Concepts to Human Behavior and Teamwork – What We Can Learn From Animal Team Work

February 8, 2015 / Arielle Adler

Canada Geese Flying at Sunrise

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If you would have to find great examples of teamwork, cooperation, concept of leadership and dedication, and a combination of them all, there is no better place to look for them than in Mother Nature.

We can learn so much from animal behavior by observing what nature instinctively has taught them, as they understand that collaboration with team members is necessary for protection, survival and getting the job done; they have motives, vision and understand team work.
Identical cooperative and team work behavior and spirit are detected in air, sea and land animals; plenty of examples are to be spotted all around us.
We only need to take the time to learn and understand how and why they team up and apply these concepts to our lives. Below some samples:
•    Coyotes and badgers show a most unlikely collaboration; often they hunt together on the same prey; by doing this together more ground is covered, energy conserved in the hunt and the prey is less likely to escape

Fantastic Leaf-tail Gecko (Uroplatus phantasticus) mimicking leaves, Andasibe-Mantadia National Park, Madagascar

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•    The Leaf Tailed Gecko is master in camouflage, giving it protection and the perfect hunting position
•    Fish are shoaling and schooling to seek defense against predators

But best example of teamwork is in

•    Migrating birds like ducks and geese. By sharing the same direction and working together, they reach their destination faster and easier and accomplish feats that seem inconceivable and impossible to other animals.
By flying in the “V” formation, flight efficiency is increased by 71% compared to one bird flying alone as they take advantage of ‘upwash’ thrown up by the wings of the bird ahead.  Synchronizing the flapping of their wings and fine-tuning their position enables them to deal with the subtle effects of air turbulence.
They rotate flock leaders when getting tired, honk to hearten those up front to keep up their speed. Even more amazing is that if one is wounded or gets sick, some other geese leave the formation, accompany  the ailing goose down to help and protect him until he dies or is able to fly again. Then they will continue their journey.

Above samples demonstrate how genomes and animal behavior need to be understood and that individuals can benefit without being “selfish.”
When we work in a team, we feel bonded to each other, share the same feeling of satisfaction when meet our challenge and comprehend the real value and importance of teamwork.

So, let’s glean lessons from the importance of teamwork and collaboration from partnerships like badger’s and coyote’s or migrating birds.