Lessons of the Goose

The importance of  TEAMWORK
The familiar sound of "honking", signals all who hear it, to look up and enjoy the V formation of geese in flight but there's more to admire than just their overhead display

As each bird flaps it's wings, it creates an uplift for the birds that follow. By flying in a "V" formation the whole flock can create 71% greater flying range than if each bird flew alone.

Lesson 1 - People who are travelling in the same direction and have a sense of community can get to where they are going more quickly and easier because they are travelling on the thrust of each other.

When the lead goose tires, it rotates back into the formation and another goose flies to the point position.

Lesson 2 - To reach our destination, we need to share responsibilities and be interdependent on each others skills, capabilities and unique arrangements of gifts, talents or resources.

The geese flying in formation, "honk" to encourage others in the flock to keep up thier speed.

Lesson 3 - We need to ensure, that what we say to our team members is encouraging because in groups where there is support for each other, production and success is greater.

If one goose is unable to fly due to sickness or injury or even when shot down, two others will remain with it until it either recovers or dies before they will fly on, even though this may put them at risk.

Lesson 4 - A good team will stick together through the difficult times as well as the good times and be prepared to take risks together.
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Midi - Break Not The Circle by Fred Kaan and Michael Lehr