Mr. Covey explains in his book, “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People,” that synergy means the sum is greater than all of its parts. Another way of thinking of synergy, which might help clarify things, is to consider how nature works. The basic components for life are in place at its foundation. But, as time progresses, (sometimes quickly and other times not so quickly) it evolves to be greater/larger than what the original components could have produced in theory/on paper. Continue reading Principles Of Creative Cooperation: Habit 6: Synergize: Stephen R. Covey’s The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People Book Chapter Summary.
Even in business synergy works! One does not have to be disrespectful of other people to be open and honest. In fact, when the other people are mature enough to accept the different viewpoints individuals have, the ideas flow more freely and can even build upon one another to the benefit of the company as a whole. Having a group of people involved in this process who are empathetic listeners certainly does help because the environment is none threatening. Furthermore; it doesn’t require anyone involved in attempting to tap the synergistic process to be on the defensive about their views in a group setting.
So, what does it take to be able to enjoy a positive level of synergistic communication? Mr. Covey explains in his book; having a good balance in the emotional bank account of each party involved in a discussion about a problem is a good first step. Communicating with a win win mentality plus empathy, seeking to understand where others are coming from in the discussion, puts everyone on the same side of the problem rather than on opposite sides of a very high fence. Continue reading Synergy And Communication: Habit 6: Synergize: Stephen R. Covey’s The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People Book Chapter Summary.
Based on what one reads in The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People it’s fairly safe to conclude that what Stephen Covey is trying to tell us here is, “Negative synergy isn’t synergy at all.” People playing politics, not being willing to seek to understand others before rolling along with their own personal scripts in life, and using social techniques to manipulate others doesn’t create anything close to synergy. What it does create is a high stress environment where there is little creativity and a lot of miss-trust; all because of pore communication between everyone involved.
Can you imagine talking to people that agree with you all of the time? What? You would? Wouldn’t that make life rather routine and boring? There certainly would be little hope of expanding our horizons, “Don’t you think?” Continue reading Valuing The Differences: Habit 6: Synergize: Stephen R. Covey’s The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People Book Chapter Summary.
Under this heading in The 7 Habits of highly effective people; it is written that synergy pushes back negativity in interdependent situations. The force field analysis described here says that a state of being at any level has a balance of both driving and restraining forces. It is these forces that really do need to be taken into consideration, especially if folks are serious about inspiring real change. Continue reading Force Field Analysis: Habit 6: Synergize: Stephen R. Covey’s The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People Book Chapter Summary.