National Press Club

Best-selling author Les McKeown to serve advice at communicators breakfast Wednesday, March 5

February 26, 2014 | By Tom McMahon |

Les McKeown, an advisor to companies and organizations on accelerated growth, will speak at the communicators breakfast on Wednesday, March 5 at 8 a.m., on how organizations can break through gridlock to achieve world-class 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.

Since relocating from his native Ireland to the U.S. in 1998, McKeown has advised 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.

McKeown also is the author of the Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestseller, "Predictable Success: Getting Your Organization On the Growth Track - and Keeping It There" and "The Synergist: Leading Your Team to Predictable Success."