As I was driving from Calgary on Sunday, several flocks of birds circled above the highway. If it had been one bird, I wouldn’t have noticed. It was the astonishing unison and acrobatics of the flock that caught my attention. Individuals moving as if a single entity. They swooped down, changed direction – once, twice and again – until descending for a landing simultaneously. Synergy.

I witnessed the same synergy at our school today, and the days leading up to today, as we prepared for Leadership Day. I was privy to the sharing of ideas, the behind the scenes work, the attention to detail and the willingness of each individual to contribute in whatever way possible. We said ‘this’ needs to be done and the hands went up: “consider it done.” Individual strengths surfaced as the day came together.

Typically we notice the collective effect of the stars in the sky. Yet without the contribution of the individuals, the effect would not be spectacular.

I credit each member of our staff for making this day spectacular. “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” Helen Keller



2 thoughts on Synergize

  1. Sounds like it was a great day! Synergy is amazing! It’s what powers us through a lot! Enjoy a sun filled week (I hope)!

  2. Too bad the media does not report more on the synergy of people and less on the times when obstructionism rules the day. It would be as inspiring as the flocks of birds you witnessed on your highway drive.

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