I have worked for 20 years in training and development for commercial enterprises in New Zealand, Australia and China. At the same time I and my wife are keen amateur bee keepers. We have 20 hives on Waiheke Island in Auckland's Hauraki Gulf. This hobby provides us with a sense of wonder about these amazing and vulnerable creatures. The bee hives are a creative industry on a small scale as we take rain, sunshine and bees to create a honey which we sell under our own and other peoples' labels. I am also keen on boating and supporting the NZ Institute of Human Resources as an active member.
A bee colony is a team of individuals working together in a competitive environment. It is the same for a business. Although the parallels between the two are uncanny, bees have tricks that will surprise you. Recent discoveries about bees show how to manage interpersonal conflict, run a coup, set goals and face other business challenges. Gain management tools that you can apply back on the job.