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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.

©2010 Elizabeth Wiseman (P)2011 HarperCollins Publishers

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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.

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  • Petach Tiqva, Israel
  • 04-08-14

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)<br/>It is even harder to find books that are based on empirical research and able to backup the text with actual data and numbers.<br/>And so, I felt the book is very practical and it made me ask myself very hard questions:<br/>Is it possible to be a multiplier as a manager and diminisher as a team member?<br/>I'm now more aware to many of my "diminisher " behaviors and trying to avoid them as much as possible.<br/>I've also recommended the books to several colleagues and good really good feedbacks.<br/>really inspiring, highly recommended.<br/>

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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.

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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.

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

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  • JRM
  • REDDING, CALIFORNIA, United States
  • 03-05-12

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?<br/>

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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
  • San Diego, CA
  • 08-27-12

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!

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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.

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just another useless self help book

what a painfully long process of hoping for this book to get to a point. great at telling you what to do,but none of the "how to do that". it's like saying you should drive safely without explaining to the first time driver what this means and which tools he/she needs to use to do so.

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Would you consider the audio edition of Multipliers to be better than the print version?

Fantastic book on unleashing the potential of teams. Wish I had read this a decade ago and plan to work on honing the 5 disciplines: (1) becoming a talent magnet (2) liberating team members to produce their best work (3) challenging others to stretch capabilities (4) reaching sound decisions by facilitating debate and (5) investing in the success of others.<br/><br/>Would recommend to anyone in or aspiring to a management position, and also to anyone who is interested in increasing productivity and satisfaction within an organization.

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A blog posts worth of content stretched to make a "book"

This book is extremely repetitive- I had to unplug it. It spends the first few hours establishing that multipliers get more out of their people than diminishers. And that they get better results than their diminishers, etc etc etc. Once in a while you'll hear a different anecdote about one type of leader or the other, but the stories are light on specifics, light of statistics, and not actionable except at the highest level.

There are much better leadership books out there than this one. Read the cliffs notes and don't waste your time here, in my opinion.

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  • Charlott
  • 05-31-15

A must read for everyone

I found this book after attending a webinar with Greg. My search for his other book lead me to this one, and am I glad I found it. This book has such great depth into what leadership is. They give hands on examples of how to lead as a multiplier and how to deal and not to deal with diminishers.

Enjoy!

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  • B. N. Smith
  • 10-12-17

repetitive a good article overstretched

really interesting ideas but not enough content to justify the length. felt really stretched out and repetitive. the reading is a bit monotone as well so I found myself drifting. the chapter ends can be useful. there's a couple of good exercises and checklists.

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  • bhartendu
  • 10-09-16

excellent reading

it's an excellent experience listening to this stuff. new ways to think about leadership. Narration was awesome

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  • Mark Parris
  • 06-15-15

Excellent insight

A very interesting listen which has inspired much thought in both who do I know that fits the people being described and where do I fit on the scale.