Posts Tagged ‘Team’

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I share a wonderful passion with my children.  We love to be involved with and watch programs about nature.  You can learn a lot about teamwork from studying nature.  Recently I discovered some fascinating facts about Honey Bees.

On a warm day about half the bees in a hive stay inside beating their wings while the other half go out to gather pollen and nectar.  Because of the beating wings, the temperature inside the hive is about 10 degrees cooler than outside.  The bees rotate duties and the bees that cool the hive one day are honey gatherers the next.

Isn’t it interesting to see the POSITIVE EFFECTS of Teamwork in Nature!?  There are so many examples for us to learn from.  I believe our Creator sends us constant reminders through nature.  There are three I am reminded of for effective teamwork:


1) The team members must care for one another
Without Sacrifice there can be no Success!  Sometimes we are called to sacrifice: time, effort, comfort, or our own desires for the sake of the team.  Uncaring people on a team remind me of two guys in a sinking boat, sitting together at one end doing nothing.  As the people at the other end are bailing furiously, one says, ’Thank God that hole isn’t in our end of the boat.’


2) The team members must communicate
In Hurricane Katrina, hundreds died while those who could have rescued them stood by.  Why? Communication broke down.  We might not die, but poor communication sure cripples a team.


3) ’Your rights’ must take second place
The old ’I’ll do it myself, so it’ll get done right’ attitude, robs others of the opportunity to participate, learn and grow, and leaves the job undone or poorly done.  The team’s success must be of greater value than your own interests.

A widely shared quote from one of my favorite leadership gurus, Stephen Covey certainly describes the success of people working interdependently on a team as well as our friends in the air conditioned beehives.

“Dependent people need others to get what they want.  Independent people can get what they want through their own efforts. Interdependent people COMBINE their OWN efforts with the efforts of OTHERS to ACHIEVE their Greatest SUCCESS.” -Stephen Covey

Written by Jim Shearer for Leading Hearts: the Spirit Ranch Blog; http://spiritranch.us/airconditionedbeehive

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We are all interconnected and we have responsibility for each other.

This was the interpretation of the Xhosa word, ubuntu, offered near the start of a short, inspiring interview with photographer Betty Press by NPR a few weeks ago.  Then I ran across this proverb.

An anthropologist proposed a game to African tribe kids. He put a basket full of fruit near a tree and told them that whoever got there first won the sweet fruits.  When he told them to run they all took each others hands and ran together, then sat together enjoying their treats.

When he asked them why they had run like that as one could have had all the fruits for himself they said: “UBUNTU, how can one of us be happy if all the other ones are sad?”

Wow.., until I heard the NPR interview and came across this proverb, I had two impressions of ubuntu: (1) I Am Because We Are as the 2008 documentary film narrated, and produced by Madonna; and (2) as the computer operating system based on the Linux open source software.

I now know UBUNTU started long before the software company and that in the Xhosa culture means: “I am because we are.”  I just wonder how our society would respond  if our tribes lived as the proverb above suggests?