Tuesday, April 8, 2008

When Does 2 + 2 = 5 or 6 or 7 or More? - Synergy

2+2 = 5, this equation only takes place when there is synergy. Let me give you the definition of synergy. "The whole is greater than the sum of the individual parts. Here is an example of synergy. If you have Jane making widgets and alone she is able to make 25 widgets and you also have Bill. Bill is also able to make 25 widgets. Jane's production plus Bill's equals 50 widgets.

Now Let's say Jane and Bill decide to work together to produce their widgets. Now you have two people working together towards a common goal. What happens now is an exchange takes place. An exchange of ideas, ability, creativeness, brainstorming, communication, time, energy, excitement, passion, knowledge base.

Each individual brings a different set of variables to the table and they exchange all of the talent and ability the each possess and you know have synergy. Since they have decided to produce their widgets together the final output could be
70 widgets or 80 widgets or even 100 widgets.

The old equation is Jane plus Bill = 50 but since they have joined forces the new equation is Jane plus Bill = 70 or 80 or 100. Thus 2 + 2 = 5. So now you can see how the whole is greater than the sum of the individual parts. Jane and Bill together can produce far more than either could do alone because of a criss cross of information , communication and abilities.

When two or more people come together and they are working together for a common goal you now have a team and teamwork exists. Within a team each member is expected to complete a distinct function. Members have to be able to trust one another otherwise the team cannot exist and function correctly and operate efficiently and effectively. You won't have synergy without these variables. The dynamics of a team is quite interesting. Sometimes members take on roles based on their own individual talents and abilities. You should do the thing that you excel at and doing so will enable you to become energetic, passionate, excited and enthused about the goal. All it takes is for one person to catch on fire with enthusiasm and it will spread like a fire in a dry field. Conversely the opposite is true. One person on the team with a negative attitude is all it takes to destroy the chemistry and synergy that exists within the confines of a well defined team.

To Your Great Success

Mel Richardson

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