Elephant Hunting

  1. September 18th, 2012  | 

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Addressing the Elephant in the Room

Every organization has problems that need fixing.

Unfortunately, not every problem that needs fixing is acknowledged.

Between now and year-end, leaders are presented with an ideal way of getting tough issues out on the table so they can be acknowledged, debated and dealt with.

The venue is a strategic planning meeting.  The process is “elephant hunting.”  And the time is now:  nearly 70% of the more than 150 strategic planning workshops I’ve led occur between Labor Day and Christmas.

At some point during a strategic planning session I’ll ask the question:  What’s the biggest elephant in the room that we’re not talking about?

If the troubling issue that’s making everyone in the room uncomfortable isn’t addressed, your planning session is a waste of time, money and energy.

Not addressing meaty issues is one of the Top 10 Biggest Mistakes of Strategic Planning sessions.

Make sure you go elephant hunting this fall.

About the Author: Greg Bustin advises some of the world’s most admired companies and leaders, and he’s dedicated a career to working with CEOs and the leadership teams of hundreds of companies in a range of industries. He’s facilitated more than 250 strategic planning sessions, he’s delivered more than 600 keynotes and workshops on every continent except Antarctica, and he coaches leaders who are inspired to take their career to the next level. His fourth leadership book— Accountability: The Key to Driving a High-Performance Culture (McGraw-Hill) —is a Soundview Executive Best Business Book.

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