“There’s a special place in hell,” Madeleine Albright is famous for asserting, reserved “for women who don’t help each other.” Politics aside, the question of what prevents some women from reaching out and helping others arises often. The answers may well be found in apiarian allusions–comparisons between the world of bees and the world of business.
THE ROYAL JELLY
The larva that will become a queen is fed only royal jelly for the entire grub stage. This nutritional intake is a significant factor in determining whether a larva becomes a worker or a queen.
Examine what you have been feeding yourself, metaphorically speaking, in order to enhance your success in your field. While you may not aspire to Queen Bee status, you probably wouldn’t mind a promotion or a raise. To help ensure the outcomes you seek, decide if you need further training. Determine if you could benefit from having a mentor. If so, learn where can you find the best one. Compare your status to others in comparable positions and see if you are progressing as you should be. Consider volunteering for a special project to gain more visibility.
THE HONEYCOMB DANCE
Worker bees carry out a complex dance on the honeycomb to provide other bees cues about the direction and distance to nectar and pollen sources. The intensity of performance of the dance is relative to the abundance of food.
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