Thursday, June 01, 2006

Elephants (or whatever), Addressing

There are often unspoken issues in library meetings that everyone knows exist, but that no one wants to address. Instead, librarians tend to talk around the real problems without getting to the root of it all. Examples include our desperate grasping for relevancy, our reliance on pitiful software vendors, ineffective management, etc. Any such issue is often referred to as "the elephant in the room." Or "the elephant in the corner." And sometimes the elephant is pink. Or purple.

One good way to force everyone in the meeting to address the unspoken issue is to come up with creative things to call it. Put your heads together and brainstorm. Here are some ideas to get you started...
  • the dead elephant on the table
  • the pink moose in the corner
  • the 300 lb. gorilla at the door
  • the turd in the breadbox
Once you've reached consensus on a clever thing to call it, addressing the problem will be a piece of cake. Just don't feed the cake to the elephant.

2 comments:

unstricken said...

What if the elephant is not only in the room, but is sitting next to you at the table?

Gus and Fer said...

Mmm, cake... that elephant ain't getting my piece.