Today, I heard it put a different way. Perhaps not quite as simple but definitely more insightful. I spent the day with Chuck Coonradt and several business professionals from the Utah Small Business Development Center network. Chuck is an author and founder of The Game of Work. He is also an Angel Investor in the Park City, Utah area, which is where we met today.
Here is Chuck's straightforward way of stating the elephant eating principle: "When you decrease the size of the problem, you increase the emotional willingness to solve it."
This is perhaps not as rich in imagery, but it is definitely more instructive. It hints at why we really need to think about eating elephants one bite at a time. Emotional willingness to solve a problem is what every great leader seeks in those they lead.
Where have you seen this work?