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  • Impact Players

  • How to Take the Lead, Play Bigger, and Multiply Your Impact
  • By: Liz Wiseman
  • Narrated by: Liz Wiseman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 48 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (15 ratings)

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Summary

Why do some people break through and make an impact while others get stuck going through the motions?

In every organization there are Impact Players - those indispensable colleagues who can be counted on in critical situations and who consistently receive high-profile assignments and new opportunities. Whether they are on center stage or behind the scenes, managers know who these top players are, understand their worth, and want more of them on their team. While their impact is obvious, it’s not always clear what actually makes these professionals different from their peers.

In Impact Players, New York Times best-selling author and researcher Liz Wiseman reveals the secrets of these stellar professionals who play the game at a higher level. Drawing on insights from leaders at top companies, Wiseman explains what the most influential players are doing differently, how small and seemingly insignificant differences in how we think and act can make an enormous impact, and why - with a little coaching - this mindset is available to everyone who wants to contribute at their highest level.  

Based on a study of 170 top contributors, Wiseman identifies the mindsets that prevent otherwise smart, capable people from contributing to their full potential and the five practices that differentiate Impact Players:

  • While others do their job, Impact Players figure out the real job to be done. 
  • While others wait for direction, Impact Players step up and lead.
  • While others escalate problems, Impact Players move things across the finish line.
  • While others attempt to minimize change, Impact Players are learning and adapting to change. 
  • While others add to the load, the Impact Players make heavy demands feel lighter.

Wiseman makes clear that these practices - and the right mindset - can help any employee contribute at their fullest and shows leaders how they can raise the level of play for everyone on the team. Impact Players is your playbook for the new workplace.

Supplemental enhancement PDF accompanies the audiobook. 

©2021 Liz Wiseman (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers

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What people can do to make sure they’re having an impact in their role.

In today’s workplace, it’s crucial for everyone to be contributing to their fullest potential. I really enjoyed listening to Liz as she pointedly takes you through the research and how they got to the bottom of what people can do to make sure they’re having an impact in their role.
I recommend listening to this book for anyone working in a corporate at all leadership levels.

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Practical, superbly researched

This is a clever book with excellent examples and research that is very current. it's not been easy to access the accompanying workbook but looking forward to testing it out.

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  • Jacqueline Childress
  • 09-02-22

Great book

This book was full of great concepts along with examples of real people who had embodied or missed the mark somehow. I can’t wait to use these concepts with my team.

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  • Ell Jay Lindsey
  • 27-12-21

Excellent book - Ell Jay Lindsey

Hi, I really liked this book. My name is Ell Jay Lindsey and anyone that is looking for a great book on how to navigate company politics & become a high achiever should absolutely read this book.

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  • Elizabeth Murphy
  • 27-11-21

Even better than I expected it to be!

I bought this book after hearing Liz Wiseman being interviewed by Brene Brown. I had high expectations but the book turned out to be even better than I thought it would be.

Liz Wiseman does a fantastic job reading the book. Her delivery is very nuanced. I highly recommend the audio format.

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  • Andy Peterson
  • 28-08-22

Great advice for how to be a team player

I wish I would have read this 20 years ago. I may have been doing some of this off and on through my career. I would have been a bigger help. I hope I can do more of this and coach some of this into my peers and team.

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  • Patrick C.
  • 12-07-22

Excellent content. Twice as long as it needed to be.

I don’t have much to complain about in terms of the content! It’s a great book that brings together concepts from a number of other books well.

Why I gave it 3 stars: It’s probably 2X longer than it needed to be and becomes repetitive. I ended up throwing it on 3.5x speed and downloading the handbook PDF to reference since it is essentially the takeaways you’ll want to walk away from this book with anyway.

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  • Danielle
  • 26-06-22

Dry mouth

The narrator sounds like they’re speaking with a mouth full of cotton. It’s distracting from the content for sure. If you can buy a physical copy of this book, save yourself the irritation and do that. :/

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  • AggieRenee
  • 20-06-22

Perfect gift for a graduate!

This is the perfect gift for anyone graduating or making a career shift. It’s also great for anyone feeling unmotivated in their current role. It’s an easy listen narrated by the author. Highly recommend and can’t wait for a training program to accompany this book and research!

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  • W. Szczypka
  • 03-06-22

ok, but Multipliers was a way better...

in my opinion Liz wrote a much better, and orginal book with "Multipliers" so this one did not add me much... sorry...

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  • JCG
  • 25-04-22

What great insight!

This book was so insightful, actionable, and relatable. As an individual I was looking for how can I up my game and add more value, as a manager build a team that pushes the boundaries and excels. This brought it all together!

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  • J and C
  • 25-04-22

Liz Wiseman has outdone herself!

When I read Multipliers, it was like wow! With Impact Players, she has set the bar even higher. I believe this has the potential to have a bigger impact than Multipliers!

Highly recommended!