FACT: As each goose flaps its wings, it creates
uplift for the bird following. By flying in a "V" formation, the
whole flock adds 71% greater flying range than if the bird flew
LESSON: Those who share a common
direction and sense of unity can get where they are going quicker
and easier, because they are traveling on the thrust of one
FACT: Whenever a goose falls out of formation,
it suddenly feels the drag and resistance of trying to fly alone,
and quickly gets back into formation to take advantage of the
lifting power of the bird immediately in
LESSON: If we are as smart as geese, we
will 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
FACT: When the lead goose gets tired, it
rotates back into formation, and another goose flies at the point
LESSON: It pays to take turns doing the
hard tasks and sharing leadership. People, like geese, are
interdependent on each other.
FACT: The geese in formation honk from behind
to encourage those up front to keep their
LESSON: We need to make sure the honking
from behind is encouraging-and not something
FACT: When a goose gets sick, wounded or shot,
two geese drop out of formation and follow it down to help protect
it. They stay with it until it is able to fly again or dies. Then
they launch out on their own, with another formation, or try to
catch up with the flock.
LESSON: If we have as much sense as
geese, we too will stand by each other in difficult times, as well
as when we are strong.
JOIN THE FLOCK!