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Lessons from Geese

>> Thursday, June 12, 2008

Lessons from Geese provides a perfect example of the importance of team work and how it can have a profound and powerful effect on any form of personal or business endeavour. When we use these five principles in our personal and business life it will help us to foster and encourage a level of passion and energy in ourselves, as well as those who are our friends, associates or team members.
It is essential to remember that teamwork happens inside and outside of business life when it is continually nurtured and encouraged.

Lesson 1 - The Importance of Achieving Goals
As each goose flaps its wings it creates an Uplift for the birds that follow. By flying in a ' V ' formation the whole flock adds 71 percent extra to the flying range.
Outcome:
When we have a sense of community and focus, we create trust and can help each other to achieve our goals.
(For me this means that each person exudes an energy, that collectively, if positive, would benefit them. Trusting eachother and behaving in a manner that builds trust is essential .
Anything less is just them flapping their jaws wings.)

Lesson 2 - The Importance of Team Work
When a goose falls out of formation it suddenly feels the drag and resistance of flying alone. It quickly moves back to take advantage of the lifting power of the birds in front.
Outcome:
If we had as much sense as geese we would stay in formation with those headed where we want to go. We are willing to accept their help and give our help to others.
(For me this also means that if the other is *not headed where we want to go*, you may need to fall out of formation. Especially when the other presents as only being capable of 'taking' emotionally, but unwilling to 'give' emotionally.)

Lesson 3 - The Importance of Sharing
When a goose tires of flying up front it drops back into formation and another goose flies to the point position.
Outcome:
It pays to take turns doing the hard tasks. We should respect and protect each other’s unique arrangement of skills, capabilities, talents and resources.
(To me this means just that...sharing.)

Lesson 4 - The Importance of Empathy and Understanding
When a goose gets sick, two geese drop out of formation and follow it down to the ground to help and protect it.
Outcome:
If we have as much sense as geese we will stand by each other in difficult times, as well as when we are strong.
(To me this means not giving up on the other.)

Lesson 5 - The Importance of Encouragement
Geese flying in formation ' HONK ' to encourage those up front to keep up with their speed.
Outcome:
We need to make sure our honking is encouraging. In groups and teams where there is encouragement, production is much greater. ‘Individual empowerment results from quality honking.’
(To me this means that each should needs to hear encouragement from the other. Emotional stroking and caring for another's feelings, nurturing to eachother is needed.)

~anonymous

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