Every Friday we have NCC’s activities session in which we learn about teamwork. One such thing I would like to share is about teamwork in geese. This was enacted by our cadets during the session.
There are a lot of team work concepts which we can learn from geese. Here is the team spirit practiced by geese and the lessons we can learn from them.
1. As each goose flaps its wings, it creates uplift for birds that follow. By ‘V’ formation, the whole lock adds 71%greater flying range than if each bird flew alone.
When people work with team spirit, they generate “synergy” (A mathematically impossible but psychologically probable phenomenon where the resultant energy of a team is more the sum total of energy of individual members).
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 in front of it.
In team work, each member is interdependent on the other members; No one can be independent.
3. When the lad goose gets tired, it rotates back into the formation and another goose flies to the front position.
In teamwork, leadership can be taken up in turns depending on member’s knowledge, skills, capabilities and core competencies.
4. Geese at the back honk to encourage the geese in the front to keep up speed.
Team members should support and encourage the leader psychologically and emotionally.
5.When a goose gets sick, wounded or is shot at, two geese drop out of the formation and follow it down to help and protect it. They stay with it till it dies or is able to fly again. Then they join another flock.
When a member is in difficulty, other members should stand by him.
let us keep up the team spirit!
Helen Vadhani, NCC Member