Posts Categorized: multipliers

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.

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.

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

The Reluctant Challenger

Which of the five Multiplier disciplines do corporate managers struggle with the most? After several months of assessing management teams across a number of companies (and industries), we found the lowest scores and the most challenging of the five Multiplier disciplines is consistently The Challenger!

Why? It seems most of us aren’t asking people to do the hard stuff.

The Reluctant Challenger. We might think our people are already juggling complex demands or we might sense they are overworked. But, most staff will actually claim that, despite being busy, they are really underutilized. They desperately want more challenge in … 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

Accidental Diminisher Seeking Reform

“Can a Diminisher really become a Multiplier?” This is, perhaps, the most common question we hear – in workshops, at speeches, and even on mysterious inquiries on our website.

Accidental Diminisher Seeking Reform. Several weeks ago we got a short, mysterious inquiry regarding executive coaching on the Wiseman Group website. It simply said, “Accidental Diminisher seeking recovery and reform” and gave contact information. Of course, I couldn’t resist calling to hear the story behind an inquiry so brief it appeared meant for transmission via Morse code or as a personal ad in the newspaper.

“Going out” as a MultiplierRead the rest

Real Choices, Real Consequences, Real Decisions

Can poor farmers in China make better decisions about how to spend the government budget than the experts and elected officials? Can collective intelligence actually outperform the individual intelligence of an elite group of experts?

Setting Policy from the Bottom. In the September 13, 2010 edition of Time Magazine [http://www.time.com/time/politics/article/0,8599,2015481,00.html], Joe Klein writes a brilliant column illustrating how leaders can tap into the intelligence of their constituents to make the highest stakes decisions with powerful results. This process has roots in the Kleroterion, an ancient Athenian practice of randomly selecting citizens to make the major decisions for … 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