Come to think of it, there’s so much to learn from nature than we can possibly imagine and an example can be found in water fowls called geese. Seasonally, they migrate in search of open water and grasslands especially in the winter. During this migration, they fly in teams (interestingly the collective noun for a group of geese in flight is called a team) in what is referred to as ‘V-formation’ where each bird flies slightly above the bird in front of him.
Among other things, this formation helps to reduce the effect of wind resistance and enable the geese to conserve their energy for the journey ahead. And at different times during this migration, the birds take turns being in the front and falling back when they get tired. In this way, the geese can fly for a long time before they must stop for rest.
So, you may want to ask what wisdom can be learned from these fowls that we can really apply to our personal life or professional success? Here we go:
- Lesson #1 ~ Teamwork
In reality, the V-formation adds 70% greater flying range compared to each bird flying alone. They glide more and reduce energy expenditure simply because every flap of the wings create an uplift for the fowl that follow behind.
Teamwork is what makes the dream work and like John C. Maxwell would always quote “One is too small a number to achieve greatness, for you cannot do anything of real value alone.” Personally, I’m of the opinion that synergy is energy and like the geese, we need to build alliances with people of like minds because teamwork is right at the heart of every great feats in life. More so, we can do and achieve more when we work as a team.
- Lesson #2 ~ Encouragement
The geese flying in formation honks to encourage those up-front to keep up their speed and since they all at some point lead the formation, they in turn participate in the giving and receiving of encouragement.
According to Chris Burkmenn, “Encouragement is like water to the soul, it makes everything grow.” This translates to mean that criticism suffocates but encouragement is oxygen to the soul. Be known for dispensing positive and uplifting vibes wherever and whenever whether as a team mate or a team lead.
- Lesson #3 ~ Empathy
When a goose in formation grow sick, two geese follows it down to help, protect and stay with it until it dies or is able to fly again. At which point, they catch up with their original team or launch with another formation.
Empathy is the ability to understand and share the feelings of another. It is important that we genuinely show concern for others not because of what we’ll get in return but for the sake of being a blessing to all and sundry. Always remember that what goes round definitely comes round.
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