A LESSON FROM THE GEESE
Each fall, when you see geese heading south for the winter, flying alone in a “V” formation, you might consider what science has discovered as to why they fly that way. As each bird flaps its wings, it creates an uplift for the bird immediately following. By flying in “V” formation, the whole flock adds 71% greater flying range than if each bird flew on its own.
People who share a common direction and sense of community can get where they are going more quickly and easily because they are traveling on the thrust of each other.
When a goose falls out of formation, it suddenly feels the drag and resistance of trying to go it alone, and quickly gets back into formation to take advantage of the lifting power of the bird in front. If we have as much sense as a goose, we will stay in formation with those who are headed the same way as we are.
When the head goose gets tired, it rotates back in the wing and another goose flies point. It is sensible to take turns doing demanding jobs with people or with geese flying south. Geese honk from behind to encourage those up front to keep up their speed.
What do we say when we honk from behind?
Finally, and this is most important, when a goose gets sick, or is wounded and falls out of formation, two other geese fall out with that one and follow it down to lend help and protection. They stay with the fallen goose until it is able to fly, or until it dies; only then do they launch out on their own, or with another formation to catch up with their group.
If we have the sense of a goose, we will stand by each other as they do!
“TEAMWORK IS THE ABILITY TO WORK TOGETHER TOWARD A COMMON VISION.
THE ABILITY TO DIRECT INDIVIDUAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS TOWARD ORGANIZATIONAL
OBJECTIVES. IT IS THE FUEL THAT ALLOWS UNCOMMON PEOPLE TO ATTAIN