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Liz Wiseman

President of The Wiseman Group
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Biography

As president of The Wiseman Group, a leadership research and development firm headquartered in Silicon Valley, Liz Wiseman teaches leadership to executives around the world. She has conducted significant research in the field of leadership and collective intelligence and writes for Harvard Business Review and a variety of other business and leadership journals. She is the author of the best-selling Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter and her new book Rookie Smarts: Why Learning Beats Knowing in the New Game of Work.

A former executive at Oracle Corporation, Wiseman worked over the course of 17 years as the vice president of Oracle University and as the global leader for human resource development. She is a frequent guest lecturer and has taught at Stanford, Yale, Brigham Young University, and the Naval Academy.

Some of her recent clients include Abbott Laboratories, Adobe, Apple, Campbell's, Dubai Bank, Gap, Genentech/Roche, Kellogg's, Nike, Oracle, PayPal, PepsiCo, Salesforce.com, SAP, Symantec, Twitter, and Yale New Haven Health System. She holds a bachelor's degree in business management and a master's degree in organizational behavior from Brigham Young University.

Topics

Rookie Smarts: Why Learning Beats Knowing in the New Game of Work

In a time of constant change, success depends on seeing the world through rookie eyes, and in this essential guide, the bestselling author of Multipliers explains why we are often at our best when we are doing something for the first time—and how to reclaim and cultivate this curious, flexible, youthful mindset called Rookie Smarts.

In a rapidly changing world, experience can be a curse. Being new, naïve and even clueless can be an asset. Rookies are unencumbered, with no baggage to weigh them down, no resources to burden them and no track record to limit their thinking or aspirations. For today’s knowledge workers, constant learning is more valuable than mastery.

Leadership expert Liz Wiseman argues that the most successful rookies are hunter-gatherers—alert and seeking, cautious but quick like firewalkers, and hungry and relentless like frontiersmen. Most importantly, she identifies a breed of leaders she refers to as “perpetual rookies.” Despite years of experience, they retain their rookie smarts, thinking and operating with the mindsets and practices of these high-performing rookies.

Rookie Smarts addresses the questions every experienced professional faces: “Will my knowledge and skills become obsolete and irrelevant? Will a young, inexperienced newcomer upend my company or me? How can I keep up?” The answer is to stay fresh, keep learning and know when to think like a rookie.

Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter

We've all experienced two dramatically different types of leaders. The first type consists of individuals who drain intelligence, energy, and capability from the people around them and always need to be the smartest people in the room. They are the idea killers, the energy sappers, the diminishers of talent and commitment. The second type, on the other side of the spectrum, consists of leaders who use their intelligence to amplify the intelligence and capabilities of the people around them. When these leaders walk into a room, light bulbs go off over people's heads, ideas flow, and problems get solved. They are the leaders who inspire employees to stretch themselves and get more from other people. They are the "multipliers." And the world needs more of them, especially now that leaders are expected to do more with less.

In this highly engaging talk, speaker Liz Wiseman will share the research behind "multipliers" and illustrate the resoundingly positive and profitable effect these multipliers have on organizations - how they get more done with fewer resources, develop and attract talent, and cultivate new ideas and energy to drive organizational change and innovation. She'll introduce the five disciplines that distinguish "multipliers" from "diminishers" and provide practical tips for leading like a "multiplier."

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