Lessons From Geese
As each bird flaps it’s wings, it creates an uplift for others behind
them. There is 71% more flying range by flying in a V-formation than flying alone.
Lesson 1: 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 in position.
Lesson 2: 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.
Lesson 3: Shared leadership and interdependence give us each a chance to lead as well as opportunities to rest. The geese in formation honk from behind to encourage those in front to keep up their speed.
Lesson 4: 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 or dies. They then catch up and join another flock.
Lesson 5: Stand by your colleagues in difficult times as well as in good.
Jack Eberenz, The Franchise King
Serial Innovator, Keynote Speaker, Trainer, Innovative Thinking
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