Quality Honking: What We Can Learn From Geese

109px-AleutianCanadaGoose2Today I am stealing yet another illustration from a colleague – there’s nothing new under the sun.

It comes from the world of flying geese – yes, you read that right. Here’s five amazing facts about flying geese, first noted by Geese Science Dudes:

Fact 1: As each goose flaps its wings, it creates an “uplift” for the birds that follow. By flying in a “V” formation, the whole flock has 71% greater flying range than if each bird flew alone.

Fact 2: When a goose falls out of formation, it suddenly feels the drag and resistance of flying alone. It quickly moves back into formation to take advantage of the lifting power of the bird immediately in front of it.

Fact 3: When the lead bird tires, it rotates back into the formation to take advantage of the lifting power of the bird immediately in front of it.

 Fact 4: The geese flying in formation honk to encourage those up front to keep up their speed.

Fact 5: When a goose gets sick, wounded, or shot down, two geese drop out of formation and follow it down to help and protect it. They stay with it until it dies or is able to fly again. Then, they launch out with another formation to catch up with the flock.

So, whoever you work with, whatever you do, make 2015 a year of quality honking!

 

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