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Four Steps to Creating Synergistic Relationships

b2ap3_thumbnail_MP900433057They say synergy is a powerful thing.  I guess that must be because when it occurs the total effect is greater than the sum of the individual parts.  In other words five people working together in a synergistic way will create greater impact/results than what they could do in total as individuals.  Synergy, therefore, seems to be very desirable in any circumstance.

Take the U. S. Congress as an example.  Synergy has not existed in that body of politicians for decades and they have gotten very little done as a result.  In their case, the whole effect is much less of a return on their individual salaries.  The members of congress need to follow the same four steps to creating synergistic relationships as the world in general.

The first step in building synergy is recognizing the potential in the thinking of all parties in the project.  If given the respect one human being deserves from another, people can drop their defenses and use their individual creativity for the benefit of all.  In short, the common good has a chance at becoming an even greater good.

Secondly, communication on equal terms with everyone involved in the project dispels doubt and confusion.  Human energy to solve challenges is at a minimum when doubt and confusion reign.  People need to feel included.

The third step in creating synergy is resisting the temptation to quickly judge the value of an individual’s ideas.  There is plenty of time to analyze ideas and determine their true potential for solving a particular problem.  Let ideas flow without judgment until the flow ebbs as the creative thinking ebbs.  Doing so allows people to contribute more because they don’t feel there is embarrassing risk in sharing their thoughts.  Also, resisting premature judgment of ideas creates “out of the box” thinking which may lead to otherwise unknown solutions.

Finally, maintaining synergy requires consistent, detailed and appropriate positive individual feedback to all involved.  People need to know how they are doing and that they are seen as making a contribution to the common good.

Practice the above four steps and the bottom-line results in your organization will be far greater than what your people could achieve individually.

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