Picture two animals: a fox and a hedgehog. Which are you?
An ancient Greek parable distinguishes between foxes, which know many small things, and hedgehogs, which know one big thing. 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 good-to-great companies develop a Hedgehog Concept that is simple but that reflects penetrating insight and deep understanding.
Jim Collins: Good to Great
Wouldn’t we all want to take what we like doing, do it well and be paid to do it?
Step 1: Be Strategic: See the whole picture.
Jim Collins introduced the “hedgehog concept” in his book Good to Great. Read more by Jim Collins
Visit Bud Cadell’s Site and the Happiness in Business Hedgehog Poster
Thanks to @ungard for making the connections.