Teamwork and Synergy

The buzzword “synergy” which was initially a snide term for companies, has returned to the table as companies look for ways to collaborate across departments in remote or hybrid settings for example. This time, it’s being employed as a term to denote a negative corporate attitude but to describe a deep collaborative process that’s still highly sought-after.

Synergy refers to the notion that a unit is greater than the sum of its parts. The positive synergy that arises from this enables teams to do more than they could do on their own. it also provides a platform for team members to be their true selves at work, with their own unique experiences, perspectives, talents, and communication styles.

Negative synergy, on the contrary, can sabotage teams and lead to poor quality deliverables, regardless of the individual competence of each person. This is usually due to conflicts and miscommunications that arise over roles, responsibilities, as well as schedules.

To avoid this kind of situation, it’s vital for teams to create an enduring foundation of trust and cooperation by clearly defining the project vision and laying out each team member’s role in the project. The most efficient way to accomplish this is by using an interactive role mapping process in which each team member works together with their peers to develop a clear record of who is responsible for what and when. This can reduce confusion and save time, energy and conflict for teams. It makes it easier for managers, when needed they can step in and coach.

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