Sunday, 22 July 2012
Our feathered friends bring inspiration today. This particular goose is called Cedric. He likes worms, chasing toddlers and honking really loudly.
My post today comes from an interesting piece of work based on the work of Milton Olson. It really resonates both with the work I'm doing for my creative business and being a part of this online tribe in Bloglandia.
What we can learn from geese:
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.
People who share a common direction and sense of community can get where they are going quicker and easier, because they are travelling on the thrust of each other. Taking lessons together and sharing your experiences and work offers just the support that many need to take them from 'thinking about' to actually 'doing'. Thank you to everyone that takes the time to comment on my work and a huge hug of gratitude to all the online art teachers who have helped me grow in ways I never thought possible.
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.
If we have as much sense as a goose, we stay in formation with those headed where we want to go. We are willing to accept their help and give our help to others.
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.
It pays to take turns doing the hard tasks and sharing leadership. As with geese, people are interdependent on each other’s skills, capabilities, and unique arrangement of gifts, talents, or resources. In other words, the teacher doesn't always know everything! We learn from each other.
My heart is constantly wrapped in a warm blanket of love and support from fellow bloggers and those I have met through online courses.
The geese flying in formation honk to encourage those up front to keep up their speed.
We need to make sure our honking is encouraging. In groups where there is encouragement, the production is much greater. The power of encouragement (to stand by one’s heart or core values and to encourage the heart and core values of others) is the quality of honking we seek.
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.
We all have tough days. We will stand by each other in difficult times as well as when we’re strong.
That’s exactly what my creative business is about. I'm building a flock to give you all extra uplift. You don’t need to fly alone.
Across our tribe I've found some very specialised geese – that will not only keep you moving forward but ensure that you’re in the best shape to take advantage of current conditions. Once again I want to thank everyone for their support and helping me believe in myself.
Note 1: Lessons from Geese was transcribed from a speech given by Angeles Arien at the 1991 Organizational Development Network. It was based on the work of Milton Olson. It circulated to Outward Bound staff throughout the United States.
Note 2: Cedric was drawn using oil pastels while under the influence of a couple of glasses of Sauvignon Blanc.