Humans and our organizations are more like bees and beehives than they are like machines and component parts! Human systems are more like the complex adaptive systems that we see in nature. Complex, because the relationships and behaviours that make up the way the system operates are complex and interconnected. It can be difficult to predict how a complex system will respond to change! Bee colonies have a hierarchical structure with 1 queen, attendants, drones and workers, but the way they operate goes above and beyond the colony's organizational structure. Where information is currency, the way that bees interact and communicate with each other, mirror how our human organizational systems operate. We humans and our organizations are more like bees than like machines.
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