One plus one is greater than the sum of its parts… that’s what marriage purports to deliver. And if you seek to understand your partners needs and interests and resist defending and stonewalling, intimacy grows. Choose your attitude. You can achieve so much more when you engage synergistically in your marriage than if you act alone.
Habit 6: Synergise
The word synergy comes from the Greek synergos meaning ‘working together’. In the marriage context, synergy refers to two respectful minds communicating to create solutions – greater than the sum of there parts – solutions that are better than what either proposed originally. Beyond positioning and compromise, seek to understand your partners needs and interests and find solutions to satisfy both. Resist defending and stonewalling and listen to each other and seek new alternatives.
Commit to loyalty and openness and never bad mouth your partner. People and relationships are more important than things. When you have an issue, seek to resolve it – choose your attitude and behaviour, communicate openly and seek win/win solutions. This creates trust and intimacy.
Whilst independence is promoted as a strong value in the world today, it is difficult for many of us because we have been trained or have learnt that others cannot be trusted. Achieving synergy requires high trust and high cooperation and therefore we need to practice empathic communication. You must exhibit trustworthiness and build trustworthy relationships and synergy – interdependent synergy. Trust growths through synergistic interaction, replacing fear and doubt.
Synergy is possible when we have the support of all five previous habits.
Change your approach today.
Tune in next week for Habit 7.
Reference: Covey, Stephen R., The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, 1989, Fireside, New York.
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