Nilofer Merchant, author of the recommended book The New How: Creating Business Solutions Through Collaborative Strategy, on the concepts in Les McKeown’s book on teams, The Synergist: How to Lead Your Team to Predictable Success:
“In my own experience of working with teams, it seems that almost everyone values the role ofvisionary when of course not all of them are gifted at being visionary. There’s a kind of jealousy of “visionary is the best role”, when in reality all the different skills / roles matter. If the CEO is the visionary, then the other folks are completing the picture of what is needed for the business when they own their gifts of “Operator” or “Processor”. Alternatively, if the CEO is predominantly an operator, the Board might want to recognize they need to add visionary influence to help the company reimagine what customers they could serve in the future.”
I’ll be adding The Synergist to my reading list.