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Leadership & Teamwork -- Talk to an Ant
Ants are very small. But, these tiny insects are a huge example of cooperation and working together. Have you ever noticed a group of ants at work? If you have, then you will agree with me. We can learn a lot from their behaviors about management, planning, and above all teamwork.
Thinking Drives Behavior
I once looked at about one hundred or more ants carrying a sugar bee. Compare the size of the sugar bee with that of a single ant. By itself the ant would never be able to move the sugar bee. A group of ants certainly would move it to the desired destination. I saw the sugar bee. He was being carried on the back of the ants. They had formed a circle beneath the bee. Their success, the realization of their goal, was because of teamwork. Cooperation was the way to success in the Kingdom of the ants. The weight may have seemed heavy. The task was too much. But the energy and strength of the group brought success.
How big is the team you're playing on?
Ants live in colonies with millions of individuals. They don’t have leaders. There is the queen ant. But she doesn’t tell the other ants what to do. Every ant knows their own roles and carries out their tasks faithfully. They are able to work together effectively. They all have the same goal for the good and unity of the colony.
All styles get results!
In an ant colony, different ants have different team roles. There are the worker ants, drones and queen ants. In the worker ants, there are workers of different sizes. The larger ants have stronger mouths. These are more effective for fighting. These are also known as soldier ants. But most of the time they will do the work of a worker ant. At the same time, the smaller ants are in charge of taking care of the young.
It is interesting. The role of an ant may change with age. A new worker ant spends the first few days of its adult life caring for the queen and young. As it grows, it may then move on to digging and other nest work. Later it can defend the nest and look for food. The ants’ roles also change depending on the needs of the colony. When under attack, more soldiers will be called to defend. They leave their worker roles for the more important task at that moment.
Each ant is good at something. A colony of ants has various skills. Tasks can be finished quickly when everybody focuses on their own roles.
Let us inspire all our team to work as the ants do. Then, we will achieve almost every impossible goal.
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