Synergy in Learning
I honestly find the possibility of greater learning to be the most exciting and enticing concept inherent in the notion of Team Synergy. It is true that everyone on a team is expected to fully participate, and when that happens anything petty (e.g. concerns with fair contributions, the willingness to accept ownership unless everyone else does) is wonderfully absent.
However in my experience, there is also an underlying, yet ever-present requirement in every team for humility. At first glance this seems to be a rule of civilized engagement, but consider this: when you understand it as humility, your graciousness serves as the key for your own greater learning. What team synergy does for you is evolve your learning so that it is dynamic and not stagnant, for in a good team, you have a safe environment in which to offer your ideas in raw form so they may be built to their true potential. You offer them up for the creation of that Third Alternative, in effect saying, “I don’t know everything I want to know about this.”
Consider these wonderful quotes:
- Alvin Toffler
It is impossible to begin to learn that which one thinks one already knows.
- Epictetus (c.55 - c.135)