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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People – Habit #6: Synergize

To put it simply, synergy means “two heads are better than one.” Synergize is the habit of creative cooperation. It is teamwork, open-mindedness, and the adventure of finding new solutions to old problems. But it doesn’t just happen on its own. It’s a process, and through that process, people bring all their personal experience and expertise to the table. Together, they can produce far better results that they could individually. Synergy lets us discover jointly things we are much less likely to discover by ourselves. It is the idea that the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. One plus one equals three, or six, or sixty–you name it.

When people begin to interact together genuinely, and they’re open to each other’s influence, they begin to gain new insight. The capability of inventing new approaches is increased exponentially because of differences. Valuing differences is what really drives synergy.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Habit #1:  Be Proactive
Habit #2:  Begin with the End in Mind
Habit #3:  Put First Things First
Habit #4:  Think Win-Win
Habit #5:  Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood
Habit #6:  Synergize
Habit #7:  Sharpen the Saw
Summary

* Source: Stephen R. Covey – 7 Habits / Habit 6: Synergize

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