“Synergy is what happens when one plus one equals 10 or 100 or even 1,000! It’s the profound result when two or more respectful human beings determine to go beyond their preconceived ideas to meet a great challenge.” ~Stephen R. Covey
Today’s Mind Bullet, Synergize, flows from last week’s THEM, which discussed how significant relationships are to our lives and how important it is to take the “smooth handle” in our interactions.
Any discussion of synergy has to include a recap of the great Stephen R. Covey book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People:
- Be Proactive: YOU! are responsible.
- Begin With the End in Mind: Have vision and Foresight
- Put First Things First: This is the kernel of The Habit Factor, where we intentionally craft habits in line with our goals to reach them more quickly.
(These first three habits are about “personal victory,” i.e., you. The next 3 habits move into “public victory,” i.e., relationships)
- Think Win-Win: Your intention takes others into account.
- Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood: This puts our focus on others—them.
Synergy is often confused with compromise—everyone gives a little to come up with a solution. But synergy is more than that—it involves seeking, needing, and wanting the opinions of others.
Nobody sees the same problem in the same way. Everyone brings their unique perspective—bias—to a situation. But synergy involves seeking out and understanding another’s opposing viewpoint with the goal of combining both viewpoints to find a third alternative.
Rather than dreading the onslaught of another’s perspective, seek it out with the belief that what will emerge is far better than what either of you brought separately.
Listen in for more on the power of synergy, why one plus one equals three, and how people working together in a spirit of “win-win” creates the best solution.
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TOOLS/BOOKS WE ALWAYS RECOMMEND:
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As a Man Thinketh
The Power of Positive Thinking (Normal Vincent Peale)
The Magic of Thinking BIG! (David Schwartz)
Think & Grow Rich (Napoleon Hill)
The Success Principles (Jack Canfield)
Getting Things Done! (Allen’s Great Book!)
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