How Simulations Work

Synergy occurs when the interactive efforts of two or more people have a greater impact than the sum of their independent efforts. Synergistic problem solving is achieved when groups maximize their use of available resources, knowledge, and task skills by exhibiting Constructive (as opposed to Defensive) interaction styles. It is further promoted when members approach problems in a rational, interpersonally supportive manner. The outcome is an effective solution—one that is both accepted by members and of higher quality than their individual solutions.

Synergistic Problem-Solving Model

Compare Individual versus Group Performance

Human Synergistics International's Simulation Series requires participants to solve a specific problem in a limited period of time—first individually, then as a team. As participants work together in this team-building activity, they will draw upon their experiences and knowledge in search of the best answers. They are challenged to successfully integrate the expertise of all group members. By comparing individual and team solutions to the recommended solution, participants can see whether, as a group, they were able to take advantage of what each member had to offer and contribute.

Strengthen Synergistic Problem-Solving Skills

As members work to complete the simulation, they begin to see their own roles in shaping the quality of the team's performance. This understanding deepens as the simulation is scored and the impact of group processes on performance is discussed. Equipped with these insights, members can decide what they can do to enhance the team's functioning—and get the results the team needs to succeed back at work.