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Wisdom of Geese

All types of animals, birds & insecs are very interesting. Many are under attack, but many people like to learn everything about nature.

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Helping Groups

It always makes us feel good to do something nice for someone else, particularly someone that is in need or someone we love. Most of us have opportunities to help family members and neighbors in some particular ways.

However, think of how much more can be accomplished if a group works together to help others, whether it’s helping an organization or maybe some needy families.

I am in a woman's group, and we bring food to every meeting to give to the poor. We collect box tops and labels off cans for an elementary school in the area that has a high percentage of poor children. We willingly tackle many other tasks that help the community, and it is not difficult for any one person due to the group support.

Learning from Nature

We can learn a lot from nature as to how to effectively work together in a group. Take geese for example, when they fly south in the winter we always see them in a V formation. This formation lets them keep track of the other geese. Fighter pilots fly in this formation for this same reason. This formation enhances communication and coordination within the group.

Since the geese fly in formation each bird flies slightly above the bird in front of them, which causes a reduction in wind resistance. This enables the geese to fly longer without getting tired. The flock of geese that fly in formation add a minimum of 71% greater flying range than a bird that flies solo.

Compare that to people who have a common goal and direction, plus a sense of community, and think about how much more they can accomplish by sticking together and traveling the same direction.

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Encouragement

If a goose falls out of formation it will feel the drag and the resistance of trying to fly alone, which will quickly cause it to get back into formation. It knows the lifting power of the bird in front will make the trip easier.

If the head goose gets tired it rotates back further in the formation and another goose flies point, so the burden isn’t on just one goose or on one person in a group if they follow that plan.

If we are as bright as a goose, we would stay in formation with other people that are heading in the same direction with the same goals.

It makes sense for people to take turns leading to ease the burden on everyone. Not everyone may have the skills to lead, so understanding your limitation is very helpful. Another thing geese do is a honk from behind to encourage those in front to keep up their speed. Encouragement can go a long way in enticing others to pitch in or even join a group that works together. Even some type of reward system may encourage others.

Wisdom Of The Geese

Does Someone Have Your Back?

Another interesting point about geese is, if one goose gets sick or is wounded by a gunshot and falls out of the sky, two other geese will follow it down to lend help and protection.

These geese stay with that fallen goose until it’s able to fly or until it dies. Only then will they fly off on their own or with another formation to catch up with their own group.

Geese are smart enough to stand by each other in times of trouble, and certainly people should act the same way. We feel more confident and we can accomplish much more when we know someone has our back.

The Flight of Geese

Team Work

Teamwork is different today as teams tend to be more diverse and dynamic. Their success still depends on the fundamentals of a group. A pioneer in the field of organizational behavior is J. Richard Hackman, and he began study of teams in the 1970s. After years of study he concluded that collaboration was not about personalities, but the success of a team depends on “enabling conditions.” The “enabling conditions” mean that the team must have a compelling direction for the work and an enabling structure that will facilitate their work. He wrote a book, “Collaborative Intelligence” in 2011.

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Final Thoughts

The success of any group depends on working together toward a common goal, sharing the hard tasks and encouraging their fellow workers. There is no room for criticism or gossip, only acceptance results in a good outcome.

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2021 Pamela Oglesby

Comments

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on February 18, 2021:

Hi Vidya,

That is a true statement as we do admire the beauty of the flight. I wish our world worked much like the geese.

I appreciate your comments. Stay safe and healthy.

VIDYA D SAGAR on February 18, 2021:

An enlightening article Pamela. There is so much that we can learn from nature. You have brought out these aspects like teamwork, encouragement and having each other's back so well. There is so much wisdom in the flight of the geese. We usually admire the beauty of the flight, seldom think of the logic behind it.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on February 17, 2021:

Hi David,

I agree with you on teamwork. I appreciat you reading the article and commenting.

david from kansas on February 17, 2021:

The idea behind team work cannot be totally over emphasized that's why there is a term called division of labor thanks for the share Pam

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on February 17, 2021:

Hi Vanita,

I am glad you found this article interesting. I agree that there is a lot of learn from nature. Thank you for your comments.

Vanita Thakkar on February 16, 2021:

Very interesting article about team work among geese. There a lot to learn from nature. Thanks for sharing.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on February 16, 2021:

That is true to the best of my knowledge, Devika.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on February 16, 2021:

Geese are always in groups and work well together

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on February 16, 2021:

Hi Devika,

I know geese can be annoying when they attack but they way they work as a group is impressive. We can learn from they way they work together as a group for sure. I appreciate your comments. Take care.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on February 16, 2021:

Pamela99 A great message here about working together. We had geese and everytime someone came to visit the would go after them. It was hilarious, like watch dogs. Interesting and geese are amazing.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on February 16, 2021:

Hi Chitrangada,

I am glad you enjoyed the article, and I wish there was more teamwork in this world. We surely can learn from nature.

Thank you so much for your comments. Blessings.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on February 16, 2021:

This is brilliant, Pamela.

A thoughtful, engaging and insightful article, which emphasises the importance of team work, efficiency, and cooperation, by the example of geese.

We can see many such examples in Nature and it's inhabitants.

So many takeaways in your well written article.Thank you for sharing this.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on February 16, 2021:

Hi Ravi,

I agree with you concerning nsture as we can learn so much. Flowers are a good example.I am glad you liked the article.

I appreciate your comments.

Ravi Rajan from Mumbai on February 15, 2021:

There is so much one can learn from nature. From symmetry in flowers to V-shaped formations of birds, everything in nature is destined for a specific purpose and does that activity remarkably well,

Thanks for sharing this wonderful article, Pamela.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on February 15, 2021:

Hi Alyssa,

I like the idea of looking at nature for lessons for living a better life. I love that fact that the geese help an injured one.

Thank you so much for your comments. I hope you have a wonderful week as well.

Alyssa from Ohio on February 15, 2021:

I completely agree, Pamela, nature has so much to teach us! I love the examples of wisdom you provided and I was surprised to learn that two geese follow an injured one down to help it land. I hope you are having a wonderful week!

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on February 15, 2021:

Hi Brenda,

I totally agree with your sentiments. People should help each other and work together.

Our church is open now, with masks, etc. I hope yours opens soon. It is a shame the geese can be an aggravation sometimes.

I appreciat your comments. I hope you have a good week.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on February 15, 2021:

An enjoyable read.

Awe...life would be so great if people were only like geese.

To actually take the time to help one another. They truly sound amazing.

We have numerous geese in our parks, but they are more of a nuisance making walking in the park a bit challenging.

I'm glad you are in a group that seems to care for others well being.

My church does alot of things like this but since Covid-19 I have not been able to participate.

Take care & continue reaching out to others.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on February 15, 2021:

Hi Mel,

We don't have geese where I live, so I haven't had that first hand experience. I have no clue as to why they are in the road, which I am sure can get annoying.

I hope you are going to like Colorado. It is a beautiful state. I appreciate your comments, as always.

Mel Carriere from Snowbound and down in Northern Colorado on February 15, 2021:

I'm learning about geese first hand here in my new home. They are everywhere. Sometimes they block traffic too, which begs the question, if you've got wings, why bother waddling across the road? It seems counter intuitive, especially because Coloradans are impatient drivers.

I often wondered about the poor point goose flying at the head of the V. I always thought it was just the junior bird who got stuck there. Thanks for solving that mystery.

My coworkers tell me the geese get real ornery during breeding season, and it is not safe to deliver packages where they nest. Mailman vs. Dog, now Mailman vs. Goose. Great stuff.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on February 15, 2021:

Hi Misbah,

I do think humans need to learn those lessons, and it would be a better world.

Thank you for your nice comments.

Misbah Sheikh from The World of Poets on February 15, 2021:

I enjoyed reading your article Pamela

A real lesson what we humans really need to learn

Thanks for sharing

Blessings

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on February 15, 2021:

Hi MG,

I am glad you enjoyed the article. I appreciate your very nice comments.

MG Singh emge from Singapore on February 15, 2021:

What an awesome article that draws a simile from animal life. Splendid reading.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on February 15, 2021:

Hi Peggy,

We certainly can learn from nature, like the geese. Thank you so much for your comments.

I hope you are doing well in your very cold weather.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on February 15, 2021:

Hi Linda,

I bet you do see a lot of geese. They sure are interesting birds. Thank you for your comments.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on February 15, 2021:

Hi Eric,

I love groups also. I have been watching church online but it is not quite the same as being there. When people really work together the results are good.

I appreciate your comments. Have a good week, Eric.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on February 15, 2021:

Hi Linda,

I think you may be right about selfish pride and egos. If we worked together things would be so much better.

I appreciate your comments. I hope you have a great week with your new snow.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on February 15, 2021:

Hi Liz,

I am glad you found the article interesting. Thank you for your comments.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on February 15, 2021:

Hi Clive,

I am glad you found the article informative. I appreciate your comments.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on February 15, 2021:

We can all learn much about working together for the common good, as do geese when flying in formation. This is an excellent article, Pamela!

Linda Chechar from Arizona on February 15, 2021:

I lived in Colorado. Our geese were formations in the sky. In our backyard and fly down. They were all on the ground and eating the grass!

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on February 15, 2021:

Fantastic! What a great piece for reflection. I love groups. I think praying is my favorite group activity as it used to be sports. Scouting was awesome for group stuff. In my large family there was plenty of working together on things.

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on February 15, 2021:

What a beautiful lesson; we as a species still have so much to learn. I think perhaps our selfish pride and egos get in the way of teamwork. (Look at Washington DC for an example.)

Liz Westwood from UK on February 15, 2021:

This is a very interesting study. You m

ake some interesting and very important points in this article.

Clive Williams from Jamaica on February 15, 2021:

Very eye opening and informative, especially about the v formation

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on February 15, 2021:

Hi Flourish,

I absolutely agree with you. I love everything about the geese.

I appreciate your comments. Have a good week.

FlourishAnyway from USA on February 15, 2021:

I have seen Canadian geese attending a fallen flick member. We should all be so loyal. I also like the idea of honking from behind.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on February 15, 2021:

Hi Fran,

We could accomplish so much together. The geese are a great example of teamwork. I am glad you enjoyed the article. Thank you so much for your comments.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on February 15, 2021:

Hi Shauna,

I couldn't agree with you more. We can learn so much from wildlife, and the geese are a great example.

I appreciate your comments, as always.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on February 15, 2021:

Hi Rosina,

We can accomplish so much by working as a team, and the geese are a great example. I am glad you enjoyed this article, and I appreciate your comments.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on February 15, 2021:

Thanks again, Ann.

fran rooks from Toledo, Ohio on February 15, 2021:

What a wonderful article! I love your contributions to helping the community. Of only all of us did more in groups helping others. You are to be commended. Thank you for your article.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on February 15, 2021:

Hi Bill,

It is nice to know you can communicate with geese since they are team players. I am glad you enjoyed the article. Thank you for your comments, my friend. Have a great week.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on February 15, 2021:

Pamela, I love this! I was unaware to just what extent geese bond, collaborate, and protect each other. Absolutely amazing. And you're right - we humans should follow suit in order to create harmony in the world. There is so much we can learn from wildlife. Your example of geese really drives the point home. Humans need to pay attention, take heed, and act for the good of the world.

Rosina S Khan on February 15, 2021:

This is a wonderful article about how we can learn from geese in a formation high up in the sky by forming teams and work together towards a common goal, encouraging each other just like geese. I appreciate the wisdom of this article very much. Thank you for such a stunning article, Pamela.

Ann Carr from SW England on February 15, 2021:

You're welcome. I also copy and paste and it's easy to double up!

I hope you enjoy your week too, Pamela.

Ann

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on February 15, 2021:

I love the analogy. Brilliantly done, my friend, and so very true. Well done! Now, if you'll excuse me, I've got some geese I need to speak with. :)

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on February 15, 2021:

Hi Ms Dora,

I love the willingess of the geese too. I am glad you enjoyed the article. Thank you for your comments. Have a wonderful week.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on February 15, 2021:

Beautiful lesson to set the tone for my week. I'm touched by the willingness of the birds to help and protect each other. Thank you for the practical message.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on February 15, 2021:

Thank you Ann. I always write on another place, then copy and paste. Typically this lets me make any grammar corrections, but obviously mistakes can happen.

Geese seem to be more social birds than some others. It would be better if we all worked together, supporting each other. I am glad you like this article, and I appreciate your comments. Have a great week, Ann.

Ann Carr from SW England on February 15, 2021:

Firstly, Pamela, do you realise that your last two paragraphs are the same? Easy to do, I've done it myself!

I see a local gaggle of geese flying over most days; they live in a park close by. I didn't know how sociable they were, honking encouragement and staying with injured or dying birds - that's remarkable.

Your analogy is a great one. Why don't we support each other more, take it in turns, realise our strengths and weaknesses, indeed? It would make life so much better. Businesses working together, social groups working together, without hierarchy and unnatural rules.

This is an excellent article. I'm going back to read it again, to make sure I haven't missed anything. Thank you for your wisdom, Pamela.

Ann

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on February 15, 2021:

I agree that we can learn from geese. They are sure interesting birds. I appreciate your comments, John. Have a good week.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on February 15, 2021:

I really enjoyed researching geese. That are very interesting birds. Teamwork does work. Thanks so much for your comments, Heidi.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on February 15, 2021:

A wonderful article about working together and teamwork, Pamela. Yes, we can certainly learn from geese and taking turns to share the lead in their flying formation has been copied in a few sports such as cycling. Thanks for sharing.

Heidi Thorne from Chicago Area on February 15, 2021:

Definitely not silly geese! We have a lot of Canadian Geese in our area. And I've always wondered how they communicate when they're flying, or even hanging out together. Sometimes we'll see a lone goose honking and I wonder if he/she is calling the rest, or acting as a scout. Teamwork works! Thanks for sharing this lovely leadership lesson from nature!

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