I am a duck.
Not a loose goose or a mother hen. I am a duck. I once was a lioness in the pride, then had my own children and had to take a back seat – and so now, I am a duck… We all know the way that these birds of a feather migrate in formation, changing positions at various periods along their flight plan, so I won’t elaborate on that… but it did get me thinking about the way a team should operate within the work place. Please bear with me, we have all discussed teamwork at some stage ad nauseam and the jingles of “there ain’t no I in team” bring about fresh feelings of distaste (as a duck I should say “regurgitation”). Where am I going with this?
Oh yes… I am a duck.
Do we know our place in the office or team, or are we constantly striving to be that front duck, taking on the headwinds? It is essential to realise that we can’t always be that one up ahead, facing the exhaustion as the formation surges forward. Ducks take it in turns – when the leader becomes weary, it moves to the back of the V and another bird will take on the responsibility. This enables them to remain fresh, strong and steadfast in achieving their goal. If your team shares the same values and is working together towards a clear vision and a common destination, then half the battle is won… apparently migrating birds fly at least 70% farther when flying together in formation.
Ducks quack. Obvious I know, but significant. They do this to communicate, be it a warning of danger, a sign of food or a change in rotation. It is essential to the strength of their team. I like to talk too… why? Simply because, when you interact with people, you get to know them better, you discover their strengths and weaknesses, you start building a relationship and you learn to trust each other. Businesses often underestimate the value of a loyal, inseparable team that communicates effectively.
Being a team of ducks isn’t always easy; there are many challenges and potential dangers ahead of you all the time. It is important to stick together, look out for one another and to ultimately reach your desired destination. While you are on that journey, remember: “Wild ducks make a lot of noise, but they also have the sense to benefit from occasionally flying in formation.”
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