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Learning from Honks & Hinks

Don’t you think it’s a wonderful sound when a flock of geese fly into Weymouth?  Theirs is not the most attractive sound but it is very distinctive.  For me, it marks the start of Autumn.  Those honking sirens arrive into Radipole Lake and the Lodmoor Nature Reserve in late August.

I so love Autumn.

Honks from the Gander (and hinks from the Goose) communicate valuable information to help the flock maintain that incredible V formation that they arrive in. Each bird flies slightly above the bird in front of him or her, resulting in a reduction of wind resistance. The geese behind honk to encourage those in the front of the V to sustain the right speed. 

By flying in that V formation, the whole flock adds 71% greater flying range than if each goose flew alone.  And that  … is some increase in productivity don’t you think?  Perhaps we, too can learn how to communicate incessantly and as effectively when working together?

Each goose takes their turn being in front, falling back when they get tired. When the lead tires, it retreats back into the formation whilst another flies into the point position. How great it would be if we too, can communicate about each other’s skills, capabilities, and capacities so that it pays us to take turns doing the hard tasks and sharing leadership when appropriate?

And when a goose gets sick or wounded, the norm is for two geese to drop out of the formation and follow it down to help and/or protect it. They will stay with it until it dies or is able to fly again. At then they will catch up with their own flock or join another.  How lovely is that?  Perhaps we can learn how to communicate when our business needs support … and where might we find that support?

And so … there will be some bizarre reason (probably to do with food) why geese fly to Weymouth.  But what is more bizarre is that they fly back at the start of spring, don’t you think?  



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