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Habit 6: Synergy

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Andrea Thomas

on 14 September 2014

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Habit 6: Synergy
Synergy in Business
Synergy and Communication
Defensive (Win/Lose or Lose/Lose):
effective communication does not occur and synergy does not exist in this group dynamic. This is the lowest form of trust and cooperation.
Respectful (Compromise):
Maturity exists but empathic communication does not. Synergy is not achieved and a low form of Win/Win is accomplished.
Synergistic (Win/Win):
Environment of high trust and creativity. P/PC balance is maintained.

WWII David Lilienthal and the Atomic Energy Commission
Fishing for the third alternative: Husband & Wife scenario:
use empathic communication to understand what both parties want and then work together to come up with a solution that allows each individual to get what they want. No giving and taking occurs.
Synergy is the combination of all other habits:

Highest form:
Win/Win, empathic communication, 4 Human Endowments (self-awareness, conscience, will power, creativity)
“The whole is greater than the sum of its parts” (Covey, 263)
When synergy occurs insocial interactions, the creative process is amplified.
Example: Winston Churchill
Synergistic Communication
Begin with the end in mind:

Being open to the creative process and the input of ideas from others is crucial. Begin the process with the mentality that openness and security contribute to a better end result.
Corporate Mission Statement
Insurance company planning committee:
Top executives came together and listened rather than present. Differences were valued and common vision formed.
Synergy in the Classroom
Be Authentic

Being authentic in a group allows members of the group to begin feeling secure enough to open up and be able to share ideas. Once these ideas are shared new and better ones can build from these by open communication and a common goal. Ex: college class
Negative Synergy
Do not seek to manipulate, seek to understand.
Value the differences. Sameness is not oneness, uniformity is not unity.
"Manage from the Left, Lead from the Right" seminar by Covey in Fl.
Man and women are married with a communication problem. She's right brained and he's left.
Valuing the Differences
Differences add to our knowledge and understanding of reality.
"The Animal School" by Dr. R.H. Reeves
Force Field Analysis
Driving Forces:
positive, reasonable, logical, conscious and economic.
Restraining forces:
negative, emotional, illogical, unconscious and psychological.
Land developer needs more money from the bank so he can market the land in order to pay the bank back. Habits 4,5 and 6 were employed by the land developer and a legal battle was aborted.
All Nature is Synergistic
- synergism in nature

”Synergy works; it’s a correct principle. It is the crowning achievement of all the previous habit. It is effectiveness in an interdependent reality- it is teamwork, team building, the development of unity and creativity with other human beings.”
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