Today was a perfect day in LaGrange. Low 80’s, low humidity and a breeze. The rest of the week is supposed to be 96 to 100 degrees. My wife, daughter and I enjoyed the evening with a nice stroll down our road. The wild turkeys and songbirds were evident as we discussed my daughter’s plan to start a scholarship fund in memory of her friend who recently died at the age of 14. We also discussed a new client I have and gave my wife an overview of the project.
When we got back to the house, I noticed some bumble bees collecting nectar in our patch of wildflowers. I got so engaged in watching them that I walked to with 12” of them and just observed them performing there single-minded task. Fly to a flower, take all of its nectar and repeat.
I had a flash of inspiration during these few moments of observation. How can an insect with a bee-sized brain remain so focused on a critical and highly repetitive task when many humans can’t stay on-task for longer than a few minutes? Darwinists would say bees evolved into this; mainstream religions may say they were created this way. Whatever the reason, we can agree that bees are effective or they would not survive.
How can an organization improve its productivity and effectivity if humans are so prone to distraction in this distraction-filled world of work? We can’t “channel our inner bee” or some other mumbo-jumbo like that. However, we can focus on the output and why it is important to the organization. Also, we can train ourselves to realize there is satisfaction in a job well-done. Maybe that is an old-fashioned concept but I am OK with that.