An article in Time reported that Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey will retire elephants from its circus shows beginning this spring. I was stunned.

The elephant is the animal associated with the circus. They used to parade down Main Street when the circus came to town.  Dumbo is all about elephants under the Big Top.  Legions of kids have watched elephants perform stunts, spray water, toss peanuts and give rides. The circus just won’t be the same.

And yet, the show will go on. I am sure that Ringling Bros. will come up with a new act that uses technology or something else to wow the crowds. It won’t be the same, but it will survive.

What is your signature element and have you thought of how you would move forward without it? Has your “elephant” run its course and should be retired?  Never forget that progress involves change, and that nothing, not even the iconic elephants, can last forever.

— beth triplett

About the Author leadership dots by dr. beth triplett

Dr. beth triplett is the owner of leadership dots, offering coaching, training and consulting for new supervisors. She also shares daily lessons on her leadershipdots blog. Her work is based on the leadership dots philosophy that change happens through the intentional connecting of small steps in the short term to the big picture in the long term.

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