Many people think they can do it all by themselves. But even the most talented and passionate people benefit from having part-time assistance so they can focus on what they do best and which makes the most income and impact. Most successful people have learned to direct their individual energy toward certain goals. But to achieve the most impact and success, we need team synergy.
Synergy occurs when the energy of two or more people come together for a common cause or goal. The same dynamic occurs in both personal and professional relationships. A common cause or goal can bring people together, but when people have a different cause or goal, it could lead them in different directions. So it is important to make sure your team is on the same page and headed in the same direction.
A team that is able to work together both efficiently and effectively creates synergy – where the combined effort is greater than the sum total of individual efforts. Having the right or wrong people on your team can mean the difference between elevation and stagnation. How their individual energy interacts with the group as whole matters. But how do you find the right people to work with?
First, create a work environment that people want to work in. Understand why the people you need to hire must come into an environment where they truly see their value and worth. Determine if their energy, interests, and values are the right fit for the group. Are they “like-minded”? Next, discover how to create the systems you need to successfully add your new hires and learn how to train them for success so that they stay with you.
Creating synergy can sometimes be challenging. It is important not to have unnecessary meetings. There’s a fine line that separates a really useful meeting and a repetitive drag on your time and energy. When you get the feeling that people have to come together for a group discussion, by all means, make it happen. But when dealing with a project, meetings should be used for data sharing, brainstorming, and distribution of responsibilities.
Team synergy issues are caused by differences in priorities, interests, egos, habits, strengths, weaknesses, etc. People have different ways of doing things. Here’s where effective leadership comes in. Someone has to be able to organize these different factors in a way that is beneficial to the group or organization. Without effective leadership, the byproduct will be low or productivity or progress. In other words, stagnation.
Remember, teamwork makes the dream work!