Prof. Jürgen Tautz knows a thing or two about bees. A member of the German bee Institute, the International Union for the Study of Social Insects, and founder/head of Würzburg Bee Research Association, he’s a master of understanding our little fuzzy, buzzy friend.
In his acclaimed book “The Buzz about Bees”, Tautz describes how an individual bee has a million cerebral nerve cells. When combined, an entire colony has over 100 billion. Impressive. Especially considering a human has approximately 200 million cells, therefore making a bee colony about half as smart as one of us!
Although together, a hive of bees can produce a golden stack of honey, not one bee would have a clue how to do it alone. No bee understands the whole process. Businesses aren’t that different from bees. In its most basic form, a company is a group of individuals working towards a common goal. We each have a job to play and only together can we achieve success. No one individual can accomplish everything. The intelligence of the organisation doesn’t lie with one person, or even an average between a group of people; it’s based on who is connected to who. If your executive team isn’t connected to your shop floor, then the whole thing breaks.