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The Multiplier Effect
Tapping the Genius Inside Our Schools

Foreword by Clayton Christensen

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July 2013 | 208 pages | Corwin
 

Why are some leaders able to double their team’s effectiveness, while others seem to drain the energy right out of the room?

In this engaging and highly practical book, leadership expert Liz Wiseman, leadership coach Elise Foster, and veteran principal Lois Allen team up to offer compelling research showing the overwhelmingly positive and exponential effect on schools – getting more done without increasing the number of teachers and resources.

Taking a deep dive with more than 100 of education’s best leaders, the authors explore the five disciplines that distinguish Multipliers from Diminishers and how these leaders attract and develop talent, as well as harness new ideas and energy to drive educational innovation. These five disciplines are not based on innate talent; indeed they are skills that every educator can learn to use – even when steeped in lifelong Diminisher settings. By practicing these disciplines, leaders learn how to

 - Attract top teachers to their school

- Create an intense environment that demands people’s best thinking

- Drive sound decisions by constructing debate and decision-making forums

- Give their team a sense of ownership for responsibilities and results

 
Introduction
 
1. The Multiplier Effect
 
2. The Talent Finder
 
3. The Liberator
 
4. The Challenger
 
5. The Community Builder
 
6. The Investor
 
7. The Accidental Diminisher
 
8. Becoming a Multiplier
 
Acknowledgments
 
Appendix A. The Research Process
 
Appendix B. Frequently Asked Questions
 
Appendix C. The Multipliers
 
Index

"Do not lead or attempt to lead without reading this! It will open your eyes and change you."

Matthew Henry, CIO
LeTourneau University

"An educator’s role, by definition, is multiplying genius and developing future leaders. This book is an instructional manual for educational leaders who want to ignite the genius in their schools. The authors offer a thought provoking yet simple framework full of stories and clear principles that can be put to use immediately in an educational setting."

Prasad Kaipa, Executive Director Emeritus
Center for Leadership, Innovation and Change, Indian School of Business

"In our hierarchical world of academic medicine, moving to the Multiplier model of leadership could be the game changer."

Darrell Kirch, President and CEO
Association of American Medical Colleges

"The Multiplier Effect provides the secret sauce for what makes great teachers and leaders in education. Chock full of engaging stories, extensive research and insightful "experiments", this is a must read for anybody who cares about the future of society. Creating a Multiplier effect in the education industry would be transformative."

Michael Moe, Founder and CEO
GSV Asset Management

"The mindsets and practices of the Multiplier, and the Accidental Diminisher, translate readily to our education system. Educators are in the Multiplier business - whether you are a superintendent, principal, board member, teacher, parent or student, you will find this book to be a compelling read and a toolkit for school and district-wide implementation. I hope this book starts many Multiplier experiments."

Julie Wilson, Founder
Institute for the Future of Learning

"Educators are constantly looking for ways to do more with less. This book provides actionable steps that allow leaders to multiply the talents of their teachers while also fostering an exhilarating experience for staff and students alike."

Kendra Hanzlik, Teacher-Strategist
Prairie Heights Elementary, Cedar Rapids, IA

"This book makes a persuasive case for an admirable approach to leadership in education. The authors provide numerous anecdotes to capture how exemplary leaders deal with real-life issues."

The School Administrator, April 2014
The School Administrator, April 2014

Allows aspiring principals to learn how to grow their in house talent

Dr Cyndi Speace
Graduate Studies, Cabrini College
March 3, 2014
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Chapter One


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