LESSONS FROM THE GEESE

A year ago I decided to start laying the ground work to grow my own business. My purpose was to challenge myself and to help other grow their leadership potential.

That dream has turned into Vitruvian Leadership!

All my pursuits and projects have required the mentoring and the generous service of others. Their input, questions insights and genuine care for my dream has been truly remarkable. In short, I have prospered because of all of them! They have embraced my dream; they supported and gave of their time. They have exemplified the leadership principles I hold at my core.

It is a great example of John Maxwell’s Law of Magnetism. “Who You Are Is Who You Attract.” I am fortunate to attract the willing and the committed. By personally being accountable to them I have both success and now significance. Thank you and please enjoy!

Lessons From The Geese - Inspired by Dr. Robert McNeish

1. When geese fly together, each goose provides additional lift and reduces air resistance for the goose flying behind it. Consequently, by flying together in a V-formation, the whole flock can fly about 70% farther with the same amount of energy than if each goose flew alone.  Geese have discovered that they can reach their destination quickly and with less energy when they fly together.

Lesson: When people work together harmoniously on teams, sharing common values and are aligned, they can accomplish things quicker and easier, because they are lifted up by the energy and enthusiasm of the team. “A Rising Tide Raises All Ships.”

2. When a goose drops out of the v-formation it quickly discovers that it requires a great deal more effort and energy to fly. Consequently, that goose will quickly return to the formation to take advantage of the lifting power that comes from flying together.

Lesson: Sometimes people veer away from the group and try to accomplish goals on their own.  However, like the geese, they usually discover that they miss the synergy and energy that comes when they are an active part of a cohesive team moving towards the group’s key result.

3. Geese Rotate leadership. The goose flying in the front of the formation has to expend the most energy because it is the first to break up the flow of air that provides the additional lift. When the lead goose gets tired, it drops out of the front position and moves to the rear of the formation, and another goose moves to the leadership position.

Lesson: When a team is functioning well, various members of the team may take the leadership role for a while because of a particular expertise or experience.  Everyone has the opportunity to serve as a leader as well as a follower.

4. Geese honk at each other. Scientists speculate that this honking is their way of communicating with each other during their long flight.

 Lesson: Similarly, when working in teams, it is exceedingly important for each team member to communicate regularly with all the other team members.  Teams frequently fall apart because of the lack of adequate communication among the various members of the team.  Perhaps human teams can learn from flying flocks of geese that constant communication among members is exceedingly important in moving effectively towards a common destination.

5. Geese help each other.Scientists also discovered that when one goose becomes ill, is shot or injured, and drops out of the formation, two other geese will fall out of formation and remain with the weakened goose.  They will stay with and protect the injured goose from predators until it is able to fly again or dies.

Lesson: Likewise, human teams work best when they do more than just work together, but care for the well-being of each other.

HOW YOU CAN CREATE “LIFT” ON YOUR TEAM…

  1. Commit to encouraging other… Do it daily.
  2. Know the difference between hurting and helping… It is not what you say but how you say it
  3. Be an agent of change… The Experience you create is the Belief other will have of you.

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