The book goes into a lot of detail on each of the goose attributes and frames up each attribute with great examples to help you the reader identify where you might be falling short as a goose leader. Some of my favorites:
• Buffalo management: The people propose, the manager disposes
• Goose management: The people propose, the people dispose
• Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly, at least in the beginning
• See mistakes, fear, anger and stubbornness as great teachers for the future
• See mistakes as gems for learning and not as sins
• Coach people, not scoreboards
• Proactively insist on meeting tough standards
• Ask questions and avoid giving answers
• Reward accomplishment, not effort
• World-class rescuers are world-class losers
• The person doing the work must own the responsibility
I love this book. Though it does border a bit on being too steeped in academia, the concepts are sound and are great building blocks for enabling empowered leaders. Read Flight of the Buffalo and pull the nuggets from the book that will help you be a leader that empowers great teams.
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