Buffaloes and Geese. Nov 23

phil crenigan  
As we move through an ever changing world , trying to manage the paradoxes, ambiguities, opportunities and issues that cannot be resolved with traditional models of management, the analogy of buffaloes and geese provide a signpost for leadership in practice......where are you and your Organisation ?  



Buffaloes follow the herd. The leader is the strongest male and the rest of the herd blindly follows where he leads.Native Americans were able to catch huge herds of buffaloes, simply by driving the leader towards a cliff. As the leader jumped over, the rest of the herd followed and crashed to their deaths.




As each bird flaps its wings in V formation, the flock adds 71% greater flying range than if each bird flew alone.


When the lead goose gets tired,, it rotates back into the formation and another goose flies at the point position.


Whenever a goose falls out of formation it feels the drag and resistance of trying to fly alone - and quickly gets back into formation to take advantage of the lift power of birds in front of them


When a goose gets sick or wounded, two geese drop out of formation and follow it down to help protect it. They stay with it until it is able to fly or dies.


Geese in formation honk from behind to encourage those up front to keep up their speed.


If you think you are heading towards a cliff, give me a call.


Honk Honk

Comments: 3

how many times have we seen a buffalo leading an organisation and it goes over the cliff; quality leaders know when to listen and when to be strong; the geese formation works for me cheers rob
Rob  |  November 23, 2011
how appropriate.......great note, i'm in a herd alright. only our leader has lost the plot . ill be in touch
jim  |  November 23, 2011
I like this post that amazing and interesting. Thanks for share! Visit my home: i love you forever quotese
tom  |  September 15, 2018
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