"Lessons from the Geese"
A story from Lessons from Nature
Lesson # 1: As each bird flaps its wings, it creates an uplift for the ones behind it. By flying in a V
formation, the whole flock adds 71% to the range possible for a bird flying alone.
Lesson Learned: People who share a common direction and sense of communication can get where they’re going more quickly
and easily because they’re traveling on each other’s energy.
Lesson # 2: When a goose falls out of formation, it suddenly feels the drag and resistance of trying o fly alone
and quickly gets back into formation to take advantage of the lifting power of the bird immediately in front.
Lesson Learned: If we have as much sense as geese, we’ll stay in formation with those who are headed where we want
to go, and we’ll be willing to accept their help as well as give ours to them.
Lesson # 3: When the lead goose gets tired, it rotates back into formation and another goose takes the point position.
Lesson Learned: People, like geese, depend on each other.
Lesson # 4: The geese in formation honk from behind to encourage those up front to keep up their speed.
Lesson Learned: We need to make sure our hooking from behind is encouraging.
Lesson # 5: When a goose gets sick or wounded or is shot down, two geese drop down out of formation and follow
it down to help protect it They stay with it until it’s able to fly again or dies. then they launch out on their own,
join another formation, or catch up with the flock.
Lesson Learned: If we have as much sense as geese, we’ll stand by each other in difficult times as well as good,