Chapter Eight:

How Do You Eat an Elephant?


Answer to the above: One bite at a time.

—Traditional American joke

Every company, every boardroom in which I sit, has a plan, and they have objectives, goals, and a process.

—Vernon Jordan

There’s been a consistency of approach and a consistency of execution. Moving to a common system and common metrics has really helped us.

—Rick Wagoner


To anybody other than a pack of hungry lions, eating an elephant would seem a daunting task. It’s a monumental amount of meat to consume. How would you actually do it? One bite at a time. Everything that gets accomplished in life is accomplished one step, or one bite, ...

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