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The Multiplier Effect

The Multiplier Effect
Tapping the Genius Inside Our Schools

Foreword by Clayton Christensen

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March 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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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
Appendix A. The Research Process
Appendix B. Frequently Asked Questions
Appendix C. The Multipliers

"Do not lead or attempt to lead without reading this! It will open your eyes and change you."

Matthew Henry, CIO
LeTourneau University

"An educator’s role, by definition, is multiplying genius and developing future leaders. This book is an instructional manual for educational leaders who want to ignite the genius in their schools. The authors offer a thought provoking yet simple framework full of stories and clear principles that can be put to use immediately in an educational setting."

Prasad Kaipa, Executive Director Emeritus
Center for Leadership, Innovation and Change, Indian School of Business

"In our hierarchical world of academic medicine, moving to the Multiplier model of leadership could be the game changer."

Darrell Kirch, President and CEO
Association of American Medical Colleges

"The Multiplier Effect provides the secret sauce for what makes great teachers and leaders in education. Chock full of engaging stories, extensive research and insightful "experiments", this is a must read for anybody who cares about the future of society. Creating a Multiplier effect in the education industry would be transformative."

Michael Moe, Founder and CEO
GSV Asset Management

"The mindsets and practices of the Multiplier, and the Accidental Diminisher, translate readily to our education system. Educators are in the Multiplier business - whether you are a superintendent, principal, board member, teacher, parent or student, you will find this book to be a compelling read and a toolkit for school and district-wide implementation. I hope this book starts many Multiplier experiments."

Julie Wilson, Founder
Institute for the Future of Learning

"Educators are constantly looking for ways to do more with less. This book provides actionable steps that allow leaders to multiply the talents of their teachers while also fostering an exhilarating experience for staff and students alike."

Kendra Hanzlik, Teacher-Strategist
Prairie Heights Elementary, Cedar Rapids, IA

"This book makes a persuasive case for an admirable approach to leadership in education. The authors provide numerous anecdotes to capture how exemplary leaders deal with real-life issues."

The School Administrator, April 2014
The School Administrator, April 2014

Allows aspiring principals to learn how to grow their in house talent

Dr Cyndi Speace
Graduate Studies, Cabrini College
March 3, 2014
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

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter One

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