In Dr. Stephen Coveys classic book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, the sixth habit is: Synergize. Synergy speaks of the power of diversity. Each person brings something different to the table. Synergy cannot happen without diversity. A diversity of backgrounds, cultures, perspectives, and many other variables will enrich us all.
Covey emphasizes the team will always come out further ahead when each persons unique strengths and insights can be leveraged. I have my blind spots, and therefore I always appreciate the value of other peoples perspectives. Just as I have powerfully benefitted from that experience, others may benefit from my input too. Together, we create a whole that is larger than just the sum of its parts.
I have been pleasantly astounded at the times I have been on a problem-solving team to see synergy at work. Ideas, concepts, and insights that were a thousand miles away from my thinking were injected by another team member, made better by the team, and implemented beautifully to resolve the problem.
The best teams can do without a lot of things. The one thing they cannot do without is synergy.
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