What can barnacle geese teach us about workplace learning?

What do a certain species of Arctic Goose and the typical office worker have in common? They both develop skills best while in the workflow.

In order to leave the nest for the first time, day-old barnacle goslings must make a jump of several hundred feet, attempting feebly to flap their wings. As they continue to attempt flight throughout the first stages of their life, the muscles in their wings grow until they are strong enough to achieve lift-off. Because barnacle geese nest on cliff ledges and have no choice but to acquire flight skills through experience, they are quick to pick up the skills to thrive.

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