Team Building in Nature

People in all organisation talk about constructing and working as a team, but few understand how to craft the experience of teamwork or how to evolve a capable team. Being a part of a team, in the broadest sense, is a result of feeling part of something larger than yourself.

We do have some lessons from nature which provides a perfect example of the importance of teamwork and how it can have a profound and powerful effect on any form of personal or business endeavour.

As we know Geese, ants and bees show lovely cooperation. They take full advantage of the power of their group, sharing leadership responsibilities and flying and moving in a formation that enables the group to take advantage of the strength and power of its members.

They use the following four lessons which we can use in our personal and business life, and it will help us to cultivate and boost the level of zeal and energy in ourselves, as well as those who are our associates and teammates. This article explains the next lesson by taking the analogy of Geese and ants.

Lesson 1 – The Essences of Accomplishment of Objectives

As all goose try to fly by flapping its wings, which creates an “UPLIFT” thrust for the birds that follow. By flying in a ‘V’ formation, all goose adds 71 per cent extra to the flying range.

Outcome: We should have a sense of oneness and accomplishment of vision, which helps in creating trust and can help each other to achieve our own goals.

Lesson 2 – Team Work and Work Sharing

When a goose falls out of the arrangement, it suddenly feels the pull and struggle of flying alone. It quickly moves back to take benefit of the lifting power of the birds in front.

In the second case, two of the ants were carrying the 3rd ant who was held in the middle, continually sharing the load and the lead as they crossed the path.

Outcome: We are willing to accept their help and give our support to others. We should admire and care for each other’s unique arrangement of skills, capabilities, talents and assets.

Lesson 3 – The Significance of Empathy, Understanding and Encouragement

When a goose gets sick, two geese drop out of formation and follow it down to the ground to help and protect it, also Geese flying in formation give a sound of ‘HONK’ to push those up front to keep up with their speed.

Outcome: If we have as much intellect as geese we will support each other in thorny and required times. One should make sure that their beep is encouraging. In groups and teams where there is an encouragement, productivity is much better.

Lesson 4 - The Importance of Creative thinking and innovation in problem-solving

When hurdles and obstacles came across in the journey of ants, they divert their direction/ route and guide another fellow ant to achieve their targets.

Outcome: we have some problem in achieving organisational goals, team members help the team with the new alternative and creative ideas to solve the problem and accomplished their mission.

By: Neha Jain
Asst Prof. ( BBA Department, DIMS)