Introduction: Herding Cats: Why Groups So Often Fail to Achieve Their Goals, and How to Prevent it Happening to You Overview: The Failure Gene That's Baked into the DNA of Every Group and How to Escape it PART I: THE UNSTABLE TRIANGLE: THE 3 NATURALLY OCURRING GROUP INTERACTION STYLES The Visionary: Hold on Tight, We're Going to Mars The Operator: Yay...Let's Build a Rocket Ship The Processor: Not So Fast. Where's Your Requisition Slip? Gridlock: The Hidden Death-grip that Silently Paralyses Every Group PART II: THE SYNERGIST: TRANSFORMING THE GROUP BY TRANSCENDING PERSONAL AGENDAS Limping to the End Line: How and Why Visionaries, Operators and Processors Hobble the Success of Their Group From Triangle to Pyramid: Bringing a New Dimension to the Group Dynamic - The Synergist Dancing With the Stars: How the Synergist Releases Cohesion and Flow in the Group Starting Fast, Finishing Strong: The Lifecycle of a Highly Successful Group PART III: BECOMING A LEADER OF LEADERS: DEVELOPING THE SYNERGIST MINDSET This is Not That: Teaching the Visionary, Operator and Processor to Understand Each Other We, Not Me: Building the Groups' Agenda and Ensuring it's Precedence And, Not Or: Moving the Visionary, Operator and Processor from Competition to Co-operation
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 bestseller 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. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
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