Habit 6: Synergize
(Together is Better)
Principles and Concepts:
- Build on strengths
- The path to conflict
- Barriers to synergy
- Path to Synergy
- Creativity, cooperation, diversity, and humility
- Common: Let's compromise.
- Highly Effective: Let's come up with something that's better than what either of us has in mind.
- Value differences
- Recognize and build on others' strengths, making weaknesses irrelevant. Synergy is founded on valuing differences.
- Seek 3rd Alternative
- A 3rd Alternative is an idea or a solution that goes beyond "your way" and "my way" to a better, higher way that neither of us could have come up with by ourselves.
- You know you are in synergy when you:
- Have a change of heart
- Feel new energy and excitement
- See things in a new way
- Feel the relationship has transformed
- End up with an idea that is better than what you started with.
Results (We can solve problems and create exciting new ideas together.)
Some results I might expect from living Habit 6 at a higher level are:
- Innovation and invention
- New and better solutions
- Transformed relationships
- Appreciation of diverse perspectives
Books that reinforce Habit 6: Synergize
- Ox-Cart Man by Donald Hall
- Swimmy by Leo Lionni
- A Chair for My Mother by Vera B. Williams
- Clifford's Spring Clean-Up by Norman Bridwell
- How the Second Grade Got $8295.50 to Visit the Statue of Liberty by Nathan Zimelman
- The View From Saturday by E.L. Konigsburg
- A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L'Engle
- Ruby Holler by Sharon Creech
- The Chalk Box Kid by Clyde Robert Bulla
- Chicken Sunday by Patricia Polacco