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Jim Collins’ Hedgehog Concept is Wrong

Jim Collins’ Hedgehog Concept is Wrong

Why Jim Collins is Wrong about the Hedgehog Concept. In his famous and wildly successful book Jim Collins becomes quite the Hedgehog advocate. Specifically, he touts a theory called the “Hedgehog Concept.” Collins defines the Hedgehog Concept as such: “All good-to-great leaders, it turns out, are hedgehogs. They know how to simplify a complex world into a single, organizing idea—the kind of basic principle that unifies, organizes, and guides all decisions. That’s not to say hedgehogs are simplistic. Like great thinkers, who take complexities and boil them down into simple, yet profound, ideas (Adam Smith and the invisible hand, Darwin and evolution), leaders of[…]

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