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Impact Players

Impact Players

by Liz Wiseman

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  • High-impact contributors: These people are doing work of exceptional value and impact.
  • Typical contributors: These are smart and talented people who are doing solid work.
  • Under-contributors: These are smart and talented peopl...

  • Impact players look for opportunities in new terrain with new obstacles, while others may see it as a threat.
  • Typical contributors approach difficult situations as a nuisance and try to avoid rather than face the problem. Impact players figure out how to turn...

  • Do the job that’s needed. When dealing with messy problems, impact players address the needs of the organisation. They do the job that needs to be done.
  • Step up. Impact players get things started and involve others while the rest wait for di...

  • They tap into unwritten rules - the standards of behaviour that one should follow in a particular job.
  • The impact generates investment. They harness uncertainty and ambiguity and find solutions.
  • Value building. They are self-...

The best leaders cultivate an environment that is:

  • Comfortable. They remove fear and provide security that encourages people to do their best thinking
  • Intense. Creating an environment that demands their best efforts.
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The five leadership habits will encourage the right behaviour in a team. The first two creates an environment of safety, and the last three provide stretch.

  • Define the W.I.N.(What's Important Now). Help your team to see what's most important at any giv...

Innovation focused teams tend to be temporal - they form, collaborate, and disband. Team members need to be able to step up when needed and step back with equal ease. 

  • To help reluctant leaders participate in this fast, fluid leadership model, provide a path of retreat. Show th...

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