Lessons from Geese

As each bird flaps its wings,
 it creates an uplift behind it.
There is a 71% more flying range
in a V-formation than flying alone.

LESSON: People who share a common
direction and sense of common purpose
can get there quicker.
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Whenever a goose flies out of formation,
it quickly feels the drag and
tries to get back into position.

 LESSON: It's harder to do something
 alone than together.
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When the lead goose  gets tired,
it rotates back into the formation
and another goose flies at the head.

LESSON: Shared leadership and
interdependence gives us each a chance
 to lead as well as opportunities to rest.


The geese in formation honk from behind
 to encourage those up front to keep up their speed.

LESSON: We need to make sure our honking
 is encouraging and not discouraging.
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When a goose gets sick or wounded and falls,
two geese fall out and stay with it until it revives
or dies. Then they catch up or join another flock.

LESSON: Stand by your colleagues in
difficult times as well as in good.


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