Everyone has been in a meeting or part of a group where an elephant is in the room, but nobody is willing to say anything about it. The elephant is that person, idea, product, or department that people are afraid to challenge.
The story of The Emperor’s New Clothes is a classic example of this phenomenon in action. As the emperor paraded proudly and nakedly in front of the people, everyone clapped and cheered as they imagined they should, until a young boy pointed out the obvious.
Teams that are successful learn how to deal with their elephants. Are you dealing with yours?