Each goose has a very important role to fill way up there in that V-shaped formation. As each bird flaps its wings, it creates an “uplift” for the bird behind it. By flying in a V-formation, the whole flock adds a least 71% greater flying range than if each bird flew on its own. Amazing!
In life, people who share a common direction and a sense of community reach their goals sooner than those who try to go it alone.
If a goose falls out of formation, it suddenly feels the draft and resistance of trying to go it alone. Instinctively it will move back into the V-formation to take advantage of the lifting power of the bird immediately in front.
A high performing team has members who are all headed in the same direction. Along the way they complement and collaborate with one another.
The geese have a long way to fly. It would get tiring to have to lead the flock all that way. That's why thee geese take turns up at the front of the V-formation. When the leader gets tired, he rotates to the back and another goose flies ahead to take the lead.
Healthy teams share the leadership role so that everyone has a chance to develop their skills and strengths.
Did you know that all that noise you hear the geese making as they fly by is critical to their success? The geese honk at each other from behind to encourage those up front to keep up their speed.
Recognition and positive verbal support are great motivational tools.
If one of the geese is injured or gets sick and starts to fall out of formation, two geese will land with him and stay with him on the ground until he is able to fly again. If the goose doesn’t recover and, sadly, dies, the two remaining geese will then set out and either catch up to their group or join another flock that passes by.
On all successful teams, members support and encourage one another at all times, even when things get rough. When people know they are part of a team that will support and cheer them on through thick and think, they naturally feel stronger, healthier and much more energized.
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