Ducks Fly Together - A New Perspective

by Kyle Hickman

A New Generation

As it turns out, many of my peers have a special connection to the movies and TV shows that we grew up with. Depending on the person, you are going to find a wide range of personal interests. Yet, my personal favorite movie series (and likely a favorite for many others) is the Mighty Ducks trilogy (the original, D2, D3). Maybe it has to do with the fact that I love three things that can be found in bunches in those movies: hockey, hockey, and hockey! Did you know the first movie came out in 1992? The second: 1994. The third: 1996. Add in a wide array of fascinating & engaging characters and you have a collection of fantastic childhood memories.

Hold on though... are you ready for the unfortunate news?

If I mentioned the names Goldberg, Averman, Dean Portman, "Wu, Wu, Kenny Wu," Coach Riley, or the infamous Karp, most current students will have NO IDEA what I am talking about. If I say, "Let's go shake their hands" while attempting an Icelandic accent; young students will probably just stare at me with a blank look on their face. If I yell "THE GOALIE" for no reason, I am sure to be shunned in most circumstances, even though it is appropriately nostalgic! I may be getting old, but this saddens me for multiple reasons: 

1) They are just amazing movies from our childhood

2) When you analyze them, there are a lot of great lessons about teamwork, leadership, perseverance, and collective purpose in those films. 


I hope you took three minutes to watch this video! To change things up in this blogpost, after viewing that video, I am interested in a few things. Indulge me with your opinions:

  • How do the "messages" in this video apply to your current position?
  • any organizations you are a part of? 
  • students you work with?
  • What specific leadership lessons can you extract from the clip?

"Have you guys ever seen a flock of ducks flying in perfect formation? It's beautiful. Pretty awesome the way they all stick together. Ducks never say die. Ever seen a duck fight? No way. Why? Because the other animals are afraid. They know that if they mess with one duck, they gotta deal with the whole flock. I'm proud to be a Duck, and I'd be proud to fly with any one of you. So how about it? Who's a Duck?" -Gordon Bombay


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