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     When you see geese heading south for the winter, flying in a “V” formation, think about what science has learned about why they fly that way.  As each bird flaps it winds, it creates uplift for the bird immediately following it.  By flying in a “V” formation, the whole flock can fly at least 71% farther than if each bird flew on its own.  Perhaps people who share a common direction can get were they are going quicker and easier if they cooperate.

    Whenever a goose falls out of formation, it feels the resistance of trying to go it alone and quickly gets back into formation to take advantage of flying with the flock.  If we have as much sense as a good, we will work with others who are going the same way as we are.  When the lead goose gets tired, he rotates back in the wing and another goose flies on the point.  It pays to take turns doing hard jobs for our group.  Perhaps the geese honking from behind are even the “Cheering squad” to encourage those up front to keep up their speed.

    Finally if a goose weakens or is wooded and falls out of formation, two geese fall out and follow him down to help and protect him.  They stay with him until he is either about the fly or until he is dead.  They set out on their own, or with another formation, until they catch up with their group.  If we had the sense of a goose, we would stand by each other like that.

 Reported in the Association for Quality and Participation, Louisville, Kentucky Chapter, September 1992.  Original Source Unknown.

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