What is Synchrony and why is it powerful at work?

Finishing each otherโ€™s sentences.

A look that says volumes.

Energy that positively crackles.

This is not a romance story โ€“ it is what happens when a group of people develop ๐™จ๐™ฎ๐™ฃ๐™˜๐™๐™ง๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™ฎ.

According to The Wharton School and University of Pennsylvania professor and author Michael Platt, when people work well together โ€“ cooperating, information sharing, and overall team effectiveness โ€“ specific areas of the brain and physiological perceptions and processes synchronize.

Neuroscience has shown that these patterns of successful โ€œalchemyโ€ are representative of a shared mindset.

This does not mean that everyone gets along all the time, has had the same experiences, or necessarily agrees on every point.

For example, the music of the Beatles has endured for six decades, but they are as famous for their breakup as their musical innovations.

While every interpersonal relationship has its ups and downs, a high degree of synchrony can lead to team success including:

ยท Increased prosocial behavior
ยท Subjective liking
ยท Empathy
ยท Engagement
ยท Processing speed
ยท Learning
ยท Cooperation

Working intentionally, to generate consciously empathetic and purposeful actions, can create an environment where such shared mindsets and powerful connections can develop.

Just as you can look for those opportunities or individuals that help to create chemistry and mesh the personalities, there are tasks or employees that suck the energy out of a group or its members. These must be corralled and managed immediately, or they can destroy trust and create dysfunction.

Teams accomplish far more together than any one individual could accomplish alone. Generating cooperation through the use of neuroscience, seven science-based ideas can be used to create the critical shared mindset:

  1. ๐˜Œ๐˜บ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ต
  2. ๐˜š๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฐ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ
  3. ๐˜‹๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ด๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ด
  4. ๐˜”๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ๐˜จ๐˜ฆ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ
  5. ๐˜—๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ด๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ข๐˜ญ ๐˜จ๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ถ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ
  6. ๐˜”๐˜ถ๐˜ด๐˜ช๐˜ค
  7. ๐˜๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜จ๐˜ฆ โ€œ๐˜ค๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฎ๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ณ๐˜บ ๐˜ค๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ดโ€

Creating a culture, environment, mood, and space that embraces and bolsters specific interpersonal behaviors to improve synchrony is not a magical mystery.

Neuroscientific advancements have indicated ways to enhance synchrony, engagement and improved performance.

These ideas may not be applicable to all personalities or those who are neurodivergent. Every single human brain is unique as is individual processing.

You may only be able to implement some of these into your context. However, used alone or in combination, these science-based tips can be impactful impactful.

Debra Kurtz ยฉ๏ธ 2023

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