Paso Robles, CA – Almond Acres Charter Academy is hosting an Everyday Superheroes Gala at Oak Heart Estate on Saturday, October 27, 2018 from 4:00-8:00PM. This year’s event is a tasting and auction that will help raise essential funds which benefit AACA’s project based learning and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics) programs. AACA will highlight their Fund-A-Need goals and gift their students with materials, field trips, and hands-on experiences to help them grow.
The event will provide opportunities for attendees to meet everyone involved with the school and network with other community members. Tickets are reasonably priced at $55/limited tastings, and $95/unlimited tastings. Food vendors will also be at the event with delicious samples of local cuisine. Guests are encouraged to dress the part of a superhero and come in costume.Tickets can be purchased by visiting www.AlmondAcresGala.com. For more information, please visit the AACA website at www.AlmondAcres.com or call the office at 805.467.2095.
This week’s habit can be considered a culmination of the five habits we’ve covered in the past two months. When the personal victories of (1) being proactive, (2) beginning with the end in mind, and (3) putting first things first are added to the public victories of (4) thinking win-win and (5) seeking first to understand, then to be understood. Together they add up to synergy. We get the best results when we combine personal victories with public victories. Synergy creates harmony, creativity, and organizational health. It’s like the beauty of an orchestra, the flight of geese, the success of a team, or the beauty of a happy family. This sixth habit expresses the greatness of being the best version of ourselves added to the best of others.
Intelligence and academic success is an accumulation of creative and thoughtful ideas from the past, mixed together with present understandings and “ah ha’s”. Synergy causes a new story, a new mathematical operation, a new painting, a faster runner, a beautiful new song, a new look into the universe. When we listen to the wisdom of the past and consider perspectives of the present, innovation is born. Each and every lesson learned is a new opportunity for synergy and potential resolutions to today’s problems. New inventions don’t just come out of the blue. They are the result of a new idea added to countless hours from past thinkers.
5 Steps to Synergy:
- Define the situation or problem.
- Listen to their way.
- Share your way.
- Brainstorm new ways.
- Take the high way!
In our families, classrooms, or businesses, synergy builds unity, cooperation, health, and success. The key is to affirm the strengths and struggles of every team player and stick close together to achieve a goal. Synergy is about celebrating different ideas, not tolerating them. It is about teamwork, not me work. Though you may be right sometimes, you aren’t always. Most of all, it is about innovation and gleaning from every person involved to create the best.
Another great benefit to synergy is that we won’t have to take on the entire burden of a task. Cyclists who are part of the peloton can save up to 40% in energy expenditures over a cyclist who is not drafting with the peloton. This is one of the primary purposes of our parent participation with the school. If we work together to raise our children we are much more likely to be effective and not get too exhausted working alone. At AACA we promote this effort and commit to a patient, persistent, and positive approach to child development. Here are a few ways we can encourage synergy with our children:
- Heart – when siblings scuffle, have them play a game together.
- Mind – alternate between you and your child in the creation of a story.
- Body – calculate the time it takes to do chores alone versus working together.
- Soul – talk to your child about the beauty in the sound of a symphony versus a solo.
“Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.” – Helen Keller
“Synergy – The bonus that is achieved when things work together harmoniously”, – Mark Twain
“When mutual understanding and respect are present, the spirit of synergy inevitably starts to develop.” – Stephen Covey
Here is a fun video to explain synergy.
The Golden Rule – Do unto others as you would want to be done unto you. Thinking win-win is a belief that people want to do what is right and are willing to work together to achieve what is in the best interest of the common good. It doesn’t always mean that it’s 50:50 though. Friendship, marriage, and business partnerships require 90:10 or 10:90 at times. Good communication, compromise, and mutual support balance relationships over time and everyone is better off in the end. There is an old story about two horses tethered together trying to eat in their own feeder. Each pulled the other yanking the other away from the feeder. After a long back and forth struggle, they finally realized that sharing each other’s feeder would save a lot of strife and allow both of them to enjoy a peaceful meal.
Try out the AACA Problem Solving Creativity System, better known as PGOSE:
- Problem: Describe the problem. What happened and how did you feel?
- Goal: Define the goal. What do you wish would have happened instead?
- Obstacles: List the obstacles. What kept us from achieving the goal?
- Strategies: Consider new strategies. What could we do differently the next time this happens?
- Evaluate: Evaluate how effective the strategy worked. Could or did our strategy work?
One of the best consequences of thinking win-win is that it grows healthy long-term relationships because we are willing to support one another – even when we may not be our best selves. On top of that, a stressed “win-lose” brain doesn’t learn well. Our brains have 100,000,000,000 neurons. Our intelligence and imagination have endless potential to nurture win-win solutions. It starts with trust and an ounce of courage and in the end – everyone wins.
- Heart – List some of your family frustrations and discuss how a resolution can turn into win-win victory.
- Mind – tell your children about a story from literature or history when the victory was a win-win. Read the story Have You Filled A Bucket Today? by Carol McCloud
- Body – create a dinner that provides a favorite for each member of the family.
- Soul – split the radio time in the car between each passenger’s favorite genre.
“Strong people don’t put others down.. they lift them up.” ~ Michael Watson
“You don’t have to blow out the other person’s light to let your own shine.” ~Bernard M. Baruch
“The law of win-win says, let’s not do it my way or your way; let’s do it the best way”. ~ Gary Anderson