The best teams are those who work together like a well-oiled machine. Each member knows their role and works together for the common goal. This is the kind of teamwork that makes a business successful. It is amazing what can be accomplished when everyone works together. In order to be successful, you must have excellent teamwork skills. This means that you need to know how to get along with people and how to work together. You also need to know how to be a team player.
In the business world, the term “team player” is discussed a lot. But what does it actually mean to be a team player? And why is teamwork so important? The study of geese can shed some light on these questions by looking at their behavior. It turns out that geese are great examples of teamwork and cooperation. Geese are a good example of the kind of teamwork and cooperation that businesses need. Geese are also more likely to help their fellow geese if they have a strong sense of community.
Teamwork in the Air
When you see geese flying south for the winter you see teamwork. It is interesting what science has discovered about why they fly in the “V” formation. When each bird flaps its wings, it creates an uplift for the bird immediately following. By flying in a “V” formation, the flock adds 71% greater range than if each bird flew on its own. Whenever a goose falls out of formation, it quickly feels the drag and resistance of struggling to go it alone. The goose quickly gets back into formation to take advantage of the lifting power of the bird immediately in front.
This allows the flock to travel much farther without tiring. When one goose gets tired, it rotates out of the formation and another goose flies in its place. This exchange happens seamlessly and smoothly. The geese honk from behind to encourage those up front to keep up their speed. The honk is also a reminder to stay in team formation. In the same way, as we are committed to each other, we can go much farther than if we were trying to go it alone. Here are a few key points:
Best practices of good teamwork.
- People who are part of a team and share a common direction accomplish the task more quickly. Teamwork also makes the task easier. When working together, everyone plays a part and everyone shares responsibility.
- If we have as much sense as a goose, we will stay in sync with those who are heading in the same direction we are going. It makes the journey much easier and more enjoyable when we are traveling as a like-minded team.
- Just like the geese flying south, it pays when people take turns doing hard jobs. Our lives are always better when we travel together and work as a team.
- Words of support and inspiration help energize everyone, not just those on the front line. A positive word or an inspiring comment uplifts everyone. Working together as a team encourages and inspires every member.
Teamwork on the Ground
Finally, when a goose gets sick or is wounded by a gunshot and falls out, two geese fall out of the formation and follow the injured one down to help and protect him. They stay with him until he is either able to fly or until he is dead, and then they launch out on their own or with another formation to catch up with their group.
This is a beautiful example of teamwork and loyalty. Not only are geese loyal to each other, but they also have a sense of belonging to their group, which is something we can all learn from. The same principles apply to humans. When we have a sense of belonging and are loyal to our purpose, we will stick with that purpose regardless of the circumstances. This is what it means to be a team player.
In conclusion, teamwork is essential to the success of any business, just like geese. When employees work together, businesses can achieve their goals and reach new heights. Working as a team, employees are able to accomplish more than they would be able to on their own. When everyone feels that they are part of the team, it encourages unity and cooperation among them. A sense of belonging to each other will make the team work better together.