Most birds that fly in V formation have a long journey and fly at extreme altitudes. In the current economic climate there are lots of metaphoric links that we can make to individuals, team and organisations and the long journeys they are travelling on, as well as the adversity that they are faced with representing their own extreme altitudes. So what can we learn from nature that enables performance in the workplace? Take a look at the facts and lessons we can learn from geese….
Fact 1: As each goose flaps its wings it creates an “uplift” for the birds that follow. By flying in a chevron, or “V” formation, the whole flock adds 71% greater flying range than if each bird flew alone.
Lesson: 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.
Lesson: If we have as much sense as a goose we stay in formation with those headed where we want to go. We are willing to accept their help and give our help to others.
Fact 3: When the lead goose tires, 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 or resources.