I love Habit 6! It’s all about recognizing that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. As an educator, I find SYNERGIZING is a constant at my particular school. We are well-formed teams of teachers that acknowledge when we pull together, when we brainstorm and plan together, the results are indeed greater than the sum of the parts. My ideas + Your ideas= A Grand idea.
So many times, we feel that we can plan on our own, and if we do, we show others how capable we are. Sometimes though, all we’re really showing people is one dimension, a limited view. When we open ourselves up to brainstorming and planning with others, we stretch our own thinking. When I hear your idea, it sparks more ideas in my mind, and likewise for you, until we come up with a final plan that far surpasses anything we could have come up with on our own.
Do you work in a place that is creatively closed? Suggest using Habits 4, 5, and 6 to increase productivity and a positive work environment. Let me suggest this scenario to you (taken from http://www.whitedovebooks.co.uk/7-habits/7-habits.htm) :
“Putting habit 4, 5 and 6 together, you have a perfect model for human interaction. Put simply: first be mentally committed to the idea that a solution that will benefit all parties may be constructed; next invest the necessary time and effort to really understand the other party and do that first; finally creatively brainstorm a synergistic solution – a natural product of mutual understanding and respect.”