There are some schools of thought that say we can learn a lot about the nature of cooperation and organization from the animal kingdom. Schools of fish, flocks of geese, and even honeybees provide a rich and telling tale about the value of cooperative intelligence. Of prime importance is not that they cooperate but how they communicate cooperation.
The idea of collective consciousness is idealistic, to think that we would put the community interests above our own, but in nature that is exactly what happens. Animals in group communicate in subtle ways, knowing that even simple indicators such as abdomen waves will we seen, acknowledged and acted on without question or hesitation. What does it take in business to command that type of immediate action and preserve the channel so it can happen again and again?
Yelling 'Fire' repeatedly desensitizes respondents to the call for action, as does aggressive blustery shows of force. Animals collectively respect and acknowledge because there is a tacit understanding that acting in the good of the community is acting in the good of self. This understanding transposed has become the mantra of the modern work place - what is good for me is good for the community. It seems we have a cultural shift to undertake to get back to a place where we can cooperate like a school of fish.