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

These are not value-creation meetings they are value-drains. The cost to business is staggering and comes straight from the bottom line.

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!!

DFQ: Elephant Spotting is the Art and Science of Spotting Elephants in the Room.

In your next meeting, instead of paying attention to the given ‘Agenda’, you can see if you can spot an elephant in the room.

4 thoughts on “Elephant Spotting

  1. The article is short and spot on as are the comments.
    I’ve had limited experience chairing meetings but when I did it was about a short set agenda, running on time and getting down to making decisions. Sounds simple but it aint.
    Dare I say there is a time and place for being the benevolent autocrat so that we can simply get on with business…

  2. One reason why real decisions are never made and truth is never said is the phenomenon called “politically correct.” Many people are afraid of exposing themselves to accusations that they have been politically incorrect. The detrimental effect of political incorrectness can manifest itself not only in real time, but even much later, when entirely different criteria determine what is right and what is wrong.,

  3. Mostly its the issue that most want to play down, give less attention to but keeps cropping up even when seemingly unrelated issues are being deliberated.

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