Lessons from Geese
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% greater flying range than if the bird flew alone.
Moral: 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.
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.
Moral: If we have as much sense as a goose, we will stay in formation with those who are headed where we want to go (and be willing to accept their help as well as give ours to others).
When the lead goose gets tired, it rotates back into the formation and another goose flies at the point position.
Moral: It pays to take turns doing the hard tasks and sharing leadership- with people as with geese we are interdependent on each other.
The geese in formation honk from behind to encourage those up front to keep up their speed.
Moral: We need to make sure our honking from behind is encouraging- not something else.
When a goose get 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 is able to fly again or dies. Then they launch out on their own, with another formation, or catch up to the flock.
Moral: If we have as much sense as geese we too will stand by each other in difficult times as well as when we are strong.
By Milton Olson
Wyman’s note: Too often we try to do things on our own, we refuse to accept help or give it to others. We cannot let fear or pride keep us from helping others or from accepting help ourselves. You need to have a core group of colleagues that you know you can count on, a group that relies on each other and is moving in the same direction. Surround yourself with a group like that and you are guaranteed to accomplish far more than you ever would have accomplished on your own. When done right a team can and should be greater than the sum of its parts. Read about Wyman
“Teamwork: I find it fascinating that a snowflake, by itself, can be so delicate; but when they team-up, they can close-down an entire city.” ― Steve Maraboli