CK Prahalad

On April 16, CK Prahalad, professor and renowned management guru, died after a sudden illness.  The world lost one of its great thinkers and teachers, and an extraordinary Multiplier.   For me, I’ve lost an important mentor – one who not only shaped me professionally, but who played a vital role in the creation of the book Multipliers.  As I reflect on this loss, I’m reminded of what I gained.

CK Prahalad:  The Genius and the Genius Maker. There are great thinkers and there are great teachers, and they are different.  Great thinkers are smart.  Great teachers make others smart.  The … Read the rest

Double Your Workforce for Free

Multipliers get more. Multipliers extract all the capability from people. In our research interviews (for Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter), people told us that leaders who operate as Multipliers got a lot more out of them than Diminishers. We asked each person to identify the percentage of their real capability that each type of leader received from them. Some people seemed reluctant to answer at first. We made it clear that we weren’t asking how hard they worked. We wanted to know what percentage of their true brainpower, their ideas, their talent, and their energy these leaders … Read the rest

A Tale of Two Managers

We’ve all had experience with two dramatically different types of leaders.  The first type drains intelligence, energy, and capability from the people around them and always needs to be the smartest, most capable person in the room.  These managers shut down the smarts of others, ultimately stifling the flow of ideas. These are the idea killers and energy sappers.  You know these people, because you’ve worked for and with them.

Maybe you’ve worked for the know-it-all variety – the visionary who is so focused on selling his vision to the organization that he doesn’t leave any space for others to … Read the rest