alan houser (houser@CEDR.LBL.GOV)
Mon, 16 May 1994 10:59:36 -0700
Here is something I came across that you may find interesting and useful.
I have seen several versions of it, all basically the same, but this one
has a credit line.
LESSONS FROM THE GEESE
by Robert McNeish, Associate Superintendent of Baltimore Public Schools
We live in an area where geese are very common. We see them coming in
the Fall and leaving early Spring. Their migration is an awesome sight.
There is an interdependence in the way geese function.
> FACT: As each bird flaps its wings, it creates an "uplift" for the
bird following. By flying in a "V" formation, the whole flock adds 71%
greater flying range than if each bird 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 one another.
> FACT: Whenever a goose falls out of formation, it suddenly feels the
drag and resistance of trying to fly alone. It quickly gets back into
formation to take advantage of the "lifting power" of the bird
immediately in front.
>> LESSON: If we have as much sense as a goose, we will stay in
formation with those who are headed where we want to go.
> 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--people, as with geese, are interdependent with each other.
> FACT: The 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, not something less helpful.
> FACT: When a goose gets sick or wounded or shot down, two geese drop
out of formation to follow him [her] down to help and protect him [her].
They stay with him [her] until [s]he is either able to fly again or
dies. Then they launch out on their own with another formation or catch
up with their flock.
>> LESSON: If we have as much sense as the geese, we will stand by each
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