Lessons from a bee

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January 3, 2018

Lessons from a bee

On my morning gratitude walk, I watched a bee flying from flower to flower.  I sat in gratitude of the bee’s lessons to me…

1) While some scientists say that it is aerodynamically impossible for a bee to fly, the bee places no value in their opinion and just keeps flying.

2) Honey bees must gather nectar from two million flowers to make one pound of honey and one bee has to fly about 90,000 miles – three times around the globe – to make one pound of honey.  While your dream may seem too big, working collaboratively and having clarity in roles are keys to achieving more than we can imagine.

3) Having fun in your work makes a difference.  Honey bees communicate with one another by dancing.  When a bee finds a good source of nectar it flies back to the hive and shows its friends where the nectar source is by doing a dance which positions the flower in relation to the sun and hive. This is known as the ‘waggle dance.’  Being a joyful leader and encouraging your team to be in joy creates a sustainable connection within the team that brings about more productivity.

4) Leadership is not always an easy task and it is beneficial to remember that being a good role model spreads far and wide.  For example, bees go about their jobs without knowing the benefits that they are bringing to humans.  Bees give us honey which helps to strengthen our immune system, has antiseptic properties, helps with burns and cuts and is used in cough medicine.

5) A little bit goes a long way.  Honeybees pollinate $15 billion worth of the world’s crops annually helping to give humans jobs and financial abundance.

Spending time following around this bee also allowed me to quiet my mind and focus on the beauty of the present moment which left me feeling peaceful, renewed and grateful for the rest of my day.

Leadership Challenge:  Being appreciated and knowing we make a difference are high level currencies for a happy staff.  What benefits can you find in your team that are making a bigger difference than they realize?  Take time and discover even the smallest difference and share this new found insight with a staff member and/or your team.

Feel free to share your discoveries of appreciation to inspire others in the comments.






Jenny Craig
Jenny Craig
Jenny R. Craig, LCSW, BCD is a leadership coach, team builder, speak and author utilizing her expertise in assisting leaders in creating authentic, profound, long-lasting impact in their organizations and personal lives. She is a confidential advisor and sounding board to top senior and emerging executives and leaders, CEOs, nonprofit leaders, diplomats, entrepreneurs, artists and visionaries, giving tools to unleash their potential and take quantum leaps to success. A dynamic and riveting speaker, Jenny has taught her life-changing training all over the world. She is a powerful influence in her field in psychology, having trained psychologists and coaches in 48 states on her techniques, has spoken at the United Nations, published five books and been part of two best sellers. Jenny leads leadership deep dives and transformational coaching. As an innovator in brain-training tools, Jenny is the creator of the “ I am grateful for™” ring, numerous train-the-trainer programs and a six-week self-guided curriculum on emotional intelligence. Her curriculum has helped people move past self-sabotage and train their brains to break through to higher levels of success. She also offers her curriculum to help increase entrepreneurship, decrease bullying in schools and increase total wellness. As a top change agent, Jenny has appeared on WINK, CBS, FOX, PBS and the Lifetime Network, been awarded HR.com 2018 LEAD award as a top leadership coach, been named WE magazine’s 2014 Who’s Who Among Women, 2012 American Business Woman Association Neapolitan Woman of the Year, Gulfshore Business’s 40 under 40, the guru of interest in Gulfshore Life, Sapphire Award Inscape Publishing, IMPACT Leadership 21’s United Nations Academy, diplomat and distinguished speaker on Emotional Intelligence at Hodges University. Jenny recently taught Emotional Intelligence for an independent course at Columbia University School of International Public Affairs (SIPA) Fall 2015.

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