Teamwork and Synergy

The buzzword “synergy” which was once a derogatory term for corporations, has now returned to the forefront of conversation as businesses seek ways to collaborate across departments in remote or hybrid environments for instance. It's not being used as a corporate pejorative but rather to describe a deep collaborative process that's widely desired.

Synergy is built on the idea that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. This positive synergy helps teams to achieve more than they would have been in their own. It also gives team members the opportunity to be themselves at work with their own unique views, talents and communication styles.

Negative synergy, on other hand can drag down teams and lead to inferior deliverables regardless of the individual competence of each person. This is usually due to miscommunications or conflicts over responsibilities, roles and schedules.

To avoid these problems, it's essential for teams to build the foundation of trust and collaboration by clearly defining the project vision and laying out each team member's role in that. This can be accomplished through a collaborative mapping process. Each team member will collaborate together with their coworkers to develop a clear record of what each team member is accountable for and when. This saves teams a lot of energy, time, and conflict by minimizing confusion up front. It makes it easier for managers, if necessary they can step in and coach.

Shaunte R. Turpin

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