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The Multiplier Effect
Tapping the Genius Inside Our Schools

Foreword by Clayton Christensen



© 2013 | 208 pages | Corwin

When you become a Multiplier, your whole team succeeds!

Why are some leaders able to double their team’s effectiveness, while others seem to drain the energy right out of the room? Using insights gained from more than 100 interviews with school leaders, The Multiplier Effect pinpoints the five disciplines that define how Multipliers bring out the best across their schools. By practicing these disciplines, you’ll learn how to

  • Attract top teachers to your school
  • Create an intense environment that demands people’s best thinking
  • Drive sound decisions by constructing debate and decision-making forums
  • Give your team a sense of ownership for responsibilities and results

As an educator, you already inspire students to rise to challenges, trust their own smarts, and believe in their own success. As a Multiplier, you’ll do the same for your colleagues—and provide staff and students the opportunity to achieve at unprecedented levels.



“Everyone's heard about legendary educators who turn struggling schools around. Is it the force of their personality? Sheer genius? Or does the secret of their success lie in their ability to unleash the genius in the people around them? The Multiplier Effect suggests that by changing the way you lead, you can amplify the intelligence, talent, and passion of your fellow teachers and together conquer the challenges today's school face. This is sure to be an energizing book for teachers and administrators at all levels of education.”
—Daniel Pink, Author of Drive and To Sell is Human

“A fascinating book that shows how mindsets shape the way people lead. This book will forever change the way we think about leadership in our schools and the mindsets we need to tackle our biggest educational challenges.”
—Carol Dweck, Lewis and Virginia Eaton Professor of Psychology, Stanford University
Author of Mindset: The New Psychology of Success

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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

"Everyone's heard about legendary educators who turn struggling schools around. Is it the force of their personality? Sheer genius? Or does the secret of their success lie in their ability to unleash the genius in the people around them? The Multiplier Effect suggests that by changing the way you lead, you can amplify the intelligence, talent, and passion of your fellow teachers and together conquer the challenges today's schools face. This is sure to be an energizing book for teachers and administrators at all levels of education."

Daniel Pink, Author of Drive and To Sell is Human

"A fascinating book that shows how mindsets shape the way people lead. This book will forever change the way we think about leadership in our schools and the mindsets we need to tackle our biggest educational challenges."

Carol Dweck, Lewis and Virginia Eaton Professor of Psychology
Stanford University

"The Multiplier Effect is a ‘must-read’ for all educators seeking to unleash the genius that resides in every student that crosses the threshold of the schoolhouse door!"

Bill Raabe, Senior Director
NEA Center for Great Public Schools

"In 2010, Liz Wiseman introduced us to the term Multipliers—leaders who are truly genius makers. The Multiplier Effect takes this concept from the corporate world to the classroom. Educators at every level—classroom aides to superintendents—will be inspired to bring out the brilliance—the genius—in everyone around them. I urge you to read this book and let its fascinating ideas help you see that you, too, are a genius—and a genius maker."

Ken Blanchard, Coauthor of The One Minute Manager® and Leading at a Higher Level

"You cannot be an effective leader doing it by yourself. The Multiplier Effect gives you the tools you need to take on your biggest challenges by harnessing the capability of each staff member in your school."

Frank Deangelis, Principal
Columbine High School, CO
Key features

A.1. Diminishers underutilize people and leave capability on the table.

2. Multipliers increase intelligence in people and in organizations. People actually get smarter and more capable around them. As an educator, you have an instinct to send every child home every day knowing they have been challenged, that they are smart and that they are successful. Educational leaders who are Multipliers extend that same logic and conviction to their colleagues

3. Multipliers leverage their resources. School systems can get 2X more from their resources by turning their most intelligent resources into intelligence Multipliers.

B. In addition to showing how Multiplier leaders can be developed, the book shows how a school can become a multiplying school to provide staff and students the opportunity to achieve at unprecedented levels.

C. Appendix B outlines and answers frequently asked questions


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