Kandula Konnects Masthead
'strengthening working relationships' September 2009
In This Issue
Relationships in the workplace
Not another meeting
Elephant Corner 
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Where does the phrase 'Elephant in the room' come from?
There are a couple of different theories about this with both the English and Americans claiming it as their own.
An early example was found in the New York Times of June 1959: "Financing schools has become a problem about equal to having an elephant in the living room. It's so big you just can't ignore it."

This was followed in the 70's by a Belfast writer Bernard MacLaverty who described the situation in Northern Ireland as like "having an elephant in your living room".
Surprisingly it is only in the last few years that it has become common language. The saying is referred to if people in the room pretend the elephant is not there and might be concerning themselves with relatively small and even irrelevant matters, compared to the looming big one - the question, problem, solution, or controversial issue that needs to be discussed and is ignored.
Kandula can help you discuss those issues that represent the elephant in your room.
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Welcome to Kandula
Our aim in Kandula is to work with business leaders to strengthen working relationships. Research and experience indicates more and more that in all businesses the quality of relationships that you have with colleagues, teams, clients and alliances will have a direct impact on your revenue.

In Kandula Konnects we will provide insights and ideas in to the challenges that businesses face and the way these challenges can be handled through effective communication that strengthens working relationships.

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Relationships in the workplace

The Global Financial crisis and the changing use of social media is putting the strength of our working relationships under the spotlight.

In the last 12 months organisations have found the pace and variety of change magnifying; dealing with a slow down in the economy, greater scrutiny on the way they spend money, shifting needs of the people within the business and increasing pressure from customers.

Many business leaders find that these pressures often lead to the quality of working relationships suffering; trust is eroded, little time is given to communicate, difficult subjects aren't discussed and the processes for involvement and collaboration are put on hold. Decision making becomes more difficult and many people focus on just getting the immediate job done without thinking of the ongoing consequences of the way it is done.

Given these are just some of the challenges businesses face it is clear that one thing which will greatly impact any organisations ability to respond, change and increase revenue will be the quality of the relationships that exist. A recent MIT study shows that employees with the most cohesive face to face networks are 30% more productive than those who don't have these relationships.

Not another meeting
Been in a meeting lately? How was it for you?
It is estimated that most professionals spend approximately 50% of their working time in meetings and anywhere between 35 to 50% of that time is considered to be wasted.
It is likely that these figures are now on the low side; so let's consider what impact this is having on the bottom line for your business?
In 2002 there was $120bn in wages spent on time wasted in Australia businesses. A large percentage of this coming from time wasted in meetings and the repercussions of this.
If you want to reduce the cost to your business by improving your meetings take a look at the Kandula guide to Meetings with purpose