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The Synergist: How to Lead Your Team to Predictable Success Hardcover – January 3, 2012
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“The Synergist speaks directly to the single greatest challenge leadership teams face today: a lack of relationship and communication. If you want to know what your leadership team needs to succeed, study this book carefully.” ―Tom Rath, author of StrengthsFinder 2.0 and How Full is Your Bucket?
“If you want to get unstuck and do big things, buy The Synergist. It's the best book I've read on high-quality team-based decision making; the key to accelerated growth and overall success.” ―Michael Port, New York Times bestselling author of Book Yourself Solid
“Les McKeown's excellent first book, Predictable Success, helped many companies―including the Motley Fool - stay on the right track. Now The Synergist unlocks the secrets to becoming an effective team leader, which anyone can use to achieve personal and professional growth.” ―David Gardner, cofounder and Chief Rule Breaker, The Motley Fool
“Simple, intuitive, and transformative. The Synergist lays out not only a road map to building highly successful teams, but a process that empowers organizations, fuels progress, and dissolves gridlock.” ―Jonathan Fields, author of Uncertainty
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Since relocating from his native Ireland to the US in 1998, Les advises CEOs and senior leaders of organizations on how to achieve scalable, sustainable growth. His clients range from large family-owned businesses to Fortune 100 companies, and include Harvard University, American Express, T-Mobile, United Technologies, Pella Corporation and Chiron.
Based in Marblehead MA, Les now spends his time consulting, writing, teaching, and speaking. Les has appeared on CNN, ABC, BBC, Inc, Entrepreneur magazine, USA Today and The New York Times.
Top Customer Reviews
McKeown introduces the concepts of Visionaries, Operators and Processors which can all be found within most large groups or teams. Most people possess attributes from more than one of these styles. One style that I did not see introduced was the slacker. The slacker is the person who shows up, sometimes, and contributes nothing. That personality was not within the scope of this book.
Any manager tasked with leading or being a part of a team or group would benefit from reading this book. It has an easy-to-read style and is very reader-friendly. It starts out with some scenarios to introduce the problem that can be solved by using the book. Then, it moves into a discussion of the different types of group members and how they interact. Later, it discusses positive ways to improve these group encounters. The book ends by bringing the reader back to the original scenarios and discussing how the information discussed in the book improved things.
This book is a great tool and would be a good addition to the library of anyone who deals with teams or groups.
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In that first book, Les drew upon his years of experience and multiple start-ups and maps out the familiar trajectories that start-ups follow as they mature, reach the pinnacle of Predictable Success, and the wane that can follow afterwards. It is, in itself, a very good book and provides an excellent model that organisations can measure themselves against. Doing so can lead to valuable reflection and debate in the boardroom - never a bad thing.
In this second book, The Synergist, Les takes a less organisational perspective and switches his attention to the individuals who populate these teams and companies.
Readers who are familiar with the glut of Jung based and other twin axis personality typologies such as Myers-Briggs, Insights, Social Style, are going to face an initial hurdle here.
As I read Les's observations on the Visionary, the Operator and the Processor I was unconsciously trying to pigeonhole these into pre-exisiting labels from other models. Yellows, drivers, analyticals and the like. This says something of the prevalence of twin-axis, oppositional personality typing within the consulting and training world right now. The Synergist book does not seek to establish a physical juxtaposition between the roles it observes, it only needs to recognise the inherent and crippling tensions between them.
The other challenge is this. There are essentially only three personality types, not four, not sixteen or, good grief, thirty-two.
Three. Visionary, Operator and Processor.
The Synergist it seems to me, is predominantly a role, not a type.Read more ›
Are you on a committee in your community? This book will make it operate more effectively. Do you serve on the PTO at your child's school? This book will help you work together to achieve amazing results. Want to lead a team of volunteers to build a house, feed the homeless, create a park? This book will give you the insights you need to galvanize your group.
And yes, you will also gain much needed skills and insights to strengthen your business as you turn the pages.
Get it. Read it. Make notes. Write in the margins. Share it with other members of your team. Heck, buy more than one copy so you can give it to other members of your team. You will be glad and so will they.
In The Synergist Les McKeown makes an unarguably compelling case for one way to get that done --- by rewriting the rules for how we understand the differences between the contribution that each individual brings to our efforts, and by giving us solid and easy-to-follow advice for how to use each other well.
His keen observations and invention of the concept "The Synergist," as the individual who puts what's best for the organization first, I hope, becomes a universally understood principle for organizational effectiveness. It's just that powerful.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a good book that provides a structured way (as opposed to an assortment of tactics) on how to approach leading a team. Read morePublished 11 months ago by A. Prasad
This book was great for identifying the different working styles (but you can get this part for free). It doesn't really tell you how to develop a better working style. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Meredith A Meadows
Thank you Mr. McKeown for passing along this body of work. I wish I had been aware of all this 30 years ago!Published 15 months ago by GoodStufer
Other than being stamped ****County Public Library (Someone paid for it) it was in good shape, thanksPublished 16 months ago by Gary M Leach
The Synergist was a powerful read and a more powerful resource. i've used it with my team, my personal leadership and several other coaching opportunities. Read morePublished on February 5, 2014 by Chuck Allen
This is a great book that I have added to a list of must reads for anyone entrepreneur.Good to Great and this book are my two favorites.Published on September 16, 2013 by Audrey
This is a great book if you are interested on taking teamwork to another level. I believe that you should read this book if you're trying to think of ways to improve yourself as a... Read morePublished on September 4, 2013 by Machini