Don’t Feed the Elephants!: Overcoming the Art of Avoidance to Build Powerful Partnerships (Paperback)

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Don’t Feed the Elephants!: Overcoming the Art of Avoidance to Build Powerful Partnerships (Paperback)

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You see the giant footprints the moment you walk through the door. The conference room is a swirling mess of tension, heaviness, anxiety, and peanut shells. Something is very wrong with your team. Everybody knows it, but nobody is talking about it.

It’s obvious there’s an elephant in the room. Is it an Avoidephant, feeding off the fears of retaliation and exclusion? Perhaps it’s a Blamephant—whom we love to feed because it makes us feel better about ourselves. Or is it one of the other five types of elephants?

No matter what type you’re dealing with, executive coach Sarah Noll Wilson knows your elephant is not there by accident. It was created, and someone has been feeding it. Is it you?

In Don’t Feed the Elephants!, Sarah explores how you can address the true elephant in the room: avoidance. She shares tips for having conversations you may be avoiding, invites you to get curious instead of furious, and shows how to own your role rather than passing blame. You’ll come away with a shared language to free the elephants you see—and the confidence to do so.

Product details

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Lioncrest Publishing (January 25, 2022)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 294 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1544524501
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1544524504
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 13.1 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5.5 x 0.74 x 8.5 inches

Editorial Reviews

"Stop avoiding the hard conversations and start leading your teams to healthy relationships, constructive conflict, and positive work culture with Don't Feed the Elephants! Beautifully written with insights on every page, Sarah has put her finger on the toxic habits that keep us from solving the real problems that face our teams and companies. A must-read!"
Marshall Goldsmith, New York Times #1 bestselling author of Triggers, Mojo, and What Got You Here Won't Get You There"Sarah will help you show up as the values-based, impactful leader you aspire to be. She layers grace and humor into her smart and practical approach making this a book that you'll go back to again and again."
Mindy Lauck, CEO of Broadly"A lot of business and leaders talk about wanting to build more trust, but very often don't know how to move from the wanting to the having. In this practical and science-based guide, Sarah Noll Wilson walks you through the biggest barriers to trust with step-by-step guidance on how to overcome them. This book is crucial for any leader who wants to move from wanting trust to actually having it."
Tamsen Webster, message strategist and author of Find Your Red Thread"This book will transform how you think about your relationships (spoiler alert: you feed more elephants than you think). Even better, Wilson's advice will give you the tools to speak about the unspeakable, show up with courage, and build true partnerships."
Alison Fragale, PhD, professor at the University of North Carolina and keynote speaker"Sarah provides a powerful new lens to how we approach relationships. What would be possible if you just got curious? A glance through her curiosity lens opens up a world of genuine connections and unimaginable opportunities."
Jennifer Bryant, Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer of
American Equity Investment Life Insurance Company"Sarah Noll Wilson's honest and no-holds-barred book will teach you how to tame every elephant in the room. Skilfully incorporating real-life examples is what sets Sarah's book apart from the pack. It's required reading for all leaders who want to make real progress."
Mark LeBusque, human, provocateur, and author of Being Human and The Little Book of Human"A unique combination of lighthearted yet serious wisdom that urges us outside of our comfort zone to a place of positive possibility. Sarah's book offers us an invitation to step out of the stories we tell ourselves, to embrace the courage it takes to be a conduit for change, to engage curiously with our power to create conditions for cohesion and community."
Vicki L. Flaherty, PhD, joy creator and retired IBM leadership development professional"Sarah really 'gets' leadership! If you are a leader, if you know a leader, if you want to become a leader, you MUST read this book!"
Erin Barfels, principal executive recruiter, The Carlson Group"Sarah has been a compassionate force supporting leaders and helping teams face, embrace and transform the 'elephants' in the room, with curiosity, humor and courage. This book is essential for these very interesting times!"
Paul T.Ruiz, Leader and Coach at Leaders in Transition with Paul T.Ruiz

About the Author

SARAH NOLL WILSON is an executive coach and leadership development consultant who's been freeing elephants for fifteen years. Sarah works with leaders to develop more powerful partnerships and helps teams spot patterns that are keeping them from higher performance. An in-demand keynote speaker, Sarah leads workshops and team retreats for leaders and HR professionals. Previously, Sarah worked in management and as the talent development leader for an insurance company, giving her firsthand insight into the challenges of corporate leadership. She holds several coaching certifications and has a master's in leadership development from Drake University.
Weight 13.1 oz
Dimensions 5.5 × 0.74 × 8.5 in
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You see the giant footprints the moment you walk through the door. The conference room is a swirling mess of tension, heaviness, anxiety, and peanut shells. Something is very wrong with your team. Everybody knows it, but nobody is talking about it.

It’s obvious there’s an elephant in the room. Is it an Avoidephant, feeding off the fears of retaliation and exclusion? Perhaps it’s a Blamephant—whom we love to feed because it makes us feel better about ourselves. Or is it one of the other five types of elephants?

No matter what type you’re dealing with, executive coach Sarah Noll Wilson knows your elephant is not there by accident. It was created, and someone has been feeding it. Is it you?

In Don’t Feed the Elephants!, Sarah explores how you can address the true elephant in the room: avoidance. She shares tips for having conversations you may be avoiding, invites you to get curious instead of furious, and shows how to own your role rather than passing blame. You’ll come away with a shared language to free the elephants you see—and the confidence to do so.