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I take as my guide the hope of a saint

in crucial things, unity -in important things, diversity -in all things, generosity
-- Inaugural Address of President George Bush

QUESTION TO
Everybody is YOU:
different, or unique.
In what ways is this a
good thing?
How does this help
you when you are
working with a group
on a project?

How does everyone


being different make
things harder?
How can you
overcome these
challenges? Would it
be easier if everyone
had the same
personality, looks,
talents and interests?

Have you ever seen a flock of geese,


flying in V formation?
By flying in a V they
can go 71% farther .
If the leader gets tired he can
move back in the V.
Geese back in the V will honk to
encourage the ones in front.
When Geese get out of the V they feel the wind, and go
back into the V.

PRINCIPLES OF CREATIVE
COOPERATION
WHAT IS SYNERGY?
It means that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts
the highest activity in all life -- the true test and manifestation of
all the other habits put together
the essence of Principle-Centered Leadership
It catalyzes, unifies, and unleashes the greatest powers within
people
the relationship which the parts have to each other is a part in and
of itself
It is not only a part, but the most catalytic, the most empowering,
the most unifying, and the most exciting part.

PRINCIPLES OF CREATIVE
COOPERATION

PRINCIPLES OF CREATIVE
COOPERATION
CREATIVE PROCESS THE MOST TERRIFYING PART, WHY?
don't know exactly what's going to happen or where it is going
to lead
don't know what new dangers and challenges you'll find
takes an enormous amount of internal security to begin with the
spirit of adventure, the spirit of discovery, the spirit of
creativity
you have to leave the comfort zone of base camp and confront
an entirely new and unknown wilderness
You become a trailblazer, a pathfinder
You open new possibilities, new territories, new continents, so
that others can follow.

PRINCIPLES OF CREATIVE
COOPERATION

Basic Principle of SYNERGY


Synergize based on Principles of:
valuing difference,
seeking alternatives.

PRINCIPLES OF CREATIVE
COOPERATION
HIGHEST FORMS OF SYNERGY FOCUS THE FOUR
UNIQUE HUMAN ENDOWMENTS
| self awareness
| independent will
| conscience
| creative imagination
SYNERGY IS EVERYWHERE IN NATURE
If you plant two plants close together, the roots
commingle and improve the quality of the soil so that
both plants will grow better than if they were separated.
If you put two pieces of wood together, they will hold
much more than the total of the weight held by each
separately.

PRINCIPLES OF CREATIVE
COOPERATION
SYNERGY IS EVERYWHERE IN NATURE
A tree with many roots stands strong
Small fish swim in schools for protection
Check out the rhino & the small birds

PRINCIPLES OF CREATIVE
COOPERATION
When you communicate synergistically, you are simply
opening your mind and heart and expressions to new
possibilities, new alternatives, new options.

They say that,


Two heads are
better than
one. Do you
agree or
disagree?
Why?

PRINCIPLES OF CREATIVE
COOPERATION

SYNERGY IN THE
CLASSROOM

There are times when neither


the teacher nor the student
know for sure what's going to
happen

SYNERGY IN THE
CLASSROOM
"That which is most personal is most
general.- CARL ROGERS
The more authentic you become, the more genuine
in your expression, particularly regarding personal
experiences and even self-doubts, the more people
can relate to your expression and the safer it makes
them feel to express themselves.

SYNERGISTIC
COMMUNICATION

Dream Team

You have been asked to put together a team to create


a new invention. If you could choose anyone in the
world, who would be on your team. You must explain
your reason. You may have 5 teammates.

Person
1. Juan
2. Shauntice

Reason
He has great ideas.
She stays calm.

SYNERGISTIC
COMMUNICATION

LEVELS OF COMMUNICATION

The lowest level of communication COMING OUT OF LOWTRUST SITUATIONS would be characterized by defensiveness,
protectiveness, and often legalistic language, which covers all the
bases and spells out qualifiers and the escape clauses in the event
things go sour.
The middle position is RESPECTFUL COMMUNICATION. This
is the level where fairly mature people interact. They have respect
for each other, but they want to avoid the possibility of ugly
confrontations, so they communicate politely but not empathically.
They might understand each other intellectually, but they really don't
deeply look at the paradigms and assumptions underlying their own
opinions and become open to new possibilities.

SYNERGISTIC
COMMUNICATION
Respectful communication works in independent
situations and even in interdependent situations, but the
creative possibilities are not opened up. In
interdependent situations compromise is the position
usually taken. Compromise means that 1 + 1 + 1 = 1/2.
Both give and take. The communication isn't defensive
or protective or angry or manipulative; it is honest and
genuine and respectful. But it isn't creative or
synergistic. It produces a low form of win-win.

SYNERGISTIC
COMMUNICATION
Synergy means that 1 + 1 may equal 8, 16, or even
1,600. The synergistic position of high trust produces
solutions better than any originally proposed, and all
parties know it. Furthermore, they genuinely enjoy
the creative enterprise. A miniculture is formed to
satisfy in and of itself. Even if it is short-lived, the
P/PC Balance is there.

SYNERGISTIC
COMMUNICATION

SYNERGISTIC
COMMUNICATION
I value other peoples strengths and
learn from them. I get along well with
others, even people who are different
from me. I work well in groups. I seek
out other peoples ideas to solve
problems. I know that two heads are
better than one. I am a better person
when I let other people into my life and
work.