|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
|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
||Life's Lesson #2: It pays to take turns. By delegating
critical tasks to ail team members, everyone in an organization can
|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.