Friday 27 January 2023
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The Hunt for Pink Elephants: Lessons for leaders

Leadership on the Ground, Season 2, Episode 7 is here! Healthy Organizational dynamics require a frequent, real time Hunt for Pink Elephants — learn what these are and how to use them to transform your team!

Pink Elephants

Discussion guide for today’s episode: The Hunt for Pink Elephants!

1. Review of the concepts of Leadership on the Ground, as well as In Real Time, practicing leadership at the speed of business.

2. Why is this episode the crescendo? How we get swamped with unproductive behaviors?

3. In other words, how do you take an organization that’s been stuck, and get them to break through and make positive change?

4. So…what exactly is a pink elephant, and why have we gone through six episodes to learn how to do this? [Hint: The things you THINK you don’t have the power to change…but you do!]

5. In other words, “Am I going to lose my job if I raise this particular issue?”

6. You have to recognize/acknowledge the amount of organizational energy consumed WORKING AROUND all these pink elephants…

7. The advantage of “hunting” pink elephants, is that once you address it, once you bring it to the forefront, you now are in a position to do something about it. Rather than keeping it hidden because you are AFRAID to address it. Now, you can address and prioritize it, which changes everything!

8. Truth, trust and transparency are critical to the success of an organization, and when you are UNABLE to hunt pink elephants, truth, trust, and transparency are NOT possible…

9. And organization can fail if the pink elephants are NOT addressed. Season 1, and the first six episodes of Season 2 are designed to empower you to hunt for pink elephants…


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Erica Peitler is a Leadership Performance Coach who courageously partners with individuals, teams and organizations who want to realize their visions of success by transforming their leadership potential into visible, on the ground, breakthrough leadership performance!

With an engaging, provocative and straight forward approach, Erica inspires leaders to reach beyond their comfort level as they pursue becoming the performance based leaders they aspire to be in both their professional and personal life.

As a keynote speaker and author, Erica educates, entertains and enlightens audiences on leadership, transformational change and professional/personal growth initiatives.

Erica is the author of the groundbreaking leadership book, Leadership Rigor:
Leadership Rigor: Breakthrough Performance and Productivity–Leading Yourself, Teams and Organizations

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