June 22, 2009

The Fox and the Hedgehog

FROM:Kheper
Princeton professor Marvin Bressler pointed out the power of the hedgehog during one of our long conversations:"You want to know what separates those who make the biggest impact from all the others who are just as smart? They're hedgehogs." Freud and the unconscious, Darwin and natural selection, Marx and class struggle, Einstein and relativity, Adam Smith and division of labor—they were all hedgehogs. They took a complex world and simplified it. "Those who leave the biggest footprints," said Bressler, "have thousands calling after them, 'Good idea, but you went too far!' "
Conversation between Jim Collins and Marvin Bressler, October 2000.