The Ant and the Elephant: Leadership for the Self : a Parable and 5-step Action Plan to Transform Workplace Performance

Front Cover
Vince Poscente - Author, 2004 - Business & Economics - 115 pages
A renowned speaker, business consultant, record-setting speed skier and Olympian, Vince Poscente believes in the enormous potential of the unconscious mind. Poscente likens the dynamic between the conscious and subconscious minds to an ant and an elephant: "Our minds are separated into two distinct functions -- the conscious and subconscious elements. Our ant is the intentional part of the brain, but our elephant is the instinctual, impulsive part of the brain that houses emotions and memories and even guides the body to perform vital functions. While we tend to know our conscious minds -- our ants -- rather well, we often overlook the power of our elephantine subconscious minds. When we do, unfortunately, we squander a wellspring of human potential." Having seen too many books focused on what a problem or solution is and too few focused on how to solve the problem, Poscente, with his trademark wit, wisdom and steely resolve, created The Ant and the Elephant -- Leadership for the Self: A Parable and Five-Step Action Plan to Transform Workplace Performance.

What people are saying - Write a review

User Review - Flag as inappropriate

Read in 2004

Review: The Ant and the Elephant: Leadership for the Self: A Parable and 5-Step Action Plan to Transform Workplace Performance

User Review  - Brandon Perry - Goodreads

I actually really enjoy this book. My third time reading it over the last couple of years and I have to say you are better off reading it for a third time, as more pieces of the puzzle come together ... Read full review


Leaving the Familiar Behind
Discovering the Possibilities 15
Waking Up to Awareness 33
Creating Positive Dominant Thoughts 49
Experiencing and Expressing Gratitude 65
Expecting the Unexpected 87
A New Beginning 103

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2004)

Poscente during the 1992 Olympic Winter Games in France raced to a Canadian national record of 135 miles per hour on skis. He is a highly popular keynote speaker. He also provides a line of self-improvement products.

Bibliographic information