Fact 1: As each goose flap its wings it creates an“uplift” for the birds that follow.

By flying in a “V” formation, the whole flock adds 71% greater range

than if each bird flew alone.

Lesson: People who share a common sense of direction and community can get

where they are going quicker and easier because they are traveling 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.

Lesson: It pays to take turns doing the hard tasks and sharing leadership, as with

geese, people are interdependent on each other’s skill, capabilities and

unique arrangement of gifts, talents or resources.

Fact 4: The gees flying in formation honk to encourage those up front to keep up

their speed.

Lesson: We need to make sure our honking is encouraging. In groups where there

is encouragement, the productivity is much greater. The power of

encouragement (to stand by one’s heart or core values and encourage the

heart and core of others) is the quality of honking we seek.

Fact 5: When a goose gets sick, wounded or shot down, two geese drop out of

formation and follow it down to help and protect it. They stay until it dies

or can fly again. Then they launch out with another formation or catch up

with the flock.

Lesson: If we have as much sense as geese, we will stand by each other in difficult

times as well as when we are strong.

~ Submitted by the Office of Social Services