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What Ants Can Teach the Enterprise About Teamwork

What Ants Can Teach the Enterprise About Teamwork

Congratulations to the Socialcast blog for an excellent summary of Bioteams plus a truly awesome poster "Unlocking the Bioteams formula" which gives a great introduction to bioteams - all in a single picture.


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Another Bioteams lesson in teamwork from the ant

Another Bioteams lesson in teamwork from the ant

The BBC Nature site reports on research published in the journal Naturwissenschaften which has discovered that a certain species of stinging ant may grab a fellow worker in their jaws and take them with them to help manage large food items they cannot carry by themselves.


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Swarms on primetime TV

Swarms on primetime TV
What do killer bees, locusts, field mice, mayflies, starlings, cicadas, cuban land crabs, driver ants, redflies, locust birds, silver carp and honey bees all have in common? The "Wisdom of Crowds" or in other words the ability to Swarm in huge groups.

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The wisdom of ants and bees: democracy and elections

The wisdom of ants and bees: democracy and elections
It is a natural human trait to believe that we (the species) are the inventors of all clever things. Not so. One of the humbling things that biomimicry teaches us very quickly is that many times Mother Nature has beaten us to it! For example, take one of our proudest achievements: elections and democracy....

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Did ants invent the perfect mobile communications system

Did ants invent the perfect mobile communications system
Ants interact using a system known as pheromones, involving sending 'chemical messages' to their community through smell and taste. It is also one of the oldest and most sophisticated forms of group communication on the planet with many features today's mobile and virtual teams would die for!

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Video: How do ants know what to do?

Video: How do ants know what to do?
Armed with a few students, a backhoe and a handful of markers, Deborah Gordon digs up ant colonies in the Arizona desert. She asks: How do these chitinous creatures get down to business and even multitask when they need to with no language, memory or visible leadership?

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The universal instinct to swarm

The universal instinct to swarm
By studying swarming behaviour in ants, locusts and crickets there is much we can learn about robot communications, how cancer tumours spread and even how our neurons swarm to produce thoughts.

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Biological teams live

Biological teams live

Much of the foundation of bioteaming is based on the organisation, communications and behavior of social insect societies. The BBC has a wonderful series Life in the Undergrowth narrated by David Attenborough with a whole programme dedicated to Supersocieties and Super-organisms.


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Organizational teams need early movers

Organizational teams need early movers

Why do I always have to take the garbage out : new social network research may explain why some team tasks just never get done.


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New Bioteams Video by Robert Scoble

New Bioteams Video by Robert Scoble

Many Thanks to Robert Scoble of Scoble Show fame for producing a brand new 15 minute video interview on the basics of bioteams and how it can be applied in organisational teams.


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Belbin on bioteams

Belbin on bioteams

Dr R Meredith Belbin, regarded as the father of "team-role" theory and one of the worlds foremost experts on teams, predicts that our organizational teams will evolve into more biologically inspired forms.


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Bioteams: an introduction

Bioteams: an introduction

How is it that even with our vastly superior intelligence nature's teams sometimes seem to work much better than ours - what do they know that we don't?


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Ant communications: experience them through a simulator

Ant communications: experience them through a simulator

Ant communications are very different from the communications we typically experience in our organizational teams. In fact they are so different that to really understand them you have to try and find some way to experience them. Here is one way!


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