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Lessons from Geese

Geese Lesson John Barnes

Lessons from Geese from a Non Exec Director

I found this article in local church magazine many years ago and kept it safe to share with others
Read these facts and think how businesses leaders can learn some brilliant lessons from geese.
I just love fact 4.

Fact 1: As each goose flaps its wings; it creates u plift for the birds that follow. By flying in a
V-formation, the whole flock adds 72% greater flying range than if each bird flew alone.
Lesson People who share a common direction and sense of community can get where they are going
quicker and easier because they are travelling on the thrust of each other.

Fact 2: When a goose falls out of formation, it suddenly feels the drag and resistance of flying
alone. It quickly moves back into formation to take advantage of the lifting power of the
bird immediately in front of it.
Lesson If we have as much sense as a goose, we stay in formation with those headed where we want to
go. We are willing to accept their help and give out help to others.

Fact 3: When the lead bird tires, it rotates back into the formation to take advantage of the
lifting pow er of the bird immediately in front of it.
Lesson It pays to take turns doing the hard tasks and sharing leadership. As with geese, people are
interdependent on each other’s skills, capabilities and unique arrangements of gifts, talents and
resources.

Fact 4: The geese flying formation honk to encourage those up front to keep up their speed.
Lesson We need to make sure our honking is encouraging. In groups where there is encouragement, the
production is much greater. The power of encouragement (to stand by one’s heart or core values
and to encourage the heart and core values of others) is the quality of honking we seek.

Fact 5: When a goose gets sick, wounded, or shot down, two geese drop out of formation and
follow it down to help and protect it. They stay with it until it dies or is able to fly
again. Then, they launch out with another formation or catch up with the flock.
Lesson If we had 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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