Posts Categorized: Genius Maker

Three Ways Smartwatch Upstarts Can Survive the Apple-anche

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By Liz Wiseman
This is an excerpt from TIME Magazine and was originally published September 10, 2014.

The little guys who were on their way up the mountain now have to fight for air.

The wearables market is technology’s latest battleground with small upstarts like Pebble and Omate, as well as early entrances from big players like LG, Samsung, and Google. Today, with their announcement of the Apple Watch, Tim Cook officially entered the race and upped the ante with Apple Pay. With Apple in the game, can a young, upstart company like Pebble, maker of the popular Pebble Steel … Read the rest

The Logic of Multiplication in Management

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By Elise Foster and Liz Wiseman
This is an excerpt from AASA.org and was originally published August, 2014.

How does a school system leader tap into the latent talent that sits inside the district?

At a time when expectations are rising while funding is plummeting, doing more with less has become standard operating procedure. Administrators from all corners are feeling the burden — if not in navigating a complex funding formula, then addressing teacher quality or ensuring all students graduate college and career ready.

The natural responses from education leaders weighed down by enormous challenges and work demands include the … Read the rest

Smart Leaders Get More Out of the Employees They Have

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By Liz Wiseman

This is an excerpt from VitalSmarts online magazine “Trainer Talk.

Where do you turn for the resources you need to fuel growth? Do you hire new talent, or ask for more from your existing employees?

In growing companies, the temptation to fuel growth by hiring new talent is almost irresistible. The hiring path is especially compelling for hot growth companies; they are inherently attractive employers and can afford new resources. But before calling the recruiter, perhaps you should consider how completely you are using the resources already inside of your organization. You probably know how … Read the rest

Shopping for Your Next (Multiplier) Boss

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by Rob DeLange, September 2013

Have you ever been in a job interview at that critical point when the interviewer makes that timeless inquiry: “Do you have any questions for me?”  Some people use that opening to ask about team characteristics and more specifics about the job.  While those things are important, remember also that this is a perfect time to find out if the hiring manager tends to lead like a Diminisher or a Multiplier.

There’s a lot at stake—not only your future job satisfaction, but also the trajectory of your career.  You may recall from Multipliers: How Read the rest

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

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

My Gratitude / Your Genius

It was almost a year ago that I finished writing the acknowledgements for Multipliers, sent it off to Harper Business and checked it off my list of things to do. Those acknowledgements reflect our deep gratitude for the myriads of people who contributed time and talent to produce Multipliers.

But, our work to get the Multipliers message out into the world continues to be fueled and accelerated by the contributions of friends, colleagues, readers, and influential thought leaders who have generously amplified the message. As tomorrow is Thanksgiving in the U.S., allow me to pause and express gratitude for those … Read the rest

Are You a Genius or a Genius Maker?

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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

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