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Appendix: Lessons from the Geese


Lessons from the Geese

Originator unknown.
Idea was taken from a video.


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.


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 then quickly moves back into formation to take advantage
of the lifting power of the bird immediately in front of it.


If we have as much sense as a goose we will stay
In formation with those headed where we want to go.
We will be willing to accept their help and give our help to others.

Fact 3:

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.

Fact 4:

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 other)
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 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.



If you want to fly, let go of everything that weighs you down.



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