WHAT WE CAN LEARN 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: 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
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 immediately in front of itl
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. We the lead goose tires, it rotates back into the formation and another goose flies to that 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 that our honking is encouraging.
If groups were there is encouragement, the production is
Fact 5. When a goose gets sick, wounded or shot down, two geese will 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.