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Saturday, February 5, 2011

Switch: #6--Motivate the Elephant and Shrink the Change

Motivate the Elephant and Shrink the Change: There’s an old saw—How do you eat an elephant? Answer—One bite at a time! Given the analogy of Riding the Elephant, this statement might seem a little odd. So, let me offer another by Lao Tzu (a Chinese philosopher). “The journey of a thousand miles starts with the first step.” This whole section of the book is about breaking down the Elephant’s journey into bite size chunks so the challenge is perceived as less daunting. By making it easier for the Elephant to feel like it’s moving in the right direction, you get it moving faster and sooner. Bottom line: reduce the barriers to the first step and watch the animal move.

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