The Goose Story – Teamwork Lesson

by Stephen on June 10, 2011 · 16 comments

in Inspirational stories

When you see geese flying along in “V” formation, you might consider what science has discovered as to why they fly that way. As each bird flaps its wings, it creates an uplift for the bird immediately following. By flying in “V” formation, the whole flock adds at least 71 percent greater flying range than if each bird flew on its own. People who share a common direction and sense of community can get where they are going more quickly and easily because they are traveling on the thrust of one another.

When a goose falls out of formation, it suddenly feels the drag and resistance of trying to go it alone — and quickly gets back into formation to take advantage of the lifting power of the bird in front. If we have as much sense as a goose, we will stay in formation with those people who are headed the same way we are.

When the head goose gets tired, it rotates back in the wing and another goose flies point. It is sensible to take turns doing demanding jobs, whether with people or with geese flying south. Geese honk from behind to encourage those up front to keep up their speed.

What messages do we give when we honk from behind? Finally — and this is important — when a goose gets sick or is wounded by gunshot, and falls out of formation, two other geese fall out with that goose and follow it down to lend help and protection. They stay with the fallen goose until it is able to fly or until it dies, and only then do they launch out on their own, or with another formation to catch up with their group.

If we have the sense of a goose, we will stand by each other like that.

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{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

1. Sharoon — June 12, 2011 at 11:14 pm

Gr8 good one but this should be understood by human beings if we start following this it will be amazing.

2. Birdwatcher — June 19, 2011 at 9:22 am

Geese will not fall out of formation with one that falls away, nor will they stay with the fallen one until it flies or dies. The one that falls away is on its own, and the rest must move on to survive, else three are lost, not one.

Also false – Geese honk from behind. The whole flock honks, including the point goose.

The moral point of the story is nice, but it is disingenuous when someone attributes human behaviors or motives to a goose.

3. Lady — June 4, 2012 at 3:19 pm

Oh get over it

4. Alina — August 10, 2012 at 10:20 am

Really nice story… Truly enjoyed reading it.

5. Jonathan Ford — September 12, 2012 at 1:27 pm

Really interesting how the geese would do that and stuff…

6. Anonymous — September 13, 2012 at 9:04 am

I never realized this…Birdwatcher sounds an awful lot like someone I know…O_o…JONATHAN FORD?!

7. Anonymous — September 14, 2012 at 12:01 pm

Amazing Story. I loved this story!

8. Jonathan Ford — September 14, 2012 at 12:04 pm

um..do i know you Mr/Mrs Anonymous? ( name please )

9. Kayln Strickland — September 14, 2012 at 12:59 pm

hey. STEM class y’all… I’m sleepy. byeeeee(:

10. Stefano Subauste — September 14, 2012 at 2:04 pm

It is a good story about teamwork.

11. Justin Hudson — September 14, 2012 at 2:19 pm

I would love to hunt geese one day.

12. Terminator — September 19, 2012 at 10:40 am

Geese you will be terminated.

13. Mayowa — October 31, 2012 at 11:14 am

@birdwatcher, it doesn’t matter the metaphor used in conveying the message all that matters is the fact that the message has in some way impacted someone positively. My advice 4 u is to understand the story and don’t go round looking for the flaws in the story if who knows, the story written up might improve u in some ways. No OFFENCE meant. Nice STORY.

14. J Wilson — March 9, 2013 at 6:26 pm

Have to agree with @birdwatcher even though I love the story and good idea that there is not always a lead goose in real life, I hate when people make up things like that as I would end up believing it’s true and probably telling others about it too – I like nothing better than truth – can’t stand made up things.

15. SchoolKid — April 4, 2013 at 11:01 pm

Good story!!! I used it for a school project.

16. Jenica — March 20, 2014 at 6:26 am

Hello everyone. Nice to meet you all. I hope to meet each other in the dream.

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