I was reading an article recently about the bias against creative people and came across an interesting characterization of people: the Foxes and the Hedgehogs.
The idea is that there are two types of people in organizations: the Hedgehogs and the Foxes. Due to the natural characteristics of the Hedgehogs, they have claimed top positions in today’s corporations. According to this setting, and the natural characteristics of Hedgehogs, the ability for these companies to innovate and capture growth is being compromised by their own nature – the dominance of the Hedgehog clan.
Foxes are intuitive, multidisciplinary, self-critical, engagers, empirical, innovative and hard to predict. Hedgehogs, on the other hand, are specialized, single-view, formula driven, order-seeking, simple and easy to predict. These two clans do not get well with each other naturally.
The Fox knows many little things, but the Hedgehog knows one big thing.
The Hedgehog possesses an almost machine-like mind…
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