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ThoughtPiece: The Hedgehog Concept


HedgehogAuthor Jim Collins, in his bestselling book, Good to Great, writes about something called the “Hedgehog Concept.” The term is derived from the Greek poet Archilochus, who wrote:

“The fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing.”

According to the old fable, the cunning and agile fox cannot win out over the slower, more awkward hedgehog. Each day the fox calculates a new line of attack on the hedgehog, only to have the hedgehog roll up into a perfect little ball with spikes sticking out. The fox then halts his assault, to try again the very next day with another impeccably thought-out strategy. The hedgehog’s familiar response is “Here we go again. Will he ever learn?”
Is there a resemblance to RIM here? Find out behind the jump.