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313 Liz Wiseman: Impact Players

Discover how to maximize your influence and become an impactful leader by leveraging the talents of those around you.



"Impact Players" explores the concept of multiplying your impact by harnessing the collective intelligence and strengths of your team. Liz Wiseman provides practical strategies and insights to help leaders unleash the full potential of their people, enabling them to achieve exceptional results.


Title: Impact Players: How to Take the Lead, Play Bigger, and Multiply Your Impact

Author: Liz Wiseman

Publishing Year: 2020

Publisher: Harper Business

Length in Hours: 10 hours and 48 minutes

5 main ideas

  1. The multiplier effect: Learn how to be a leader who amplifies the abilities and contributions of others, creating a high-performance team.
  2. The diminisher trap: Avoid common leadership behaviors that unintentionally stifle the growth and potential of your team members.
  3. Talent magnet: Attract and retain top talent by fostering an environment of continuous learning, growth, and recognition.
  4. The challenger mindset: Embrace a curious and questioning mindset to encourage innovation, creativity, and breakthrough thinking.
  5. Multiplier practices: Implement specific strategies and practices to empower and develop the capabilities of your team members, enabling them to excel.

5 funny quotes

  1. "Being a leader doesn't mean you have to wear a cape, but it does mean you have the power to make a positive difference."
  2. "Leadership is like a dance party; it's all about finding the right rhythm and getting everyone moving in sync."
  3. "If leadership were a sport, it would be more like a team relay race than a solo sprint."
  4. "Leadership is not about having all the answers; it's about having a good playlist to keep the team motivated."
  5. "Forget about being the boss; be the team's chief cheerleader and watch them score goals."

5 thought-provoking quotes​

  1. "True leaders don't hoard power; they empower others to become leaders themselves."
  2. "Success is not measured by how much you achieve individually, but by how much your team achieves together."
  3. "Leadership is not about being the smartest person in the room; it's about being the person who brings out the best in others."
  4. "The strongest teams are built on a foundation of trust, collaboration, and a shared sense of purpose."
  5. "Leadership is not about controlling people; it's about unleashing their potential and creating an environment where they can thrive."

5 dilemmas

  1. Balancing individual recognition with collective achievement in a team-oriented culture.
  2. Dealing with team members who have different communication styles and preferences.
  3. Navigating conflicts and disagreements within a team while maintaining a positive and productive environment.
  4. Building a diverse team that brings different perspectives and experiences while ensuring cohesion and collaboration.
  5. Balancing the need for short-term results with long-term development and growth of team members.

5 examples

  1. Google's culture of empowering employees to take ownership and make impactful decisions.
  2. Apple's innovative approach to product development, driven by a collaborative and creative team.
  3. Mahatma Gandhi's leadership style of nonviolent resistance and his ability to mobilize masses for social change.
  4. Southwest Airlines' emphasis on employee engagement and creating a fun and supportive work environment.
  5. The Apollo 11 mission, where the leadership of NASA and the teamwork of astronauts led to the successful moon landing.

Referenced books

  1. "Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap... and Others Don't" by Jim Collins
  2. "Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us" by Daniel H. Pink
  3. "The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable" by Patrick Lencioni
  4. "The Lean Startup: How Today's Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses" by Eric Ries
  5. "The Innovator's Dilemma: When New Technologies Cause Great Firms to Fail" by Clayton M. Christensen

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"Leadership is like a dance party; it's all about finding the right rhythm and getting everyone moving in sync."

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