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In my workplace, I am trying to align multiple teams toward a common goal. Today, we may be doing very similar functions, but with a tilt towards what each unit can directly control, as well as operating what is in each team's own interest. All told, we may be unintentionally working against each other, diluting the final result.

Consider this example: We have a team with the goal of making the world's best sandwich. However, each person is accountable for one of the ingredients. We need each team to consider the other to get the best outcome.

If you were going to create a tool that describes bringing those different perspectives together, and aligns them to the best result, what would you call it?

I've considered: orchestrator, consolidator, unifier, governor, transmorgifier (a la Calvin and Hobbes), etc. However, none of those words appeal to me since they don't demonstrate unification across disparate decisions.

Thoughts?

Thanks for your consideration!

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    How about Harmonizer?
    – Jim
    Mar 13, 2019 at 17:03
  • Would "coordinator" fit?
    – remarkl
    Mar 13, 2019 at 17:29
  • Jim's got it - a Harmonizing principle
    – user22542
    Mar 13, 2019 at 17:57
  • Hi jud, welcome to EL&U. You might not be aware that there are strict rules for single-word-requests: "To ensure your question is not closed as off-topic, please be specific about the intended use of the word. You must include a sample sentence demonstrating how the word would be used." You can add this using the edit link. For further guidance, see How to Ask, and make sure you also take the EL&U Tour :-) Mar 16, 2019 at 10:54
  • Harmogenizer? (from a blend of harmonise and homogenise)
    – user323578
    Apr 13, 2019 at 21:15

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You are looking for the word: Synergy

Synergy

As defined by Oxford Dictionary: https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/synergy

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.

Example 1: "You have the right support, cooperation and synergy in the work place to achieve goals."

Example 2: "A synergy has developed among the different groups working on this project."

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The word to optimize means to fashion or engineer something, perhaps involving multiple disparate elements, in such a way that the end-result is closest to the desired goal even if that means that some of the individual elements might have to be maximized and others minimized.

This is not "dilution" (your word) but optimization. And don't think only in terms of computers, where optimization has a narrower meaning and is often used as if it were a synonym of maximize which it often isn't.

For example, you might have to bench a star center-forward if his strengths are primarily offensive in nature (he's a play-maker) when your needs at the moment are for a stronger defense. The coach picks an optimal starting roster, given the exigencies of the particular opponent.

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