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The Ant and the Elephant: Leadership for the Self

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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 ...
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Overview

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."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781893430143
  • Publisher: Greenleaf Book Group, LLC
  • Publication date: 8/28/2004
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.28 (h) x 0.55 (d)

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  • Posted March 13, 2010

    Timelessly Appropriate

    One of my absolute favorites. This audio book give you skills to combat negative thinking, create goals, visualize, and be effective in life. The first CD is mostly setting up the scene, but it gets to the nitty gritty by the end. I would listen to the entire thing all at once, instead of coming back to it. The author does a great job in doing the character's voices too, which keeps everything clear and interesting.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2007

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    This is a small book teaching you to take charge of your future by taking charge of your thinking. A wonderful story through which the self-assessment concepts are beautifully explored. Great for young and old alike. PS: Find a way to implement the suggestions from the book in the day to day life and read the book in one sitting.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2007

    Great Book ~ A must read!!

    This is a book that everyone should read! Make it a Goal for 2007 to read it & it's not a big book so it's an easy read. Enjoy it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2006

    Great book couldn't put it down!

    This is a great parable,and did not really think of the ant as being a leader of a colony. I related myself to the ant, and my supervisor as the owl leading me to my goal. It is a fantastic book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2006

    Wonderful Book

    This book is wonderful. I could not put it down. I actually felt myself in this book. It was a wonderful experience.

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