January 1, 2008 at 12:21 pm 6 comments


What is synergy? How do we achieve it?

Synergy is derived from the Greek word, syn, meaning together, and energy. Synergy is the special energy which is created when people work together effectively on a project or problem. This energy is usually stronger and more powerful than the energy created by individuals working alone. The secret to synergy is how people work together. The model below illustrates how teams develop synergy:


In my previous training course we did a group activity with the objective that we reach team synergy in the end. We followed this book called the Black Bear. It goes by a scenario that starts something like this:

We’re a group of hikers on the Appalachian Trail in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, when our Scout Leader gets attacked by a bear. He is bleeding steadily from deep laceratations on his chest,arms,and back from the bears claws, but does not appear to have broken bones.

The trip had turned into a disaster. Some of us are concerned that the Scout Leader is going into shock. All of us fear that he won’t survive unless he reaches proper medical help in within the next  hours. There is also a fog coming.

So what to do?

We have to look at the strategy alternatives and see what should be the best way to go about the situation but first we need to look at the strategies as per:

  1. Individual Choice
  2. Team Choice

So as individuals we have to work out the best way to get us back to safety and have medical help for our Scout Leader, we were given several choices. Once we established it based on our opinion alone, we work it out as a team and come up with one final solution. We were given a time limit as well to complete this exercise.

Once we’ve done that we need to check our score and see if we used team synergy to come up with the correct solution. The lower the score the better. In my case my individual score was less than the team score(2/6 including me got that result), it should be the opposite. This means that only two of us came up with the most logical decision. But being the introverts in the group we kept quiet most of the time and didn’t voice out our opinions like we should have. So we learned that in order to make decisions under pressure as a team we have to:


It is difficult to practice all the team member actions in the model, even under the best circumstances. Decision-making under pressure makes practicing these behaviours even more challenging. But in high-pressure situations, use of good decision-making techniques become crucial. With practice, I believe these seven actions can help us improve  our team’s ability to make effective decisions, regardless of stress and pressure:)


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6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Blue Dress  |  January 1, 2008 at 1:12 pm

    I wish everyone would start working on that.
    I love that word, nice post 🙂

    Oh and happy new year woman!

  • 2. intlxpatr  |  January 1, 2008 at 4:28 pm

    I had a similar simulation, and I ended up killing a man for a mistake I made. I was wrong, and I skillfully convinced others of my point. I’ve never forgotten it. These trainings can make a lasting impression.

  • 3. lunapacis  |  January 2, 2008 at 7:28 am

    Blue Dress: Hehehe….I wish too:) Thank you Belated New Year to you, I wish you nothing but the best for 2008!!

    Intlxpatr: Yes they do, in my job we dont really deal with people and risking their lives, we deal with money and that can be just as bad if we we’rent careful on how we go about things, our job is on the line.

  • 4. Chimerical  |  January 2, 2008 at 4:43 pm

    I love what you wrote. Recently I had to deal with a very difficult person at work, who likes to do everything that’s on her mind. She makes us think that what she wants is the right thing and doesn’t give a chance for others to express their ideas- if they do, she very sharply kills the idea and makes it look stupid. Any ideas on how to deal with people like that, coz I’m gonna have to deal with her for quite a while!!

    Speaking of energy, are you into Pranic Healing? If so, there’s going to be an Entry Level course on how to heal yourself and others by using Energy on January 25th and 26th…if you are interested let me know, I will give u the details!

  • 5. lunapacis  |  January 11, 2008 at 3:18 pm

    Dear Chimerical,

    I think the best way to deal with this person is first to share whatever information(with justification of course) with her clearly. Be concise. Have your team and yourself do this. Listening to serveral sources counteracts any particular bisases one individual source may have:) Also, ask her not to be so one-sided with her thinking, look for new ways to view situations and solve problems, in your case she isnt easily convinced by your ideas, so try to discuss these alternativses by making scenarios and thus bring about the solutions.
    Hope this helps:)

  • 6. Chimerical  |  January 12, 2008 at 5:24 am

    Thanks for the advice 🙂 I’ll try it and hope it works…


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