Learning Teamwork from Ants

Learning Teamwork from Ants

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Ants are the most organized and intelligent creatures. They work round the clock and most of the time they work as a team. This is the primary reason why ants get success while carrying the work load of something that is ten times heavier than their individual weight.

It is only through team work that a colony of ants could easily lift things that are way more than their collective weights together. According to a research, an efficient group-level process can arise from brief amplification of individual-based knowledge. The study also observed that when ants collectively carry a large load then it requires high level of coordination and someone within the ants acts as a leader in such a time.

In order to ensure smoother teamwork, the large degree of conformity is a necessity as it boosts the efficiency such endeavors. We can explain the same with an example of how a swarm of ants carries “a dead cockroach” from one place to another because all the ants have a collective goal and well-specified object.

Learning Teamwork from Ants

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The above research also shed some light on the combined force of the ants that determine the speed of their workloads. Every individual ant tries their best to carry a load. This Ising model explains that carrying ants demonstrate a sort of social conformism allowing a single ant to optimally lead the load – just as what a leader does in reality.

Top 5 Teamwork Lessons You Learn From Ants

  • Ants Never Fear the size of their workload.
  • Teamwork is the reason behind the success of ants.
  • Ants are workaholic and work round the clock.
  • Ants are well organized. They know how to pursue their goals.
  • Ants are cautious and far-sighted. They collect their food in advance even before the actual rainy season in sight.
  • They don’t leave their work undone. Once an army of ants engage in an activity they fully complete it.

The Research Experiment

Ring-shaped food items were placed at a distance of quite a few meters from the ant’s nest. On finding that a food was placed near them ants began their cooperative transport. Soon, they surrounded the same and each ant contributes towards moving the object.

With more ants joining the experiment, the objects were moving faster. Slowly and slowly, the food items were dragged near to their nest. Eventually, researchers found that it was a full teamwork and the responsible role of each ant that help them move the object near to ant’s nest. When an individual ant felt tired a new ant joined the work replacing him – such is the level of mutual cooperation and coordination that you find within ants.

Talking about Ant’s teamwork, Prof. Nir Gov of the Weizmann Institute’s Chemical Physics Department remarked “In this system, the wisdom does not come from crowds. Rather, some individuals supply the ‘brains’ and the role of the group is to amplify the ‘muscle’ power of savvy individuals so they can actually move the load.”  No doubt, we have a lot to learn from ants day in and day out !

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