Stephen Covey defines synergy as the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Synergy can be compared simply to a team that has the same objective. Let’s use a football team as an example of the whole being greater than the performance of individual players on the team. The football team in on the goal line and will attempt to run the ball into the end zone. If the linemen do not block strategically together then the result of a touchdown decreases drastically and the result of the play being a yardage loss increases drastically. The principle of synergy works the same way in management corresponding to proper delegation and job specification. Managers typically are great individual performers but without adequate employee support the whole organization becomes less efficient. A smooth operating machine will produce better results and for a longer period of time than one that is not.
An organization that works well together is practicing principles of creative cooperation. As a manager it is a requirement to be open minded and have a willingness to accept various ways of thinking. Being open minded will force you as a manager to take suggestions that differ from yours and construct them into the optimal means for the organization. The principle of synergy uses all the other habits previous to synergize and uses the sum of all their parts to complete the whole. Managers who adapt and utilize the real meaning of synergy will see the value that differences can contribute to the whole. A good manager doesn’t carry out the first idea that pops into their heads but more importantly seeks alternatives to expand on the original idea. The power of alternatives is endless and when used properly creative cooperation will fall right into place.
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