You might be interested in knowing what scientists have discovered about why geese fly in a V- formation. It has been learned that as each bird flaps its wings, it creates an upward current for the bird immediately following it. By flying in a V-formation the whole flock has at least 71% more flying power than if each bird flew on its own.
1. People who share a common direction and communication get where they are going more quickly and easily because they are travelling together.
Whenever a goose falls out of formation, it suddenly feels the drag and resistance of trying to go it alone, so it quickly gets back into formation to take advantage of the lifting power of the birds immediately in front of it.
2. If we have as much sense as a goose we will stay in formation with those who are headed the same way we are going.
When the lead goose gets tired, it flies to the back of the group and another goose flies the point.
3. It pays to take turns doing hard jobs.
The geese honk from behind to encourage those up front to keep up their speed.
4. We need to be careful what we say when we honk from behind.
Finally, when a goose gets sick or is wounded by gunshot and falls out of formation, two other geese also fall out of formation to help and protect it. They stay with that goose until it is able to fly or it dies and then they launch out on their own with another formation to catch up with their group.
5. If we have the sense of a goose we will stand by each other.
(Adapted from Harvey O Bennett’s address to Phi Theta Kappa, May 5, 1990)
IT'S OK TO BE CONFUSED.... IT'S SIMPLY A GREAT OPPORTUNITY
Typically people think that success is good and confusion is bad. In our workshops we’re always telling you that success is the most dangerous human experience, because it keeps you from noticing other things and learning other ways of doing things.
That also means that any time you fail, there’s an unprecedented opportunity for you to learn something that you wouldn’t otherwise notice. Confusion is the doorway to reorganizing your perceptions and learning something new. If you were never confused, that would mean that everything that happened to you fit your expectations, your model of the world, perfectly.
Life would simply be one boring, repetitive experience after another. Confusion is a signal that something doesn’t fit, and that you have a change to learn something new.
The phrase “unprecedented opportunity” is a reframe in itself, because it directs you to search for the opportunities that always exist, even in the worst disaster.