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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Liz Wiseman, Greg McKeown Narrator: Liz Wiseman, John Meagher Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2011 ISBN: 9780062080950
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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 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 and management consultant Greg McKeown explore 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 and McKeown have 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. Just imagine what you could accomplish if you could harness all the energy and intelligence around you. Multipliers will show you how.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “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.” 

    Tim Brown, CEO, IDEO

  • “As managers around the world grapple with a complex economic environment, this book provides a rich road map 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.” 

    Jeff Henley, chairman of the board, Oracle Corporation

  • “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.” 

    Warren Bennis, Distinguished and University Professor at the University of Southern California and author of Still Surprised: A Memoir of of a Life in Leadership.

  • “The book is a well-organized system that could be used as a personal tool or as a workbook for team-development seminars.” 

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Arturo Mijangos | 2/9/2014

    " Wonderful book about becoming better by helping those around us excel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cara | 2/6/2014

    " Multipliers is an excellent book on leadership styles and how to make your employees grow into exceptional contributors. If you are interested to learn about your management style, you need to read this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rick Kettner | 2/1/2014

    " This is somewhere between four and five stars. Great content (5 stars) but went on a little longer than I think it needed to (4 stars). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Danny Galic | 1/23/2014

    " Very interesting insight into how leaders operate, introducing the concept of multipliers (leaders who grow their people) and diminishes (know it all leaders who don't develop talent). I don't think anyone is 100% one or the other, but this book can help understand and correct some behaviors. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ethernight | 1/10/2014

    " Some good information could be dug out of this book, but I found the format quite unpleasant. It's filled with self-important charts and filled with Unnecessarily Capitalized Lingo. Using personal experience to demonstrate a point is a good trick, but it would be nice if there was more than a sentence or two of the point itself between all the stories. And frankly, many of the "Diminishers" seemed like flat-out assholes--not sure why you need a whole book to say, "Don't be an asshole." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mark Miller | 1/7/2014

    " Great insight on how attitudes and actions can help or hinder those around us. Very applicable to both our personal and work lives. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ben | 12/31/2013

    " This book is packed with insight. Can't put it down. The time for these principles has arrived! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melissa | 12/27/2013

    " Very interesting! Easily integrated ideas for work and leadership. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alicia Garcia | 12/23/2013

    " I give up. I actually enjoyed most of what I read, but I just can't seem to focus on work-related books as part of my free time. I also think it could be much shorter. If you're into this sort of read, it's well researched and fairly well written. I'd recommend it. It's just not my thing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brian | 12/19/2013

    " Definitely written by consultants. Some great info, but not a "fun" read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dave | 12/11/2013

    " This book ranks up there with Built to Last and Good to Great. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Phil Sineath | 12/5/2013

    " Excellent. Thought stimulator. A must read for leaders. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kim | 11/22/2013

    " I use the framework and key messages of this book for leadership development and culture change regularly. Leaders see this as a simple, tangible, and actionable to better their skills. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie | 9/16/2013

    " Probably the most important, paradigm shifting book I've read since Start With Why. I've learned a few of these things at different points in my life, but no book has put them together so accessibly and eloquently as Multipliers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lief | 5/21/2013

    " Could have been edited better, but great ideas and strategies! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Seth | 7/30/2012

    " This book is truly one of the better leadership books written. Understanding what it takes to become a Multiplier maybe one of the most important things in your career. I highly recommend this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cindi Pardini | 4/17/2012

    " A must read for anyone in business. Liz Wiseman has done excellent work with this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joan Bergin nuzbach | 3/8/2012

    " This was a book that gave me a lot to think about. I can see all the leaders in my life and relate this book to them. Must read! I am not in business but truly enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim Carlson | 12/18/2011

    " I really enjoyed this book. Nice practical advice for managers at any level in any sized organization. This stuff works when applied as the author advises. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle Cox | 12/8/2011

    " if you can get past the heinous corporate language like "get the most out of your people," etc., then this book will likely be helpful. clearly written, interesting anecdotes make it easily digestible. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane | 9/16/2011

    " This is a good book about leadership. It is about bringing out the best in others rather than diminishing others by your domineering management style. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melinda | 8/17/2011

    " Changed the way I look at leadership and helped me evaluate past experiences with leadership. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Eric Anest | 8/10/2011

    " Started reading but did not finish this book. Poorly written by my standards; there are too many well-written books out there to bother with ones like this. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 James | 5/15/2011

    " Was good and thought provoking, but I am not sure of the re-read value. Found the first couple of chapters quite confronting, but after that had some practical advice. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Danny | 4/23/2011

    " Very interesting insight into how leaders operate, introducing the concept of multipliers (leaders who grow their people) and diminishes (know it all leaders who don't develop talent). I don't think anyone is 100% one or the other, but this book can help understand and correct some behaviors. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cara | 8/15/2010

    " Multipliers is an excellent book on leadership styles and how to make your employees grow into exceptional contributors. If you are interested to learn about your management style, you need to read this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steve | 8/4/2010

    " A very concise exploration of what one person can do to benefit (or hinder) an organization. Recommended! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kim | 7/19/2010

    " "In analyzing data from more than 150 leaders, Wiseman and McKeown have identified five disciplines that distinguish Multipliers from Diminishers." One of the top five most useful leadership books I've read to date. "

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About the Author

Liz Wiseman is president of the Wiseman Group, a leadership research and development center headquartered in Silicon Valley. She advises senior executives and leads strategy and leadership forums for executive teams worldwide. A former executive at Oracle Corporation, she worked as the vice president of Oracle University and for seventeen years as the global leader for human resource development. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business management and a master’s in organizational behavior, each from Brigham Young University.

About the Narrator

John Meagher is a graphic designer and voice-over artist. He is also the author of the Tales of the Left Hand series, which he started writing as a side project to practice his narration skills. He lives in Virginia with his family.