A powerful methodology and framework that helps to generate shared understanding and allows us to collectively embrace complexity.
Often, we find simplistic or ‘easy’ answers to complex questions in performance systems. We crave clarity and certainty on the solutions to complex problems or challenges. Whilst recognising those things are important, without a true appreciation of and willingness to explore the complexity of performance systems, they are not enough.
In a busy and demanding world, with an expectation to execute at speed and to work to ever tightening deadlines, elephant spotting enables leaders and teams to ‘protect space’ and embrace complexity. The resultant shared understanding gives us a chance to recognise the true nature of what we are dealing with by ‘spotting the elephant’, identify any barriers to success, and prompt more coordinated solutions and impactful interventions.