A guest post from Mary Fraser at Poppyfields:
Yesterday when I sat down at my desk I was distracted by the movement of birds feeding from the bird tree in my garden. On the bird tree hangs an array of tasty morsels, nuts, suet balls and snacks to attract even the smallest bird. A very industrious starling was making short work of a hanging suet ball filled with seeds. Below the tree a blackbird hovered and picked from the ground. Blackbirds, as you may know are ground feeding birds so they do not fly up into the bird tree.
As I watched, I noticed that when the starling pecked at the heavily seeded suet ball, little bits would fly off and land on the ground. Much to the delight of the hungry and awaiting blackbird! As the starling worked his way around the suet ball, the blackbird watched, waited and mirrored the movement of the starling to where the falling food fell. What teamwork. What a great lesson from nature about collaboration. Outcome, two hungry birds working together to satisfy their specific needs.
It got me thinking about how we operate in business and how we may encounter problems. Do we feel the need to come up with the solution all on our own? Do we see if there is anyone else with a similar need? What happens when we share and collaborate? What might that do for building business relationships?
The starling worked at a fast and furious pace, the blackbird worked at slower and more methodical pace and took time to savour each morsel (or so it seemed to me).
Both left satisfied. Both achieved their goal. Both shared the same resources.
I love it when learning comes from sources other than the internet in this busy world we live in, don’t you?
Mary Fraser runs Poppyfields, a coaching service for children. Mary is a Personal Development Coach, NLP practitioner and Learning Support Assistant with a Diploma from the Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education in London.