When Geese Fly in Formation

FACT: As each bird flaps its wings in V formation, the flock adds 71 per cent greater flying range than if each 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 traveling on the thrust of others.

FACT: Whenever a goose falls out of formation, it feels the drag and resistance of trying to fly alone--and quickly gets back into formation to take advantage of the flight power of the birds in front of it.
LESSON: Stay in formation with those who are headed where we want to go and be willing to accept their help, as well as give help to others.

FACT: When the lead goose gets tired, it rotates back into the formation and another goose flies at the point position.
LESSON: It pays to take turns doing the hard tasks and sharing leadership. We are interdependent on each other's talents, skills and abilities.

FACT: When a goose gets sick or wounded, two geese drop out of formation and follow it down to help protect it. They stay with it until it is either able to fly or dies.
LESSON: We will stand by each other in difficult times as well as when we are strong.

FACT: Geese in formation honk from behind to encourage those up front to keep up their speed.
LESSON: We need to make sure our honking from behind is encouraging. Where there is great encouragement, against great odds, the production is much greater.
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