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The Ant and the Elephant: Leadership For the Self

Vince Poscente

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Format: Hardcover, 128pp.
ISBN: 9781893430143
Publisher: Be Invinceable Group
Pub. Date: August 2004

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In The Ant and the Elephant, renowned business strategist and Olympian, Vince Poscente, weaves a clever parable around profound concepts that can change your life and the life of your organization.

With his trademark wit and wisdom, Poscente shows us how to focus on and redirect the subconscious mind in order to accomplish the goals we consciously strive to achieve. This empowering story illustrates that understanding the dynamic relationship between conscious and subconscious thought is the first step toward becoming a leader who can transform workplace performance. But harnessing the power of the subconscious is an experience commonly fraught with frustration, for even the most competent amongst us battles the subconscious fears, habits and attitudes that obstruct authentic leadership. In fact, adjusting our own behavior as a means to motivate others is not unlike an ant trying to convince an elephant to change its ways.

Meet Adir the ant and Elgo the elephant. Like two teammates who must work together to realize a common goal, Adir (our overly conscious hero) and Elgo (Adir’s stubborn and instinctual subconscious partner) must work as a single creature in order to reach the Oasis, their vision of paradise in the African savannah.

Their simple story is a powerful metaphor designed to bring out your best performance as a leader, so that you can do the same for those around you. Destined to become an instant business classic, The Ant and the Elephant is a must for all who strive to transform their workplace through inspired leadership or merely reach their full potential as individuals.


"Whether you are at the beginning of your dreams, or in need of new dreams, I invite you to embark on a journey with “Adir the Ant” and “Elgo the Elephant”— if you listen carefully, your life will never be the same."
—Robert G. Allen, author of Creating Wealth

"Although The Ant and The Elephant is an easy and enjoyable read, the message is powerful and thought-provoking. Vince Poscente, a captivating storyteller, knows through personal experience the potential of harnessing the combined powers of the conscious and subconscious minds. Enjoy and live it!"
—Pat Croce, author of I Feel Great and You Will Too! and 110%

"Read this book, enjoy the story, but most importantly, put the lessons into action and reap the rewards."
—Peter Hearl, President and Chief Concept Officer, Pizza Hut Inc.

"It gets to the heart of unlocking your true potential!"
—Mark Victor Hansen

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About the Author

Vince Poscente knows a little something about focus, commitment, and defying the odds. At age 26, he decided to take up speed skiing and pursue it competitively. Only 4 years later, he was vying for Gold in the Winter Olympics. Now an internationally sought speaker and consultant, Vince is the founder of Be Invinceable Group. With his infectious energy, warmth, and humor, Vince makes each keynote speech and consulting engagement as memorable as it is valuable.

Combining lessons from his remarkable Olympic experience with leadership insights from his highly successful business career, Vince has developed a series of proven strategies for attaining and sustaining peak performance, on both an individual and corporate level. Audiences learn how to apply his time-tested techniques to ignite their vision, execute their strategies, and eclipse their competition. This busy husband and father of three also reserves plenty of time for his family; perhaps it's not surprising that a man who delivers much of his keynote atop a chair would value balance. And, though he may not be clocking in under 16.5 seconds anymore, he still can be found on skis and in a pink suit from time to time.

Table of Contents

Leaving the Familiar Behind1
Following the Same Old Path9
Discovering the Possibilities15
The Journey Worth Taking27
Waking Up to Awareness33
Harnessing the Power of Emotions39
Creating Positive Dominant Thoughts49
Experiencing and Expressing Gratitude65
Pattern Busters73
Expecting the Unexpected85
Extraordinary Steps97
A New Beginning101

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