Monday, 14 March 2011

The Power of TEAM!

Another great story is the lessons of the geese..

"In the fall when you see geese in the v formation flying south for the winter, pause a moment and appreciate the beauty in the flight. As each bird flaps its wings, it creates an uplift for the bird behind it.
By flying in a "V" formation, the whole flock adds at least 71 percent greater flying range than if each bird flew on its own.
LESSON ONE: People who share a common direction and sense of community can get where they are going more quickly and easily, because they are travelling on the trust of one another and lift each other up on the way.

When a goose falls out of formation, it 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 flock.
LESSON TWO: If we have the sense of a goose, we will stay in formation with those who are heading the same way we are.

When the lead goose gets tired, it rotates back in the group and another goose flies point.
LESSON THREE: It is sensible to share leadership and 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.
LESSON FOUR: Words of support and inspiration help those on the front line and we must be careful what message we give when we honk from behind?

Finally when a goose gets sick or is wounded by gunshot, and falls out of the 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 is able to fly or until it dies; and only then do they launch out on their own, or with another formation to catch up with their own group.
LESSON FIVE: If we have the sense of a goose, we will stand by each other when things get rough. We will stay in formation with those who are going the way we want to go. The geese depend on teamwork for their life's journey and as people one of the most rewarding and fulfilling things is to be a member of a great team"

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