Lessons On Teamwork From Geese

Fact 1: As each goose flaps its wings it creates an "uplift" for the birds that follow. By flying in a "V" formation, the whole flock adds 71% 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 traveling on the thrust of one another.

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 our help to others.

Fact 3: When the lead goose tires, it rotates back into formation and another goose flies to the point position.
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 or resources.

Fact 4: The geese flying in 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 encourage the heart and core 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 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 have as much sense as geese, we will stand by each other in difficult times as well as when we are strong.
~Based on work by Milton Olson

  • Geese teach us the benefits of teamwork.
  • Geese teach us the need to assist one another.
  • Geese teach us the duty to take turn to lead.
  • Geese teach us the importance of encouraging one another in the right direction.
  • Geese teach us the necessity to stand by one another in difficult times.

Reflection: God is great and show us through nature all we need in life. View all things in a wider and fuller perspective, and enjoy work as a team.


Jade said...

Fantastic example! This seems like a lesson that can be applied in the real as well as virtual world. Nice post.

Karen Zemek, author of "My Funny Dad, Harry" said...

This is a great post! Geese are very smart for sure. It's true that we can learn a lot from nature.

Bob Caine said...

Great post - not only did I learn a lot about geese, I learned how we can use it in our daily lives

Rebecca Laffar-Smith said...

I love the advice you've given in this entry. We really could learn a great deal from geese and from other aspects of the way nature works together.

I wonder what other lessons are out there. :-)

Anonymous said...

We really enjoyed this post! We have Canadian Geese in our Swamp about half of the year, so that is what drew us in. The message(s) was also quite wonderful!