Keep an Eye on the Elephant in the Room


  • Ruthann L. Rountree California State University, Long Beach


The elephant in the room refers to the presence of powerful unspoken agendas that underlie self-serving features of large organizations. In this narrative, the author describes her experiences with this phenomenon in a variety of human service organizations. The lesson learned is that success for an administrative social worker stems from his or her ability to manage the elephants running rampant in the organization.


How to Cite

Rountree, R. L. (2014). Keep an Eye on the Elephant in the Room. Reflections: Narratives of Professional Helping, 12(2), 60–65. Retrieved from



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