Drakes Beach is nested in Point Reyes National Seashore. It is one of my favorite beaches. We walked the beach on Saturday at a dead low tide and discovered 100’s, if not 1000’s of sand dollars..They covered the beach and many were on the move. Their “tracks” left magical designs as they moved slowly across the sand. One could barely see their movement, but they made steady progress.
What can we learn from this amazing creature? their designs?
In the field of Biomimicry, innovators “seeks sustainable solutions to human challenges by emulating nature’s time-tested patterns and strategies.” The goal is to create products, processes, and policies—new ways of living—that are well-adapted to life on earth over the long haul.
Many of the examples surrounding biomimicry are about engineering and design challenges. The core idea of Biomimicry is that nature has already solved many of the problems we are grappling with. Animals, plants, and microbes are the consummate engineers.
What if we applied this concept to leadership? As leaders, we are often looking for books, articles, and videos to help us learn more about how to be innovative, effective leaders. Where does biomimicry fit?
What can we learn from a creature that is rarely seen but is an intricate part of an ecosystem? What strategies can we learn from their slow but steady progress that is focused on thriving in a turbulent environment? What images can we carry with us from an animal that adapts to the change of tides?
These moments of reflection about nature hold keys to our leadership potential. What steps do you take to be an intricate part of your organizational ecosystem? When was the last time you slowed down and got focused on thriving in your role? What shifting tides do you have to adjust to on a daily basis and how do you intentionally navigate the shifting sand and seas of your organization?
Take a moment this week to notice an opportunity to merge biomimicry and leadership in your environment. Is it a tree? an insect? a bird soaring over you? Let me know what you notice and how it helped you to reflect on your leadership potential.