The Lion on the Desk

Guest post by David Komlos and David Benjamin:


You arrive at work one morning, take the elevator up to your appointed floor, amble down the carpeted hallway staring at your shoes and wondering what the day has in store for you, open your door…and there sits a ferocious lion. As startled as you are, the lion roars a mighty roar.


If you are like most people, in the blink of an eye you slam the door, turn tail and run as fast as you can in the opposite direction.


In the blink of an eye: You saw a lion where a lion shouldn’t be; You absorbed the implications of there being a lion, untethered, mere feet from you; You thought about what to do about that; You decided on a course of action; and you implemented that course of action with haste. In the blink of an eye.




The sensing, absorbing, thinking, and deciding functions that you just processed were extremely efficient, and so you were able to get to action right away. No confusion, no mixed messages, no need for consensus-building or alignment, no persuasion necessary – just a very, very smooth path from sensing to fleeing.

The Actual Lion

Now, rather than the lion, substitute a defining business challenge licking its chops on your desk. Ask yourself which people, from in and around your organization:

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