Lessons from the Geese

Posted in Resources on July 24, 2013

As each bird flaps it’s wings, it creates an uplift for others behind him.  There is 71% more flying range in V-formation than flying alone.

Lesson: People who share a common direction and sense of common purpose can get there quicker.

Whenever a goose flies out of formation, it quickly feels the drag and tries to get back in position.

Lesson: It’s harder to do something alone than together.

When the lead goose gets tired, it rotates back into the formation and another goose flies at the head.

Lesson: Shared leadership and interdependence give us each a chance to lead as well as opportunities to rest.

The geese in formation honk from behind to encourage those in front to keep up their speed.

Lesson: We need to make sure our honking is encouraging and not discouraging.

When a goose gets sick or wounded and falls, two geese fall out and stay with it until it revives or dies.  Then they catch up and join another flock.

Lesson:Stand by your colleagues in difficult times as well as in good.

Lessons to run your business courtesy of Jack Eberenz
Entrepreneurs often forget that they can’t do everything themselves. Team work is what makes great companies.  It’s the same in a great sports team.  It does take great talent but teamwork is what makes great talent into a great team.