What do Geese and Teamwork have in common?
Geese and their formations symbolize the value of having a team at home and in the workplace.
This video shows how geese work together as a team to become better than they are alone.
Learn about teamwork from geese and their formations
When you see geese headed south for the winter, flying along in a V formation, you might be interested in knowing what scientists have discovered about why the geese fly that way.
As each bird flaps its wings, it creates an uplift for the bird immediately following.
By flying in a V formation, the whole flock adds at least 71% greater flying range than if each bird flew on its own.
That’s the strength that can be gained by being part of a community.
People who share a common direction and sense of community can get where they are going quicker and easier because they are traveling on each other’s thrust.
Learn more about creating a dream team here.
Learn the 4 powerful truths about community and teamwork
In fact, there are four powerful trues about a community that families and co-workers can learn from observing geese.
It starts with whenever a goose falls out of formation, it suddenly feels the drag and resistance of trying to go it alone.
It quickly gets back into formation to take advantage of the lifting power of the bird immediately in front of it.
Truth #1: It’s important to join a community with those who are headed in the same direction or on the same journey.
When the lead goose gets tired, he rotates to the back and another goose comes forward and flies point, which illustrates truth number two.
Truth #2: In a team, we need to take turns helping each other, not just ourselves.
The geese traveling towards the rear of the formation, honk from behind to encourage all of those up front to keep up their speed.
Truth #3: In a community, we respond to encouragement from others and we should be giving it often as well.
When a goose gets sick or is wounded and falls out of formation the other geese fall out with him and follow him down to protect him.
They stay with him until he’s able to fly again, and then they launch together or with another formation to catch up with their group.
Truth #4: We need a team to stand beside us when times get tough.
If you want to be successful and get things done, it is beneficial to have a team.
As my mentor, Kevin Harrington once said…… “Success is not a solo act.”.
Effective and successful people know this and they understand the importance of having a team just as the Geese do.