The Bees Metaphor and Business Healthiness


Our heads are like hives filled with ideas. Some of them keep buzzing in our minds and don't sleep. Other ideas are like some bees that hibernate in winter only to wake up later. Some ideas take a short rest before staring buzzing and looking for a flowery idea to suck its nectar and pollen to produce a honey-like idea, pollinate their ideas and in the process produce beeswax.

Beeswax is very useful as antiviral and antimicrobial wax in many industries such as in cheese protection. Hopefully, you don't need to ask "who spoiled my cheese". Beeswax is a source for creative ideas and innovations. It also represents variety of seasons, aroma and flavor. It is reinforces flavor and make sure your ideas become tastier. If your ideas were pollinated by bees which visited pollution-free flowers then you shall have a high quality wax. Negative thinking and other toxic pollutants will pollute the flowery idea and bees taking nectar from them shall only produce low quality wax. Toxic work cultures are polluted and produce low quality wax. No wonder organizations with good bees and flowery ideas are sometimes unable to preserve their ideas and talents for they produce inferior wax. Again, "The Bee Effect" emerges as polluting the culture of an organization also pollutes its flowers and workers (bees) are taking polluted nectar. A low quality wax is produced which can't properly protect the organization and a culture of blame prevails. And the vicious cycle repeats. Instead of gluing the organization together, it intoxicates it. This thinking is in full alignment with the very thoughtful Buzz which Dr. Edward Lewellen published on beBee recently. In his buzz titled "Vision, Execution, and Culture", he wrote "Vision, execution, and culture are inextricably linked together.ย  And, I wonder, have you ever considered the mental and emotional context each one creates".

ย The beauty of organizations acting like a bees' hive is that they live on flowers, bee pollinating them so that more flowers will produce and all products have great uses. It is polluting the culture that leads to inferior products. A healthy culture is of great significance in ensuring the quality of otherwise great products. Allowing wasps of negative thinking shall only turn flowery ideas into thorny ones. A healthy organization shall only produce healthy products. It is not enough to produce wax; it is more important to keep the quality of wax high to glue the organization together and to protect its interests against wasps. We need organizations with the right bees, right flowers and right culture. The role of leaders is to ensure the alignment of these three factors. The selection of bees (employees), flowers (product ideas) and keeping a good culture are pre-requisites for the success of any organization. This requirement is the assurance that the organization will feed the queen (customer) with the right jelly products so that the customer may not churn. If an organization lacks something it shall not be able to offer it.

ย a real bee to serve the customers and keep them glued with your wax enriched with aroma ""
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Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#17
Sara Jacobovici- what to say. I am moved by your kindness and support. You have the healthy culture we are all in need of. Thank you

Sara Jacobovici

Sara Jacobovici

5 years ago #12

At the risk of being suspected of inhaling too much of the aroma of your enriched wax Ali Anani, I experienced your last paragraph, from the first word through to the end, as a perfectly structured and designed hive, just like the image above. Beautifully conceived, beautifully written.

Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

Donna-Luisa Eversley- one day I have to tell the story of your comments here. I have an idea for a story line from one of your previous comments.

Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#13
William King- it is always a source of pleasure to read your comments not only for their practicality, but also for the wisdom they extend to us. Here, and as you wrote "Sealing the hole with wax after it is contaminated doesn't solve the problem without the purge. Don't organizations need to do this well? Yes, prevention is better than cure.

Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#11
You are an honorable friend Edward Lewellen. Thank you

Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#7
I couldn't say it better than you dear Kevin Pashuk. SPot on you are

Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#6
Much obliged to your kind words and appreciation Anees Zaidi. Big thank you

Kevin Pashuk

Kevin Pashuk

5 years ago #6

#1
You do well at the rhymes Ken Boddie... Perhaps you could finish this limerick I was working on. "There was a young Ken from Australia..." :)

Kevin Pashuk

Kevin Pashuk

5 years ago #5

Another insightful article Ali Anani. While reading it I couldn't help but think how important it is for all the 'bees' to understand the culture of an organization - the core values, aspirations, and measures of success. When the corporate culture is clear to all, then the possibility of gathering polluted pollen is significantly reduced.

Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#4
Donna-Luisa Eversley- You have done me a favor with your comment, Donna-Luisa. All I know the comment tastes like a measured taste. The bee as a metaphor for storytelling is a forthcoming buzz as is inspired by your honey-like comment. Thank you and keep your smile.

Ken Boddie

Ken Boddie

5 years ago #3

So true, Ali Anani. If the worker bees, and more importantly, the Queen Bee, aren't happy, then this will reflect in the business and be passed subliminally onto the client, Just like the Queen Bee back home, "Happy wife, happy life" ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿ˜€ #2

Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

And that starts from within the business. Happy businesses mak extend happiness to customers. I hope you agree Ken Boddie

Ken Boddie

Ken Boddie

5 years ago #1

Happy clients we want, and then, They'll pay their bills and come again.

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