Teamwork and Synergy

As companies search for ways to collaborate across departments — in hybrid or remote environments, for instance- the buzzword “synergy” has returned to the conversation. This time, it’s not being used as a pejorative for corporate work but to describe a deep collaboration that’s highly sought after.

Synergy is based on the idea that the total is greater than the sum of its parts. The positive synergy of teams allows them to accomplish more than they would be able to on their own. It also gives team members a chance to be themselves with their unique views, talents and communication styles.

Negative synergy on other hand can drag down teams and lead to lower quality outputs irrespective of the individual competence of each person. This is usually due to conflicts and miscommunications that occur over roles, responsibilities and schedules.

To avoid these issues, it’s crucial for teams to create solid foundations of trust and collaboration by clearly defining the vision of the project and defining every team member’s part in that. The most effective way to accomplish this is by using a collaborative role mapping process, where each team member works with their colleagues to establish clear records of who’s accountable for what and when. This can save teams a lot of time, energy, and conflicts by reducing confusion from the beginning. It also makes it easier for managers to take over and coach, if needed.

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