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Eilidh Milnes

Birds flying in formation something we can learn from as leaders

It's  autumn in UK. And when you see geese heading south for the winter... flying along in their classic 'V' might consider what science has discovered as to why they fly that way:

Fact 1: 

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% greater flying range than if each bird flew alone. 
People who share a common direction and sense of community can get where they are going quicker and easier because they are travelling on the thrust of one another.

Fact 2: 

When a goose falls out of formation, it suddenly feels the drag and resistance of flying alone. It quickly moves back into formation to take advantage of the lifting power of the bird immediately in front of it. 
If you have as much sense as a goose you will stay in formation with those headed where we want to go. Be willing to accept their help and similarly give your help to others.

Fact 3: 

When the lead goose gets tired, it rotates back into the formation and another goose flies to the point position. 
It pays to take turns doing the hard tasks and sharing leadership. As with geese, people are interdependent on each other's skills, capabilities and unique arrangements of gifts, talents and resources.

Fact 4: 

The geese flying in formation honk to encourage those up front to keep up their speed. 
You need to make sure honking is encouraging. In groups where there is encouragement the production is much greater. The power of encouragement (to stand by one's heart or core values and encourage the heart and core of others) is the quality of honking people seek.

Fact 5: 

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 dies or is able to fly again. Then, they launch out with another formation or catch up with the flock. 

What can we learn from geese?

If we have as much sense as the magnificent birds, we will stand by each other in difficult times as well as when we are strong. I often share this information when I am facilitating training. 
If you have as much sense as geese, you will stand by each other in difficult times as well as when you are strong... 

These clever birds instinctively make the right things easy.

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