5 things Geese can teach us

Teamwork makes the dream work.

Geese. These majestic birds migrate in the winter to escape the bitter cold, flying in the familiar “V” formation.

Scientists have studied their behaviour and it transpires that the Geese are intuitively working together as it’s more beneficial than migrating individually.

There are 5 key lessons we can take from these studies, which apply to our own working environments:

  1. When geese fly together, each goose provides additional lift and reduces air resistance for the goose flying behind it.
  2. When a goose drops out of the v-formation it quickly discovers that it requires a great deal more effort and energy to fly.
  3. Geese rotate leadership
  4. Geese honk at each other.
  5. Geese help each other.

My favourite is:

4. Geese honk at each other. They also frequently make loud honking sounds as they fly together.  Scientists speculate that this honking is their way of communicating with each other during their long flight. Similarly, when working on teams, it is exceedingly important for each team member to communicate regularly with all the other team members.  Teams frequently fall apart because of the lack of adequate communication among the various members of the team.  Perhaps human teams can learn from flying flocks of geese that constant communication among members is exceedingly important in moving effectively towards a common destination.

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Gooses escaping The Netherlands in V Formation, highlighted by the morning sun of 21st December