Category - Innovation

Innovation, Social Change, Product Development and New Markets

Posts in this category discuss new ideas, how to make new ideas stick and how to turn ideas into reality.

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Who is more successful? The Fox or the Hedgehog?
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Professional Hedgehogs are the Biggest Obstacle to Change Management
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Jim Collins’ Hedgehog Concept is Wrong

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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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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