The only obvious elephant in the room was the one in the Dali picture, the one with the naked woman, tigers and a pomegranate (and an elephant). It is a picture that is filled with religious guilt, or am I just being pretentious?
Our elephant is trust and it would seem we are well on the way to slaying the beast. Yes, there are still issues to be addressed between the management and leadership but at least they are now out in the Savannah. That is enough elephant analogies.
We had all met again to try and bring these issues to a conclusion, to try and unmask those things that never get said yet hold us back.
Dawn had warned me that she was going to introduce some psychometrics into the proceedings. You see, she knows my mistrust of such tools although it is their misuse rather than the tools themselves that I have an issue with.
Rather than getting us all to work through our own test in splendid isolation we talked through the different criteria that underpin the process and she asked each of us to indicate where we felt we were on the scale. She gave us an example of what it might mean to be at one end or the other for each of the five criteria.
From this we were able to build up a picture of how different people felt about issues and how we may approach situations from other perspectives. We were able to recognise who sees the world in a similar way to how we do yet in every example there were no two people who came to the same conclusion in every situation.
Being human means to be different. It is very difficult for us to be absolutely clear between right and wrong. Life is a gray scale, as gray as an elephant and it is most important that we recognize our differences in a way that is positive. We need to celebrate diversity of thinking.
Thanks to Dawn we are scaring away the biggest thing that stands in our way.