You cannot hide an elephant

You cannot hide an elephant

One of the popular sayings in Bunyoro goes “You cannot hide an elephant.”

The elephant is a very big animal. It is very difficult to hide it. If something is outstanding or extraordinary, it is very difficult to hide it.

Always do your best in any setting so that you can get noticed. If you are very good, people will always notice you.

One of Uganda’s former presidents, Idi Amin Dada, put it plainly “You cannot win a Whiteman by points in a boxing game. Beat him with a knockout.” Amin, once a boxer, had learnt that the only way to win a boxing match against an opponent was by a knockout which is difficult to steal, so to say.

The same goes to a star employee. You cannot hide a genius. You cannot hide an outstanding employee.

I often get excuses from staff trying to justify their poor performance that their boss takes all the credit. I tell them: no one can hide an elephant. Do your best. Let your boss take all the credit. Let the boss be excited and fail to recognize you. The rest will see through the lies. They will know who the real person in the department is.

It is not easy to hide an elephant. It is not easy to hide an exceptional staff.

In my company, Summit Consulting Ltd, we do computer forensics. Sometimes, the team leader takes all the credit how he analyzed the mobile phone and extracted evidence. However, when you ask: how where you able to extract What’s messages? How did you recover the password? the same person asks to invite his colleague in who was in the lab.

You cannot hide an elephant.

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I remain, Mustapha B Mugisa,

Mr. Strategy.

About M. B. Mugisa

Mustapha Barnabas Mugisa is one of those rare people who provides business consulting and advisory to professionals and corporate entities who demand the very best. He is a prolific speaker and governance (strategy and risk) expert. His speaking involves making key notes at major conferences and business events on both technical subjects and leadership skills. A change agent and motivational speaker. Mustapha provides tools and proven methodologies to remarkable results through making people appreciate change. Visit Mustapha's LinkedIn profile to know more. Mustapha is the architect of #WinningMindset Leadership and #WinningTheGame strategy approach that combines Harvard Business strategy Playing To Win, with the Blue Ocean Strategy and Balanced Score Card to deliver a strategy that is easy to execute and monitor. Visit for special insights to improve your condition. Are you too good to be great?

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