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"a lack of strong project management culture ...[that led to] protracted debates and impeded rapid progress. There has been too much focus on achieving organizational "harmony" instead of tangible project management results. The MAT was unable to observe a sense of urgency, a "passion" for success, a commitment to rapidly finding solutions for every problem, or an agile and nimble project organization. Too often, the culture lacked a "constructive confrontation" component between staff and management, and even between managers. As a result, many of the best ideas were never heard nor expressed and key decisions lacked ownership."
Benjamin Hart of the University of California Davis has speculated that the elephant cortex derives its intellectual prowess not from local density but from widespread interconnectivity. He suspects that, whereas the human and chimpanzee brains have evolved many tight-knit networks of nearby neurons throughout the cortex—akin to states packed with highly populous cities—the elephant brain has favored lengthy connections between far-flung brain areas, building the equivalent of an extensive cross-country railroad system. For now, though, this is mostly hypothetical.