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Synergists and Collaboration
How do we bring people together in a divided world?
In this backstage interview from Leadercast Women 2019, Francesca Gino, a researcher and professor for Harvard Business School, explains what leaders stand to learn from synergists and how they collaborate.
“[Synergists] add to conversations; they expand conversations,” says Francesca. “They always seem to be in a place where they start from respect rather than distrust… We seem to be living in a world that is pretty divided, where the attention in ourselves is more on ourselves than onto others, and these people seem to come to the world a little bit differently.”
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I try to pay attention to stories of people that seem to have the quality of synergist and then I go and spend time with them. So, I have spent time over the last year and something in different places, such as Second City in Chicago, really trying to understand how a lot of actors and the people working there really are synergistic in their interactions.
I also spent time in Thailand to try to understand what happened in a situation of crisis during the Thai cave rescue of the summer in 2018, because it was a beautiful example of how different experts came together, sometimes not even speaking the same language, and being able to collaborate effectively. And so, to me, that was a story that said that we have the capacity to be synergists, but somehow when we're not in such a situation of crisis something comes along that is a barrier of working with others more effectively. So, it's a value that is not written down anywhere and yet, everybody takes respect very seriously in their interaction with one another and they are in an incredibly collaborative place.
Francesca Gino is an award-winning researcher and teacher, and a tenured professor at Harvard Business School. Her consulting and speaking clients include Bacardi, Akamai, Disney, Goldman Sachs, Honeywell, Novartis, P&G and branch...
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