2 Minute Book review: Multipliers by Liz Wiseman
Updated: Feb 3, 2021
In this quick book review, I’m going to give you my insights in 3 areas:
How actionable is it?
How relevant is it right now?
Will it get you results?
Multipliers by Liz Wiseman, a New York Times bestseller, recognized as a top leadership thinker in the world and with a client list that includes Apple, Disney, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Salesforce, Tesla, and Twitter – this is someone you might want to listen to!
In this quick book review, I'm going to give you my insights in three specific areas; how actionable is it, how relevant is it right now, and will it get you results? So today, we're reviewing Multipliers by Liz Wiseman, a New York Times bestseller, recognised as a top leadership thinker in the world, and with a client list that includes Apple, Disney, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Salesforce, Tesla and Twitter. This is someone you might want to listen to. I first read this book in 2011, and here is that original copy signed by Liz herself actually. So, full disclosure, I'm a massive fan and here's why. This book not only is the single best leadership book I've ever read, it has, without a shadow of a doubt, made me a better dad to my two sons. Liz essentially asks and answers the question, "Why do some leaders drain intelligence and capability from their teams, whilst others amplify it to get better results?" Think about the best leaders and the worst leaders that you've ever worked for. What made these two groups of people different? Now, this research-based book breaks down the traits of both Multipliers and Diminishers and provides a practical guide to help you have more Multiplier moments. Flip to the back and you'll find a series of experiments that you can use immediately to begin your journey. My favorite, Play Fewer Chips, which is the remedy for those managers that find themselves consuming meetings with what they have to say, rather than playing it small and allowing other's ideas and insights to shine through. We all know a few of those, right? So, is it actionable? I scored this book 7/10 here. The experiments are highly practical, but they require a genuine desire to be a better leader. They require commitment and dedication over an extended period of time. And in my experience, many managers simply don't care enough to make that kind of effort. Is it relevant? 10/10 here. In a world where we are expected to achieve much more with less, a world where leaders are having to engage and get the best from their teams that are working remotely, this book should be top of your list. Finally, will it get you results? Again, 10/10 here and I can speak from personal experience. If you're prepared to study and implement the tools in this book over an extended period of time, you will become a better leader. You will become a better human being, a better father, a better mother, friend, and more. The idea is that powerful. So, who are the best leaders in your career? Tag someone in the comments below that was a great leader and an inspiration throughout your career. Have an awesome day people.