The Synergy of Teams

The Synergy of Teams

Have you ever noticed that the very best ideas and innovation tend to come from efforts that include more than just you? You may have also noticed that it’s painful at times to truly collaborate with others. In this episode, David and Justin discuss the “Synergy of Teams” and dive into the complex topic of collaboration as viewed through a Biblical lens.

Notes from the episode:

  • Collaboration is a preferred method of organizational behavior because innovation happens when silos get together, not just within silos of activity. In addition, we’re often creating “solutions” vs. mere “products” in today’s economy; these solutions require different talents and perspectives coming together.
  • Collaboration is NOT consensus!
  • Organizations need to be at least as “variable and dynamic” as the environment they operate in. Consider the differences between an oil industry corporation and a digital startup. Which one needs to be more nimble? Collaborative teams allow your organization to be more adaptable.
  • College team projects set false expectations about what collaboration truly means. But they are also a precursor of things to come in the business world. 🙂
  • Peter Gloor wrote a wonderful book called “Swarm Creativity” where he introduces the term COIN (Collaborative Innovation Network). COINs are being used to allow organizations to more easily adapt to their environment and collaboration and shared purpose are at the heart of it.
  • An “ethic of contribution” is not only emerging, but is necessary in an economy based on knowledge work. It looks beyond the individual to the “whole”. See 1 Corinthians 12 where “all spiritual gifts are given for the common good as the Biblical grounding. The work by Goleman on social intelligence is helpful to understand the importance of this ethic – he also presents skills and a test around collaboration. And Mirror Neurons!
  • An ethic of contribution is important now because knowledge work is different than other types of work…it builds on itself and requires different perspectives and skill sets to truly be creative. “If you and I swap a dollar, you and I still have a dollar, if you and I swap an idea, you and I have two ideas each.”
  • Not everyone’s personality jives perfectly with a collaborative mindset. What if you’re one of them? Find a buddy! Do a 360 review with your colleagues!
  • Factors that pull us away/toward collaboration are things like cultural norms, guidelines, and leadership that reduces anxiety. The perfect model for organizational checks and balances to create a collaborative environment is Star Trek!
  • Design Thinking is a popular business trend. The mysterious “creative process” once reserved for product designers and advertising creatives has made it’s way into enterprise at a larger scale? At it’s core, it’s a problem solving methodology that values research, collaboration, and many POVs at the table.
  • Ask yourself these questions: When have you seen collaboration work effectively? What lead up to the success? When has the “silo effect” hindered the productivity/growth of your organization? When have outside/different POVs helped your organization’s success?

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