Lessons from the Geese

The Power of Encouragement.

Center for Performance Improvement - Lessons from the Geese

“People who share a common direction and sense of community can get where they are going faster and easier because they are traveling on the thrust of one another.”

In the book, “Lesson from the Geese” by Dr. Robert McNeish, the author describes how geese honk to encourage the others to keep on flapping their wings.

It starts at the back and moves forward to the lead goose who’s “drafting” for all the others.

If a goose is ever injured or needs to fall away from the flock, another goose always goes down with them. He calls these goose honks praise for a job well done and encouragement to keep going.



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In today’s world, people face tremendous pressure. People within our business deal with family and financial issues, health issues and even survival issues every day.

The one thing people need is to be told they are doing a good job, making progress or that you value them as an employee.

This is especially true as you move toward changes in your organization.

People will make mistakes and need to be encouraged. In fact, research says that it takes seven positive statements to equal the impact of one negative or critical statement.


Believe it or not, you can add years to a career by simply offering regular words of encouragement.

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