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Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter | [Liz Wiseman, Greg McKeown]

Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter

We've all had experience with two dramatically different types of leaders. The first type drain intelligence, energy, and capability from the ones around them and always need to be the smartest ones 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.
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Publisher's Summary

Are you a genius or a genius maker?

We've all had experience with two dramatically different types of leaders. The first type drain intelligence, energy, and capability from the ones around them and always need to be the smartest ones 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 and management consultant Greg McKeown explore 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 and McKeown have 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. Just imagine what you could accomplish if you could harness all the energy and intelligence around you. Multipliers will show you how.

Download the accompanying reference guide.

©2010 Elizabeth Wiseman (P)2011 HarperCollins Publishers

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    John 12-19-11
    John 12-19-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Learn how to not strip your productivity away."

    The book is a positive outlook of how to avoid being a one man control freak. And again it is a positive approach to a negative problem. It should also be noted that the multiple is 2 times. Not a 3x or 10x type approach but in addition to learning how to work with people in leadership from this perspective the book also covers how to keep people on a team and attract new ones if the concepts are understood.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Niv Petach Tiqva, Israel 04-08-14
    Niv Petach Tiqva, Israel 04-08-14 Member Since 2011

    34 year old, married +2 wonderful kids. Like fantasy and self development: moral, humility, listening, relationship, kids education etc

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    "Hard to come by a good management book"
    What made the experience of listening to Multipliers the most enjoyable?

    I've listened to several books about leadership and management, till now I wasn't able to recommend a really good one. (maybe with the exception the books of Jim Collins but they are applicable only for highly ranked organizational leaders)
    It is even harder to find books that are based on empirical research and able to backup the text with actual data and numbers.
    And so, I felt the book is very practical and it made me ask myself very hard questions:
    Is it possible to be a multiplier as a manager and diminisher as a team member?
    I'm now more aware to many of my "diminisher " behaviors and trying to avoid them as much as possible.
    I've also recommended the books to several colleagues and good really good feedbacks.
    really inspiring, highly recommended.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Patrick United States 09-09-12
    Patrick United States 09-09-12 Member Since 2011

    Greetings. My brother introduced me to Audible in 2011. Since, nothing but enjoyment. Hopefully my reviews are very useful to you. Enjoy!

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    "Either you multiply or diminish talent around you."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Great influence for up and coming or established leaders. Team concept.


    What about John Meagher’s performance did you like?

    Delivery


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes. It drives your mind to do more and accomplish more as a team for the team. It will exicte you.


    Any additional comments?

    Good listen. Worth every second. Good leaders will see many of these tendencies in this book in themselves.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jesse REDDING, CALIFORNIA, United States 03-05-12
    Jesse REDDING, CALIFORNIA, United States 03-05-12 Member Since 2012

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    "Great story about how easy it can be.... Action!"
    Would you listen to Multipliers again? Why?

    Maybe, quick and easy to listen to.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    would be great if the book came with some PDFs or some type of visual aid, pdf or summary of the book in PDF... perhaps a table of contents and chapter markers?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Derk de Geus Netherlands 09-02-12
    Derk de Geus Netherlands 09-02-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Excellent"

    Excellent book on leadership. It gives a complete overview of the "Multiplier" principles, together with anecdotes and step-by-step guidelines. Highly recommended.

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    Arlis Temecula, CA, United States 08-27-12
    Arlis Temecula, CA, United States 08-27-12 Member Since 2010

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    "Multipliers is a good read"

    We can be diminishers without realizing it ... and this book teaches us how to become multipliers to those around us. An excellent resource for business and family!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    "True to life"

    This is not just good business sense, but good "life" sense. The author reminds us in these simple concepts how others want to be treated.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    John Eau Claire, WI, United States 08-21-14
    John Eau Claire, WI, United States 08-21-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Fantastic as farce!"
    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The book crept along in the standard, "some leaders are better than others" formula, until about midway when, in an apparent attempt to jump on to the bandwagon of a certain newly elected US President, the author decided to heap the highest praise on the untested leader. With today's hindsight on how insightful, inclusive, inspiring leadership has been such a particular, and acute failure for the man, the section reads like a sudden punchline to a very long joke you've been lured into.


    0 of 5 people found this review helpful
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