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Nov 22, 2021

Liz Wiseman is a researcher and executive advisor who teaches leadership to executives around the world.  She is the author of New York Times bestseller Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter, The Multiplier Effect: Tapping the Genius Inside Our Schools, and Wall Street Journal bestseller Rookie Smarts: Why Learning Beats Knowing in the New Game of Work. and most recently, [[Impact Players]]: How to Take the Lead, Play Bigger, and Multiply Your Impact

She is the CEO of the Wiseman Group, a leadership research and development firm headquartered in Silicon Valley, California.  Some of her recent clients include: Apple, AT&T, Disney, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Nike, Salesforce, Tesla, and Twitter.  Liz has been listed on the Thinkers50 ranking and in 2019 was recognized as the top leadership thinker in the world.

In every organization there are Impact Players – those indispensable colleagues who can be counted on in critical situations and who consistently receive high-profile assignments and new opportunities.  Whether they are on center stage or behind the scenes, managers know who these top players are, understand their worth, and want more of them on their team.  While their impact is obvious, it’s not always clear what actually makes these professionals different from their peers.

In Impact Players, New York Times bestselling author and researcher Liz Wiseman reveals the secrets of these stellar professionals who play the game at a higher level.  Drawing on insights from leaders at top companies, Wiseman explains what the most influential players are doing differently, how small and seemingly insignificant differences in how we think and act can make an enormous impact, and why–with a little coaching–this mindset is available to everyone who wants to contribute at their highest level and do more meaningful work.

Based on a study of 170 top contributors, Wiseman identifies the mindsets that prevent otherwise smart, capable people from contributing to their full potential and the five practices that differentiate Impact Players:

• While others do their job, Impact Players figure out the real job to be done.

• While others wait for direction, Impact Players step up and lead.

• While others escalate problems, Impact Players move things across the finish line.

• While others attempt to minimize change, Impact Players are learning and adapting to change.

• While others add to the load, Impact Players make heavy demands feel lighter.

Wiseman makes clear that these practices—and the right mindset—can help any employee contribute at their fullest and shows leaders how they can raise the level of play for everyone on the team.  Impact Players is your playbook for the new workplace.

  • Impact Players - a term borrowed from the sports world.
  • How do you measure value of impact players.
  • High impact, contributing, but playing below their potential.
  • Impact player brings 3.5 greater than someone doing their job well.
  • Work was so much better, people were doing the right kind of work!
  • Mindset that people move in and out of.
  • Some people who inhabit this mindset and some that never do.
  • It rises above environment, leadership and culture.
  • A lot of parts of being an impact player you can’t coach.
  • MG100 - Marshall goldsmith 100
  • If you are assembling a team, hire for the least coachable, and spend your time coaching on the most coachable things
  • It’s hard to change a person’s knee-jerk reaction to a threat.
  • Help people to stay long enough to have a second reaction.
  • Hiring process: comfort level with situations out of their control.
  • SOAR - Situation, Outlook, Action, Result
  • How to be a transformative principal? Ability to see what problems and opportunities look like though other people’s perspective. Get out of your own head. They don’t spend their times stuck in their own heads, in their own thoughts.


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