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Part1: Multipliers. How the best leaders make everyone smarter!

I recently received a new book at a work conference. The way this book got to me was quite interesting and eye-opening at the same time. This is now, if you believe in synchronicity and the law of attraction. If you don’t like that idea, don’t worry, we’ve got you.

So, there I was sliding my way through the masses, trying not to make eye contact in fear that I would need to pause for  catch-up conversations with some of the other curious faces, and keeping in mind that the conference is about to start.  Suddenly I get to the table where I had to sit and I randomly place my bags and other items at a chair before nipping a mint.

The event organizers placed little notebooks, cutely if I may add, on the table where participants was to sit. Now, up until this stage, everything was random. The table number, the chair I chose, the notebook at my seat all random. After the courteous “hellos” around the table and yet another mint, my friend next to me asked whether we could swop notebooks. See, the notebooks were all different colours. I had a blue one and she had a green one. She wanted the blue one badly and after a tussle I gave in and handed her my book, upon which I received the green one and started writing my name in the front. Now hold up! That was a pure arbitrary exchange.

So the conference continued with loud music, bubbles and more mints. Yep, there was bubbles. The event organizer then made an announcement. “There are five smiley stickers placed in random notebooks. If you have one, please collect a book in front. There is one condition though. You should write a summary of the book and make it available to the rest of the team”.

So naturally I started ruffling through the pages and found, YES you’ve guest it! A smiley sticker! Although still confused with the various random things that just led up to me receiving a book, I went up and collected my book. Now this was also randomly done because the other four people that got books got there before me. So I was left with the last book.

The book that I got was one I was interested in for some time but never got around getting a copy.

The book, oddly yellow, is Multipliers – How the best leaders make everyone smarter by Liz Wiseman. And to top it all, it is the revised and updated 2017 version. How cool is that!

Intro to Multipliers – How the best leaders make everyone smarter

Firstly, let’s have a quick look at Liz Wiseman. I am sure that you could also get info on Google, however, I thought ill make it easier for you.

Lize Wiseman, a researcher, executive adviser, was an executive at Oracle and have four kids. FOUR KIDS! Now that is inspiring. Doing all that and still raise FOUR kids. Weirdly cool. Anyways, lets continue before I get distracted and jump to her IG profile.

The main challenge this book is addressing is that most people are over worked and underutilized. This is outlined in the foreword written by Stephen Covey. By the way, when Ol’Stevie talks, I sit up straight and pay attention. I have been personally helped by a lot of his strategies and clear advise.

Right there in the beginning, Stevie explains one of the characteristics of a Multiplier. He says: “…that people actually get smarter and more capable around Multipliers. That is, people don’t just feel smarter; they actually become smarter. They solve harder problems, adapt more quickly, and take more intelligent action.”[1] They also calls these Multipliers, “genius makers”.

These genius makers, use their genius to identify and multiply the genius in others. These genius makers don’t care about being the smartest person in the room. For them, being the smartest person in the room equates to being a diminisher.

More to look out for in this brilliant book:

  • Are you are and Accidental Deminisher?
  • Dealing with Deminishers.
  • Becoming a Multiplier.
  • And loads of wisdom and practical methods to transform from a Deminisher to a Multiplier.

During the next couple of weeks I will  write more regarding this book. I will share some of my realizations and action points.

References:

  1. Foreword xiii