Teamwork and Synergy

The buzzword “synergy” that was previously a derogatory term used to describe corporations, is now returning to the forefront of conversation as businesses seek ways to collaborate across departments – in hybrid or remote environments for instance. This time it’s not used as a derogatory corporate term, but rather to refer to a highly collaborative process that is highly sought-after.

Synergy is based on notion that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. The positive synergy that arises from this is what allows teams to achieve more than they could by themselves, and it also creates a platform for team members to be their true selves at work, with their own unique experiences views, perspectives, talents and styles of communication.

On the other the other hand, negative synergy could affect teams and cause them to produce subpar outputs despite everyone’s personal strengths. This is typically due to miscommunications or conflicts about roles, responsibilities, and schedules.

To avoid these problems, it’s essential for teams to create solid foundations of trust and cooperation by clearly defining the project vision and defining the roles of each team member in the context of that. The most efficient way to accomplish this is by using a process of role mapping that is collaborative, where every team member collaborates with their counterparts to establish clear records of who’s responsible for what and when. This eliminates confusion and helps save time, energy and tension for teams. It makes it easier for managers, when needed for them to be able to step in and coach.

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