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Act like a Goose


The Goose Story

Author Unknown

Next fall, when you see geese heading south for the winter, flying along in 'V formation,
think about what science has learned about why they fly that way.

As each bird flaps its wings, it creates uplift for the bird immediately following it.

By flying in a 'V formation, the whole flock can fly at least 71% farther
than if each bird flew on its own.

Perhaps people who share a common direction can get where they are going quicker
and easier if they cooperate.

When a goose falls out of formation, it feels the resistance of trying to go it alone,
and quickly gets back into formation to take advantage of flying with the flock.

If we have as much sense as a goose, we will work with others who are going the same way as we are.

When the lead goose gets tired, he rotates back in the wing and another goose flies on the point.

It pays to take turns doing hard jobs for our group.

The geese honk from behind to encourage those up front to keep up their speed.

Finally, (get this) when a goose weakens or is wounded and falls out of formation,
two geese fall out and follow him down to help and protect him.

They stay with him until he is either able to fly or until he is dead,
and they then set out on their own or with another formation until they catch up with the group.

If we had the sense of a goose, we would stand by each other like that.

Observation #1: As each goose flutters its wings, it creates an updraft for the bird following it in the V-formation of migration. By flying in this V-formation, the geese are able to migrate 71% further than if each bird flew unaccompanied. Life's Lesson #1: People who share a common vision and sense of common direction can get further faster by supporting one another.
Observation #2: When the lead goose tires, it peels off the point position and rotates back into the V-formation. Another goose then steps up and takes its turn fighting in the wind from the point position. Life's Lesson #2: It pays to take turns. By delegating critical tasks to ail team members, everyone in an organization can grow.
Observation #3: The lead goose (on the point) never honks. The geese behind the leader continue to honk praise and encouragement to the lead goose. Life's Lesson #3: The power of praise and recognition is critical to success as people delegate significant projects to one another in an organization.
Observation #4: Sometimes two or three geese break away from the formation in order to look for a better wind current or a more creative and better way to fly. Life's Lesson #4: An effective organization believes in the "culture of celebrated discontent." It constantly experiments with new ways of being. Successful organizations often forget quickly and learn slowly. In today's environment, constant improvement through teamwork is an absolute necessity.
Observation #5: When a goose gets sick or wounded and has to go down to land. Two other geese fall out of the formation and go with it to support and protect it. They stay with it until it dies - or is able to return to the formation. Then the "escort" geese try to catch up with their own flock or another formation of geese. Life's Lesson #5: When tasks are tough, people need to support one another. Delegation and teamwork require follow-up, dialogue and support.

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Written by the Beach Boys

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