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 range than if each bird flew alone.
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.
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
If we have as much sense as geese, we stay in formation with those
headed where we want to go. We are willing to accept their help and
give help to others.
When the lead goose tires, it rotates back into the formation, and
another goose flies to the point position.
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.
The geese flying in formation honk to encourage those up front to keep
up their speed.
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.
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.
If we have as much sense as geese, we will stand by each
other in difficult times as well as when we are strong.