One of the complaints I hear again and again from most people in business is the amount of time that they waste each and every day in business meetings.

These are meetings where the truth is never told, where decisions are never made and where everyone plays along until the meeting ends so they can rush off to their next meeting.

It’s a very rare business meeting where one finds that there’s not an elephant lurking in the room.

My own experience has been that in nearly every business meeting the room is so full of elephants that there seems hardly enough room for those in the meeting. And, what’s more, the elephants are all naked!!

I’m planning to shortly publish an article called Elephant Spotting: The Art and Science of Spotting Elephants in the Room

DFQ:  In your next meeting, instead of paying attention to the ‘Agenda’,  you can see if you can find how many elephants there are in the room.

4 thoughts on “A room FULL of naked elephants …

  1. Recently I’ve been encountering a lot of elephants that seem to be about accepting the status quo when the real discussion could be about:

    ” What problem are we really trying to solve here?”

  2. What are the ‘naked elephants’? Is that all the ideas and issues that are not being focussed on and discussed?

    Sounds fun- ill give it a go.

  3. People blowing their own trumpets [away from agenda]are in my view
    the naked elephants in the room they bring nothing to address the meeting

    They steal the most valuable thing all people in meeting have their TIME

  4. maybe the true “elephant” in the room is not the meeting itself, but its agenda. The meeting may be well meant, and even necessary. But it often fails to achieve its goal because the agenda is too heavy, bypassing the really important items, with much emphasis on secondary matters.

    Improving the way agendas are set might save a great deal of time spent/wasted in meetings. It could also release so and so many meeting participants armed with the “bvs” weapon.

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