Multipliers & Diminishers

On the flight I caught up with the most recent issue of Harvard Business Review. The focus this month is on talent management and one article stood out more than the rest.

It’s an article based on a new book coming out shortly by Liz Wiseman and Greg McKeown called Multipliers : How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter.

This extract sums it up: ‘Some leaders drain all the intelligence and capability out of their teams. Because they need to be the most capable person in the room, these managers shut down the smarts of others, ultimately stifling the flow of ideas. At the other extreme are leaders who care less about flaunting their own IQs and more about fostering a culture of intelligence in their companies. Under these “multipliers,” employees don’t just feel smarter; they become smarter. This article explores the ways in which multipliers manage five areas–talent, culture, strategy, decision making, and execution–much differently than their less-enlightened colleagues (the diminishers).’

So basically we all need to become Multipliers but all too often we are diminishers – usually what they label Accidental Diminishers.

Take the quick test to find out where you lie on the spectrum. I just did.

Here are five types of Diminishers: The Empire Builder, The Tyrant, The Know-It-All, The Decision Maker, The Micro-Manager. The Multipliers break down into: The Talent Magnet, The Liberator, The Challenger, The Debate Maker, The Investor.

Certainly going to add this book to my summer reading.


2 thoughts on “Multipliers & Diminishers

  1. As someone enamored with words, I was thrilled to see actual labels given to the diminisher traits we often feel but can’t easily define… and to the multiplier traits we truly admire but rarely articulate. Excellent article. Now I need to get the book.

  2. I have just discovered your blog and am enjoying looking through these most interesting posts. This has especially caught my eye. I am going to put this book at the top of the list. Cheers.

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