Social psychologist, Jonathan Haidt developed the analogy of the Rider and the Elephant and the Heath brothers enhanced this model with a third component – the Path.
Sachin Patel came up with another analogy I like: The Ferrari and the Lamp Post.
And I’ve blended them together.
Enjoy the video, and learn more about ‘The Rider, The Elephant and the Path’ below.
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The Rider, The Elephant and the Path
- Give direction – The Rider represents your rational, analytical side, the part of us that plans and problem solves. It needs to be given a clear direction in which to move.
- Motivate – The Elephant, which represents your emotional side needs to be motivated to provide the power for the journey.
- Shape the Path – If you want the Rider and the Elephant to head in a new direction together, you need to shape the Path, the external, situational factors by allowing for easy progress, shortening the distance or removing any obstacles that stand in the way.