What does the ‘Flying V’ and a flock of geese have to do with this site, your basketball career, success of your team and your life beyond athletics?
Well, I am going to tell you:
Take a few minutes to observe a flock of geese in flight and you’ll understand. One goose flies at the front of the V, fighting wind resistence and putting in the effort so that the flock can fly further and achieve more than any of them could on their own, being the leader of the flock is difficult and exhausting therefore one goose can only take the lead for a short amount of time, the geese rotate the leader of the V ever so often to share the burden of fighting the wind. Without a cohesive, well-structured plan where all the geese buy into the system, the flying V will fail.
The individual goose must establish trust with his/her peers within the flock, without trust and teamwork the objective of the flying V cannot be sustained.
Here are some concrete idea’s we can learn from the flock.
- The team is always greater than any individual
- Establishing roles and responsibilities is key to success
- Create your own trustworthy flock, gather together your teammates this off season and build genuine, trustworthy relationships and start preparing for a championship next year.
- One vision – each member of your flock must see and understand the flock’s objective.
- Trust must always be constant. That wind gets strong, so the trust in your flock must be stronger
Have you ever thought of yourself as a goose?