"Lessons from Geese"

"Lessons from Geese"

Fact 1. As each goose flaps its wings it creates an "uplift" for the birds 
that follow. By flying in a "V" formation, the whole flock adds 71% greater 
flying range than if the bird flew alone. 

Lesson: People who share a common direction and sense of community can get 
where they are going quicker and easier because they are traveling on the 
thrust of one another.

Fact 2. Whenever a goose falls out of formation, it suddenly feels the drag 
and resistance of flying alone. It quickly moves back into formation to take 
advantage of the lifting power of the bird immediately in front of it. 

Lesson: If we have as much sense as a goose, we stay in formation with those 
headed where we want to go. We are willing to accept their help and give our 
help to others.

Fact 3. When the lead goose tires, it rotates back into the formation and 
another goose flies to the point position. 

Lesson: It pays to take turns doing the hard tasks, and sharing leadership. 
As with geese, people are interdependent on each other's skills, 
capabilities and unique arrangements of gifts, talents or resources. 

Fact 4. The geese flying in formation honk to encourage those up front to 
keep up their speed.

Lesson: We need to make sure our honking is encouraging. In groups where 
there is encouragement, the production is much greater. The power of 
encouragement (to stand by one's heart or core values and encourage the heart 
and core of others) is the quality of honking we seek. 

Fact 5. When a goose gets sick, wounded or shot down, two geese drop out of 
formation and follow it down to help and protect it. They stay with it until 
it dies or is able to fly again. Then, they launch out with another 
formation, or catch up with the flock.

Lesson: If we have as much sense as geese, we will stand by each other in 
difficult times as well as when we are strong.