When Darwin said “fittest,” Darwin did not mean strongest or fastest or even smartest: he meant most adaptable, best at handling change.

Ants have existed close to more than 100 million years now and they can be considered as one of the most flourishing beings on our earth. They have colonized almost every landmass and they thrive in most ecosystems. Have you ever wondered what makes them so successful?

This success of theirs in so many environments has been attributed to their social organisation and their ability to modify habitats, tap resources, and defend themselves. Ants are one among the most agile creatures that we have seen till date.

 
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Outline/structure of the Session

Structure of the talk would be as follows

  1.  What makes ants so successful? [More of introduction: 8 minutes]
    •  Communication strategies
    •  Division of labour and Fluidity (flexibility to focus on their end goal)
    •  Ability to solve complex problems
  2.  What strategies they apply for them to be successful [Taking through ant life : 20 minutes]
    •  Communication using pheromones, sounds, and touch.
    •  Strategies for division of labour enhancing reliability and effectiveness(redundancy, task partitioning, how a different category of workers take up an activity which requires to be done on priority)
    •  How the colony regulate total foraging activity, to retain a memory of previously rewarding locations, and to select among locations of different profitability. (eg. Finding shortest way from nest to food)
  3.  A few lessons that we could take back for ourselves in our teams and lives to being more agile. [12 minutes]
    •  Improving the communication among team members
    •  Different strategies to be used for effective collaboration and reducing waste or ineffectiveness
    •  How teams can apply the strategies to solve complex work related issues
  4.  Question and answers [5 minutes]

Learning Outcome

Participants can learn agility being part of the sorroundings where we all thrive.

The takeaway lessons would be

  •  Improving the communication among team members
  •  Different strategies to be used for effective collaboration and reducing waste or ineffectiveness
  •  How teams can apply the strategies to solve complex work related issues

Target Audience

Knowledge workers at all ranks

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  • Naresh Jain
    By Naresh Jain  ~  2 years ago
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    This is a very interesting proposal Vineesh. How do you plan to spend the 45 mins? Can you please give a time-wise break-up of topics under the process section?

    Also can you please share a few specific strategies that you will discuss. This will help us understand what to expect.


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