the blog Synergy

Thursday, September 15, 2005

Let’s play Synergy: Ask me a question

Synergy happens when these things take place:
  • One person gets together with someone else
  • They begin to talk. They engage with full attention
  • They find they are both in an open-minded, imaginative mood
  • They begin to get even more energized by the prospect of creating something new or different
  • They are intrigued: They enjoy listening to the other person just as much as they enjoy sharing their own ideas with them
  • They are both eager learners

There’s a myriad of things they can be creating. And not just a ‘thing’ but also ideas, options, alternatives, and seeds of thought for later planting and harvesting. It just takes conversation to happen. Dialogue.

How can these two people stay in the flow of what begins to happen, and stimulate even more momentum? By asking each other questions, really good, sky’s the limit, no holds barred, thought-provoking questions. It’s an art, however it’s also a skill you can learn.

Read those bullet points above again. Do you know of people who have that effect on you? You should think about getting together with them more often. Synergy is very rewarding.

Engage in creative play whenever you can. It’s such an enjoyable way to come up with the best possible solutions to just about everything. There’s so much brainpower out there waiting for you to tap into.


  • At 5:28 PM, Blogger Steve Sherlock said…

    Rosa, hear, hear!

    If two get together and the questions and answers flow, and flow, who knows where the conversation will end up.

    And that is a good thing!

    Of people I have met with whom the conversation has flowed like that, they have generally ended up life long friends... and one of them became my wife...

    And that is a great thing!

  • At 6:31 PM, Blogger Troy Worman said…

    Excellent post!

    I love the way you describe the energy generated by the players.

    Thanks Rosa!

  • At 7:33 AM, Blogger Trevor Gay said…

    Thanks – great post Rosa

    Like Steve my best conversations are with Annie my life partner and the love of my life.

    Annie and I enjoy 'creative play' in our work. We run inter-active role playing workshops in healthcare here in the UK called 'Trust Me I'm a Patient'

    In the last six months we have run workshops for between 13 and 200 people - mainly healthcare managers and front line staff.

    It is amazing to watch people who are normally stuck behind a desk suddenly ‘wake up’ as they take on another identity in our role plays. My question is why the ‘creative child’ cannot come out in them while they are behind the desk. Has work become such a dull place to be that people are afraid to have ‘child like’ conversations?


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