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Everyone wants to elicit more from the people with whom they work (or live). Liz Wiseman and her colleague and primary contributor Greg McKeown show you how. They know you can draw more from people by making more of them – by multiplying their contributions. This book names the ways in which managers help others grow to become more than they thought they could be – or halt their growth and make them less than they wanted to be. Anchored in the research of the authors, as well as work from Carol Dweck and multiple-intelligences guru Daniel Goleman, this book will challenge you at every turn, adding value to your work and life. Readers with a natural distrust of dichotomies may question the ease with which the authors find a yang for every yin. For every “Challenger” there is a “Know-It-All.” For every “Investor” there is a “Micromanager.” Instead of being suspicious, think of these opposites as a continuum between those who “Multiply” and those who “Diminish” the talent around them. getAbstract recommends that leaders at all levels follow the suggestion of K.R. Sridhar, CEO of Bloom Energy: “I have zero tolerance if someone does not run the experiment.” If even a single person reports to you, run the experiment. Read the book.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What the difference is between a “Multiplier” and a “Diminisher,” and why it matters;
  • What the “five disciplines of the Multiplier” are; and
  • How to become a Multiplier.

About the Authors

Liz Wiseman, a former executive at Oracle, serves as president of the Wiseman Group, a consultancy where Greg McKeown is a partner.



“The Multiplier Effect”
If you’ve worked with leaders who are “Diminishers,” you know it. When they run a meeting, they shine and others around them grow dim. This style of leadership isn’t just bad for a team – it’s bad for the entire organization.

Leaders who are “Multipliers...

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    John Pfeiffer 3 years ago
    The usual common sense dressed up in business terms, it's still good to be reminded that introspection and a will to improve can make our (working) world better bit by bit.

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