5 lessons for business and life from geese

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5 lessons for business and life from geese

You may have seen this elsewhere with various versions available and no original author identified. Even if you have seen it before, it is worth reading again as it provides a perfect example of the importance of teamwork and how it can have a profound and powerful effect on any form of personal or business endeavour.

EXAMPLE: As each goose flaps its wings, it creates uplift for the birds that follow.  By flying in a “V” formation, the whole flock adds 71% extra flying range

LESSON: People who share a sense of community can help each other get where they are going more easily … because they are travelling on the trust of one another.


EXAMPLE: When a goose falls out of formation, it suddenly feels the drag and resistance flying alone.  It quickly moves back to take advantage of the lifting power of the birds in front.

LESSON: If we have as much sense as geese, 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.


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

LESSON: It pays to take turns doing the hard tasks.  We should respect and protect each other’s unique arrangements of skills, capabilities, talents and resources.


EXAMPLE: The geese flying in formation HONK to encourage those up-front to keep up with their speed.

LESSON: We need to make sure our HONKING is encouraging.  In groups where there is encouragement, production is much greater.  Individual empowerment results from quality honking.


EXAMPLE: When a goose gets sick, two geese drop out of formation and follow it down to help and protect it.

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.


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