Innovative Thinking – Lessons From Geese – Blog 119

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


Lon Safko
Serial Innovator, Keynote Speaker, Trainer, Innovative Thinking


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