Figure 3: Learning Teamwork from Canada Geese
Accomplishing great things as an enterprise is seldom measured in days or weeks. The path to such achievements is often long and, even if the course is accurately charted, it requires sustained commitment, effort and collaboration to reach the goal. It is unlikely that the broader organization will exemplify and sustain this kind of cohesiveness and commitment if their leaders are unable to model it in their behavior. In this regard we have much to learn from the migratory behavior of Canada geese.
1. Working as a team: By flying in V-formation the flock is able to gain 70% greater flying range that if they were to “go it alone”.
2. Wise leadership: When the lead goose gets tired, they are relieved, the power of leadership is shared and delegated, and successors are ready when needed.
3. Humane leadership: If a goose is hurt or goes to the ground, others will go with it until gets healthy or dies; they are there for one another.
The Generativity Multi-modal Team Assessment Protocol™ provides a thorough appraisal of the cultural norms, managerial practices, and group dynamics, which characterize current team functioning. Using the Protocol results as a stimulus and starting point, team members are then guided through a process of rigorous self-examination, individually and collectively. Soon, they are able to identify their high-priority development themes and formulate business relevant goals and action plans for pursuing them.