Lessons From Geese
by Angeles Arrien

 When Geese fly in formation (when people have the same goal)

Imagine look up to the sky, see the birds flying in formation .......

As eachbird flaps its wings, it creates an uplift for others behind him.  There is 71 percent more flying range in theV-formation than flying alone.

Lesson:  People who share a common direction and senseof common

               purposecan get there quicker

Whenevera goose flies out of formation, it quickly feels the drag and tries to get backinto position.

Lesson:  It’s harder to do something alone thantogether

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

Lesson:Shared leadership and interdependence gives us each a

               chanceto lead as well as opportunities to rest

Thegeese in formation honk from behind to encourage those up front to keep theirspeed.

Lesson: Weneed to make sure our honking is encouraging and not


When agoose gets sick or wounded and falls, two geese fall out and stay with it untilit revives or dies.  Then they catch upor join another flock

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

Where are you and yourfellow employees in the groups above?

Does one person pick the other up or, does it sometimesoccur that the one who is flying slow gets ‘picked off’ by the others?

What canyou do, to bring the sum of the number toequal or greater than the sum of the individual parts?           1+#+>#

 Thats the challenge - everyone being valued, heard, encourage, included, connected with - everyone.

The manager / owner / principle / director is the facilitator - not the solution. It is their job to achieve the words above!