Bees can teach humans great lessons about productivity, such as each bee being "empowered to act independently based on local cues and requirements," writes Michael O'Malley, author of "The Wisdom of Bees: What the Hive Can Teach Business About Leadership, Efficiency, and Growth." At the same time, "everything the bee does is for the good and welfare of the whole. Bees labor with the group's goals as their own," he writes.

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