Most people know that honey bees use a hexagon (six-sided) shape to create their hives, but have you ever asked yourself why.

It turns out that while a circle is the most efficient space in isolation, a hexagon is the best when you are putting them all together.  A hexagon creates the most space for bees to store their nectar as well as making their hive a secure fortress in which the bees can live.

A short video about “if bees went to architectural school” simply illustrates the logic and math behind this.

Think about what shape you are: a circle, who operates wonderfully on your own, or a hexagon, who works best when part of a larger effort.  Like the bees, being most efficient independently may not be your goal.

— beth triplett

Original source:  Great Work Provocations by Box of Crayons, July 30, 2015

About the Author leadership dots by dr. beth triplett

Dr. beth triplett is the owner of leadership dots, offering coaching, training and consulting for new supervisors. She also shares daily lessons on her leadershipdots blog. Her work is based on the leadership dots philosophy that change happens through the intentional connecting of small steps in the short term to the big picture in the long term.

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