The world of nature has many lessons for us as human beings if we choose to observe and learn. For me, one of the most interesting of our natural world is the life of the Honey Bee.
The Honey Bee lives a life based on five core guiding principles which we in life (be it in business, social or family settings) can also apply -
Noble Purpose - the Honey Bee, collectively and individually, has a noble purpose and a life full of meaning. Each and every role within the Honey Bee community is integral to the functioning and advancement of the community. Whilst a hierarchy exists, every participant understands the importance of, and cares for, their fellow members.
Entrepreneurial AND Disciplines - the Honey Bee is adaptive and understands the need to take risks to survive and prosper. They have an entrepreneurial bias. BUT, the Honey Bee is also highly Disciplined and knows the limits of their entrepreneurial endeavours - they understand Risk and Reward and operate within a clearly defined framework.
Care for Each Other - the Honey Bee is community minded and knows that being alone heightens the risk of not surviving difficult times. In the winter, Honey Bees will work and rest more closely to the centre of the hive AND more closely to each other - this improves the temperature within the community and significantly increases the survival rate of every member of the community in the colder conditions.
Constantly Communicate - the Honey Bee understands that to get stuff done they have to communicate with each other all of the time. Honey Bees don't withhold data as a means of increasing their personal power. Honey Bees don't 'spin' information to give a positive outlook on conditions. Constant, factual communication is fundamental to their collective survival and growth.
Work in Teams of Teams - the Honey Bee works within a small team whose activities support and assist a wider team who in turn support and assist another, wider, team. The Honey Bee encapsulate the concept of "Level Up" teamwork - always thinking and behaving in a manner which supports the wider, larger team.
Ultimately the Honey Bee has a culture of Discipline & Habit not Compliance & Control - it is a culture of Understanding the task & the importance of all roles; a culture of Partnering; a culture of Support; a culture of keeping everyone Informed; and a culture of Protecting & caring for each other.
Sounds like a good example for our workplaces - what do you think?