Synergy between thoughts and feelings reads the universe like an opened book.― Toba Beta, My Ancestor Was an Ancient Astronaut
One day, I was going shopping with my mom and we headed out to the Mexican store to get groceries for the week. When we arrived, I was surprised to see that the store merged together with the local Korean market that was once down the street. It was fascinating seeing the two formally separate business working together side by side to share resources and learn from each other.
Last year, I attended this professional workshop at school related to the Stephen Covey’s book “7 habits of Highly Effective People”. I had a small goal of envisioning more smoother team project dynamics. Yeah…still a work in progress! 😉 As I was studying along with the instructor, I came across this cool term for the first time: synergy.
Curious about the sound of the word, I looked its roots in the dictionary and this is what popped up!
1650s, “cooperation,” from Modern Latin synergia, from Greek synergia “joint work, a working together, cooperation; assistance, help,” from synergos “working together,” related to synergein “work together, help another in work,” from syn- “together” (see syn-) + ergon “work” (from PIE root *werg- “to do”). Meaning “combined activities of a group” is from 1847; sense of “advanced effectiveness as a result of cooperation” is from 1957.Online Etymology Dictionary
What is it?
Bruce Mayhew describes the definition in his post “7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Habit 6: Synergize“:
Synergy is what happens when two or more forces choose to work together with open, trusting intention to embrace each others differences and to overcome the challenges that will inevitably arise. The benefit of synergy is that the end result will be something that is far superior to anything that could exist without the cooperation and sharing of the forces.Bruce Mayhew
He goes on to discuss the general requirements for the highest level of communication to help form new ideas. Synergy is a concept that would definitely affect business negotiations and partnerships developments!
- Have one common vision – one common goal
- Be different
- Have a sense of self
- Stay open to differences and new ideas – stay authentic
- Embrace trust
- Accept the better way will likely not be their way…100%
- Offer respect to everyone – everything
- Be able to apologize and forgive
- Practice mindful listening (listen with empathy)
- Maintain an open desire to understand
- Control negative judgment
- Stay with Win / Win (not Negative synergy Win/Lose or Lose)
In response to:
- Sheryl’s Word of the Day: Negotiate