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.