* As each bird
flaps its wings, it creates an "uplift" for the bird following. By flying in a
"V" formation, the whole flock adds 71% greater flying range than if the bird
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
a goose falls out of formation, it suddenly feels the drag and resistance of
trying to fly alone, and quickly gets back into formation to take advantage of
the "lifting" power of the bird immediately in front.
Lesson: If we have as much sense as a goose, we will stay in formation with
those who are headed where we want to go (and be willing to accept their help as
well as give ours to the others).
* When the lead goose gets tired, it rotates
back into the formation and another goose flies at the point position.
Lesson: It pays to take turns doing the hard tasks and sharing leadership - with
people, as with geese, we are interdependent with each other.
* The geese in formation honk from behind to
encourage those up front to keep up their speed.
Lesson: We need to make sure our honking from behind is encouraging - not
* When a goose gets sick, wounded, or shot
down, two geese drop out of formation and follow it down to help and protect it.
They stay with it until it is able to fly again or dies. Then they launch out on
their own, with another formation, or catch up with the flock.
Lesson: If we have as much sense as geese we too will stand by each other in
difficult times as well as when we are strong.