Unleashing Student Potential by Multiplying School Leaders

Unleashing Student Potential by Multiplying School Leaders

TME PanelistsEducation 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 SchoolsThe 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

Liz Wiseman Will Speak at the California HR Conference

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The Wiseman Group is proud to announce that Liz Wiseman, author of the WSJ bestselling book “Multipliers” will be giving the keynote at this year’s California HR Conference.
“The California HR Conference® by Professionals In Human Resources Association (PIHRA) is committed to furthering the professional development of California HR professionals and to bringing new ideas and approaches to your organizations. They are building on 55 years of experience to present thought-provoking learning sessions, engaging networking events, and a vast exposition hall. Join over 2,000 HR professionals as they offer more track options, more schedule flexibility, and more ways to re-certify … Read the rest

Your Optimism Might Be Stifling Your Team

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.… Read the rest

Meet the 2012 Education Multiplier of the Year, Erik Burmeister, Hillview Middle School

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Erik Burmeister, principal of the Hillview Middle School in Menlo Park, was honored as the 2012 Education Multiplier of the Year in recognition of his ability to amplify the intelligence and capabilities of people around him.  Erik’s leadership style reflects the key Multiplier principal of being a “genius maker” by tapping into the collective intelligence of the teachers and staff to create a nimble organization and environment of innovation.

The Multiplier of the Year award is sponsored annually by The Wiseman Group, a leadership research and development center headquartered in Silicon Valley.  Erik was selected from dozens of nominees in … Read the rest

How Do Smart Leaders Fuel Growth In Their Organizations?

Maybe its not by hiring more people; maybe its developing better managers—managers who deeply utilize the intelligence and talent of their teams. Check out Liz Wiseman’s blog posted on Harvard Business Review which argues that too many organizations are out grocery shopping for new talent instead of opening the refrigerator door to see what’s already there. Find out how one group in Salesforce.com created the equivalent of 25 new headcount by better utilizing their existing team.… Read the rest

The Multipliers Bill of Rights

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by Rob DeLange, July 2012

Over the past few decades we’ve seen political revolutions sweep the globe, bringing down dictatorships in Eastern Europe, the Philippines, Libya, Egypt, and other nations. Seeds of democracy and freedom have been sown through these movements on a scale that is unprecedented in world history.

I believe a similar revolution is taking place now within the realm of leadership and management. Old assumptions, models, and notions about top-down leadership are giving way to a new paradigm called Multipliers, where the burden of thinking literally shifts from the leader to their people, and intelligence becomes exponentially … Read the rest

Signing over full ownership

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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

Liz’s Q&A with Jon Haverly, Senior Project Manager at Garnet River

Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter by Liz Wiseman demonstrates 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. I recently had a chance to connect with Liz and ask her a few questions about her bestselling book.

Thanks Liz for taking time from your busy schedule to answer these questions.

Q: In the “Instill Ownership and Accountability” section of Multipliers, you recommend letting people remain accountable for their actions and experience consequences. This

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Can You Diminish a Dog?

I’ve spent years studying how leaders can diminish the people around them.  But, after three days on a Texas ranch, I have to wonder if people can actually diminish their dogs!

Pete the Pointer.  Let me tell you about Pete the carefree pedigree Brittany pointer bird dog that lives on a beautiful ranch in Sulphur Springs, Texas.  Pete loves to hunt and point game birds for his owner, Darrell Stringer.  As a pointer, he finds game birds on the ground and goes rigid, pointing in the direction of the covey of birds.  When the hunter catches up, the birds … Read the rest