Lessons we can learn 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 one
bird flew alone.
who share a common direction and sense of community can get where they
are going quicker and easier because they’re traveling on the strength
of one another.
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
If we have as much sense as the goose, we will stay in formation with
those who are ahead of 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
It pays to take turns doing the hard tasks and sharing leadership
The geese in formation honk from behind to encourage those up front to keep up their speed
We need to make sure our honking from behind is encouragement and not something else
When a goose gets sick or 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 they catch up with their flock.
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
– Dr Angeles Arrian