Elephant Spotting in Business Meetings

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 only paying attention to the given ‘Agenda’, you can see if you can spot an elephant in the room.

One thought on “Elephant Spotting in Business Meetings

  1. I will try it this way:
    1- I have to ensure that our ‘’ elephant’’ is real, and it can be recognized and addressed.
    2- I need to analyze the ‘’elephant’’ then to put it on the table ; I can try putting it on the table by:
    • Formulating precise indirect questions to attract my partners’ attention ;
    • Developing some positive points regarding our ‘’elephant’’.
    • Showing some positive results which could be got by dealing with our ‘’elephant’’.

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