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Be Like Geese!

Be Like Geese!  A Powerful Metaphor

Props/Prep: 1 copy per person
Time: 20 min
Audience: pairs
Physical: No

There is a lot to be learned from lessons found in nature. Everyone is familiar with the “V” formation that geese use when migrating during the spring and fall of the year. Scientists have discovered that there are good reasons for the flying habits of geese. These “basic truths” may apply whether we are migrating geese or humans trying to work together towards a common goal.

When geese fly in formation, they can travel about 70 percent farther than when they fly alone. It has been learned that as each bird flaps its wings, it creates an uplift for the bird immediately following. Whenever a goose falls out of formation, it suddenly feels the drag and resistance of trying to go it alone. Hence, it quickly gets back into line to take advantage of the power of the formation.

When the lead goose gets tired, he rotates back in the wing and another goose flies in front. These geese honk from behind to encourage those up front to keep up their speed. Finally, when a goose gets sick or wounded and falls out, two geese fall out of formation and follow him down to help and protect him. They stay with him until he is able to fly again, then they all launch out together to join another formation or to catch up with their own.

What are some ‘basic truths’ of this story related to teams?