Elephant Under The Table

When people become fearful of saying what really concerns them, leaders lose sight of what’s really happening in their organization and the quality of their decision-making suffers. For employees, unarticulated frustration can turn into confusion and anger that quickly creates a culture of low morale. This then manifests as apathy, resistance or even sabotage.

Soon, no one wants to talk about the real issues even though they are staring everyone in the face. These things are difficult to talk about and all too often at key briefings and presentations people just sit in silence, unable to say what they really think because it feels too risky to speak up.

What is the Elephant under your table?

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2 Responses to “Elephant Under The Table”
  1. Sarah says:

    I’ve also heard this referred to as the ‘dead elk in the corner’ – everyone can smell it, but no-one wants to deal with it.

  2. Graham says:

    I like this picture; not only does it show the problem, it shows that people have had to put in place “temporary” structures that sort of work around the problem – which can happen in such situations – they also cause other problems of there own (the guy on the left looks like he is struggling with being on the high chair).

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