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David Bater

Lessons From Geese Can Help Team Performance in Your Business

Are you responsible for the performance of a team?

Here are some great lessons from geese to help you improve team performance in your business.

Lessons From Geese: Real Teams Fly in Formation.

When you see geese flying in “V” formation, you might consider what science has discovered as to why they operate that way. As each bird flaps its wings, it creates an uplift for the bird immediately following.

By flying in V formation, the whole flock adds at least 71 per cent greater flying range than if the bird flew on its own.

People who share a common direction and sense of community can get where they are going more quickly and efficiently because they are travelling on the thrust of one another.

When a goose falls out of formation, it suddenly feels the drag and resistance of trying to go it alone – and quickly gets back into formation to take advantage of the lifting power of the bird in front.

If we have as much sense as a goose, we will stay in formation with those people headed the same way we are. When the head goose gets tired, it rotates back in the wing and another goose flies point.

It is sensible to take turns doing demanding jobs, whether with people or with geese flying south. Geese honk from behind to encourage those up front to keep up their speed.

What messages do we give when we honk from behind?

Finally, and this is important, when a goose gets sick or, wounded by gunshot, and falls out of formation, two other geese fall out with that goose and follow it down to lend help and protection.

They stay with the fallen goose until it can fly or until it dies. And only then, the stray geese venture out on their own or combine with another formation to catch up with their group.

If we have the sense of a goose, we will stand by each other like that.

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