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Lessons from Geese

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Brendon C

on 19 August 2012

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Lessons from Geese Fact No. 1 As each bird flaps its wings it creates uplift for the bird following, by flying in a "V" formation; the whole flock has 71% greater flying range than flying alone. Lesson learned - people who share a common direction and sense of community could get where they are going quicker and easier because they are travelling on the thrust of one another. Fact No. 2 Fact No. 3 Fact No. 4 Fact No. 5 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 an advantage of the lifting power of the bird immediately in front. When the lead goose gets tired, it rotates back into the formation and another goose flies at the point position – an invaluable lesson for us to apply to all our group work. When a goose becomes ill or wounded, two geese move out of formation and follow it down to help protect it. They stay with it until it is able to fly again or dies, then they launch out together with another formation or they catch up with their flock. Geese, in formation, honk from behind to encourage those up front to keep up their speed. Lesson learned – if we have as much sense as a goose, we will stay in formation with those who are headed where we want to go and be willing to accept their help, as well as give ours to others who are looking for support. Lesson learned – It pays to take turns doing the hard tasks and sharing the leadership. Lesson learned – if we have as much sense as geese, we, too, will stand by each other in difficult times as well as when we are strong. Lesson learned – we need to make sure our honking from behind is encouragement and not something else! Stages of Team
Development Forming Storming Norming Performing Mourning Individual behaviour is driven by a desire to be accepted by the others, and avoid controversy or conflict.

Serious issues and feelings are avoided, and people focus on being busy with routines, such as team organisation, who does what, when to meet, etc. Individuals in the group can only remain nice to each other for so long, as important issues start to be addressed.

Some people's patience will break early, and minor confrontations will arise that are quickly dealt with or glossed over. These may relate to the work of the group itself, or to roles and responsibilities within the group. As Stage 2 evolves, the "rules of engagement" for the group become established, and the scope of the group's tasks or responsibilities are clear and agreed.

Having had their arguments, they now understand each other better, and can appreciate each other's skills and experience.

Individuals listen to each other, appreciate and support each other, and are prepared to change pre-conceived views Everyone knows each other well enough to be able to work together, and trusts each other enough to allow independent activity. Everyone is equally task-orientated and people-orientated.

This high degree of trust means that all the energy of the group can be directed towards the overall goal. This is about completion and disengagement, both from the tasks and the group members.

Individuals will be proud of having achieved much and glad to have been part of such an enjoyable group. They need to recognise what they've done, and consciously move on. Where is our group at?
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