Lessons from Geese
By Robert McNeish
Transcribed from a speech given by Angeles Arrrien at the 1991 Organizational Development Network.
The following animation is from the Coalition to Prevent the Destruction of Canada Geese (TM)
Flying Geese
  1. As each goose flaps its wings, it creates an uplift for the others behind it. 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 another.

  1. 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.
Lesson: If we have as much sense as the goose, 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.)

  1. 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--with people, as with geese, we are interdependent on each other.

  1. 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, and not something else.

  1. 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 able to fly again or dies. Then they launch out on their own, with another formation, or 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.

Goose Photo

Hankering to Honk! Click on the goose of your choice (Be patient, the sounds may take a while to load):
PowerSchool Admin | Public | Teachers | Subs | Support | Users Group
Schools: Somerton Middle | Orange Grove | Desert Sonora | Tierra del Sol | Valle del Encanto | School Report Cards

Departments: Business | Federal Programs | Food Service | Human Resources | Instructional Services | Maintenance | Special Services | Technology | Transportation

Home | News | Mission | Board | Staff | Calendar | Links | Procedures | Work Orders | Bid Call | FLU Information | Supplemental Educational Services | Galileo Testing
Somerton School District Community values each child, pledges a commitment to ensure a safe, nurturing environment and prepares life-long learners as contributing members of a global society.