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 each bird flew alone.

Lesson 1: 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: When 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 in front
of it.

Lesson 2: If we have as much common 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 3: It pays to take turns doing the hard tasks and sharing
leadership. As with geese, people are interdependent on each
others’ skills, capabilities, and unique arrangements of gifts,
talents, or resources.

Fact 4: Geese flying in formation honk to encourage those up front
to keep up their speed.

Lesson 4: 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 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 5: If we have as much sense as geese, we will stand by
each other in difficult times as well as when we are strong.