Author - Abraham Kamarck

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Hashtag #Ferguson – Twitter Reacts to Ferguson
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There is no such thing as a Billionaire Philanthropist
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Who is more successful? The Fox or the Hedgehog?
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How to Defeat Online Extremism
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Are you a Maker or a Divider?
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Professional Hedgehogs are the Biggest Obstacle to Change Management
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Jim Collins’ Hedgehog Concept is Wrong

Hashtag #Ferguson – Twitter Reacts to Ferguson

Summary (TL;DR):  Ferguson was the most tweeted about topic in America in 2014. It seemed to sharply divide the nation. But the Ferguson topic on Twitter was not always a simple red vs. blue debate. Ferguson was a complex and layered problem where a single incident sparked significant protests and a nationwide movement. In this case, debate over the cloudy details surrounding the shooting and the violence associated with the protests created so much noise that more important discussions on race in America were often drowned out.   Ferguson was the most Tweeted Topic in 2014 2014 had several major news[…]

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There is no such thing as a Billionaire Philanthropist

It’s Christmas, the giving season, when we’re supposed to be generous with our time, hearts and wallets. But maybe this Christmas, we should think about what generosity really means and how it shows your true character, because everyone is a philanthropist when it’s easy. To be clear, blog title aside, I’m not against billionaire philanthropists. I’m not saying that we shouldn’t appreciate people like Bill Gates and Warren Buffet. The philanthropy of the wealthy and their foundations play critical roles in our society and allow us to achieve so much more, especially through their patronage of education, science and the arts.[…]

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Who is more successful? The Fox or the Hedgehog?

I tout the superiority of Foxes on this Blog, but if I am such a Fox, where is the data to support these claims? Hedgehogs are everywhere. As experts in the media. In Politics. Hosting their own TV shows. An entire news network, ironically called “Fox News” is full of Hedgehogs. It would seem that Hedgehogs have Foxes beaten pretty badly. On top of it all, prominent business authors like Jim Collins have popularized ideas like the “Hedgehog Concept,” which states that to be successful, Entrepreneurs and leaders need to emulate the Hedgehog in their single-minded pursuit of a goal.[…]

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How to Defeat Online Extremism

If you spend much time on Twitter, these days, you may start to question social media’s promise of bringing people together. Just search any hashtag associated with the Central American Children, Ukraine, Gaza and now Ferguson — then steel yourself because you are about to become awash in hate. Social media, it seems, isn’t just cute cat videos and baby photos. Recently, Twitter and Facebook feeds have been transformed into battlegrounds. Gary Silverman recently observed in a column for the FT, “All these closer connections don’t seem to be leading to peace and love, or harmony and understanding, or anything like[…]

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Are you a Maker or a Divider?

You know this person. You know this story… Bad news comes on the TV, war, disease, famine…you’re standing next to someone, a friend, a colleague, a relative, they may be an educated professional, but they are far from being an expert on the subject being portrayed in the news, the news is probably thousands of miles away in a place your companion can barely find on a map…but that doesn’t stop them from having a strong opinion…. They comment on the news ever so confidently… “It’s the _____ fault. Typical of him/her/them”  Fill in the blank with a religion, race,[…]

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Professional Hedgehogs are the Biggest Obstacle to Change Management

What got you here, won’t get you there… Professional Hedgehogs are not necessarily Philosophical Hedgehogs. The two can be mutually exclusive. Professional Hedgehogs are specialists. They know one thing and they know it very well. They have dedicated most of their life to building up a specialty or expertise. Their “hedgehog ability” is not their philosophy, but their trade. They know one topic or one skill set very, very well and thus always fall back on that specific skill or body of knowledge. Professional Foxes are Generalists. They are managers. Jacks of all trades, masters of none. They have often worked[…]

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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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