Multipliers, Revised and Updated

How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter
Narrated by: Liz Wiseman, John Meagher
Length: 11 hrs and 24 mins
4.6 out of 5 stars (1,101 ratings)

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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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Good points, but highly repetitive

A couple of chapters in I was thinking, this is some great stuff! But later while finishing the 2nd to the last chapter, I was exasperated, I didn't think I could finish the book (but I forced myself to). I felt like I was hearing the same stories over and over. This book could have been half as long and delivered same or more value.

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good to a point

I was really enjoying the content until I got to the point where resources and tools were recommended. I was disappointed to find that the tools were either very basic (free) or more detailed but at a cost (one priced at $500). The book seemed to take on a more marketing approach for the authors consulting services as opposed to a DIY help book. I also felt that the publishers were dragging content out in the last few chapters - mostly anecdotal and very generalist.

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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

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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 book to aid in my journey as a leader

This was a great book for me! I could see both my multiplier and my diminisher tendencies and it has already helped me to see the genius in those around me!

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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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Must Listen, digest and use

I listened to the first Multipliers book and shared it with friends. I saw the direct use of it in a business owner with whom I shared. For me this version hit home even more directly. Easily it may have been the second listen to certain principles or a different place in life. For anyone in any position, working or family will benefit whether you have listened to the first or this is your first. in fact listen as many times as it takes to practice and use. More often than not, as life changes, so does the relevance of different chapters. I found the new chapter about managing diminishers to be a perfect lesson for coaching other friends and family.

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Amazing read! A must have for anyone in business

What did you love best about Multipliers, Revised and Updated?

The content is current, easy to digest and even easier to implement

What does Liz Wiseman and John Meagher bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

This audible has an easy flow and by hearing the authors read it to me, I feel as if I am face to face or learning in their classroom.

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What an inspirational book. I have already begun to change the way I lead my team. It has opened me up to limitless opportunities. There are many great lessons to be learned here and I felt as though the author was holding my hand and helping me to make effective change every step of the way.

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great book!

this is a great book for leaders in any field. it makes you think about your organization, and yourself personally.

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Too Dragged out for the content

interesting content but it feels it could have been 80% shorter. Frustratingly drags out for too long so the points get dispersed

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  • 02-19-20

Interesting read but a false dichotomy

Seemingly well researched book with some interesting ideas, if only it were so simple. Between the two camps even the authors admit both types have mixed traits and times when bad behaviours are good and the reverse.

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An essential read!

This book applies to anyone in the workplace - having finished you book I now see a lot of dynamics which I detected but didn't really identify.

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Amazing

I firmly recommended this book. It's an eye, mind and heart opening. It contains aloooooot of aha moments. This is my 2nd time to listen to the book, and I enjoy it too. It is a kind of a must-have book.

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  • lucybarkas
  • 07-01-18

A great insight into being a better manager

This book changed the way I thought about leadership and management. It was simple to understand and easily actionable.

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  • Katie
  • 06-30-18

One of the best books on leadership I've read

I come back to this book time after time and now have it in both book and audio. It's compelling and it continually challenges me, no matter how many times I revisit it. I have used many of the exercises for both my team and myself to become better leaders and I would highly recommended it!

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  • Denis
  • 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.