At no point in time have I ever claimed to be an amazing player, and I can honestly admit that I’m not one. I play to simply play… to have fun… to learn.. to explore and try new things… to gain new experiences and to enjoy the company of great people.
I’ve never claimed to be super “skilled” or dramatically gifted at anything because I know better. I just try my best, and some days that best ends in success, and some days it doesn’t. Regardless, I just pick myself up and keep trying, that is all I can do. In the end for me, its not even the final accomplishment that garners the most enjoyment, its the experience of the trial along the way. That said, I’ve come to realize how in most cases its less about how impressive I am as an individual. Generally its more about how the group works together.
Synergy is pretty amazing. It was very interesting when I first recognized synergy. There were days I could go in with a group, and things went so extremely well! Someone would need help with the same content, so would go back in feeling pretty confident, and for whatever reason success could not be found, even if we had the same roles filled that we had the last time. Overtime it became clear what kind of things play into how much synergy a team has, and that synergy does matter.
SYNERGY – noun – the interaction or cooperation of two or more organizations, substances, or other agents to produce a combined effect greater than the sum of their separate effects.
I adore synergy and teamwork of a good party and always look forward to those times when the teamwork is simply amazing, like clockwork. Those times when you actually feel that cooperation, and you can feel each others effort. More than a collection of individuals strung together to hurry through some content, but rather a group of people who are able to collectively bend and flex their own norms in order to compliment and support each other. Groups of people who really knows what it means to participate as a team member. Those are the groups I adore.
Those instances where the group you have “wants” and is willing to put aside personal egos, and just get down to the business of working together as a real team member, are amazing. Where people work hard because they want their team to be successful, more than they want to personally shine or draw attention to themselves. Those victories are the most rewarding and spectacular. I’m not sure if this post will make much sense to some, or even if others will understand what it is that I’m trying to convey, but in a nutshell I think there are a few small things that definitely can add to your enjoyment level of group situations, and the biggest part of that is personally deciding to “be” a team member.
Attitude is huge. You can be an amazing player in your own right, but if everything you do is situated around making yourself shine, letting others know how lucky they are to be in your presence, or doing things the way you want rather than inspiring that true team experience, it ends up making those runs far less enjoyable for you and all involved. It quickly starts diminishing real enjoyment from the game itself, and diminishes even the social aspect for you and others. People who like to “solo” party content don’t interact well. No connection is ever made and they simply show up then leave with no real investment or care.
A big example of how this effects synergy, is that people who do things “on their own” while in party situations tend to make it harder for team members to do their job properly. Their decisions ripple out and affect the whole team making it harder for them to compliment each others roles in the party. Even worse, people who keep themselves disengaged from participating as a real party member, are often the same ones who are very opinionated and judgmental about others “performance” because to them that is all it is. Its not a team effort.
Teams work the best when each member is able to contribute their potential and use their strengths. As a team member you should always be balancing your actions with whats best overall, and that changes with each party you join. You should look for what things you can do that supports and promotes your team members ability to do their best collectively. That is the mentality that leads to team synergy.