The Secret of Synergy
2 + 2 = 5
The Secret of Synergy
Synergy is the process by which a result is achieved that is greater than the sum of its different parts. Yes, given synergistic conditions 2 plus 2 can actually equal 5. Is this a serious proposition or just poetic language?
Synergy is the only miracle never debunked. Synergy has been a working miracle from the time the universe was being formed. Creation depended then on synergy and creativity continues to depend on this priceless catalyst.
Synergy is the explanation of Adam Smith’s Invisible Hand by which the entrepreneurial efforts of an enterprising team can yield indirect economic benefits to society.
How then does the magic of synergy work?
Synergy is present when people of differing talent and ability, and sense of responsibility to contribute, team up to accomplish a desired achievement.
The opposite is also true. Where people pretend equality and are concerned with their rights not their responsibilities, neither a team nor synergy can exist.
The clever `learning laboratory' we know as the Toastmasters Club is a good example of an environment conducive to synergy. How easy do you think it would be learning speech-craft designed to raise laughs, induce fear, bring tears or inspire your audience if you had to do it by correspondence course?
That's why workshops are such an effective learning technique. The interface with and participation of people, draws out the response and effort, motivates, sets examples, provides competitive spirit, inspires, makes you twice the person you were. 1=2.
But synergy, and therefore the whole production or learning process, can work best in a harmonious atmosphere where people treasure their shared goals above personal agenda. A climate where the inequality of talent and the uniqueness of everyone are accepted. Where standards are seen as inviolate and allowing soft evaluations or excusing poor performance on spurious grounds of `fairness' or politics, are abhorred.
Without interface and competition with your fellows you would gain nothing as a person and have no incentive, no standard by which to measure your performance and no mirror in which to reflect your progress.
Do you want this magic arithmetic to work for growth of your business, your membership numbers? Do you want increased standards of performance and quality?
Try synergy! But remember the proviso - the team must recognise the truth of unequal ability, members must be prepared to take responsibility and they must be willing to make a contribution.Gavin G. Barnett
author of The Visible Hand