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Monday, March 26, 2012

Book review: The Synergist

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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