Turkey Leaders in Petoskey MI

When it comes to leadership, what can you expect from a turkey?

turkey-leadershipClear, cool, rain, cold, ice snow – That’s how the day has progressed in Petoskey  MI from 7 am  to 10 am. The weather isn’t the only thing happening in Petoskey this morning, a friend of mine sent me these pics of a “rafter” of turkeys in his back yard. He came home from Roast & Toast to find these 20 turkeys foraging in his garden.

Turkeys have been pegged as dumb – you’re a turkey – isn’t considered a flattering comment.

My friends yard is fenced. The only way to wander in is down the driveway into the back yard. My friend’s first thought was which one of these geniuses led the other 19 into this trap – and then, will they be able to figure out how to get out of the yard. This is not unlike situations that leaders often find themselves in – you head into unknown territory only to discover you are now in a situation that you need to extract yourself from.

As for the turkeys, one finally flew up on the back fence and then into the neighber’s yard. Another example of turkey leadership, as none by one, the other 19 followed. I wonder if it was the same bird that led them out as the one that led them in. That type of leadership isn’t dumb, it’s adventurous!

A leader that is willing to explore new ground and has the confidence in their skills to handle the situation they find themselves in is the type of leadership Petoskey and other communities and companies need.

Turkey’s are indigenous to North America and if Ben Franklin had had his way, the turkey would be our national bird instead of the bald eagle. This must have been prior to the turkey becoming identified as dumb – and though there appear to be many turkeys in Congress, politics and business, I’m good with the bald eagle.

Turkey facts:

  • Turkeys recognize each other by their unique voices.
  • Like cats and dogs, turkeys are intelligent and sensitive animals who form strong social bonds and show great affection to others.
  • A group of Turkeys is called a rafter rather than a flock or a gobble as most people incorrectly refer to them.
  • Wild turkeys are capable of flying at speeds of up to 55 miles per hour for short distances and can travel on the ground at speeds of 25 miles per hour.