Teamwork: Flying in formation

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People working together, need to be able to rely on each other. Like geese, if we try to fly alone, we will soon get tired by the constant battle of the head-wind. 

By flying in "V" formation, the whole flock of geese adds at least 71 percent greater flying range than if each bird flew on its own. As each bird flaps it's wings, it creates an uplift for the bird immediately following.

The geese honk encouragement to each other and the leader as they fly. When a goose gets tired from leading, it will slip to the back to sit in the draft of the others as it restores it's energy. As it does, another goose takes the lead.

If a goose gets hurt, lost or sick, two other geese will fly down with it to guide it to safety. They will stay with it until it either recovers or dies.

Teams can learn valuable lessons from geese:

  • Who is honking from behind, and what messages are they giving?
  • Who is taking the lead, and how long are they there?
  • Who else takes the lead?
  • How do you support those who fall-behind?

This week I encourage you to 'fly in formation' with your teams. Consider how each person is contributing so that everyone reaches the common goal.

Go well,

Mary-Anne :-)