Interdependence Among Human Beings #1
“Interdependence is the paradigm of we – we can do it; we can cooperate; we can combine our talents and abilities and create something greater together.
|Interdependence is a choice only independent people can make. Dependent people cannot choose to become interdependent. They don't have the character to do it; they don't own enough of themselves.|
|The landscape... is covered with the fragments of broken relationships of people who have tried... to jump into effective relationships without the maturity, the strength of character, to maintain them.”|
|Stephen R. Covey, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People (1989)|
“The key is, don't artificially force interdependency – it has to come naturally through people's getting to know and understand and trust each other. Then they can become creative. Until this happens, people see interdependency as dependency.“
|Covey, The 8th Habit (2004)|
Early in the newer book, Dr. Covey joins Peter Drucker in declaring the Industrial Age guilty of reducing human beings to things, denying their four-dimensionality (body, mind, heart, spirit). He describes the consequences, which many of us have experienced as and in difficulties. The bulk of the book details the Knowledge Worker Age journey to wholeness for both individuals and associations at all scales. Attaining wholeness naturally provides voice (unique personal significance), the option to lead and/or become a transition person(!), and to join/form complementary teams. Covey says the world needs us whole now, while acknowledging the obsolete thing mindset “will die hard.”
I appreciate this additional angle on we're all in this together. Divisions among and distances between us make us forget. I also like that the fact of voice confirms, in a positive and constructive sense, it takes all kinds to make a world. In my experience, that saying has accompanied exasperation, not anticipation.
The eighth habit is find your voice and inspire others to find theirs. I recommend the book. Despite the title, it's an upgrade. It is first and foremost about being, not getting, and includes some analysis of the ways things are. Thus, it describes a path with a heart. I'm sure I'll mention it now and then.