Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter
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Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter

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by Greg McKeown, Liz Wiseman
     
 

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Wall Street Journal Bestseller

A thought-provoking, accessible, and essential exploration of why some leaders (“Diminishers”) drain capability and intelligence from their teams, while others (“Multipliers”) amplify it to produce better results. Including a foreword by Stephen R. Covey, as well the five key disciplines that turn

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Wall Street Journal Bestseller

A thought-provoking, accessible, and essential exploration of why some leaders (“Diminishers”) drain capability and intelligence from their teams, while others (“Multipliers”) amplify it to produce better results. Including a foreword by Stephen R. Covey, as well the five key disciplines that turn smart leaders into genius makers, Multipliers is a must-read for everyone from first-time managers to world leaders.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Drawing on interviews with more than 150 executives and on her own experience as a former executive at the Oracle Corporation and the former vice president of Oracle University, Weisman argues that executives fall into two distinct leadership categories: “Multipliers” and “Diminishers.” Unsurprisingly, Multipliers turn out to be better leaders: unlike Diminishers—self-centered empire builders who tear employees down—Multipliers attract talent, “liberate” employees to do their best and step out of their comfort zones, make decisions rather than promoting unproductive debate, and invest in human capital. While spotlights on such Multipliers as Mitt Romney, a “Talent Magnet” at Bain Capital and beyond, and Steven Spielberg, who fosters an open environment on his film sets, are appealing and instructive, the major points are repetitive. Chapters drag on after descriptions of distinctive Multiplier or Diminisher behavior have been made. The breadth of the material is better suited for a lengthy article than a full business book, and the effort to stretch it into a longer work diminishes the meaningful research. (June)
Booklist
"A well-organized system that could be used as a personal tool or as a workbook for team-development seminars."
Warren Bennis
"As Lincoln famously put the question: How do leaders ‘bring out the better angels of our nature?’ Multiplers gets closer to answering this fundamental leadership question than anything I’ve read in years."
John Doerr
"This book will speak to every CEO and CFO. Multipliers get so much from their people that they effectively double their workforce for free."
C. K. Prahalad
"The authors succeed brilliantly in addressing a critical but unexplored phenomenon— how leaders unleash smarts and capability in others. Multipliers is a must read for all those who aspire to lead in the knowledge economy."
Tim Brown
"Every so often a book comes along that forces us to ask important and difficult questions of ourselves. Multipliers is such a book. Liz Wiseman and Greg McKeown challenge us to imagine a dramatically more productive future for our organizations"
Tom Friel
"In over 30 years of evaluating executives it was clear to me that some achieved much more than others, but it wasn’t always clear why. Wiseman and McKeown present a fresh and compelling analysis of how Multipliers create value while others destroy it."
co-author of Judgment with Warren Bennis - Noel Tichy
"Multipliers is a great manifesto for today’s leaders. The authors provide a hands-on guide showing leaders how to make their total organization smarter by tapping the brainpower of everyone at all levels. A very timely and insightful book."
Kerry Patterson
"We’ve all known Multipliers—people who bring the best, not the worst, out of everyone around them. They’re a company’s greatest resource. If you want to learn how to become a Multiplier or transform others into genuine Multipliers, read on."
Carol Dweck
"A fascinating book that shows how mindsets shape the way people lead. This book will forever change the way we think about leadership."
Dave Ulrich
"Wiseman and McKeown’s insights are helpful, practical, and relevant. Any leader who needs to get more done with the same (or fewer) resources will find this book a gift and a valuable resource."
Jeff Henley
"As managers around the world grapple with a complex economic environment, this book provides a rich roadmap for extracting the full value of the people in their organizations. This book is a great investment for anyone managing a business in the innovation marketplace."
Byron Pitts
"Multipliers is a compelling read. A must have manual for any in a leadership position or aspiring to become a leader. It’s obvious Liz Wiseman and Greg McKeown did their homework and those of us who read Multipliers are all the better for it."
Gareth Jones
"This engaging and subversive book asks a vital question: "How can we grow and harness human talent to address the great issues of our day?" Multipliers makes us rethink many of our old assumptions."
Verne Harnish
“This book touches upon such a fundamental truth about leadership—one that has been waiting to be named, explored, and finally addressed. Liz and Greg have created a language that will be with us for a very long time impacting millions.”
Roderick M. Kramer
"Multipliers is brilliant and extraordinarily timely! It belongs on the bookshelf of every leader-and every leadership scholar."
—Booklist
“A well-organized system that could be used as a personal tool or as a workbook for team-development seminars.”
—Warren Bennis
“As Lincoln famously put the question: How do leaders ‘bring out the better angels of our nature?’ Multiplers gets closer to answering this fundamental leadership question than anything I’ve read in years.”
—John Doerr
“This book will speak to every CEO and CFO. Multipliers get so much from their people that they effectively double their workforce for free.”
—C.K. Prahalad
“The authors succeed brilliantly in addressing a critical but unexplored phenomenon— how leaders unleash smarts and capability in others. Multipliers is a must read for all those who aspire to lead in the knowledge economy.”
—Tim Brown
“Every so often a book comes along that forces us to ask important and difficult questions of ourselves. Multipliers is such a book. Liz Wiseman and Greg McKeown challenge us to imagine a dramatically more productive future for our organizations”
—Tom Friel
“In over 30 years of evaluating executives it was clear to me that some achieved much more than others, but it wasn’t always clear why. Wiseman and McKeown present a fresh and compelling analysis of how Multipliers create value while others destroy it.”
—Noel Tichy co-author of Judgment with Warren Bennis
Multipliers is a great manifesto for today’s leaders. The authors provide a hands-on guide showing leaders how to make their total organization smarter by tapping the brainpower of everyone at all levels. A very timely and insightful book.”
—Kerry Patterson
“We’ve all known Multipliers—people who bring the best, not the worst, out of everyone around them. They’re a company’s greatest resource. If you want to learn how to become a Multiplier or transform others into genuine Multipliers, read on.”
—Carol Dweck
“A fascinating book that shows how mindsets shape the way people lead. This book will forever change the way we think about leadership.”
—Dave Ulrich
“Wiseman and McKeown’s insights are helpful, practical, and relevant. Any leader who needs to get more done with the same (or fewer) resources will find this book a gift and a valuable resource.”
—Jeff Henley
“As managers around the world grapple with a complex economic environment, this book provides a rich roadmap for extracting the full value of the people in their organizations. This book is a great investment for anyone managing a business in the innovation marketplace.”
—Byron Pitts
Multipliers is a compelling read. A must have manual for any in a leadership position or aspiring to become a leader. It’s obvious Liz Wiseman and Greg McKeown did their homework and those of us who read Multipliers are all the better for it.”
—Gareth Jones
“This engaging and subversive book asks a vital question: “How can we grow and harness human talent to address the great issues of our day?” Multipliers makes us rethink many of our old assumptions.”
—Roderick M. Kramer
“Multipliers is brilliant and extraordinarily timely! It belongs on the bookshelf of every leader-and every leadership scholar.”
Library Journal
Wiseman (president, Mindshare Learning Systems), who spent 17 years with Oracle, and McKeown (partner, Mindshare Learning Systems) present their findings from over 150 interviews with professionals. They categorize these men and woman as either "Multipliers," leaders who "make everyone smarter," and "Diminishers," who diminish their teams. Chapters are arranged thematically, e.g., showing the attributes of a Multiplier, from talent magnet to liberator, and then showing how a Diminisher functions in contrast, with examples of each. Chapters close with analyses of how to increase your strengths, while the last chapter, "Becoming a Multiplier," is a functional blueprint for individual change at work. There's no risk analysis, though. Multipliers are painted as universally successful, and the authors advocate a leadership strategy that traditional managers might consider risky. New leaders particularly interested in developing a collaborative style may find this useful, but there's nothing here that most leaders don't already know.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061964398
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
06/15/2010
Pages:
268
Sales rank:
30,166
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

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