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.

Do you enjoy your work?

Pleasure at Work

One thing I learn about work is that we must always do what we enjoy and not what we are told.

No matter how we see it, work always comprises of assignment after assignment that we must complete in time. At the end of the day, we will be appraised according to our performances and our achievements. Work pressure is very real and serious.

Work becomes lighter and happier when we learn to enjoy it. We must get into it, learn to cope with it, enjoy it and treasure it. We must learn to find great pleasure in our work.

Being enthusiastic in our work can really reduce stress. We can always find ways and means to speed up the works we dislike while maximizing our time engrossing in the tasks that we find great pleasure. Happy is the man who know what he or she is doing and enjoying.

Work is always stressful when your heart is not in it. You are bogged down at work. You always find ways and means to get out of it. As a result, You spend time chatting, loitering, taking longer coffee break, wasting much precious time and you simply can't concentrate on your task assigned.

I believe when we find ourselves cannot enjoy our present work after much trying, we must quit the job.

Take time to ponder: Do you enjoy your work?