Saturday, March 17, 2007

WE ALL NEED SUPPORT AT SOME TIME

The learning journey continues...

With so much of my work focusing on helping others to learn, whether it be in a traditional classroom environment (University) or at a special management network meeting (Institute of Healthcare Management), I use storytelling in lots of different ways to help participants gain a better understanding of the the subjects we are addressing.

One of my favourite stories at present comes from a lovely book call 'Tales for Trainers' by Margaret Parkin (Kogan Page, 2002)

I hope you enjoy it and can identify with the moral of the story between the lines and the words she uses.

LESSONS FROM THE GEESE

  1. As each bird flaps its wings, it creates an uplift for the bird flying behind. Flying in a 'V' formation adds around 70% greater flying range than if a bird was flying alone.
  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 in front.
  3. When the lead goose gets tired, it rotates back into formation and another goose takes the lead.
  4. The geese at the back of the 'V' honk to encourage those up front to keep up their speed.
  5. If a goose gets shot down or becomes sick, two others drop out of formation and follow it down to help and protect it. They stay with it until it is either able to fly again or dies.

We all need support at times, whether it is to do with work or a personal goal.

Have a good month.

Józefa @
The POL Experience

1 comment:

Chris Collison said...

Yes - I love the geese parallels. I used it in a sermon on "Encouragement" at my church a few months ago. People are still coming up to me and honking!