Geese! We see them every day. The fly in a V formation over our heads daily and sometime, they honk. There are several valuable life lessons to be learnt from the humble goose. Here are some:
Geese can get further together than apart. As each goose flaps its wings, it creates lift for the birds that follow, making it easier for the whole flock to fly. By flying in a V formation, the whole flock adds 72 per cent greater flying range than if each bird flew alone.
When a goose falls out of formation, it suddenly feels the resistance of flying alone and quickly moves back to benefit from the lifting power of the group.
Meaning that, if we all share a universal direction and sense of community and belonging, by working together and accepting and giving help, we can succeed in reaching our destination much faster.
Geese understand that they all have a responsibility to take their turn to lead the formation. When the lead goose tires, it moves back into formation and another goose flies to the front to take its place.
Like geese, we depend on each other’s skills, capabilities, gifts, talents and resources and this shows us that when everyone plays their part and shares the challenges of leadership and work, it is to the benefit of every individual.
The power of positivity
When in flight, the team of goose honks to encourage those at the front to keep up their speed. This positive reinforcement is a reminder to us all of the importance of giving praise and showing kindness to one another, particularly when things become difficult or the pressure is on.
Supporting every individual
The instinct to care and protect is ingrained and the care of the flock a fundamental need. When a goose is sick or wounded, two geese will drop out of the formation and follow it to the ground to offer help and protection until it can fly again.
They then add their numbers to another formation or catch up with the flock. Time alone is essential, but we all need the care and attention of those around us to help us get to where we want to go.
So the next time you look up and see that distinctive V formation, be reminded of all that we can learn.
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