Fleck’s Synergy

With this method, you can enable mutual support and peer coaching, improve collaboration, reduce time for formal meetings, get more done – and have more fun. The structure is itself empowering.

A Synergy meeting engages all participants in agenda-building and time-keeping. For each agenda item it focuses attention on the ‘topic owner’; all other participants become a resource for that person to meet his or her objectives. It is widely practiced in two different contexts:
1. As a ‘container’ for personal and professional development, enabling a group (nominally of six people) to act effectively as peer coaches for each other
2. As a method for conducting any scheduled meeting, especially when decisions are to be made.

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What is Fleck’s Synergy method?

All participants contribute to building the agenda

If you are inviting people to a meeting you may well start preparing the agenda in advance: but always open the meeting by asking participants what topics they want to raise. Only when the agenda is complete do you begin work on the first topic. 

Every topic has its own block of time

The person who proposes a topic also specifies how much time s/he would like the group to spend on it, including presentation, discussion, decision – everything you need to do to get results. Once agreed, the time must not be exceeded!  (But you can take less time if you like.)

Consensus on order of topics

The group is invited to decide "what to do now", i.e. to select one topic at a time (and only one). There is no pressure to "get in first" because we know in advance that every topic will receive its agreed block of time.

When is Fleck’s Synergy useful?

This method is useful in two different contexts:
For regular peer coaching meetings, including coach and facilitator training.
For radically improving the quality of workplace and other action-oriented meetings, including enabling an improvement in collaboration and relationships.

The method was originally developed by Erhard Fleck.

  • Appreciative / Community building
  • Awareness Raising
  • Collective Intelligence
  • Conflict resolution
  • Decision making
  • Empowerment
  • Group communication
  • Harvesting
  • Idea generator
  • Problem Solving
  • Strategy / Planning
  • Team Building / Trust Building
Innovation Phases
  • 1 Understanding the challenge
  • 2 Creating an Innovation-Friendly Culture
  • 3 Fostering New Perspectives & Ways of Thinking
  • 4 Idea Generation
  • 5 Grounding the Idea
  • 9 Evaluation
Train the Trainer seminars including Fleck’s Synergy can be found here: