Tuesday, November 8, 2011
MULTIPLIERS - How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter
Some of our fellow naval officers drain all the intelligence and capability out of their teams. Because they need to be the smartest, most capable person in the room, these officers often shut down the smarts of other really smart Sailors, Chiefs, civilians and officers, ultimately stifling the flow of ideas. You know these officers, because you’ve worked for and with them. You may be working for one now. If that's the case, sorry - it sucks to be you. On the other hand, if your boss is a 'multiplier', you are one very fortunate individual.
Consider the senior naval officer who, week after week, suggests new tasks and assignments for your team—never letting you complete any one task, forcing you to scurry to keep up with her thinking rather than think for yourself and contribute your own ideas. Or, the executive officer who, despite having more than 15 top-notch officers in the wardroom, admits that he listens to only a couple of people at weekly meetings, claiming “no one else really has anything much to offer.” These naval officers—we call them “diminishers”—underutilize people and leave creativity and talent on the table.
We can't afford to leave anything on the table. Read Liz Wiseman's book and learn how to become a MULTIPLIER and not a DIMINISHER. Drop me a note with your e-mail address and I'll send a few of you a complimentary autographed copy.