synergistic collaboration

Beyond Teamwork: Embracing the Potential of Synergistic Collaboration

One of your key responsibilities as a business leader is teaching your team how to collaborate effectively.

Through synergistic collaboration, your team can accomplish so much more collectively than they ever could alone.

But you have to empower them and give them access to necessary resources to make this happen – otherwise, they’ll always turn to you.

Implementing synergistic collaboration isn’t necessarily easy – but it is rewarding. And it can help your business thrive.

What is synergistic collaboration?

Collaboration is when people work together to achieve a common outcome.

Synergy is when 2 or more people develop something better together than either individual could do on their own.

Synergistic collaboration is just what it sounds like – team members who work together, pooling their knowledge and expertise – in order to accomplish exponentially more than they could on their own.

In this kind of collaborative environment, your team is rewarded for asking questions, experimenting and working together to find the best solutions for business challenges.

When you invite your team to work together, you give them the opportunity to build on each other’s expertise – all for the good of your customer and the ultimate success of your business.

Synergistic collaboration is far superior to the old “top down hierarchy” model

Top down hierarchies are a traditional approach to leadership that concentrates all decision-making at the top of your organization – and leaves everyone else to follow orders.

Nobody else gets any input into important business decisions.

It’s not much fun for anyone – including you as the leader.

This leadership style is outdated and places unreasonable pressure at the top of your org chart.

When things run top down, everyone depends on YOU. Because you’re at the top of the hierarchy, you’re expected to make every major decision.

That means your business can’t function effectively without you.

In other words, it turns into Owner Overload –  it’s terrible for you, unfulfilling for your employees, and probably not great for your customers, either.

Top down control stifles creativity and can silence voices among your team.

If everyone is conditioned to follow your lead, they’re less likely to share their own ideas.

Engagement and motivation will be low.

Strong critical thinkers may leave for other opportunities.

And let’s face it: you’re not the only one with wisdom and business knowledge. Your team has a lot to offer, too.

Why not give your people a voice and some ownership in your business success?

Instead of the old school style of leadership, using a synergistic collaboration model creates an environment that is inclusive and creative, and that operates on a foundation of trust.

If you want your business to scale and grow, and ultimately build value so that you can exit at some point in the future, synergistic collaboration is a much more viable option.

Because it doesn’t revolve around you.

Today’s fast-paced business environment needs more than the rigid hierarchy associated with the old model.

It needs the creativity, engagement and innovation of synergistic collaboration.

Tips for fostering synergistic collaboration

You, as the business leader, have to set the tone for synergistic collaboration. Here are some key steps you can take:

Start with your vision

First, start with your vision – if everyone knows where the boat should go, they can all row in the same direction.

This is your greatest strength as a business leader: being able to articulate a clear and consistent vision for how you want the business to function, to grow, and to sustain itself over time.

You will have to share this vision multiple times in multiple ways. One time just won’t cut it.

Make sure everybody gets it – both where you’re going and how their role helps get you there.

Create structures that support synergistic collaboration

Don’t lead your team to think you have all the answers.

Hold workshops instead of meetings.

Pull them together on a regular basis to discuss thorny business issues and let them know you need their support.

Ask them to help you and to help each other.

Understand your team

Not everyone is motivated by the same things.

If you want your team to collaborate and thrive, take the time to understand what they need from their work, and help them understand the importance of their role.

Reward collaboration

When people work together to solve a problem, celebrate that.

Don’t make people feel that reaching out for help is weakness. Help them to see it as strength – both for themselves and for your business.

Praise your team members when they are good listeners, support others and build productive relationships.

Delegate decision-making

Let someone else on your team be responsible for making some major decisions.

That takes you off the hot seat and encourages another leader to put both their problem-solving and collaboration skills to good use for your business.

In fact, allowing your team members to take ownership and have autonomy over business decisions increases their engagement and spurs them to achieve more for your business over time. Just ask Dan Pink.

Plus – delegating some business decisions frees you up for higher-level business development and guiding your business’s overall evolution.

If you’d like to chat about how to implement synergistic collaboration in your business, I’d love to talk with you.

Schedule a complimentary strategy call with me today! You can do that here: book a call with Dawn.

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