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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

About the Author

Les McKeown is the president and CEO of Predictable Success, a consulting firm with clients that include T-Mobile, Microsoft, The US Army, Harvard University, Bose, British Aerospace and many more. McKeown's previous book, Predictable Success, hit the Wall Street Journal and USA Today best-seller lists in 2010. McKeown is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post and has appeared on CNN, ABC, BBC, Inc, Entrepreneur magazine, USA Today and The New York Times. Les speaks to businesses around the country helping management achieve a systematic approach to success.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; First Edition edition (January 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0230120555
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230120556
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #173,366 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
The Synergist is a rather interesting book. It is a great book for anyone who has to work in a group or team setting. McKeown discusses the different styles of people who interact within a group or team setting.

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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Format: Hardcover
The Synergist is Les McKeown`s second book after his best-selling Predictable Success.

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.
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The Synergist should be at the very top of your 2012 reading list. And not just because Les McKeown has a mousetrap of a business mind or because it will help you solve business problems that have persistently prevented you from achieving success. Read The Synergist now because it will give you fresh and critical insights into your own strengths and weaknesses as a leader and because it will give you unprecedented skills to effectively lead any kind of team you find yourself on.

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.
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I love studying how peoples' minds work and have read so many books on personality types and quite a few tests and quizzes. All of those helped me in understanding others and the way they work but The Synergist is a new level of perspective. Les' writing style holds my attention while illustrating through his personal experience, and the experience of those he's worked with, the different mindsets and how they apply in the business realm. Not only does he explain the strengths and weaknesses of each team personality, but also explains how everyone can adopt a synergist mindset to help the team achieve predictable success. I'm super appreciative to have had the chance to read this book and am already working towards applying it personally.
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