This is my first post in the new category “Management Lessons from Nature”, and I couldn’t find a better animal to be inspired from then the African Wild Dog! Many of us have heard about the African Wild Dog, haven’t we? Yes the same notorious ruckus causing hooligans who eat their prey alive. Barring their cruel mannerism of hunting, which of course has its own explanation there is plenty to learn from the world’s greatest Hunter having a success rate of 80%. The Lion with a 30% success rate termed as the King of the Jungle seems a moderate hunter against the Wild Dog. Let us try and analyse and derive some inspiration from this Hard Task Master!
Wild dogs display the best example of one of the most sought after attributes, ”Team Work”! Their bushy tails with white tips serve as a flag to keep the pack in contact while hunting. Team work and intelligence enable these master hunters to bring down prey as large as Wildebeests. They often observe their prey for days before the kill, and communication plays a vital role. The dogs have a peculiar rather playful ceremony that bonds them for a common purpose and initiates each hunt. They start circulating among the other pack members, vocalizing and touching until they get excited and are ready to hunt. They start the hunt in an organized, cooperative manner. When prey is targeted, some of the dogs run close to the animal, while others follow behind, taking over when the leader is tired. Thus exhausting the preys stamina and not theirs!
And we thought we were the bright ones? Essential skills like Team Work, Motivation, Communication, Planning etc which we take years to develop… some through attending vast curriculum’s are available quite “naturally”. My favorite quote on Team Work- “If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself.”~Henry Ford.
It’s time we look within ourselves as it is all in there. Nature has gifted us with everything we need, and in case we forget just look around…You might just learn from the spider struggling to climb the wall!