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West European Hedgehog

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Isaiah Berlin adapted this ancient Greek fable of the Fox and the Hedgehog.

Foxes are clever, cunning creatures.

They are able to come up with innovative ways of hunting their prey and have the sharp teeth and claws plus lightning fast reflexes to make them very effective hunters.

Just imagine a fox coming up against a little hedgehog. 

It jumps out to attack and the hedgehog curls up into a ball, leaving its spines out to defend itself.

Undeterred, the fox sneaks off and then ambushes the hedgehog again.

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There are times in life and leadership when things go well and when they don’t go quite so well.

If you’re a leader, your long-term credibility can depend on how you respond to these times.

Jim Collins uses the analogy of windows and mirrors in his book “Good to Great” to describe how leaders should be responding to good times and bad.

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