7-28-2011 10-36-22 PM

Getting closer to the end of my series on Stephen Covey’s the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.  We’ve now come to number 6 – Synergize.

What is synergy?  From the simplest of terms as defined by good old Merriam-Webster, synergy is combined action or operation.  Synergy is the act of joining together with people who share a common goal to reach a highly effective end.

What is important to note about synergy is there needs to be an understanding that synergy is the ultimate culmination of all the other habits so far.  We’ve learned how to effectively manage ourselves.  Then we’ve learned how to effectively manage our interactions with other people.  Synergy is about a collective who share the same understanding and practices working in unison.

Let’s consider a marching band.  I could have mastered a musical instrument through hard work from a very young age to the point of near perfection.  I’ve studied intensely and learned every single detail of the music, the motion, the grand vision for a spectacular performance.  But what happens when this person marches with other people who have never picked up an instrument in their lives?  The entire performance becomes worthlessly nonsensical and absurd.  Such is the case with synergy.  We are only as strong as our weakest link, and the whole is much more powerful then the sum of all parts.

One giant misconception in terms of synergy is that every “needs’” to be on the same page.  While the concept of achievement and success is built on the principle of a common goal, the value comes in the understanding of differences.  If every person brought the exact same ideas and methods to the table, we wouldn’t have any room for the generation of new insights.  Some of the greatest lessons I’ve learned have come from people with which I have great disagreements.  The important thing to remember is staying open-minded is crucial to team-building and collective knowledge exchange.  It greatly relies on honest yet respectful communication, with an first priority focus on the win/win scenarios.

We are always going to have situations arise where we simply do not agree with someone else.  Stay conscious and recognize these moments, for these times have the potential to be some of the greatest inspirational and knowledge-bearing moments that arise in our lives.  But in order to be able to solicit these important gems of learning, we have to be willing to accept the truth that someone has a differing perspective and turn that into an opportunity to seek the good in everyone.

~ by bfmooz on July 28, 2011.

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