In Dr. Stephen Covey’s 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 person’s unique strengths and insights can be leveraged.  I have my blind spots, and therefore I always appreciate the value of other people’s 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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About James Meadows

Currently I serve as a training team manager for Tyco Integrated Security at a customer-care center in Kansas City. Additionally, I am a business consultant, a freelance corporate writer, an Assembly of God ordained minister, a Civil Air Patrol chaplain, and a blogger. I believe we are living in the most fascinating times of human history. To maximize the opportunities these times present, I have a passionate interest in leadership development and organizational success, both of which I view as inextricably linked.

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