The ant is not only a good model for cameras and for activists but also, according to Forbes’ Rick Wartzman, for managers. Wartzman identifies four ways in which the typical ant colony implements quality management practices in accordance with the philosophy of Peter Drucker:
1) Work is focused on tasks rather than promotion
2) Promotion is devoid of nepotism
3) The flow of information is decentralized
4) Using ants as models because, as Drucker said, “ants and bees are as much social animals as man”
The last point is a bit of a cheat and doesn’t really address an aspect of ant social behavior. Regardless, I appreciate Wartzman’s efforts to learn from ants in order to improve the efficiency of mankind. Perhaps such comparisons are not too off the mark? In any case, be sure to read the rest of the article here.