Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Lessons from Geese

Lessons from Geese

Fact 1

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 traveling on the thrust of each other.

leadership lessons from geese

Fact 2

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.

Fact 3

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 others’ skills, capabilities, and unique arrangement of gifts, talents, or resources.

Fact 4

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.

Fact 5

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.


If we have as much sense as geese, we will stand by each other in difficult times as well as when we’re strong.

Note: 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.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Polaroid's Dua Flash Embraces Videographers and Photographers [Photography]

Polaroid’s Dua Flash Embraces Videographers and Photographers

by Andrew Liszewski,
October 29th 2011 3:00 PM

Like skiers and snowboarders sharing the same powder, I envision some kind of uneasy truce between those using their DSLRs for still photography, and those using them for videography. I have no basis for the dirty looks and stink eye I imagine them giving each other, but it still warms my heart to see a company like Polaroid trying to bring those two sides together.

Given video recording is a standard feature on every new DSLR these days, their new Dua Flash makes a lot of sense. It's a fully automatic TTL shoe mount flash with bounce, zoom and a swivel head, that adds an extra LED light source on the front so you don't need to keep swapping equipment when you switch from taking photos to shooting video. It doesn't look like it has quite enough oomph to replace the dedicated lighting setups that a lot of professional videographers rely on, but it at least serves as a readily available backup without adding another piece of gear to your kit. And it's currently available in two different models for both Canon and Nikon cameras for $160 to $200. [Steve's Digicams via PetaPixel]

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Friday, October 28, 2011

The Story Of The $1.1 Million Facebook Referral And Century 21 Realty's New Social Media Era

The Story Of The $1.1 Million Facebook Referral And Century 21 Realty's New Social Media Era

84% of Realtors are currently using social media. Century 21 is leveraging Facebook to turn those conversations into sales.A ... Read more

Saturday, October 15, 2011