Flying Lessons From Geese
As each bird flaps its wings, it creates an uplift for others behind him. There is seventy-one percent more flying range in the V-formation, than flying alone.
• People who share a common direction and sense of common purpose, can get there quicker.
Whenever a Goose flies out of formation, it quickly feels the drag and tries to get back into position.
• It's harder to do something alone than together.
When the lead Goose gets tired it rotates back into the formation and another Goose flies at the head of the V-formation.
• Shared leadership and interdependence gives us each a chance to lead as well as opportunities to rest.
The Geese in formation honk from behind to encourage those up front to keep up their speed.
• We need to make sure our honking is encouraging and not discouraging.
When a Goose gets sick or wounded and falls, two Geese fall out and stay with it until it revives of dies. Then they catch up or join another flock.
• Stand by your colleagues in difficult times as well as good.