1 + 1 = 4

The definition of synergy is the cooperation of two or more people creating a combined effort worth more than the sum of the individual parts. This means that when people come together and combine their efforts towards a common goal, the value created can defy simple logic.  Every quarter at Swift Straw, we come together to lay out a certain number of initiatives that we call our quarterly commitment to excellence.  Each quarter, I am amazed by how much is accomplished and this past quarter is no exception.  Here are a few things that our quarterly commitment to excellence has taught me about synergy:

1) When a team makes a commitment and truly believes in it, there is no limit to what can be accomplished.   

2) Ray Lewis once said, "Success is not one big win; it's a bunch of tiny wins stacked on top of each other." A bunch of small quarterly wins can stack up to make a huge impact.  

3) A synergistic commitment gives each individual the support and encouragementthey need to push harder and go farther than they may have thought possible. There is nothing more inspirational than others believing in you. 

The power of synergy makes me truly understand why Level 5 leaders look out the window to give all of the credit to their team.  When a team makes 1+1=4, how could you not look at them in amazement and give them all of the credit. 

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