In a “V” flying formation, there is one goose at the point. That goose leads the way, keeps the formation on course, watches for danger ahead and takes evasive action, and takes the brunt of any resistance. The team leader must lead the team toward its goal, keep the team on track to reach the goal, anticipate problems and guide it overcoming them, and take the heat for the good of the team.
If a goose gets sick or wounded and drops out of the formation, two other geese will drop out of formation, follow it down, and help it; staying with the goose until it dies or is able to fly again. Then they launch a new formation and strike out to rejoin the main formation. Team members stand by each other in times of need, and if one drops out due to injury or some other problem, they will help the person back into the team.
Finally, there is another bit of advice about a flock of flying geese, “don’t stand beneath them wihtout wearing a hat!”
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