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Issue 599 - "Look for the genius in others; don’t try to convince them of your own." (Liz Wiseman)

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Wooden's Wisdom - Volume 12 Issue 599
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Liz Wiseman is a bestselling author, researcher, and elite leadership coach. Some of her clients include Apple, AT&T, Disney, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Nike, Salesforce, Tesla, and Twitter. In 2019 Thinkers50 recognized her as the top leadership thinker in the world.
Her New York Times bestseller Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter is my #1 suggestion for a must read. Wiseman researched over 150 leaders worldwide. All were customer driven, had strong business acumen, surrounded themselves with smart people and considered themselves thought leaders.
However, they did not get the same results. The successful leaders she describes as "Multipliers". The other group she refers to as "Diminishers".
The "Multipliers" understand as Wiseman wrote: "It isn’t how much you know that matters. What matters is how much access you have to what other people know. It isn’t just how intelligent your team members are, it is how much of that intelligence you can draw out and put to use.
The Multipliers make us better and smarter. They bring out our intelligence. They are able to access and revitalize the intelligence in the people around them. They create genius around them and make everyone smarter and more capable."
She described the Diminishers like this: "Some leaders seemed to drain intelligence and capability out of the people around them. Their focus on their own intelligence and their resolve to be the smartest person in the room had a diminishing effect on everyone else. For them to look smart, other people had to end up looking dumb. In countless settings, these leaders were idea killers and energy destroyers. Other people’s ideas suffocated and died in their presence and the flow of intelligence came to an abrupt halt around them. Around these leaders, intelligence flowed only one way: from them to others."
John Wooden was a "Multiplier". Coach Wooden never wanted to impress you with his knowledge. He always wanted to learn from you.
Are you a "Multiplier" or a "Diminisher"?

Yours in Coaching,
Craig Impelman




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At Pelletiers

We've been out to Pelletier's
Brushing off the stain of years,
Quitting all the moods of men
And been boys and girls again.
We have romped through orchards blazing,
Petted ponies gently grazing,
Hidden in the hayloft's spaces,
And the queerest sort of places
That are lost (and it's a pity!)
To the youngsters in the city.
And the hired men have let us
Drive their teams, and stopped to get us
Apples from the trees, and lingered
While a cow's cool nose we fingered;
And they told us all about her
And her grandpa who was stouter.
We've been out to Pelletier's
Watching horses raise their ears,
And their joyous whinnies hearing
When the man with oats was nearing.
We've been climbing trees an' fences
Never minding consequences.
And we helped the man to curry
The fat ponies' sides so furry.
And we saw a squirrel taking
Walnuts to the nest he's making,
Storing them for winter, when he
Can't get out to hunt for any.
And we watched the turkeys, growing
Big and fat and never knowing
That the reason they were living
Is to die for our Thanksgiving.
We've been out to Pelletier's,
Brushing off the stain of years.
We were kids set free from shamming
And the city's awful cramming,
And the clamor and the bustle
And the fearful rush and hustle—
Out of doors with room to race in
And broad acres soft to chase in.
We just stretched our souls and let them
Drop the petty cares that fret them,
Left our narrow thoughts behind us,
Loosed the selfish traits that bind us
And were wholesomer and plainer
Simpler, kinder folks and saner,
And at night said: 'It's a pity
Mortals ever built a city.'

Edgar Albert Guest (1881-1959)






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