Saturday 9 June 2018

The Importance of Synergy and Team Work

The Importance of Synergy and Team Work

In the world, the present age is referred to as the age of Synergy. Synergy is the creation of a whole that is greater than the simple sum of its parts. The term synergy comes from the Attic Greek word synergia from synergos, meaning "working together". 
Some Bible Verses That Paint This Picture About Working Together Are:
1 Corinthians 3:9 - For we are labourers together with God: ye are God's husbandry, [ye are] God's building.
• 1 Peter 4:10 • "As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God."
Others: Ecclesiastes 4:9 – 12; Proverbs 27:17; Hebrews 10:24 - 25 ;Matthew 18:20 ;Psalms 133: 1 Corinthians 12:12 - 27
When individuals work together, they can double their strength and get much more done as a team. They also reap the value of having worked in unison, thus creating harmony instead of disorder. Working as one people begins with the efforts of each person, as they work with another person.
A team has checks and balances, one person watches the other one's back. They help them if they falter or lose sight of the goal. And in team work, the goal is more important than the role.
Each person has something unique and special to offer as a human being, so we must recognize the many gifts that have been created through God's love, together a team has many options and great things to share with one another.
1. Synergy - the bonus that is achieved when things work together harmoniously.
2. Synergy: The combined effect of individuals in collaboration that exceeds the sum of their individual effects.
3. Synergy is better than my way or your way. It's our way.
4. The essence of synergy is to value differences-to respect them, to build on strengths, to compensate for weaknesses
5. Synergy is everywhere in nature. If you plant two plants close together, the roots commingle and improve the quality of the soil so that both plants will grow better than if they were separated. If you put two pieces of wood together, they will hold much more than the total weight held by each separately. The whole is greater than the sum of its parts. One plus one equals three or more.
6. Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.
7. Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.
8. Ineffective people live day after day with unused potential. They experience synergy only in small, peripheral ways in their lives. But creative experiences can be produced regularly, consistently, almost daily in people's lives. It requires enormous personal security and openness and a spirit of adventure.
9. Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships.
10. Synergy is the highest activity of life; it creates new untapped alternatives; it values and exploits the mental, emotional, and psychological differences between people.
11. We are born for synergy, just like the feet, just like the hands, just like the eyes, just like the rows of upper and lower teeth. Working against each other is unnatural, and being annoyed and turning one's back is counterproductive.
12. None of us is as smart as all of us." --Ken Blanchard
13. If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself.
14. Many ideas grow better when transplanted into another mind than the one where they sprang up.
15. No one can whistle a symphony. It takes a whole orchestra to play it.
16. The main ingredient of stardom is the rest of the team.
17. No one of us could be as good as all of us playing unselfishly.
18. When spider webs unite, they can tie up a lion.
19. A single arrow is easily broken, but not ten in a bundle.
10 pitfalls that Militate against Effective Synergy and Team Work.
1. Unclear Clear Purpose & Goals - Not knowing what to accomplish and why it is important is a major reason for lack of performance. Without clear purpose and goals, the team will falter.
2. Accountability Deficiency - The very definition of a team is one where mutual accountability for outcomes is a given. Effective teams hold themselves and each other accountable for commitments made and results.
3. Ineffective Individual Leadership - Applying leader behaviors that do not meet the developmental level of the team impacts both productivity and morale. Every team member needs to be a leader of themselves first, and as the team develops leadership needs to be shared.
4. Deficiency Of Trust Among Team Members - Teams are trust- based systems. The lack of trust leads to poor communication and withholding of information, which is a barrier to relationships and innovation.
5. Inability To Deal With Conflict - Not dealing with conflict will cause productivity and morale to come to a standstill or worse. Rather than being seen as differences, it can become a struggle for control. If dealt with correctly can be the source of innovation and deepened relationships.
6. Ineffective Problem-Solving Skills - The strength of the team lies in its ability to creatively and effectively deal with challenges. Without this skill set (which thrives on different perspectives), it will not reach high performance.
7. Defocus On Creativity & Excellence - Creativity and excellence cannot be taken for granted but ideally written right into the values and norms of the team. Continual improvement is applauded and honored. Team members should be allowed to take calculated risks. If mistakes occur, they are treated as learning opportunities.
8. Planlessness: Must have specific team action plans and deadlines that are possible to reach, even if they have to stretch.
9. Absence of collaboration: ways to put diverse individuals together to find new solutions to old problems.
10. Preoccupation with self-will above corporate objective.
The modern concept of synergy was proposed by chemists. They discovered that every time they separated atoms or molecules from a complex compound, the behavior of the separate parts could never explain the behavior of all of them interconnected. For example, the chemical behaviors of isolated hydrogen (H2) and isolated oxygen (O2) do not offer any kind of information about the chemical behavior of water (H2O). Chemist called this principles synergy, a form of collective transmutation that allowed for endless research and innovation in chemistry.
By the same token, in modern organizational theory, synergy means much more than “working together.” Synergy is actually a systemic principle that explains how a team's collective performance is unpredictable based solely on its member’s individual performances. Therefore, a team’s collective performance can be either better or worse than the sum of its members’ individual performances. This introduces a level of risk that is widely overlooked by most authors and that holds the key to understanding organizational success versus organizational failure. This is why we must talk about positive synergy versus negative synergy and how to pursue the former while avoiding the latter.

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