Let’s all acknowledge the elephant in the room.
But we have omitted to consider how it got into the room.
We don’t know that there isn’t another elephant directly behind it.
We might wonder how we are going to feed it.
We might also wonder how we are going to shovel up what comes out of the back end, and who will do it. Elephants rarely call the Help Desk.
We might consider that the elephant is a bit freaked at being in the room.
And even more freaked at being in the room in a meeting.
And knows when it’s being talked about, and doesn’t like it.
We might not have considered that the elephant might be thinking it’s time to acknowledge the humans in the room – who is the subject, who is the object?
We probably haven’t considered that the elephant might merely be a reflection of our own vulnerability.
And that we are the only one who can see it. Our own personal elephant. So acknowledging it might be embarrassing.
Or it might be cathartic.
Let’s all acknowledge the elephant in the room? If we just do that, all we see is the elephant.