Impact Players: How to Take the Lead, Play Bigger, and Multiply Your Impact

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About the Book

Drawing on insights from leaders at top companies, Liz Wiseman explains what the most influential players are doing differently, and why with a little coaching this mindset is available to everyone who wants to perform at their peak.

Introducing Impact Players—standout contributors who create extraordinary value everywhere they work.
You likely have seen this dynamic—two similarly capable individuals, both with talent and drive, but whose work is having a markedly different level of impact, but not everyone understands what causes this difference. New York Times bestselling author and researcher Liz Wiseman seeks to answer the perennial question:
Why do some people play at their full potential while others remain underutilized?

While others do their job, Impact Players do the job that’s needed.

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 learn and adapt to change.

While others add to the load, Impact Players make heavy demands feel lighter.

Who are the Impact Players?

Wiseman highlights 25 top profiles in the book who embodied a number of the characteristics of Impact Players—indispensable colleagues who can be counted on in critical situations and who consistently receive high-profile assignments and new opportunities.

JoJo Mirador,

a scrub tech who knows what instruments the surgeons need before they ask.

Zack Kaplan,

a Google employee, and Karen Kaplan, a CEO who, in his words, is his “badass” mother.

Paulo Buttenbender,

a Brazilian software architect who will spend an entire week with a customer just listening to them articulate their needs.

Fernando Carrillo,

an Anglican priest and former drug addict who changed his life by changing his mindset.

Sabine Khairallah

who went beyond her position to solve critical supply chain challenges.

Joya Lewis

of Muncie, Indiana, who learned at an early age to take responsibility for tough jobs.

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    Praise

    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 Read More

    Daniel H. Pink

    #1 New York Times bestselling author of When, Drive, and To Sell is Human

    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.

    Daniel H. Pink

    #1 New York Times bestselling author of When, Drive, and To Sell is Human

    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. Read More

    Tina Seelig

    Professor and Executive Director, Knight-Hennessy Scholars, Stanford University

    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.

    Tina Seelig

    Professor and Executive Director, Knight-Hennessy Scholars, Stanford University

    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. Read More

    Rob Nail

    Associate Founder and Former CEO, Singularity University

    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 Impact Players that are actively working to create the future they see is possible. This book is a playbook that will help individuals work at a higher level, inspire teams to do great things, and enable organizations to create a culture that fosters growth and become high-impact organizations.

    Rob Nail

    Associate Founder and Former CEO, Singularity University

    Every colleague, teammate, and contributor wants to be the “go to”, high-performing, high-contributing player. Some might call them indispensable. Read More

    Eric Hutcherson

    Chief People and Inclusion Officer, Universal Music Group

    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!

    Eric Hutcherson

    Chief People and Inclusion Officer, Universal Music Group

    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.

    Adam Grant

    #1 New York Times bestselling author of Think Again and host of the TED podcast WorkLife

    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 Read More

    Amy C. Edmondson

    Professor, Harvard Business School and author of The Fearless Organization

    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.

    Amy C. Edmondson

    Professor, Harvard Business School and author of The Fearless Organization

    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.

    Kim Scott

    author of Radical Candor and Just Work

    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. Read More

    Michael Bungay Stanier

    author of The Coaching Habit

    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.

    Michael Bungay Stanier

    author of The Coaching Habit

    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. Read More

    Keith Krach

    former United States undersecretary of state, chairman and CEO of DocuSign and Ariba

    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.

    Keith Krach

    former United States undersecretary of state, chairman and CEO of DocuSign and Ariba