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Published on November 26, 2007

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Naming Elephants:  Naming Elephants Kim Collins, MBA Executive Director Midwest Biomedical Research Foundation “Whether sad, angry, distressed, eager, or playful, elephants are this in a big way.” -Joyce Poole:  “Whether sad, angry, distressed, eager, or playful, elephants are this in a big way.” -Joyce Poole The Fate Of The Elephant Elephant Trivia :  Elephant Trivia Elephants are massive: African elephants are as much as 25 feet long and stand up to 11 feet tall Elephants are heavy:  African elephants weigh up to 7 tons Elephants are smelly:  They poop as much as 80 pounds a day Elephants are destructive:  Their feet can be 16 inches wide and they stomp on everything in their way Elephants are messy: They can pull 3 gallons of water into their trunks and spray it as far as 15 feet Elephant in the Room:  Elephant in the Room Undiscussables A taboo subject, not discussed in an open forum Not discussed to “avoid surprise, embarrassment or threat” Recognizing an Elephant in the Room:  Recognizing an Elephant in the Room Catch others exchanging meaningful glances (and you don’t know why) No response Unexpected response Awkward silences Slide6:  The Elephant in the Room by Terry Kettering   There's an elephant in the room. It is large and squatting, so it is hard to get around it. Yet we squeeze by with, "How are you?" and "I'm fine," and a thousand other forms of trivial chatter. We talk about the weather. We talk about work. We talk about everything else, except the elephant in the room.   There's an elephant in the room. We all know it's there. We are thinking about the elephant as we talk together. It is constantly on our minds. For, you see, it is a very large elephant. It has hurt us all.   But we don't talk about the elephant in the room. Oh, please say his (her) name. Oh, please say his (her) name again. Oh, please, let's talk about the elephant in the room.   For if we talk about his (her) death, perhaps we can talk about his (her) life. Can I say his (her) name to you and not have you look away? For if I cannot, then you are leaving me.... alone.... in a room.... with an elephant. Choices:  Choices Remove the elephant. Minimize the cost of living with it. Accept the cost and get on with your life. Slide8:  However, a choice must be made. “We can try to avoid making choices by doing nothing, but even that is a decision.”  Gary Collins Steps to Taming the Elephant:  Steps to Taming the Elephant Identify and name the elephant Bring to the surface the assumptions surrounding the elephant Have constructive dialogue with all levels of the organizations Name the elephant:  Name the elephant Provide an open forum Be explicit Listen to all Encourage active participation Develop an action plan Assumptions:  Assumptions Statements or rules that explain what a group or individual generally believes in. Developed over time, become invisible or implicit. Created because of a human need for stability. Dialogue:  Dialogue Constructive dialogue Get the right people in a room Identify the elephant Validate assumptions into “what if” consequences (brainstorming) Reverse the approach (not valid assumptions) Take turns by going around the table Saying/Doing Gap:  Saying/Doing Gap Do we really do as we say? Organizations unaware Multiple concurrent realities – People can see the same thing at the same time but tell different stories… Gaps (cont.):  Gaps (cont.) We see what we expect to see We don’t want the bad news NASA Cost of Elephants:  Cost of Elephants HUGE! (Elephants eat a lot) Costly (both in $ and time) Can decrease staff morale and motivation Creates division in organizations Organization Culture Changes:  Organization Culture Changes Naming the Elephants of Hubris, Arrogance, and Screamers Strategies to Encourage Others to Name Elephants:  Strategies to Encourage Others to Name Elephants Understand the value of relationships Default to the curious, not the defensive Listen – Be open to new ideas No news is bad news Deal with arrogance Slide18:  NAVREF Tool Created specifically with the NPCs in mind Slide19:  For additional information on Naming Elephants nametheelephant.com Questions:  Questions

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