Mutual Cooperation


flying geeseThere are many examples of mutual cooperation among plants and animals that humans can learn from. Among the most useful examples is the flying formation of geese. Geese fly in characteristic V-formation that is commonly seen in the spring and fall. The activities of the geese in flight are remarkable examples of mutual cooperation which can teach us significant lessons for human behavior.

1. As each goose flaps its wings, it creates an uplift for others behind it. There is 70% more flying range in V-formation than in flying alone.

Lesson 1. People who share a common direction and sense of purpose can achieve their goal faster and more efficiently.

2. Whenever a goose flies out of formation, it feels drag and tries to get back into position.

Lesson 2. It is more difficult to reach a goal alone than to work together with others.

3. When the lead goos gets tired, it rotates back into formation and another goose flies at the head.

Lesson 3. Shared leadership and interdependence gives more people a chance to lead as well as an opportunity to rest. It is a more efficient method of leadership.

4. The geese flying in the rear of the formation honk to encourage the geese in front to keep up their speed.

Lesson 4. Encouragement is a motivating force. We need to use language that can encourage others to succeed instead of discouraging their efforts.

5. When a goose gets sick or wounded, and falls, two geese fall out and stay with it until it revives or dies. Then they try to catch up or join another flock.

Lesson 5. Occasionally, we all fall into difficulties and need asssistance from our colleagues. When our colleagues experience difficulties, we need to support them until they can regain independence.