The clues of the Bees’ success are to be found in their clever social organization.
The Queen is like the goddess: she is the reason for nearly everything the rest of the colony does. Then, you have the Male Drones and the Female Worker Bees. The Worker Bees are responsible for every day jobs in the hive, they have different positions depending on their age; some are scouts, some are guards, some care for the queen, some produce honey, etc…
Today, I want to focus my attention on the Scouts or Forager bees; they can travel up to 1.5miles in search of the best field of flowers; when harvesting they will consider the distance between flowers and the sugar concentration of the nectar. They evaluate the quality of a food source by its net value to the hive, not only by the total nectar they can collect.
Nowadays, when every penny counts, companies are having to review their processes. “Lean” is centered on preserving value with less work. Lean principles are derived from the Japanese manufacturing industry, for many, “Lean” is the set of “tools” that assist in the identification and steady elimination of waste.
So just like our Scouts bees, who factor in the costs of collection for maximum production at minimum expenditure of energy, businesses need to be more clever to preserve the ability of the organisation to perform by focusing on getting the right things to the right place at the right time in the right quantity to achieve perfect work flow, while minimizing waste and being flexible and able to change.
What can you be doing today to make your processes leaner and provide a WOW experience to your customers?