Sometimes I like the veer from my regular format for a blog. Today is one of those days. Since many of our followers are writers, thus business folks, I thought this story of the Geese flying in the “V” Formation hits home with many of us who work together.
A reader may not realize just how much cooperation and coordination it takes to produce a book. Everything from writing the story, working with a critique partner or two and/or a group to clean up the story before it’s ever sent to the editor. Then the editor reads your submissions and makes his suggestions. Once those changes are made or sometimes negotiated with a STAT, which means basically “I like it so prefer it left as is.” Then the copy editor goes over your manuscript to edit (cross the “t’s” and cross the “I’s”) … you got the idea.
Cooperation and communications; thus the lesson of the Geese is perfect as a reminder of what we have to do in life, whether you are a writer, the monarch of the family or work as a volunteer or committee member.
I certainly want to thank Grace Ford for sharing this wisdom from our feathered friends about the importance of good teamwork.
I. As each bird flaps its wings, it creates an uplift for others behind him. There is 71 percent more flying range in V-formation than flying alone. People who share a common direction and sense of common purpose can get there quicker.
II. Whenever a goose flies out of formation, it quickly feels the drag and tries to get back in position. It’s harder to do something alone than together.
III. When the lead goose gets tired, it rotates back into the formation and another goose flies at the head. Shared leadership and interdependence gives us each a chance to lead as well as opportunities to rest.
IV. The geese in formation honk from behind to encourage those up front to keep up their speed. We need to make sure our honking is encouraging and not discouraging.
V. When a goose gets sick or wounded and falls, two geese fall out and stay with it until it revives or dies. Stand by your colleagues in difficult times as well as in good.
Now, wouldn't it be wonderful if every group who worked together lived by the lesson of the geese?