Posts Tagged: management

Why You Need Rookies On Your Team

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By Liz Wiseman
This is an excerpt from the Harvard Business Review and was originally published October 2, 2014.

Hiring managers often view newcomers to their organizations as not only long-term assets but also short-term burdens: people who need to be inducted, trained, and given lighter loads as they get up to speed, inevitably slowing everyone else down.

But that doesn’t have to be the case. In my research studying how inexperienced people tackle tough challenges, I’ve consistently found that rookies (whether they are freshly minted university graduates or experienced professionals coming from other organizations or functions) are surprisingly strong … Read the rest

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

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

How to Spot a Multiplier: 2 Interview Questions from a Master

Multiplier Fest or Feast? Last week, when the Wiseman Group held our Multipliers Executive Briefing, it was a real “Multiplier Fest.” We had 4 of the Multipliers from the book on an executive panel, and, we have 2 additional Multipliers join us in the audience. The insights flowing from the panel were non-stop. As one participant put it, “That was a real FEAST!”

An Eye for Multipliers. One of the panel members was Tom Friel, former CEO and Chairman of the Board at Heidrick & Struggles who was known for creating an environment there that was both open and

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The Need for Speed

Confessions of This Accidental Diminisher. Recently I decided to take our own “Are you an Accidental Diminisher?” quiz. I had managed to develop it, test it with others, and click through the test dozens of times to make sure it was returning accurate results, all without completing it on myself. I was preparing to teach a session on the perils of the Accidental Diminisher to a group of managers at NetApp, so it seemed only fair that I slow down for a moment to take the test myself….on me.

I got to the scenario about the “gift of gab,” knew … Read the rest

Confessions of an Accidental Diminisher

The Accidental Diminisher.  When we put together our “Are you an Accidental Diminisher?” quiz, I had no idea I’d hear so many personal confessions.  A few nights ago at a community fundraiser, I got stopped by at least five people telling me how they scored on the quiz.  Some shared enthusiastically that they were in the green zone.  My favorite confession was from a technology executive who has a great self depreciating wit and said, “When I took the quiz, I went easy on myself because I didn’t want to find out that I am a Diminisher.  But, I … Read the rest