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NE IINaming the Elephant II

Coming to a Campus Center Near You!

Join us for the blockbuster sequel to the Fall 2011 discussion about . . .

The Thin Book of Naming Elephants:
How to Surface Undiscussables for Greater Organizational Success

Friday, May 18, 2012
9:00 a.m.-Noon
Hinson Campus Center, Conference Room A

Haven't read the book? No problem!

You don't need to have read the book to participate, but it is recommended.  A limited number of books are available at the De Anza College Bookstore.  It is a fast and easy read!

What the critics are saying . . .

"The Thin Book of Naming Elephants helped me understand how 'hubris' and 'arrogance' can impact the workplace.  It seems these are the 'elephants' we 'name' around the water cooler on a regular basis". –Teri Gerard, Campus Finance & Educational Resources


"I found it very useful to talk with faculty, staff, and administrators from other departments and areas of activity at De Anza since I tend to have most of my connections to people inside my own department. I found the book useful and candid also. These are not easy matters to discuss openly and I applaud De Anza for encouraging these events". – Lita Kurth, Part-time Language Arts faculty

"The Fall session of Naming Elephants was an excellent exercise that provided a professionally diverse group of people the opportunity for a frank and honest discussion about the happenings and behaviors on campus". – Marilyn Booye, Disability Support Programs and Services



I've been naming elephants right and left.  Mostly, to myself, I am naming them and trying to address them and shrink them.  I'm seeing the elephants better and then, gently, I hope, helping others see them.  Ideally, I want to find ways to expose the elephants before they grow in size and make themselves hard to name.   – Gregory Anderson, Dean, Learning Resources

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Contact: Virginia Marquez
Phone: 408.864.8829

Last Updated: 5/10/12