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Sunday, April 09, 2006

Are There Gender Differences with Synergy?

Steve has voiced a question we have been wondering about within our Team Synergy conversations for quite some time now, “Where are the women?

We haven’t been totally bereft of their presence here on blog Synergy, however the ratio of men to women in our comment conversations have been pretty dramatically skewed toward the male persuasion, and we have to wonder why.

Is there some reason we are not aware of? Is there some way in which we have been less than welcoming? If so, as the sole female blogger on Team Synergy currently I am pretty embarrassed by it, but my curiosity about why, and my desire to embrace more women here trump my embarrassment— by leaps and bounds.

The gender discussion on collaboration habits is not something I understand and can relate to by merit of my own experience. Interest on content and subject matter, certainly. Personality and like-mindedness, sure. But gender? I have to say I don’t buy it.

Let’s look at what synergy requires from those who choose to engage in the effort; this is by no means a comprehensive list, just a quick brainstorm...
  • Cooperation
  • Involvement
  • Collaboration
  • Teamwork
  • Mutual Effort
  • Patience
  • Partnership
  • Networking
  • Engagement
  • Harmony
  • Participation
  • Curiosity
  • Corroboration
  • Community
  • Inclusiveness
  • Togetherness
  • Open-mindedness
  • Creativity
  • Humility
  • Connection
  • Positivity
  • Optimism
  • Enthusiasm
  • Hope

Not one of these attitudes and communication traits are restricted to men, or to women. However when we have the blending of the two? Richness in an as-it-should-be complexity, and a harmony of valuing any differences which may exist.

As far as I can see, it is in our differences that we blend together so well.

Ladies, we have missed you here, and I am thrilled you are adding your voices now.

Team Synergy, I am so pleased and honored to be associated with gentlemen of the highest character and aloha.

Related posts:
Where are the women interested in the “Power of We?”
Our beginning: Synergy Defined.

The Power of We
1. to build a knowledge base of the power of synergy
2. to build a global network of unique individuals united by a common belief in the value of synergy
3. to connect the unconnected
4. to build a global team of collaborators
5. to be a clearinghouse for viral ideas

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