Synergy in business is becoming more and more important. Due to the ever changing workforce, working together is necessary. The days of the “good ole’ boys” network are gone. You now have people from all walks of life and backgrounds working together for a common goal.
“Synergy is a cooperative or combined action, and occurs when diverse or disparate individuals or groups collaborate for a common cause. The objective is to increase effectiveness by sharing perceptions and experiences, insights, and knowledge.” (2011, Moran, Harris, & Moran, p. 233) This is now what a typical business model looks like. It used to be that you would have a group of supervisors or managers who had all started with a company and worked their way up. Now you are seeing people with all different backgrounds and experiences being brought in because of synergy. Companies are looking for people with different backgrounds when they hire due to the different ideas they are able to bring to the table.
The office I work in now is a prime example. There are six supervisors, where all but for one of us came from other companies. We are represented by the Navy, UPS, third party offshore broker, R & L Trucking, school teacher, and a driver in our company who wanted a challenge by moving into management. There were challenges at the start due to the differing backgrounds and ages. Everyone thought they knew the right way to solve the problems and often it contradicted another perspective of the group.
Through working together and hearing different ideas and philosophies on why to try something a certain way, we have made gains. When we all were brought together, we had one of the lowest scorecards in the region. After being together and learning how the dynamic worked between us, we have risen up to the top third of the region. Considering less than two years ago the entire management team except for two was let go, this is a big accomplishment.
Synergy has worked well within our group. We have learned to talk about our prior experiences and see how they would work in problems we are encountering now. Synergy is forcing business to change. It is no longer about what you are doing in the company or seeing how you can upstage a co-worker. Now it is about working together and using your combined backgrounds to come up with a plan to lead to even greater success.
Moran, R. T., Harris, P. R., Moran, S.V. (2011) Managing Cultural Differences Leadership Skills and Strategies for Working in a Global World. Oxford: Routledge