S is for ‘Synergy’

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Today’s letter for the AtoZ Blogging Challenge is ‘S’ for my theme ‘A to Z of Effectiveness’. You can read more about my theme here. I’m also participating in the NaBloPoMo for April.

Synergy is something that seems to be more popular in business circles though it is actually relevant to all spheres of life. In case you haven’t heard of it before, synergy means that ‘the whole is more than the sum of the parts’. Still confused? Stephen Covey gives a few examples in ‘The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People’.

Two trees when planted close to each other grow roots that are intertwined, thereby increasing the quality of the soil which in turn benefits both. Or, consider a plank of wood and how much weight it can support. When you combine ten such planks together, it will hold much more weight than ten individual planks added together; more than a sum of the parts.

As you can imagine, when it comes to humans, synergy has a lot to do with interdependence - relationships, communication and listening. Synergy is necessary between husband and wife, parent and child, teacher and students as well as between the various members of government. Imagine if the leaders of our political parties put aside their ego and differences and actually discussed things synergistically? They would be much more productive with a lot of good ideas and positive enthusiasm.

Speaking of political parties, there is something called negative synergy, where people play games, make accusations and think only in their selfish interests. We probably don’t realize it, but we likely do this already, in our various relationships! So here’s a quick task for today; think about each and every one of your current relationships, and try to recollect if you have a synergy with the other person, or if there is room for improvement. Do let me know!

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