“When properly understood, synergy is the highest activity in all life—-the true test and manifestation of all of the other hits put together.
The highest forms of synergy focus the four unique human endowments, the motive of Win/Win, and the skills of emphatic communication on the toughest challenges we face in life. What results is almost miraculous. We create new alternatives—-something that wasn’t there before.
Synergy is the essence of principle-centered leadership. It is the essence of principle-centered parenting. It catalyzes, unifies, and unleashes the greatest powers within people. All the habits we have covered prepare us to create the miracle of synergy.
What is synergy? Simple defined, it means that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. It means that the relationship which the parts have to each other is a part in and of itself. It is not only a part, but the most catalytic, the most empowering, the most unifying, and the most exciting part.
The creative process is also the most terrifying part because you don’t know exactly what’s going to happen or where it is going to lead. You don’t know what new danger and challenges you’ll find. It takes an enormous amount of internal security to begin with the spirit of adventure, the spirit of discovery, the spirt of creativity. Without doubt, you have to leave the comfort zone of base camp and confront an entirely new and unknown wilderness. You become a trailblazer, a pathfinder. You open new possibilities, new territories, new continents, so that others can follow.
Synergy is everywhere in nature. If you plant two plants close together, the roots commingle and improve the quality of the soil so that both plants well grow better than if they were separated. If you put two pieces of wood together, they will hold much more that the total of the weight held by each separately. The whole is greater than the sum of its parts. One plus one equals three or more.
The challenge is to apply the principles of creative cooperation, which we learn from nature, in our social interactions. Family life provides many opportunities to observe synergy and to practice it.
The essence of synergy is to value differences—-to respect them, to build on strengths, to compensate for weaknesses.”
There have been times in my life where I have experienced the process and rewards of synergy. After completing Covey’s book on “7 Habits of Highly Effective People” I’ll begin a discussion on, “Leadership Behavior Model”, a model that would have been a synergistic exercise creating increased communication, teamwork, vision, direction, and principle-centered leadership in a company I worked for. Unfortunately I learned that without leadership from the CEO it was an impossible task.
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