As each bird flaps its wings, it creates an uplift for the bird following it. By flying in a V-formation, the whole flock adds 71% greater flying range than if it flew alone. That’s a fact. Seventy-one percent greater flying range than if each bird flew alone. Human Speak: People who share a common direction and sense of community can get where they’re going quicker and easier because they are traveling on the trust of one another.
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 front. Human Speak: If we have geese sense, 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 ours to others.
When the lead goose gets tired, it rotates back into the formation and another goose flies at the point position. Human Speak: it pays to take turns doing the hard tasks and sharing leadership. If we appreciate other’s skills, capabilities, strengths, talents, and resources we can all contribute.
The geese in a formation honk from behind to encourage those in front to keep up their speed. Human Speak: Honk to encourage, speak to be positive. Where there is great encouragement against great odds, the team results are more than what each member could do on their own. is much greater. At the center of encouragement is “courage,” and the root of courage is a Latin word that means “heart.” Be positive tp strengthen the heart.
When a goose gets sick, or wounded, or shot down, two geese drop out of formation and follow it down to help and protect it. They stay with it until it is either able to fly again or dies. Then they launch out on their own with another formation or catch up with the flock. Human Speak: If we have geese sense, we too will stand by each other in difficult times as well as when we are strong. A champion team always beats a team of champions. Be strong in your team. Kia Kaha (Maori for Be Strong")