This pattern has to do with the interaction between different roles of the system and supersystem. Over time team systems develop the need for less structural and functional coordination. If one part of the system is out of rhythm with the other parts of the system, such as functioning at lower efficiency, it will force the overall efficiency of the entire system to decrease. If the efficiency of a system decreases due to lack of coordination between its roles, the unbalanced roles must be brought into rhythm with the rest of the system for the system to balance itself and advance.

Another way to look at this pattern is that parallel or complementary systems will generally be harmonized over time to advance in the direction of ideality. One of the ways they do this is by synchronizing their rhythm with surrounding systems. Using this pattern, you should identify where the system is not in rhythm with itself, its roles, and the environment in the form of any supersystems the system has a role in. Where the system or role within the system is out of rhythm, placing it in rhythm might be a possible system improvement.