TEAMWORK LEARNING FROM NATURE
TEAMWORK: LEARNING FROM NATURE
Remember, at the end of lecture number 32, I gave you a point to think.
Learning cooperation from
animals. My point was that even animals live and work like a team and
cooperate with each others with
vision and objectives. Why can’t human being the social animals live and
work like team. Off course,
people do live, work and cooperate and deliver more than expected but for
those who are not doing this
and to show them the importance of team work and leadership was the scope of
this subject. The point
discussed at the end of lecture number 32 gave me an idea to dedicate this
last lecture on this important
aspect of nature. Team work-learning from nature.
Nature is full of examples where we have lessons to learn, I tried to share
with you some example from
nature where enough material, examples can be used to understand different
concepts we tried to
covered in this subject “Leadership and Team Management”.
We can observe from animal behavior the cooperation, dedication, teamwork
and concept of leadership.
I have dedicated this last lecture of our course on this very important
aspect. That is learning from
“Insights and hard work deliver results”
From this photograph you can the hard work and team work of ants.
Food for Thoughts
o Why can’t we learn?
o Why can’t we learn “Leadership and
Team Management” from nature?
o Look at the universe. All are in a
o Honey bees
o Sea world
Honeybees cannot get nectar in the winter so they must make plenty of honey
Honey bee: Highly organized social insect living in well developed colony
(also called Hive).
We can observe division of labor in these honeybees.
o Queen: Real Queen: Mother of colony
o Worker: Female: real worker of the
o Drone: (Males) : Naqatoo: Just eat
honey and breed
o Each colony have: 40-50 thousands
o QUEEN: Guarded by attendants, allot
duties to workers and supervise the activities:
o WORKERS: Machinery of the colony and
have assigned duties
o Indoor workers: sincere and attend
o Nursery workers: Nursing and taking
care of young ones
o Builder workers: produce wax for the
formation new colony
o Repairers workers: Repairing the wear
and tear of hive (comb)
o Cleaner workers: Involved in cleaning
activities in hive
o Fanner: Fanning hive to provide fresh
air performed with their wings
o Ware house : Storage and ripening of
OTHERS ACTIVIES OF THE HONEY BEES
o Absconding: Migration of whole
colony: due to unfavorable climate like destruction of
comb by Termites, wax moths and scarcity of flower nectar.
o Swarming: Leaving off the colony by
queen along with few workers and drone to form new
colony at new place
The roles identified among honey bees are important for colony cooperation,
regulate hive temperature,
efficiency via specialization: division of labor in the colony,
Communication etc and show how well
organize they are and also indicate their team work and leadership behavior.
o Cone-shaped outer walls and
o Brood chambers in central hive
o Spiral cooling vents
o Support pillars
These small creature works together with proper distribution and division of
labor. They tirelessly work
for cause and focus on work with.
o Organizing highways to and from
their foraging sites by leaving pheromone trails
o Form chains from their own bodies to
create a bridge to pull and hold leafs together with silk
o Division of labor between major and
Individual organisms often cooperate in ways that improve survival. Look in
this picture and see how
ants form a bridge to facilitate team work.
An In-depth Look at Ant Behavior:
You might have observed the movement of ants for the food and they travel
together in line and very
systematically. If you interrupt the Flow you will see that ants will try to
overcome this interruption and
start using all sides to reach food.
With the passage of time, these small creatures start thinking and pick the
shortest path to increase the
efficiency. You change the interruption; they will quickly adjust their
Learning from Nature
During my lecture, I also showed few shots/clips from movies. Showing
different animals form land,
sea and birds kingdom. The point I was trying to make was the same
philosophy of team work, moving
together, and threats of enemy, facing the dangerous situation and
overcoming them as we the human
are facing every day in our lives. Staying together, working together by
smaller animals to larger ones.
From sea to land and air all kind of animals exhibits similar cooperative
and team work behavior.
In first clip, we can see the different creatures busy in their daily work
focused in dynamic environment
along with all kinds of forces, dangers. Sticking together. Different types
of animals and different
priorities. Accordingly they work together to achieve them
In second clippings, we can see the birds building their nest/home. You can
see how focus they are to
achieve their objectives. They have motives, team work and vision. Even a
small but skilled bird builds
the nest with proper technique.
Third clipping start with sea world. Small fish to large one they all move
together, the sea lion shown
were also moving as a team. Similarly larger animals also exhibit behaviors
we can see around us. They
move together, enjoy, work, relax etc with the similar approach. But the
bottom line is the team work
and leadership in animal kingdoms and we the social animals often forget
The last clipping was also very interested. I have given this the title of
“Coach”. Leader’s role is also as
a coach. In that clip, a bird was teaching his young one how to fly. Father
slips himself on tree to teach
him confidence and technique to fly. After that we can see the young one
taking risk and following the
father’s instruction and going for his first flight.
All these examples were shown to encourage you to understand the concepts of
team work and
leadership and to show that in the nature every thing is working in a system
and with some philosophy
behind them. If we want to learn, we can have million of such examples
around us in nature. We need
the wisdom to understand and apply these concepts in our real life.
Let me show you few more clips indicating different aspects of team work and
leadership in nature that
is in reality which we tried to cover during this course.
I hope these examples from nature must have given you some feelings about
this important aspects and
also motivations to apply this in your life.
Let me give you yet another very interesting example from nature.
You see the geese migrating; going to a warmer place, to sort the
winter...They fly in a “V” formation.
Maybe this will help us to understand the leadership and team management....
By flying in a “V” formation.... The whole flock increases the flight
efficiency by 71% Compared to
just one bird flying alone.
Sharing the same direction and working as a team, get us to the destination
quicker and easier.
When a goose leaves the formation.. He feels the resistance of the air and
the difficulties of flying
alone.... Then, he quickly comes back to the formation to take advantage of
the flock’s power in front of
By staying in tune and united beside those who are going in the same
direction, the effort will be less.
It will be easier and pleasing to reach the goals, everyone will be inclined
to accept and give help.
When the leader goose gets tired of flying... ...He goes to the end of the
“V” formation. While another
goose takes the lead.
To share the leadership, there must be mutual respect between us all the
time... Sharing the hardest
problems and tasks…..Gathering our abilities and combining our facilities,
talents and resources….
The geese flying on a “V” formation, they quack to encourage to the ones in
the front. In that way, they
keep the same speed.
When there is courage and encouragement, the progress is greater….A timely
word of encouragement,
always motivates, helps and strengthens…..It produces the best of benefits.
When a goose gets sick, is injured or gets tired, And he must leave the
formation......Other geese leave
the formation too, and they fly with him to help him out and protect him.
They remain with him until he
dies or he is able to fly again. They reach their bevy or they just make
another “V” formation.
Let’s stay beside each other no matter what the differences. Especially in
times of difficulty and great
If we bond together and support each other……If we make true the spirit of
our differences, we can rise to meet our challenge. If we understand the
real value of teamwork…..If we
are aware of the feeling of sharing…..LIFE WILL BE EASIER, THE PASSING OF
FULFILLING AND A TEAM SUCESSFUL ..
Let’s Be Like These Geese!!!
What Can We Learn From Such Examples?
o Staying united
o Staying beside each others
o Mutual respect
o Combining abilities, talent and
o Team work
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