Our team had an offsite meeting this week. My doctoral mentor, Gary McIntosh, facilitated as we went through some key changes of our leadership team, which we’ll share next weekend at the Family Meeting. It will be an exciting and important time together. You DO NOT have to be a formal member of Church on the Ridge to attend. If you are new to Church on the Ridge it’s a great opportunity to see how the organization operates and how we link arms to see the vision of God’s love reaching every person in this valley accomplished. It’s also a great opportunity to learn and get connected.
Gary illustrated how teams work better than sole proprietors in just about every facet of life, especially churches. Here it is.
Teambuilding Lessons We Can Learn from Geese
Fact #1 – As each bird flaps its wings; it creates uplift for the bird following. By flying in a “V” formation, the whole flock adds at least 71 percent greater flying range than if each bird flew alone.
Lesson Learned – People who share a common direction and sense of community can get where they are going quicker and easier because they are traveling on the strength of one another.
Fact #2 – Whenever a goose falls out of formation, it suddenly feels the drag and resistance of trying to fly alone and quickly gets back into formation to take advantage of the lifting power of the bird immediately in front.
Lesson Learned – If we have as much sense as geese, we will stay in formation with those who are headed the same way we want to go and be willing to accept their help as well as give ours to others.
Fact #3 – When the lead goose gets tired, it rotates back into the formation and another goose flies at the point position.
Lesson Learned – It pays to take turns doing the hard tasks and to share leadership.
Fact #4 – The geese in formation honk from behind to encourage those up front to keep up their speed.
Lesson Learned – We need to make sure our honking from behind is encouraging, and not something else.
Fact #5 – When a goose gets sick or 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 is able to fly again, or dies. Then they launch out on their own, with another formation, or they catch up with their flock.
Lesson Learned – If we have as much sense as geese do, we too, will stand by each other in difficult times as well as when we are strong.
(This was transcribed from a speech given by Angeles Arrien at the 1991 Organizational Development Network, based on the work of Milton Olson.)
To be part of Church on the Ridge is to be part of a family. We are growing stronger and better at supporting, encouraging, protecting, and actively sharing the love of Jesus to our world. Get some goose sense and get connected. I hope you will join us this weekend for Mother’s Day as Sandy speaks, and for the Family Meeting on the 20th. Big news ahead for us geese!