Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter
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...more
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My favorite point was that people’s best thinking must be given, not taken. Much of the book is about creating an environment in which people willingly give their best thinking.
I liked the distinction made between stress and pressure in Chapter ...more
It consists of hundreds of pages of anecdotal evidence presented as fact. The book boiled down to what sounded like someone has this great thesis and just wrote a book to support the thesis without any sound scientific research.
It suffers from survivorship bias and massive confirmation bias. It also makes massively unfounded deductive leaps. In fact the entire book is unpinned by a flawed deductive leap.
Ask 2 subjecti ...more
For example, if you try to protect your team from failure, you take out the critical learning feedback-loop that comes from failure.
Conversely, other traits that maybe don't seem so great in a friend -- like being challenged / stretched beyond your limit -- are good to have in your leaders. These types of traits not only allow others to grow / multiply, ...more
This book kept repeting the same ideas over and over just slightly differently. The vast majority of that book was that repetition, still defining the terms multiplier/liberator and dimminisher/tyrant - not how to /be/ a multiplier and not a dimminisher but defining the two by example, breaking it down, and repeating. Even a those cycles progressed ever so slightly one could only infer at how to deal with dimminisher boss by guessing from the examples. "This is what multipliers do", n ...more
One of the reasons why leading a church is hard work is the problem of what David Allen calls “new demands, insufficient resources.” For example, youth ministry is vital to the health and future of the church, but we all know ho ...more
In Mulipliers, authors Liz Wiseman with Greg McKeown explore the roots and applications of effective, inspiring leadership. For Wiseman, leaders can be broadly classified as either Multipliers or Diminishers. A Multiplier creates an environment where each team member is challenged, stretched, passionately engaged, and emerges not only more intelligent for having worked with a Multiplier, but exhilarated at having achieved great things . A Diminisher, as one can imagine, stunts the int ...more
60 pages worth of book that took up 250 pages instead.
This book is the quintessential example of researchers trying to find the X factor for success- and just finding common sense.
It's a worthwhile project - to figure out how to make OTHERS better. How to get the most out of people how to multiply your own work and effort exponentially.
This book does make some great points:
1. You know that "genius" or indispensable person that has the smarts, but drives everyone else nuts and makes everyone ...more
"Diminishers only get ½ of the true brainpower of their people." — Liz Wiseman.
Multipliers was a joy to read! But it's an even better resource to pull out when managerial times get tough. While there are lots of invented terms, it's structured in an easy-to-digest format. The end-of-chapter summaries are quick-reference tools. And the memorable case studies and stories drive the points home.
On a personal note, it was an inspirational experience reading a ...more
The concepts in this book are simple, but important. I loved it's researc ...more
Policies - established to create order - often unintentionally keep people from thinking.
Hold a very high bar for what you must do before you voice your opinion. You need to have data. He has a problem with opinions without data.
All good ideas start as bad ideas, that's why it takes so long. Steven Spielberg
The power of liberators emanates from duality. It isn't enough to just free people's thinking. They created an intense environment that requires people's best think ...more
What I didn't like was:
- separating the world into black and white (multipliers and diminishers). Some parts of the book are more differentiated, but mostly you're either a diminisher (bad) or a multiplier (good).
- repetitive. There are long lists of what multipliers do. I found they all kept coming back to the same points.
After one or two hours I considered abandoning the book for these reasons. Then it got better (or I got used to it).