The Wisdom of Bees: What the Hive Can Teach Business about Leadership, Efficiency, and Growth

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Penguin Adult, Nov 4, 2010 - Business & Economics - 240 pages
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'O'Malley brings to life timeless principles of organizational success in a mind-opening, insightful and compelling way by examining the life of bees. That may sound like a stretch, but it won't after you read this plainspoken, well written book'
JOHN PEPPER, former CEO and chairman. Procter & Gamble

'What in the world can we learn from a honeybee colony that would provide any useful knowledge for how to run - or, better yet, change for the better - a human organisation/ Read this remarkable book and you will see'
W. WARNER BURKE, chair, Department of Organization and Leadership, Columbia University

'Unlike many business books, this guide, inspired by Michael O'Malley's observations of this backyard beehive, is filled with substance and uncommon sense. I have benefited from O'Malley's guidance for years, and, with this book, everyone elso now can, too'
MARK JACOBSEN, president and CEO, Promontory Interfinancial Network, LLC

'Not only a fascinating look into the world of bees, but also and excellent operating guide for good management. Who wouldn't want a company as organised and productive as a beehive? This book explains how'
PHIL JOHNSON, CEO, PJA Advertising and Marketing

'Humanity is fortunate that Michael O'Malley became a beekeeper. He beautifully presents twenty-five lessons that we humans can, and really should, learn from the bees about working together for group success'
THOMAS D. SEELEY, professor of biology, Cornell University

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User Review  - PaigeTurner3 - LibraryThing

Felt is was a bit of a stretch to use the honey bees as a business model. Almost seemed like the idea occured first, then O'Malley tried to fit the data to his concept. I wonder if he could have ... Read full review

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User Review  - aeromom60 - Overstock.com

Nice way to look at things thru bees! Nice gift easy read. Read full review

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About the author (2010)

Michael O'Malley, Ph.D., is a social psychologist and management consultant who has coached some of the world's largest companies. He is currently the executive editor for business, economics, and law at Yale University Press and an adjunct professor at Columbia Business School. He has been an avid beekeeper since 2002. He lives in New Haven, Connecticut.

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