Tiffani Bova
Nov 21, 2018 · 2 min read

Ever think that people need your input throughout a project instead of trusting that your team is smart enough and capable enough to create a great product? Do you micromanage your employees instead of trusting them to get the job done? Do you think your ideas and results will be the best instead of being open to new ideas and possibilities? Well, the good news is you’re not alone.

On an episode of the What’s Next! podcast, I had an insightful conversation with Liz Wiseman. Liz is a researcher and executive advisor, the author ofMultipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter, the CEO of The Wiseman Group, and listed on the Thinkers50 Ranking.

Yes, her book is called Multipliers, but that’s not what our conversation explored. We actually spoke about diminishers. Unlike multipliers, diminishers limit professional growth. They don’t mean to; in fact, Liz says that most people are “accidental diminishers.” They are well-meaning and genuinely trying to help, but they do the opposite. And, unfortunately, diminishers can leave the same footprints on someone as those who bully others.

If you think you might be an accidental diminisher, and you want to change, I have a place for you to start. First, realize that it’s not about you or your grand ideas. Second, stay open to diverse teams, styles of thinking, and personalities. Look around the room while other people are talking to gauge reactions, who is staying quiet, and who is ready to speak up.

Your team will respect you more when you allow them to brainstorm without judgment, ask questions instead of offering up your ideas, and use 100 percent of their talents to make a difference in the organization. You may be surprised by the creativity, ideation, and bonding that happens when you multiply instead of diminish those around you.

Listen in on our conversation, and subscribe to the What’s Next! podcast on Apple Podcasts.


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Tiffani Bova

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Global Growth & Innovation Evangelist, Salesforce | Sales and Transformation Adviser | Book: Growth IQ| Podcast: What's Next! | Former Research Fellow Gartner

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