Updated: Dec 13, 2019
I referenced Synergy on Day 57. Here is the Google definition again.
Synergy is the interaction or cooperation of two or more organizations, substances, or other agents to produce a combined effect greater than the sum of their separate effects.
This week's interview on the One Percent Better Project was with author/artist, Austin Kleon. At one point, Kleon addresses the concept of senius...a word not defined in the dictionary that refers to collaborative genius. Synergy.
Synergy is essential to a team. No matter what kind of team you are, the word team implies a group of people coming together.
This applies to any team. Athletic, leadership, sales, family, any group of two or more working together to achieve a common goal. A goal that cannot be accomplished on the same scale by any one individual.
A good team understands that synergy is crucial to success.
Weeks into my first job coaching college baseball, I stumbled across the word. I wrote it on a Post-it note accompanied by the definition and stuck it above my desk.
Nine years later, it is my hope that I relay that message clearly and consistently to the players I am privileged to coach.
Synergy is present on both micro and macro levels. If one person values him or herself individually greater than the team on any of the synergistic layers that exist, synergy is lost and the culture of the group will be negatively effected.
It is vital that each member understands how synergy works and commits to the collaborative effort it implies.
Interact. Cooperate. Collaborate. And achieve with your team more than you ever could by yourself.