Hedgehogs and Foxes in the watch industry

To summarise the concept; some people see the details in everything they do, like the fox, while others are great at having a singular vision, like the hedgehog. Going back to a critical distiction in the definition of the concept, Jim Collins says it perfectly: The Hedgehog Concept is not a goal to be the best, a strategy to be to be the best, an intention to be the best, a plan to be the best. It is an understanding of what you can be the best at. The distinction is absolutely crucial.  

Looking good, performing better

The advantages of certain physical attributes in the workplace are well known. The most common traits that have been shown to provide advantages to those blessed with them are height and good looks. For some years, researchers have been trying to measure how much truth is in this commonly accepted belief. For example, according to…

Going one-on-one with your CEO

It’s your big moment: You have been given a chance to brief the chief executive officer of your organization. Some people interact with the CEO routinely, but this is a first for you. On his Great Leadership blog, executive development expert Dan McCarthy offers advice on how to make the most of the opportunity: Prepare…

Customers, Competition and Cost

Sam’s Club CEO Brian Cornell on the Essential ‘Cs’ of Leadership Sam’s Club CEO Brian Cornell once attended a conference at Apple that was designed to give corporate executives a chance to learn some of the secrets behind the late Steve Jobs’s success. Cornell recalled asking Jobs how much he relied on focus groups to…

What’s The Most Difficult CEO Skill? Managing Your Own Psychology.

“It’s fucked up when your mind’s playin’ tricks on ya”—The Geto Boys By far the most difficult skill for me to learn as CEO was the ability to manage my own psychology. Organizational design, process design, metrics, hiring and firing were all relatively straightforward skills to master compared to keeping my mind in check. Over…