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The Power of Synergy in Partnerships

  Synergy opens the door to amazing possibilities
Synergy is one of my favorite concepts. It's much like Warren Buffett who enjoys "Compounding Interest", while athletes love "Big Mo" on their side. Synergy to a mathematician might be multiplication or exponentials, but whatever background you come from, Synergy is important in any relationship.
Basically speaking, Synergy is the concept of the total being greater than the sum of two forces or objects. 
Is it possible for 1 + 1 = 3? Scientifically, "Matter can neither be created, nor destroyed, only transformed", right? So what's going on here?
This magic formula is brought to life through the art of building relationships. Unity, teamwork, and synergy itself can only be possible when great minds think and move alike in the same positive direction. 
Unfortunately, this does not happen overnight. It takes long hours, late nights, early mornings, lots of driving, meetings, and lots of time building the b…
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