Consider the ant.
Posted on September 10, 2015
In my time of reading I came across the following statement.
“Look at the ant, O lazy person; consider her ways, and be wise. Without having any leader, or ruler, she prepares her bread in summer and gathers her food in harvest.”
So I did what every person should do, I went and found a group of ants and watched them work. I learned something from those little things that I wanted to share with you.
First, it seems as though these little workers are not intimidated by the size of the task that is before them. They just never seem to give up. Just imagine if that was your team, never having a defeated attitude and never seeming to be intimidated?
Second, A single ant can only do so much, but when they work as a team, they can achieve unbelievable goals. Ants never just leave their “fellow ants“ alone, they help each other making it possible for them to achieve their goals.
Third, ants never seem to give up. I have never seen a group of ants leave what they’re carrying and just say “I’m done.” They get the job done!
One last thing that I recognized is that ants are very cooperative and understand the value of the team. While an in-depth study of an ant colony will reveal that there are different ants for different jobs, such as soldier ants, foraging ants, etc…, they all work together as a team.
As I “considered the ant”, I began wondering what my team would look like if we all worked together like an ant colony. What would happen if we all had a list of values modeled after an ant colony?
Now I know that there will be a science nerd that will read this and will write me about the queen and her role in the colony. However, just for a moment, admire the teamwork of the colony. Watch the little herculean insects accomplish a task. Consider the ant and how their working together can inspire your team or your leadership.
As I watch a small group of them making a trail across my patio, onto the wall, across the window over to a hummingbird feeder, I am fascinated at the diligence that have in pursuing their task.
So, now for this week’s experiment. Take a moment and consider the ant. How can these complex simple little insects teach you about teamwork?