Flying or Working in Formation
Those of you who live in rural areas must always welcome the sound of geese heading north to their nesting grounds. When I see and hear them, I am really pleased that spring has finally arrived and we can expect a beautiful time of the year. We can look forward to sprucing up our yards, fixing up our homes, planting our gardens watching and nurturing them and eventually harvesting. We visualize picnics, golf, baseball, swimming and a lot of fun and interesting things to do.
The geese are also a good omen to us in that they remind is why they fly in a ‘V’ formation. Science has found that as each bird flaps its wings, it creates an uplift for the bird immediately following. By flying in a ‘V’ formation, the whole flock adds at least 71% greater flying range than if each bird flew in its own.
During the initiation of Impac, we are working on the same principle as the geese. When we share common goals, when we all work together in focus, we are assured of quicker goal achievement, an easier, more compatible and satisfying journey.
If we were like the geese flying 15,000 to 20,000 feet in the air, and if we tried to fly out of formation, we would suddenly feel the drag of resistance trying to go it alone and we would quickly get into formation to take advantage of the lifting power of the bird immediately in front. There is no doubt that it’s easier, more effective, more satisfying to build and grow as a team. The geese are great team players, when the lead goose gets tired, he rotates back in the wing and another goose flies point. The geese honk from behind to encourage those up front to keep up their speed. Don’t we do the same thing at a hockey game, ball game or track meet, when we holler encouragement?
It’s just too bad that we can’t talk or understand goose talk, because I believe they might be the greatest management gurus in motivational and inspirational psychology.