Another Bioteams lesson in teamwork from the ant

The BBC Nature site reports on research published in the journal Naturwissenschaften which has discovered that a certain species of stinging ant may grab a fellow worker in their jaws and take them with them to help manage large food items they cannot carry by themselves.


Pachycondyla chinensis antsImage: http://www.bbc.co.uk

Read Ants carry over a friend to help

This is one more great example of ant teamwork and how they know when to call in help for a task they can't manage alone.

Do our teams work like this or are they more like groups of lone rangers who see asking for help as a sign of weakness and only ask for it as a "last resource" (freudian slip by me!) and after the damage has already been done!

One of the secrets of high-performing teams is that they are prepared to ask and offer help easily and with no sense of embarrassment or obligation.

Thanks to Angus for spotting this one

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Ken Thompson delivers keynote conference speeches, workshop facilitation and in-house consultancy in four key business areas:

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I think this is the best example of team work and people should also act in this way and I am sure that this will certainly guarantee the success of team work.

 


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