Thursday, December 27, 2012

Lessons from Geese--

--Author Unknown

As each bird flaps its wings, it creates an "uplift" for the bird following. By flying in a V formation, the whole flock adds 71% to the flying range than if each bird flew alone.

LESSON: People who share a common direction and sense of community can get where they are going more quickly and more easily because they are traveling with the combined thrust of one another.

Whenever a goose falls out of formation, it suddenly feels the drag and resistance of trying to fly alone, and quickly gets back into formation to take advantage of the "lifting power" of the bird immediately in front.

LESSON: If we have as much sense as the goose, we will stay in formation with those who are headed where we want to go.
When the lead goose gets tired, it rotates back into formation and another goose flies at the point position.

LESSON: It pays to take turns doing the hard task, and sharing leadership -- with people as with geese -- independent with each other.

The geese in formation honk from behind to encourage those up front to keep up their speed.

LESSON: We need to make sure our honking from behind is encouraging -- not something less helpful.


When a goose gets sick or wounded, two geese drop out of formation and follow it down to help and protect it. They stay with it until it is either able to fly again or dies. Then, they launch out on their own to join another formation or rejoin their flock.

LESSON: If we have as much sense as the geese, we'll stand by each other like that.


"Act like a Goose"

Photo credit:  George Hodan for
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