Book Study-The Multiplier Effect

Tapping the Genius inside our Schools

 As I begin to study the Wiseman Groups new book The Mulitplier Effect, I am  engaged  is self reflection about the realities of really playing the role of the Mulitplier.  On the surface, it seems so practical and doable. 


MULTIPLIERS: These leaders are genius makers and bring out the intelligence in others.They build collective, viral intelligence in organizations.

 DIMINISHERS: These leaders are absorbed in their own intelligence, stifle others, and deplete the organization of crucial intelligence and capability.

 Looking at both sides of the coin:


Diminishers Diminishers act like this ….   Multipliers Multipliers act like this ….
The Gatekeeper Hoards resources and underutilizes talent   The  Talent Finder Attracts talented people and uses them at their highest        point of contribution
TheTyrant Creates a tense environment that suppresses people’s thinking and capability   The Liberator Creates and intense environment that requires people’s best thinking and work
The Know -It -All Gives directives that show how much they know   The  Challenger Defines an opportunity that causes people to stretch
TheDecision Maker Makes centralized decisions that confuse the organization   The Community Builder Drives solid  decisions by constructing  debate  and decision making forums
The Micro-Manager Drives results though the personal involvement   TheInvestor Gives other people ownership for results and invests in their success


John Quincy Adams quote: “if your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader”  sets the stage of how I want to be, but it is taking me time to reflect on how I act as leader.  The words look easy and doable but to truly reflect the actions of the words is more difficult.

Watch this space for more discussion and interview on how this model might work in our schools.




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