Daryl Conner

January 24, 2012

Harness the Momentum of Synergy to Realize Change Goals

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I’ve just published the final post in my series on developing synergistic work teams, in which I have been describing a four-phase model that includes Interacting, Appreciative Understanding, and Integrating. Finally, we come to the Implement stage, where all the hard work of communicating, and appreciating and merging divergent views begins to pay off and we begin to reap the benefits of this process.

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January 17, 2012

How to Merge Diverse Viewpoints

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This post is the fifth in a series about ways to foster synergy during major transformational initiatives, using a four-phase model that includes Interacting, Appreciative Understanding, Integrating, and Implementing.

Effective communication and valuing others’ perspectives are important elements of fostering team synergy, but they’re not enough. Synergy is the result of communicating, valuing, and merging diverse viewpoints. As with the other two phases, accomplishing this integration is extremely difficult. There are four basic conditions necessary for integration to take place.

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January 10, 2012

Value and Utilize Diversity to Build Synergy

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In this series about fostering synergy, I’m sharing a sequence of activities that typically unfolds as synergistic relationships play out. It includes four phases: Interacting, Appreciative Understanding, Integrating, and Implementing. I will address appreciative understanding in this post.

Miscommunication among team members can be part of what contributes to poor results, but in many situations, a lack of communication skills is not the real problem. People involved in the classic interpersonal struggle often communicate very well with each other—so well, in fact, that they know exactly why they disagree with each other.

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