In my EDL 610 course, which is Visionary Leadership, we are spending time learning, teaching and demonstrating the Habits of Highly Effective Learners by Stephan Covey. This week, the topic is on synergizing.
The first five (5) Habits of Highly Effective Learners leads into the sixth habit: synergy. An image was shared as part of the lecture to demonstrate this idea of synergy. We need to see ('I value differences in others'), which allows us to do ('I seek a third alternative'), which allows us to get ('I achieve better solutions').
When it comes to making a commitment on this notion of synergy, my commitment is to create teams to look at opportunities and work together to find the best solution for that opportunity. Too often we rely on a top-down approach to problem-solving, and do not set enough chairs at the table. I believe in listening to opinions and experiences of others, talking through those opinions, and coming together to solve a problem.
There is a reason why we look for the best and brightest to educate our scholars. It is time to ensure they have a voice in some of the operations as well. It is time to value their unique experiences and perspectives, and bring the concept of synergy to the organization.