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.


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 of it.


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


When the lead goose tires, it rotates back into 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 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.

Culled from: Small Business CEO News
This WEEK – December 28,2011