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    Does your practice have a hive mentality?

    The views expressed here belong to the author. They do not necessarily represent the views of Optometry Times or UBM Medica.

    You’ve probably heard the term “hive mentality” before. Many times its meaning does not carry a positive connotation.

    Dictionary.com defines a hive mind as a “a collective consciousness, analogous to the behavior of social insects, in which a group of people become aware of their commonality and think and act as a community, sharing their knowledge, thoughts, and resources.”

    This process goes against our concept as individuals in which we appreciate our unique qualities, while in the “hive” our individuality is wiped away.

    Previously from Dr. Bowling: Should there be a dress code for ODs?

    Did you ever watch “Star Trek: The Next Generation?” The Borg is a perfect (if fictional) example of humans acting with a hive mentality—acting with one mind as directed by the collective.

    In business, this way of thinking is commonly referred to as “corporate culture.” When we think of our company’s culture, we’re applying the notion of being hive-minded. This hive-mindedness is linked to a strong corporate cultural identity that is shared by all. Culture is the soul that drives the people of every organization.

    Why all this talk about hive mentality?

    Ernie Bowling, OD, MS, FAAO
    Dr. Ernie Bowling is Chief Optometric Editor of Optometry Times. He received his Doctor of Optometry and Master of Science in ...


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