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The Goose Story – Teamwork Lesson

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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{ 19 comments… add one }
  • Brad May 26, 2019, 3:48 am

    This is so good! Appreciate the explanation, much benefit will come from this!

  • James makale June 19, 2015, 2:50 am

    Very good and interesting story from bird. Teamwork leads to success.

  • Bassey Ndem August 15, 2014, 3:04 pm

    I only wished humans can learn from the geese.

  • Jenica March 20, 2014, 6:26 am

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

  • SchoolKid April 4, 2013, 11:01 pm

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

  • J Wilson March 9, 2013, 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.

  • Mayowa October 31, 2012, 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.

  • Terminator September 19, 2012, 10:40 am

    Geese you will be terminated.

  • Justin Hudson September 14, 2012, 2:19 pm

    I would love to hunt geese one day.

  • Stefano Subauste September 14, 2012, 2:04 pm

    It is a good story about teamwork.

  • Kayln Strickland September 14, 2012, 12:59 pm

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

  • Jonathan Ford September 14, 2012, 12:04 pm

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

  • Anonymous September 14, 2012, 12:01 pm

    Amazing Story. I loved this story!

  • Anonymous September 13, 2012, 9:04 am

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

  • Jonathan Ford September 12, 2012, 1:27 pm

    Really interesting how the geese would do that and stuff…

  • Alina August 10, 2012, 10:20 am

    Really nice story… Truly enjoyed reading it.

  • Lady June 4, 2012, 3:19 pm

    Oh get over it

  • Birdwatcher June 19, 2011, 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.

  • Sharoon June 12, 2011, 11:14 pm

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

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