There are two creatures who need to be absent from a room before a good conversation can take place:
The Elephant – an issue that nobody wants to acknowledge, even though it is patently true (example – a business idea or person that plainly isn’t working but all present are participating in an unfalsifiable hypothesis that the idea/person works);
The Egotist – the person who can only function in win:lose mode and cannot accept constructive feedback.
The Elephant and The Egotist are an exhausting combination that prohibit growth and are a portent of doom.
When you spot either – run a mile.