Habit # 6 Synergize

Posted on August 21, 2018 by Aisah in Uncategorized

Habit 6 – Synergize

“Synergy is better than my way or your way. It’s our way.”


Synergy says that the whole is greater than the sum of the components. It is a bit like saying 1 + 1 equals 3 or more. Examples of synergizing:

  • When you have 2 plants in nature growing next to each other and their roots intertwine to make a stronger plant. In essence the two plants are working together to become one stronger plant
  • When a man and woman come together and make a bond (for example marriage). Their force as a couple is stronger than when they are alone
  • When two firm merge in business because together they can get a higher profitability than either could achieve on their own.

From the perspective of the book 7 habits synergizing is when you have effective cooperation. Effective persons person use their skill form the first 5 habits to synergize. To achieve a better solution than your way or my way.

Now how do you synergize?

  • Well first of all you need to be proactive
  • Authentic when listening to other persons
  • You need to be open (Think win/Win)
  • Can’t be judgemental
  • Aware of negative synergy (to avoid)
    • Negative synergy is when you are too eager to please and people think “What’s in It for them” losing the authentic touch
  • You value and embrace the differences between you and the other person(s)


This post is a summary of habit 6 of the book 7 habits of highly effective people by Stephen Covey. I made this summaries to help myself finish the book.

See the other posts

Habit 1 – Be proactive 

Habit 2 – Keep The End in mind 

Habit 3 – Put First Things First 




A fellow-traveler of life figuring out the way. I like to share little nuggets of wisdom i found on this journey. blogger coder baker mom of 2


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