Have you ever heard the saying, “you’re only as strong as your weakest link?” A chain is no stronger than its weakest link, and life is after all a chain. The weakest link in a chain is the strongest because it has the power to break the entire chain. The English word “synergy” is actually classical in origin. It is derived from the Greek roots “sun,” meaning “together,” and “ergon,” meaning “work.” The word was then passed tot he Romans who used it to mean “cooperation.” In the mid-1800s is when the word was then passed to the English vocabulary (CMOE, 2019). Forming synergy within an organization can be a very tough thing to do, but with the right team members and brain power, it can definitely be accomplished. In the corporate world, lack of synergy can be a very common problem. Mainly because you have so many people, with so many different opinions and preferences of the way they do things, that instead of channeling all of those diverse ideas into accomplishing one common goal, issues arise of people thinking that their way is the only way to do it, and whatever they say goes. One bad apple can unfortunately spoil the whole bunch.
The most important part of developing synergy is ensuring that everyone is on the same page and is willing to cooperate properly and together. Everyone on the team needs to know what the objective is, but at the same time everyone’s objective needs to be the exact same. Because after all, you’re end goal should be benefiting the group as a whole. Different team members will be better at filling different functions, depending on what their strength and weaknesses are. Although you may not be strong in certain aspects, someone else can fill in the “gaps” and vice versa for those that may not have the same strengths as you do. Goals need to be clearly defined for every person to have a full understanding of what success looks like and how they all can work together to achieve the goal. “In other words, a team where everyone is showing for different hoops is a team that won’t be winning any games” (CMOE, 2019). Communication is by far one of the most important character traits a person can have. Communication is the foundation in which any relationships, both personal and professional are built upon. “Once everyone knows where the hoop is, the team needs to communicate so each player knows what his or her teammates need from them” (CMOE, 2019). Communication inevitably happens, regardless of the situation. Whether you are speaking or not, there is both verbal and non-verbal communication and everything we are doing is translated to others in the form of communication. CMOE describes empowerment as “the extent to which someone provides encouragement, tools, and authority to others, enabling them to use their power, talents, and skills effectively.” “Going back to the sports analogy, a good coach trains his or her team well and then instills in each player the belief that they are fully capable of completing the task at hand. Then, the coach steps back and lets them play. Likewise, good teammates don’t try to hog the ball or spotlight. They know that the success of the team is more important than the success of any individual player, so they help each other out, and they trust their teammates to do the same” (CMOE, 2019). Finally, one of the last things needed to accomplish synergy is commitment. Working with a team, means just that. As the old saying goes “there’s no I in team.” Everything you are doing is meant to be for the good of the entire team, including yourself, but much more than just benefiting you. Overall success of a team is based on dedication and confidence that their team is working together, hand-in-hand, and not allowing anyone to fall behind. “Just like that high school soccer team, your team has members joining and leaving all the time. Different temperaments, abilities, and interests creating conflict and contention within the team, which can confuse goals and obscure communication. Building team synergy isn’t easy, but you’re committed to the team, others will soon follow suit (CMOE, 2019).
One of the most important things to me, in not only my workplace but also my group of friends, families, and those around me, is creating a welcoming and positive environment. “Like human relationships, synergy is a constant process and must be properly managers. It’s not a destination that you arrive to and just halt, it’s a never ending journey that you and your team as the crew of a ship, embark upon together and must constantly row and work to reach the destination (Stepping Stone, 2014).