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Don't Just Do Something, Stand There! by Marvin R. Weisbord, Sandra Janoff

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PRINCIPLE 3

Explore the “Whole Elephant”

If you’re wondering how elephants figure in meetings that matter, let us introduce you to a famous poem by the Vermont lawyer John Godfrey Saxe (1816-1887), who recast in verse an ancient Buddhist teaching. See whether you can identify with it.

The Blind Men and the Elephant

It was six men of Indostan to learning much inclined, Who went to see the Elephant (though all of them were blind),

That each by observation might satisfy his mind.

The First approached the Elephant, and happening to fall

Against his broad and sturdy side, at once began to bawl:

“God bless me! but the Elephant is very like a wall!”

The Second, feeling of the tusk cried, “Ho! What have we here,

So very round and smooth and sharp? To ...

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