Bees have to assess their environment at all times and be prepared to adapt depending on the weather conditions, the time of the year, the type of flowers and the competition for nectar with birds and other insects. Scout bees monitor the number of sites at any given time to ensure they will be the most profitable. Then they come back to the hive and use a unique form of communication known as the “waggle dance” to inform others in the colony where there are good sources of nectar. Walking in a looping pattern and waggling their bodies will inform other bees of the location and nature of the source of food, any vital tips, like where vast amounts of pollen can be found, are relayed to other members. Amazing, right!
Bees have an incredible ethical conduct, they have clear standards that regulate their behaviour and keep their mission on track. Their shared values are instilled through frequent messages as well as the demonstrable behaviours of higher level bees. They have incredible strategies such as how much pollen needs to be taken per day, and the honey stores need to be built up to certain levels before the temperature turns cold.
In the hive, bees’ development progressions and movements are stimulated by the colony’s need. The life of a honeybee is mostly a predictable one: young bees, called house bees, do the hive chores, feeding the brood, cleaning and repairing cells. They grow up and are trained to become a nurse, helping to feed the larvae in the hive and caring for the queen. Some guard the hive to keep out raiders and then make the transition to a forager, heading out from the hive, travelling to find sources of nectar and pollen to bring back.
Pollen provides in the hive the essential nutrients for the colony, with protein as their most valued ingredient. Bees depend on that protein as their primary source of food for developing larvae. So honeybees closely monitor and tightly regulate their pollen intake and supplies, to ensure there is enough for everyone during the cold and inactive winter months.
4 steps, Assess-Develop-Train-Measure; that keep recurring in the beehive and should be used in our organisations. I love using the analogy of the bees and the beehives because the hive behaves like a miniature but incredibly successful business; it is an inspirational, ever-present reminder of the natural possibilities of organisational excellence where the queen bee raises the standards, promoting a positive culture with a strong leadership, knowing that each individual makes its own contribution to the Hive and to the higher mission of the Hive.
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