National Press Club

Author McKeown to serve advice on organizational success June 11

June 1, 2014 | By Tom McMahon |

Les McKeown, an adviser to companies and organizations on accelerated growth, will speak at a Communicators' Breakfast in the Truman Lounge on Wednesday, June 11 at 8 a.m.

He will describe the role of the “Synergist” and how it leads an organization past inertia to success. Admission to the breakfast is free for members and $10 for guests. Click here to register.

McKeown says every successful team has a critical player, “the Synergist,” who can lead three other types of players: the bold dreamers (Visionaries), the pragmatic realists (Operators) and the systems designers (Processors), and knit them together into a dynamic, well-rounded organization. Most importantly, McKeown says anyone can learn to play the Synergist role.

“The secret to being an effective Synergist lies in recognizing a small number of key interactions that every team or group experiences, and in making unobtrusive but essential interventions at those pivotal moments on your group’s path to success,” McKeown says. He further explains this theory in his book "The Synergist: Leading Your Team to Predictable Success.”

McKeown is also the author of "Predictable Success: Getting Your Organization On the Growth Track - and Keeping It There,” which was a Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestseller. This event is rescheduled from March when McKeown’s appearance at the Club was postponed due to inclement weather.