This article really speaks to me; I generally don’t like to play politics in the workplace. And, all too often, there are situations, like those described here, that lurk “in the room” and act as an unspoken and unmentioned part of the conversation.
The author provides some tips on what to look for and things that I can do about my own thinking and behavior to address the elephant in the room, and get it out on the table.
Much of the advice is easy to understand and easy to execute. It starts with a little bit of self-awareness, coupled with an intention to get difficult topics out in the open where they can be diffused.
Every organization has elephants -- a known problem or situation viewed as undiscussable. The elephant in the room is difficult to address for various reasons, including power structures and cultural issues.