There was a time in my life when my head just kept spinning and wouldn’t stop even for a second for me to find some kind of direction whatever I tried. So I went to see my friend Takuya who, having lived a fairly rough life, I thought might have some kind of answer for me.
We sat down over a beer and I told him I felt lost at sea without direction and did he, from his own experience have any advice to give?
“Feeling lost he said, is something that we all do at some point and I have always found that the only thing that works for me is to start studying” I can not promise that you will find the answer that you are looking for but if you study there is no doubt that you will at least find an answer, whatever that might be”
Sometimes the simplest answers are really the best and I try to remember this advice whenever I feel lost or without a sense of direction.
I am going to be honest here, the word synergy makes me a little queasy. Not because of its inherent meaning “making the sum of two parts greater than the whole” but because it gets thrown around like a piece of fashionable clothing. People simple say synergy and expect that everyone knows in an instance what it means and how it should be applied to a certain situation. In this way it is like “cloud” or “Big Data” in the sense that a lot of people never take the time to really think about it.
A team is always stronger than its individual pieces. We understand this because most of us have participated in some kind of team activity whether it be sports at school or just plain old work. 10 ordinary people working together can move a rock of 300 Kg whereas the strongest individual in the world might not be able to do it by himself. This is not something that really has to be explained, it is something that we all understand.
But in the hustle and bustle that is daily work life we often seem to forget some of these most basic things. Work gets broken down into tasks and filling out of templates and we lose sight of the bigger picture.
Words are only an expression of ideas which already live in the human mind and when we get too caught up in labeling and defining them we only take time away from the work at hand.
The answer is simply that, when two come together to make one, the total value will naturally be larger then if acting as individuals.
Therefore the attainable goal will also be larger.