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The Synergist: How to Lead Your Team to Predictable Success

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Why do so many teams fail to perform - achieving compromise at best and gridlock at worst? And what does it take to end this gridlock? Wall Street Journal bestselling author and speaker Les McKeown shows how to take any team from gridlock to world class success.
In his new book, McKeown argues that every successful team includes a critical player, the Synergist, who can ta
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published January 3rd 2012 by St. Martin's Press
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Tridiv Daas
Jan 17, 2017 Tridiv Daas rated it really liked it
Good book, must read for all entreprenuers. It clearly explains the reason for grid locks in organisation. how differnt kinds of people conduct themselves differently and how the synergy can be maintained.
Dec 28, 2016 Sorento62 rated it really liked it
Lots of good insights, although this paradigm will not fit every situation.
David McClendon, Sr
Feb 28, 2012 David McClendon, Sr rated it it was amazing
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 sho
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The Synergist: How to Lead Your Team to Predictable Success by Les McKeown was chosen by Soundview Executive Book Summaries as one of the Top 30 Business Books of 2012.


Author and consultant Les McKeown has spent nearly four decades working with and observing business teams. During that time he came to understand that individuals take on one of three roles when working in teams. The conflict and compromise created by the interaction of the three roles creates unnecessary drag
Sherrie Rohde
Mar 11, 2012 Sherrie Rohde rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Feb 17, 2012 Sharon rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book. It was very easy to read and understand. His 1st few chapters I thought were really good on defining his 2 natural group styles that most people fall into. Though the book is written for the business person, its information and tips on how to become a synergist and to eliminate group stagnation actually would work in any group dynamic whether business, personal or family. The book gives you access to his website and additional information.

I recommend it to anyone wanting an
Teri Temme
Mar 02, 2013 Teri Temme rated it it was amazing
If you work in a team (who doesn't?) reading this book will show you with clarity some of the stumbling blocks we all deal with and more importantly what to do to avoid them and work through them. I learned a lot reading this book and also taking the assessments on the website. You always get what you put into it and Mr. McKeown offers a plethora of information to help you work together more effectively! Watch the video's too - very helpful in understanding your natural type and how to call fort ...more
Jason Galloway
Mar 21, 2014 Jason Galloway rated it it was amazing
I read this book after I heard Les McKeown speak in Boise for an EO event. He knows the cycle well, and it has help me identify some of the different roles of players on our team. It specifically demonstrates the importance of the processor - something I am terrible at.
CJ Lucke
Oct 22, 2013 CJ Lucke rated it it was amazing
An outstanding business book - and seeing Les in person is worth doing! I love the concepts of the Visionary, Operator and Processor and how those play out in the arc of a business growing. I find that this arc applies to nonprofits as well!
Nov 22, 2013 Sue rated it it was amazing
Les has a very accessible writing style and aptly describes the leadership styles one can encounter on teams. Read this book if you need to interact with teams at work, at play, while volunteering, etc. You will learn a lot about yourself as well.
Jul 07, 2012 Darryl rated it liked it
interesting ideas on natural approaches by different personality types

little over the top with promotion of the author "system"

all in all worth a read to understand how team interact
May 14, 2014 Becky rated it it was amazing
Best book on team dynamics ever!! Have recommended it to countless friends and colleagues.
Jun 22, 2012 Randall rated it really liked it
I found it surprisingly helpful for understanding dysfunction in the office.
Right on the money when it comes to working in teams and how they synergistic provides the environment so everyone can work together by removing the tension.
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Les McKeown is the president and CEO of Predictable Success. Les has launched and managed over forty businesses and is the cofounder of an incubation company that helped hundreds of entrepreneurs launch businesses employing thousands worldwide. Since moving to the United States in 1999, Les has helped founder-owners, CEOs, C-level executives, and their teams identify and eliminate personal and org ...more
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