Perhaps you’re familiar with the story of the little circus elephant (after Jorge Bucay) that was placed on a tether to tame it in the first days of its captivity. The tether itself was just a small piece of rope with one end tied around the animal’s hind leg and the other attached to a wooden stake in the ground.
For days the baby elephant tries to free itself by constantly tugging at the rope – but without success. He is still too weak to escape. Exhausted, he eventually gives up and accepts his sad fate in captivity.
That feeling of powerlessness and immutability left such an indelible mark on the young elephant’s memory that he never tried to break his bonds again. He had apparently learned his lesson: Obstacles cannot be easily overcome or even torn down. And so, a small rope and a wooden peg are enough to keep a massive adult elephant in captivity for the rest of its life.
Similar misguided and supposedly hopeless situations also shape the lives of human beings and their ability to work together. It happens over and over again and on many different levels.
Bearing this in mind, I have made it my mission to support people and organisations facing difficult and to all appearances insurmountable challenges and obstacles in their efforts to work on their objectives and ambitions. A shift in perspective, analysis and (self-)reflection combined with the power of language and communication are the key to solutions that will improve situations, resolve conflicts and achieve goals.
This has been substantiated in my many years of professional experience and by the success of my clients. Which is why I confidently keep to the words of the great Walt Disney: “If you can dream it, you can do it!”