Based on the original thinking and rigorous research behind Multipliers and The Wiseman Group, Liz Wiseman has been listed on the Thinkers50 rankings and named one of the Top 10 Leadership Thinkers in the world!
We sincerely want to thank everyone who took the time to vote for Liz Wiseman and Multipliers. This would not have been made possible without your support and enthusiasm sharing these ideas.
The Wiseman Group would also like to congratulate Clay Christensen, who ranked as the #1 management thinker in 2011 and again in 2013. We are proud to have some of his great … Read the rest
Liz Wiseman discusses her management theories with Tom Fox, a guest writer for On Leadership and vice president for leadership and innovation at the nonprofit Partnership for Public Service. Fox also heads up their Center for Government Leadership.
Have you ever turned down a job because you believed you may not be qualified for it?
Read Liz Wiseman’s new blog Take A Job You Aren’t Qualified For and add some tools to your job searching tool belt. Discover how stepping out of your comfort zone can lead to exhilarating growing opportunities.
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Unleashing Student Potential by Multiplying School Leaders
Education leaders from the Los Altos and Menlo Park school districts met with authors Liz Wiseman, Lois Allen, and Elise Foster on May 16th to explore a new model of leadership based on their recently-released book, The Multiplier Effect: Tapping the Genius Inside Our Schools. The authors and participants engaged in a lively discussion about the impact that a “genius-maker” vs. “genius-at-the-top” style of leadership can have on teachers, students and the community. With a panel of school administrators and teachers, they explored practical ways that school leaders can incorporate Multiplier … Read the rest
Is it possible that a can-do attitude that worked so well for you as an individual contributor may actually work against you as a leader?
Check out Liz Wiseman’s blog post on Harvard Business Review which outlines the pitfalls of optimism and how not acknowledging the downside can diminish a team. Find out how Nike, Inc.’s chief of global design, John Hoke, sparked a transformation in his organization once he realized the restrictive impact his and his management team’s optimism was generating.
In a recent Multipliers seminar, an executive team contemplated the ways that they might be shutting down the work of smart, capable people, despite their very best intentions. I was particularly struck by Alberto’s story.
Several years ago Alberto was a senior manager in a country operation in the European commercial division of a major pharmaceutical company. His team was involved in an important, complicated business deal and the intricacies needed to be documented. This deal fell in Alberto’s area of responsibility, so his boss Steve charged him with constructing the important letter.
Alberto carefully drafted the letter capturing critical … Read the rest
People often wonder if they are Accidental Diminishers. But, have you ever wondered if you might be an Accidental Multiplier—a leader who pushes out ownership and thinking to their team, because they can no longer do it all themselves.
One such leader is Dave Havelek, VP of Investor Relations for Salesforce.com. Dave is smart and driven, often working from 7AM-Midnight—and beyond. He is also a self-declared “super-stressed, super-opinionated” leader.
In his last meeting with his team before leaving for a five-day offsite, he ran out of time. He got through the first four items, but number five was critical: How … Read the rest
“Can a Diminisher really become a Multiplier?” This is, perhaps, the most common question we hear – in workshops, at speeches, and even on mysterious inquiries on our website.
Accidental Diminisher Seeking Reform. Several weeks ago we got a short, mysterious inquiry regarding executive coaching on the Wiseman Group website. It simply said, “Accidental Diminisher seeking recovery and reform” and gave contact information. Of course, I couldn’t resist calling to hear the story behind an inquiry so brief it appeared meant for transmission via Morse code or as a personal ad in the newspaper.
I know of a Stanford professor who is a brilliant thinker and renowned researcher. The unintended consequence is that he is so busy publishing papers, books and blogs that he has a tendency to overlook the brilliance in his students. Specifically, his PhD candidates confess to having no face time with their highly regarded academic advisor. He is so focused on building his own academic empire that he isn’t available to build the careers of the people around him.
Never Turn Away a Question. Contrast this with the late Rajeev Motwani, a professor of Computer Science at Stanford University. … Read the rest
The Accidental Diminisher. When we put together our “Are you an Accidental Diminisher?” quiz, I had no idea I’d hear so many personal confessions. A few nights ago at a community fundraiser, I got stopped by at least five people telling me how they scored on the quiz. Some shared enthusiastically that they were in the green zone. My favorite confession was from a technology executive who has a great self depreciating wit and said, “When I took the quiz, I went easy on myself because I didn’t want to find out that I am a Diminisher. But, I … Read the rest