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Publisher's Summary

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.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

©2017 Liz Wiseman (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

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One of the top 5 business books I've ever read...

Well researched, well written, insightful and engaging. One of the few books I'll read twice.

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It's OK. Good insight but WAY too drawn out.

What was most disappointing about Liz Wiseman and Stephen Covey - foreword ’s story?

The findings were interesting but it was too long. Felt like the content was stretched for the purpose of publishing. This would have sufficed as an HBR article.

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Mandatory Reading for Leaders

If you could sum up Multipliers, Revised and Updated in three words, what would they be?

Understand Leadership, Sucka!

What did you like best about this story?

It provides a framework for leading different personalities and enabling their inherent talents.

What about Liz Wiseman and John Meagher ’s performance did you like?

Clearly presented and fluent. Honestly, I did not realize it was the author since many audible books are professional voice actors.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Turning opposition to symbiosis

Any additional comments?

This book discusses Multipliers and their opposite, euphemistically named Accidental Diminishers. The Multipliers portion seems obvious, while the Deminisher side was eye-opening. Assuming the readers are mentally stable, invested in their company, and have a genuine desire to lead a successful team, applying the principles to your workplace will improve the culture.

My only negative is the excessive "name dropping" and repeated mention of accolades. We purchased the book, you've already sold us and you are awesome! Don't try so hard ;)

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Great addition to the mind

This is another great leadership book to expand the mind. It is a book that helps the reader bring together a number of concepts into one holistic picture.

Will be a book I read again and again.

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Incredible Resource for Leaders

This is an incredible book to read/listen to if you're looking at building an effective team, developing your leadership style, trying to work with a difficult leader, etc.

Liz Wiseman (author) reads the book herself and I think that only increases the delivery of the content.

I can't profess to be the type who reads 100 books a year; I probably manage 25-35, but this book has been the best book I've read in this past year.

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Wanted: Multipliers - Diminishers need not apply

What made the experience of listening to Multipliers, Revised and Updated the most enjoyable?

The concepts are easily broken up into thoughtful and bite-sized chunks. Liz Wiseman has a wonderful way of pointing out the weaknesses of leaders without being judgemental. Her personal anecdotes helped me to remember similar (and sometimes dissimilar) experiences. The concept of the "accidental diminisher" compassionately reminds us that people's best intentions can go awry in the stress of the workplace.

What did you like best about this story?

We can all change. We can all become better versions of ourselves in the workplace.

What three words best describe Liz Wiseman and John Meagher ’s voice?

Conversational
Approachable

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

Yes

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I love Liz Wiseman but wished she had a professional narrator for this book. While she did a wonderful job, she is not trained voice artist and does not have experience in voice modulation that helps keep the listener dialed in. There were a number of times in the book when I stopped paying attention and had to repeat a section of the book.

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Reading HBR piece on multipliers will do it.

I painfully listened toward the end of this book with the final 3 chapters dedicated to acknowledgments, you pretty much could listen to her piece on hbr or read it and that should suffice.

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Awesome read

This book is so awesome. It has taught me so much about what good leadership is. It was easy to understand, and it has been easy to retain. All leaders should read this book!

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Finally

A book that reflects the actual principles of leadership. What are the basic assumption of a good leader? They believe their people are smart and can figure it out. What have we all dealt with in bosses we didn’t get along with? Why are we not getting the support we need as leaders? HOW can I get more productivity from my people without micromanaging? It’s a great book.

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great concept on an awesome book!

I learned quite a bit from this point. I can't wait to start applying his principles in my everyday life. I definitely have some diminishing qualities that I need to polish up.

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  • 09-15-17

ready to be a better manager

excellent book, theory backed up by lots of real world experience and examples, loved it, one of those books you not put down until you get it finished

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  • David Parsonage
  • 06-27-17

Getting the best out of people!

Engaging and enlightening. How to manage for better performance and minimize the diminisher in you. Helpful hints and practices.