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Elephant Content Process

Why is my process modeled after Elephants? We often talk about the "Elephant in the room" as a problem that needs to be addressed. Content is intended to solve business problems creatively.

Outside of being enormous, yet majestic, here are some additional Elephant characteristics: 

  •  Elephants are 1-in-5 mammals that can recognize themselves in a mirror (Humans, Great Apes, Dolphins, Magpies are the other 4)
  • Their trunk is strong enough to lift objects twice its size, but is also nimble enough to pick up a single leaf or berry
  • They're so large they can't jump, and they walk on their toes

  • They consume 50 gallons of water and 70,000 calories a day (that's a TON)

  • They're capable of living in many different environments, and will migrate when living habits no longer suit their needs

  • They live in herds and protect one another

Based on those characteristics, here are the six components that I believe work in tandem towards producing great content:

  1. Intelligence - Commit to personal growth Y-O-Y by focusing on developing 1-2 skills (how long depends on scope and depth).
  2. Use your trunk - Be adaptable and learn how to problem solve.
  3. Stay on your toes - Plan ahead, but prepare to pivot based on information gathered along the way.
  4. Consume tons - Be attentive in content consumption, and bring in influences outside your area.
  5. Migrate - Get uncomfortable and be willing to explore different environments.
  6. Cultivate Community - Share what you learn and think about how you can set your teammates up for success.

It's a continuous process and requires time and energy. It doesn't happen over night. Consistently moving is the key. Accumulation of inputs, experiences, and knowledge happens over time. 

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