After the publication of the bestselling book, Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter, and the launch of leadership research and development firm, The Wiseman Group, of which she is President, Liz Wiseman popped onto the scene as a leading management thinker, writer, speaker and trainer. She followed with Rookie Smarts: How Learning Beats Knowing in the New Game of Work in 2014. Her leadership career follows 17 years of success at Oracle where she rose to become Vice President of Oracle University. How can we not love someone … Read the rest
By Karina Wilhelms
December 19th, 2016
Menlo Park, CA – The Wiseman Group is delighted to announce the winner of the 2016 Rookie of the Year Contest, Kristin Hecht, who is a Multiphase Reaction Engineering Specialist in Magdeburg, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany.
Last year, Kristin found herself in a rookie situation. She was given the daunting task of establishing a research group dedicated to environmental engineering as well as starting a new masters program for international students at the Otto-von-Guericke University in Magdeburg, Germany. Because she felt “out of her league”, Kristin sought advice from a number of people with more experience. … Read the rest
By Mark Sato, Master Multiplier Practitioner
December 14th, 2016
I have the unique opportunity every day to work with diverse groups of smart leaders, discussing, debating and practicing Multiplier behaviors in order to amplify the intelligence of those around us. This wealth of experience should provide a practitioner the foundation to be more of a Multiplier him (or her) self, right? One would think…
My most important role is as a father. While my wife would certainly qualify for “Multiplier Mom” status, I often play the role of Diminisher Dad. Our two boys, ages 16 and 12, are quite different … Read the rest
By Elise Foster, Master Multiplier Practitioner
September 29th, 2016
With business clients, I often have the privilege of participating in annual strategy sessions where division leaders roll out the annual plan, key objectives and milestones. You know these meetings – lots of fanfare, objectives ready for cascading, clarifying questions – all intended to set the direction for the year. Unfortunately, many times the initial excitement fades, and people go back to doing their job, while the annual plan collects dust on a shelf – until next year. But how can this be? Especially in organizations where holding others accountable is … Read the rest
“In fast times, it’s not what you know that matters.”
We’re all familiar with that sinking feeling of being in over our heads or frozen with fear while staring at a monster challenge that seems impossible to conquer.
For me, the horror show began with a seemingly simple request. I was invited to speak at a business forum in Seoul celebrating the inauguration of President-elect Park Geun-hye, Korea’s first female head of state. The conference would be a gathering of Korea’s top business leaders, government dignitaries, and some … Read the rest
By Rob DeLange, Master Multiplier Practitioner
Aug 1st, 2016
Most of us have experienced two very different types of leaders: Multipliers (leaders who make the people around them smarter and more capable) and Diminishers (those who believe that they are perpetually smarter than others and thereby squash the intelligence of those they lead). Liz Wiseman showed in Multipliers that when people managers embrace the mindset and practices of the Multiplier, they get vastly superior results from their people.
Unfortunately, we live in a world where Diminishers seem to outnumber the Multipliers, which is why so many people are looking beyond … Read the rest
By Jon Haverly, Master Practitioner for The Wiseman Group
June 7th, 2016
When faced with making a critical decision that needs to be executed on quickly, the best leaders tap into the collective intelligence around them. We call these Multiplier leaders “Debate Makers”. To accomplish this, Debate Makers will engage experts on the particular topic to participate in the decision-making process through structured debate. They begin by framing a question and providing ample time for participants to gather data and prepare their opening position. During the debate, these leaders will drive a rigorous discussion by having participants explore the question … Read the rest
“Even if you’re not.”
Changing careers can feel daunting, especially the notion of trading in our hard-won competence for that feeling of re-found incompetence. While it’s easy to stick to jobs where we have mastery, is it possible that we can be at our best when we know the very least?
Surely you remember that feeling of being in over your head, tasked with something important and hard, and doing it for the first time. For me, I was just 24 years old when I was told I … Read the rest
By Yolanda Elliott
April 27th, 2016
Have you heard the phrase “Fish discover water last”? Discovering our native genius works the same way. Our native genius is so natural to us that we may not even recognize our own capabilities. We define native genius as something you do easily and freely – meaning you aren’t necessarily aware of it and you don’t often have to think about it.
I remember the day my own native genius was labeled by a colleague. Our team was discussing an interesting opportunity that we wanted to pursue. We had laid out some preliminary work … Read the rest
April 4th, 2016
Each November, we invite people to nominate a Multiplier leader that they know for the Multiplier of the Year Award. One of the categories is business and the other, education. In their nomination, they mention why they are nominating this leader and how this person has helped to Multiply the genius in the company and/or community.
This year we had close to 90 nominees from all around the world! After the selection is made for the finalists, we put the vote out to our audience of Multipliers via social media and the Multipliers website. We received over … Read the rest