Greater impact isn’t about working harder or longer.
The workplace is full of people who want to contribute in meaningful ways, yet not everyone knows how to make an impact.
We can put in long hours and work hard, but if our effort is off target, we’ll end up with great work that’s irrelevant.
The Impact Players we studied didn’t necessarily work any harder or any longer than their peers. However, there were five practices that made them stand out.
The 5 Practices of
Drawing on insights from leaders at top companies,
these five practices differentiate Impact Players
from the rest.
DO THE JOB THAT'S NEEDED
While others do their job, Impact Players do the job that’s needed.
STEP UP, STEP BACK.
While others wait for direction, Impact Players step up and lead.
While others escalate problems, Impact Players move things across the finish line.
ASK AND ADJUST
While others attempt to minimize change, Impact Players learn and adapt to change.
MAKE WORK LIGHT
While others add to the load, Impact Players make heavy demands feel lighter.
MEET THE AUTHOR
Liz Wiseman is a researcher and executive advisor who teaches leadership around the world. She has conducted significant research in the field of leadership and collective intelligence and writes for Harvard Business Review, Fortune, and a variety of other business and leadership journals. She is a frequent guest lecturer at BYU and Stanford University and is a former executive at Oracle Corporation, where she worked as the Vice President of Oracle University and as the global leader for Human Resource Development.
If you’re trying to navigate the new world of work, this book is your GPS. With solid research and sparkling examples, Wiseman shows how to do the things they don’t teach us in school, tackling ambiguous problems, surmounting unforeseen obstacles, hitting moving targets, and traveling beyond the boundaries of your job description to make a real contribution.
Impact Players is a gold mine! It is filled with powerful insights and actionable recommendations on how to move beyond being a competent employee to being a truly impactful team player.
This should be required reading for individual contributors and leaders alike.
Liz Wiseman has done it again. Impact Players is an engaging and practical guide to how anyone can be more effective at work. In a refreshing departure from the relentless emphasis on leadership that dominates the field, Wiseman digs into the important question of how people make themselves valuable and how they find ways to make an impact when and where it matters most.
Every colleague, teammate, and contributor wants to be the “go to”, high-performing, high-contributing player. Some might call them indispensable. Well, now you have the practical mindsets, strategies and tools to achieve those goals.
It doesn’t take much, but it does take leaders and colleagues who are able to apply simple techniques to extract that extra engagement sitting just below the surface.Liz is a master, and every CHRO/CPO should read this book. If you’re looking to take your organization and the amazing colleagues you have to another level of contribution, this is the guide to help you get them there!
As we slowly get through the challenges of the global pandemic, we cannot declare victory and go back to normal. We must look further forward to face a future of unprecedented adversity and opportunity.
We need more leaders with the right mindset and skills to tackle our biggest and most important challenges – like the climate crisis or technological disruption of jobs, work, industries, and institutions. The world needs fewer people accepting the status quo and more
In building innovative Silicon Valley companies and running US economic diplomacy, I’ve learned that impact players are the essential ingredient for growing transformative organizations. And Liz Wiseman’s book gives you the recipe.
Impact Players will help you develop the desperately needed next generation of bold, principled, transformational leaders to address our challenges and make sure the world of tomorrow is a better world for all.
If you want to stand out early in your career, this book is required reading. Liz Wiseman highlights the practical, often surprising habits that will help you reach your potential and make your mark.
Being busy? Easy. Having an impact and making a difference? Well, that’s hard, really hard. Liz Wiseman, in her typically brilliantly, generous and rigorous way, shows how any of us can change what we do so we too can be an impact player.
This book is every bit as important and as good as Multipliers. And that book changed the working world.
Impact Players will teach you how to have empathy for your boss without kissing up, how to step up and take charge even when you don’t have formal authority, and when to step back and follow, so you can make big things happen for your team and your career.