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Teamwork – Lessons From Geese

By Jacklyn | June 8, 2007

To show the importance of teamwork, we can take examples from the lives of geese.Fact: As each goose flaps its wings, it creates an uplift for the birds that follow. By flying in a “V” formation, the whole flock gains 71% greater flying range than if each bird flew alone.

Lesson: 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: 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.

Lesson: 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.

Fact: When the lead goose tires, it rotates back into the formation and another goose flies to the point position.

Lesson: It pays to take turns doing the hard tasks and sharing leadership. As with geese, people are interdependent on each other’s skill, capabilities, and unique arrangements of gifts, talents, and resources.

Fact: The geese flying in formation honk to encourage those up in front to keep up their speed.

Lesson: We need to make sure that our honking is encouraging. In groups where there is encouragement, the production is much greater. The power of encouragement (to stand by one’s core values, and to encourage the core values of others) is the quality of honking we seek.

Fact: When a goose gets sick, wounded or shot, 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.

Lesson: If we have as much sense as geese, we will stand by each other in difficult times as well as when we are strong.

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12 Responses to “Teamwork – Lessons From Geese”

  1. Henry Leong Says:
    June 8th, 2007 at 8:34 am

    I agree with you, my group of classmates, married young by co operating with each others.

  2. Adão Braga Says:
    June 8th, 2007 at 10:40 am

    É impressionante a maneira como algumas informações se tornam populares e conhecidas. Independe de povos, línguas ou nação, a mensagem é a mesma. Para nós, o incentivo é este, e é ambiguo, pois temos que estar em grupo, e ao mesmo tempo, lutar consigo mesmo, com nossa natureza egoísta, narcisista e de elite.

  3. Adão Braga Says:
    June 8th, 2007 at 10:43 am

    The way is impressive as some information if they become popular and known. Independe of peoples, languages or nation, the message is the same one. For us, the incentive is this, and is ambiguo, therefore we have that to be in group, and at the same time, to fight I obtain exactly, with our egoistic, narcisista nature and of the elite.

    **Errors of linguaem and or grammatical in the English, the guilt is of the translator of the Google.

  4. Alan Says:
    June 9th, 2007 at 9:06 pm

    Great post on teamwork Jacklyn!. When people come together, wonders can happen. Have a great weekend!

  5. Etiene Says:
    June 10th, 2007 at 7:23 am

    This goose story is a inspiring story, great work jacklyn!As we work co-operate and work together,there is this extra fuel to boost a greater “production”, cheers!

  6. puikwan Says:
    June 12th, 2007 at 4:37 pm

    Great lesson learn from animal. I wish more people around the world know about this so we all can understand each other better.

  7. pui kwan Says:
    June 12th, 2007 at 4:53 pm

    I just notice that I have been putting the wrong website for some of the previous comments. If you happen to click on the link please ignore it. I’m sorry Jacklyn.

  8. Jacklyn Says:
    June 13th, 2007 at 3:21 am

    Yes Henry, teamwork is needed everywhere, including home.

  9. Jacklyn Says:
    June 13th, 2007 at 3:23 am

    Hi Adão Braga, thanks for the message.

  10. Jacklyn Says:
    June 13th, 2007 at 3:26 am

    Hey Alan, thanks for your note here! I’m always inspired by your articles.
    Thanks for the tag meme. I’ll participate it soon…

    Have a great day!

  11. Jacklyn Says:
    June 13th, 2007 at 3:29 am

    True Etiene, nature itself is an inspiration. To me, the word TEAM means Together Everybody Achieve Miracles!


  12. Andrew Choong Says:
    July 31st, 2007 at 1:14 pm

    I learnt about this through my days in network marketing and even though I am not doing it anymore, I am still applying the geese story to my own business as well. Having team-mates to accomplish a certain task can be one of the most memorable moments, better than doing things alone.