The Ant and the Elephant: Leadership For the Self by Vince Poscente was recommended to me by my optician.
It was a Britt Worldwide Book of The month choice. Bill Britt, who died in 2013 was one of Amway's most successful distributors.
I enjoyed the book, however, since I have read many hundreds of books similar to this, I cannot remember anything new or unique that I learned from reading it.
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 The 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.
Vince Poscente CEO of The Goal Acceleration Institute is frequently invited to help organizations dedicated to reach BIG GOALS in less time. His talent as an master communicator includes his formula used to go from recreational skier to Olympian in four years. As a New York Times bestselling author on the topics of reaching GOALS FAST, Vince combines his signature wit and wisdom with a high-energy message for corporate events. He is one of the most in-demand speakers in the world.
By combining leadership insights from his executive experience alongside lessons from his remarkable Olympic experience - employee motivation expert, Vince Poscente:
To succeed in today’s ever-accelerating world, speed is the name of the game. Forget “slow and steady wins the race.” The key to getting ahead is not fighting or hiding from speed, but embracing speed and using its power to your advantage. As Vince Poscente demonstrates in this rewarding and, yes, fast-paced book, speed has a unique ability to enrich your life. He empowers you to take control of your time, your tasks, your priorities, and your talents, and start making life everything you want it to be. Twenty new tips–exclusive to this paperback edition–show you how to:
• recognize the difference between repetitive chores and passionate pursuits, and assign the appropriate amount of time and energy to each
• mentally shatter the outdated idea that work, home, and leisure should be completely separate, and create a new, purpose-driven model of organizing your time
• discover how to control interruptions, including how and when to accept them–by learning when to multitask and when to focus
Speed provides amazing benefits–you become more conscious of how you spend your time, understand your authentic purpose, and find yourself more flexible and open to new opportunities. When you harness the power of speed, your life and work become less stressful, less busy, and more balanced. What are you waiting for?
Praise for The Age of Speed:
“The Age of Speed is your bible to surf the speed tsunami that’s overtaking business and life.”
–Scott Cook, chairman and co-founder, Intuit
“Thought-provoking . . . It’s time to make peace with the whoosh of your 24/7 lifestyle.”
“[Vince Poscente’s] counterintuitive notion of embracing speed rather than coping with it will change the way people live and work.”
–Stephen M. R. Covey, author of The Speed of Trust