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Thursday, August 31, 2006

More Synergy Stuff; Stewing and Sharing

Troy asked, “What is the stuff of synergy,” and I’ve been thinking about how tangential it can become, where you end up with a much more complex stew of thought and action than you initially had imagined would happen.

This blog is one great example. At times it may seem ominously quiet here to the outsider’s view, almost abandoned. However the truth is that blog Synergy serves as a catalyst for those of us who contribute to it. We try to initiate synergy here —such as our recent foray into Blogtipping with Business Blog Wire and Company— and in doing so it takes us on another related, synergy-tipped journey with a dozen or so other blog communities… I didn’t count them up exactly, but we host or contribute to at least that number of web sites between us.

So actually, blog Synergy has become more of a Team Synergy, Power of We spark plug for us: We return to it when we need another charge, another fix, another synergy catalyst tipping off point.

Therefore, we have grown to understand, in our deep admiration for each other here, that synergy requires a great deal of respect. Respect for each other, and for the tangents we spin off elsewhere because our lives are so complex in their interweavings with other communities. I guess you could say we share each other well, with a strong trust that the connection we have already established will always continue and be nourished.

Still, the fire which keeps our stew warm and bubbling cannot go out, and we all eventually return to stir the pot. Visit the archives if you’d like to remember these synergy-tipping examples —or to read of them for the first time:

We’ll be starting another round soon.

Over the past few weeks I keep reading this part of Troy’s post, and getting back my own spark:

This is the stuff of synergy: engagement, enthusiasm, and energy. All must be personally engaged in the process. All must express enthusiasm for others input. All must ensure a continuous flow of energy to sustain the iterative cycling of thoughts. Engagement and enthusiasm and energy beget spontaneity, a spark, the spontaneous combustion of synergy.
Thank you Troy. And thank you to all of you for continuing to read blog Synergy.

Sunday, August 06, 2006

What is the stuff of synergy?

What is the stuff of synergy?

Synergy is defined as a cooperative interaction among groups or individuals, two or more agents or forces, so that their combined effect is greater than the sum of their individual effects, so that they create a whole which is greater than its parts.

But how exactly does this happen?

Cultures that value teamwork can be manufactured:
  • + Leaders cn communicate a clear expectation that teamwork and collaboration are expected.
  • + Leaders can model teamwork in their interaction with each other and the rest of the organization.
  • + Organization members can talk about and identify the value of a teamwork culture.
  • + Teamwork can be rewarded and recognized.
  • + People can discuss important company stories and folklore that emphasize teamwork.

Leaders can...

  • + Form teams to solve real work issues.
  • + Hold department meetings to reviews projects and progress.
  • + Build fun and shared occasions into the organization’s agenda.
  • + Use ice breakers and teamwork exercises at meetings.
  • + Celebrate team successes publicly.

But all these things do not necessarily result in synergy. These things are merely motions, like the slow turning of cogs. Synergy is the stuff of something else.

Synergy is not something to be constructed in a manufactured environment. Synergy is a reaction ignited by something more. It is not the product of conference rooms or sterile laboratories. Rather, it is the stuff of garages and coffee houses, places where individuality and diversity of thought flourish, places of inhibition and freedom of expression, places of engagement and enthusiasm and energy, places of spontaneity.

This is the stuff of synergy: engagement, enthusiasm, and energy. All must be personally engaged in the process. All must express enthusiasm for others input. All must ensure a continuous flow of energy to sustain the iterative cycling of thoughts. Engagement and enthusiasm and energy beget spontaneity, a spark, the spontaneous combustion of synergy.

This is the stuff of synergy. I think.

What do you think? What are the vital incredients of synergy?

Thursday, August 03, 2006

Booming my way along

Linda Tischler of the Fast Company blog captured my attention with her post yesterday on Jeff Taylor’s new brainchild,

“Taylor, you may remember, founded the super-successful job site Now he's back with a new idea:, a sort of MySpace for the over 50 crowd.

Taylor, who at 45 is too young to qualify for his own site, says he was attracted to this market because of its size and financial heft. “Every day, 10,000 people turn 50,” he says. There are lots of these folks: some 77 million of them. And they have fat wallets. In 2001, they controlled 67% of the country's wealth, or $28 trillion.

But they've been underserved by Madison Avenue, which prefers its target audience young and foxy, even if impecunious.”

Linda’s first commenter, a 40-something, wasn’t that impressed, but I think it’s pretty brilliant.

There are so many new business possibilities when it comes to serving us Boomers (yep, I’m one, and perfectly good with that!) We are a generation of new wants, and very little tolerance in understanding why they can’t be fulfilled in our brave new global marketplace.

All of this is coming to mind for me with Phil’s earlier posting this month about goals, and how extraordinary new and different goal-setting has become in this day and age we live in.

I’ll be watching the goings-on at for sure. Why think of the possibilities all by my lonesome when I have a whole slew of other boomers giving me some great cues?

And no matter what age you are, I would think it’s a great idea to be watching Jeff Taylor.

My earlier commentary on Phil’s post was this one:
Goals, Renegotiated Agreements, and Ho‘omau

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

BlogTipping in Synergistic Harmony

We of Team Synergy, are deliriously happy to jump up on Easton Ellsworth’s BlogTipping bandwagon with our TeamTipping!

First, just in case you arent familiar with it yet...

From Easton’s guidelines on Business BlogWire, the home of BlogTipping:

Remember the Bronze Blogtipping Rule: On the first day of the month, pick three blogs and offer their bloggers three compliments and one suggestion each via a post on your blog.

And the Silver Blogtipping Rule: Blogtipping is about making someone else’s day and educating others about excellent blogging practices in the process.

And finally, the Golden Blogtipping Rule: Tip unto others as you would have others tip unto you.

Here we go!

Steve Sherlock starts us off: “I’d like to tip…Seth Godin.”

1. Kudos to you, for always provoking thought
2. Kudos to you, for asking the question that has not been asked
3. Kudos to you for creative use of your archives

Tip: While I understand your position on not allowing comments, I wish you would reconsider. I think that the community of commentors would have an opportunity to be more fully engaged in the discussion of your ideas.

Next, from Trevor Gay: “I’d like to tip…Starbucker at Ramblings From a Glass Half Full.”

1. I have got to know Terry in the last few months through Blogging and I always like to meet up with like minded half-glass full people. This is the first time I have ‘Blog tipped’ anyone and Starbucker is fully worth my first nomination!
2. Terry is always encouraging, supportive and constructive in his comments about my own Blog and I like his pragmatic view of life and work.
3. His Blogging mixes realism with ideals and I also appreciate his ‘tongue in cheek’ humour. Terry shares my passion for Basil Fawlty and that has to be good enough on its own to get my nomination.

Tip: The only tip I have is to have a few more pictures Terry but that is a minor point.

Next, from Phil Gerbyshak: “I’d like to tip…Greg Balanko-Dickson.”

1. Awesome wealth of content here. More than I could ever read (but I'll keep trying).
2. 2 different blogs for the price of 1: Business and Leadership. Both are very well done.
3. Greg has a wealth of podcasts for your listening pleasure.

Tip: The banner could have clickable links, or somewhere below the banner could be clickable text links to the things mentioned on the banner. These are thigns I'm definitely interested in, but I'm not sure how to get to these topics. All in all, a GREAT blog!

Next, from Troy Worman: “I’d like to tip…Steve Portigal. - Hats off!”

1. Steve's blog, 'All This Chittah Chattah' is edgy and thought provoking without being obscene or offensive.
2. Also, Steve knows how to write. If you find a sentence fragment in one of his posts, it is because he wanted a sentence fragment precisely there.
3. Finally, Steve's site design is elegant in its simplicity. That is, it's clean. It's easy on the eyes. It works.

Tip: Write something about The Singularity and bring back FreshMeat!

And finally, from me, Rosa Say: “In this, our first Team Synergy BlogTipping, I would like to tip the 'alii (king) of BlogTipping himself, Mr. Easton Ellsworth. We gladly tip Business Blogwire.”

1. There are a lot of memes adding clutter to the blogosphere, but with BlogTipping, Easton has come up with one that is a celebration of our generosity and capacity; we ourselves get better as we practice giving.
2. The man is bold and brave! With post titles like, Are The Most Popular CEO and Corporate Blogs Really Any Good? Easton gets to the point, however he backs his statements up with diligent homework.
3. Easton seems to thrive on being a resource by nature, as with his recent compilation for coComment: What 22 Bloggers Are Saying about the New coComment.

Tip: Admittedly I have a bias against blog ads, however that said, I still feel the ads on Business Blogwire are way too overpowering and need to be toned down. Gotta be honest Easton, if not for your tremendous idea (and your comment personality shining like a bright beacon through-out blogsville) pulling me in, I'd normally not stay after seeing your blog design for the first time.

Congratulations to our first Tippees! Keep writing, for you create synergy of thought every time you do.

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From Tom Asacker writing at A Clear Eye

Knowledge is one sided. Wisdom works reciprocally. Knowledge is about getting the deal done. Wisdom understands that the purpose of each interaction is to grow the strength of the relationship. I meet a lot of very knowledgeable people in my business travels, but very few wise ones. Most people feel that they have to do all of the talking to prove their value, and to show how smart and dynamic they are. In fact, the key to building enduring relationships is to forget about you, be attentively silent and help the other person feel appreciated and valued.

Read the full posting here.

I will be quiet and wait for you to finish.

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