Teamwork and Synergy

As companies look for ways to collaborate across departments -in remote or hybrid environments, for instance — the buzzword «synergy» has returned to the conversation. This time, it’s being employed as a term to denote a negative corporate attitude but rather to describe a deep collaborative process that’s still highly sought-after.

Synergy is built on the idea that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. The positive synergy that arises from this is what allows teams to accomplish more than they could on their own, and it also provides a platform for team members to be their best themselves at work, with their unique experiences in life views, perspectives, talents and communication styles.

On the other contrary, negative synergy can affect teams and cause them to produce subpar deliverables despite each person’s particular strengths. This is typically due to miscommunications or disagreements about roles, responsibilities, 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 the roles of each team member in that. The most efficient way to accomplish this is to use an interactive role mapping process in which each team member works with their counterparts to create clear documentation of who is responsible for what and when. This can save teams a lot of time, energy, and tension by reducing confusion up front. It makes it easier for managers, if needed for them to be able to step in and coach.

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