TOFR Workshop Presentation:
These are some examples of “synergy” applied to different areas of human interaction.

In the learning area, two young students are using the scientific process, together they can make nine conclusions after one experiment, each one could make only three conclusions by him/herself. They analyze the results together, they discuss about all the variables that influence the results of the experiment. The synergy or their work also let them identify the interactions of these variables, and understand the relation cause-effect in a much more complex way. (Campos, Antonieta. 2009)

In politics (http://www.experiencefestival.com/a/Synergy/id/1897199), if we have two politicians, and if each is able to gather one million votes on their own, but together they were able to appeal to 2.5 million voters, their synergy would have produced 500,000 votes.

About economics, we can see synergy working in the simplest ways. This is the case of two young adults working; each one is making the same salary; each one is paying for rent, cleaning supplies and food. They decide to live together and share the expenses. As a result, each one can save the 50% of the money used for rent and cleaning supplies; they also save in nutritional matters, because they can buy bigger (and cheaper) packs of everything, without wasting expired foods. (Campos, Antonieta. 2009)
In business is clear that a group of people can get objectives that could never get working by themselves. Together they can increase the sales and the quality of their services, they can specialize or bring more variability to their clients. Gabriel Picalla (http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Discusi%C3%B3n:Sinergia) brings us a simple example of this: in construction, one person would take two hours to transport certain amounts of blocks, but two persons could take less than one hour. Other way to see it would be that one salesman can make $2000 for one month of work, but two salesmen working together could make $6000.

In the sports field, is easy to realize that eleven good soccer players that are well coordinated can make more goals than eleven good soccer players that play without considering what their teammates are doing. But how to reach synergy in a big team is a matter of many considerations. How does the coach realize if his team has synergy?
According to experts (http://www.aximia.com/blog/?p=30), the first key is the understanding and comprehension of every member and the team as a whole. This means that the coach should be able to identify particular situations where a certain member is more productive than others, and when the team action is required. When you are developing a team, the knowledge of every member is useful as long as you have to improve their expertise’s base. The second key is shared responsibility that every member must have for the destiny of each other. You will have synergy when members admit their own responsibility and the other´s one, because the failure and/or mistakes are common and not a singular issue. The last criteria is the solidarity, because to reach synergy you have to avoid as much as you can finger pointing anyone, especially outside the house. You must you trust that you will have additional help and support whenever you need, and at the same time you must be ready to bring help whenever some member other ask for it.
The result of these three elements would be “a team working as a unit”, using all member´s virtues in harmony in order to achieve the same goals. The possibility to coordinate, to support, to get help, to trust and to get more satisfaction work as perfect system that reduces mistakes and facilitates success to the team.

Other examples regarding daily human activities could be:

One person sleeping alone needs two blankets to get warm, another person needs two blankets too, but if they sleep together they would need only one blanket to get the same warm temperature. (Inspired in Salomon´s example; “two are better than one”, Bible)

Person A alone is too short to reach an apple on a tree and person B is too short as well. Once person B sits on the shoulders of person A, they are more than tall enough to reach the apple. In this example, the product of their synergy would be one apple. (http://www.experiencefestival.com/a/Synergy/id/1897199)

We have varied a little bit the example that Roberto López (http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Discusi%C3%B3n:Sinergia) gave this example to their children. Allan produces one bowl in six hours (molding, drying and painting), Carlos takes eight hours to produce the same kind of bowl. Each one can make two bowls in one day. If they decide to work together, considering that Allan is faster molding and Carlos takes less time painting, then Allan could mold six bowls per day and Carlos could paint them and then they could produce six bowls daily instead of four.




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