Diminishers, the book is much more interesting.

Highly recommended. ( )
  highlander6022 | Mar 24, 2019 |
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