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Hedgehog Concept Are You a Fox or a Hedgehog?
Individuals and organizations can be like foxes: shrewd and energetic in pursuit of multiple goals, but lacking focus; or they can be like hedgehogs: slow, cautious, but skilled survivors!

In business, it can pay to simplify and focus on a single strategic "sweet spot." You can explore this idea with our articles, The Hedgehog Concept and USP Analysis.

A key element of assessing your organization's sweet spot is understanding the passions that drive it. You can learn more about this with our article, Mission Statements and Vision Statements.

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Hedgehog Concept The Hedgehog Concept

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USP Analysis USP Analysis

Learn how to take advantage of the things that set you apart from your competition.

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Mission Statements and Vision Statements Mission Statements and Vision Statements

Discover the passions and purpose that drive your organization.

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Competitive Intelligence
Competitive Intelligence

Find out how to keep up to speed with your rivals' strengths and weaknesses.

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The End of Competitive Advantage
The End of Competitive Advantage, By Rita Gunther McGrath

The fox has its say! Explore "transient strategies," with this podcast.

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Working With Purpose
Working With Purpose

Use these tips to find purpose in the job that you’re doing right now.

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Your Top Tips for Making a Big Decision Your Top Tips for Making a Big Decision

We asked you what you consider when making a big decision. Mind Tools writer Ellie Bruce looks at some of your best tips!
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Leadership and L&D Lessons From History Leadership and L&D Lessons From History

Bob Little journeys back in time to discover what history can teach us about leadership and L&D, and how we can apply those lessons today.
A Final Note

The Hedgehog Concept draws on an ancient Greek parable, in which a quick and cunning fox is continually bested by a timid hedgehog, whose one skill is self-defense. You don't need a huge range of strengths to succeed - all you need is to make the most of your best one!

Next week, find out how to boost your career prospects by communicating more clearly and effectively.

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