Following a recommendation from @nickdennis I read Multipliers. If you’re in a management position I really think you would benefit from reading it, if you’re in any role in education our next generation will benefit from you reading it.
This is all about how subtle changes to your approach to people management can produce significant reward, whether those people are staff in your department or the year 9 class sat in front of you while you’re checking twitter.
Nicks post is better than mine, read his. But, here are my immediate to-do’s from the book.
It isn’t just how intelligent your team members are; it is how much of that intelligence you can draw out.
I know that I’m lucky enough to have one of the most talented teams in the sector- a Multiplier can do more to draw that talent from them. It’s not all about me. Apparently.
Handing over ownership of projects, freedom to experiment, learn and make mistakes are the key.
Liberators don’t just listen the majority of time. They massively shift the ratio, listening most of the time. This creates space for others to share what they know.
This is my real challenge for the next few weeks. I’m far too noisy in team meetings. I might even attempt to measure it. The Multiplier not only listens more but asks the questions to draw out the best thinking in those around them. Better to debate a decision without settling it, help the team figure out the solution even if you already know it.
Define opportunities that challenge people to go beyond what they know how to do.
I’d like to think we’re pretty good at this already, but I want to put added emphasis on how we help the group to push themselves on to their next great thing.
Never give someone an A-W-K without an F-I-X. Don’t just identify the problem; find a solution.
And finally, one for the whole group. You need to read the book to understand the quote but I will be challenging the whole team to this for the rest of the year.
As I said at the start. Read it.