Are you a fox or a hedgehog?

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Archilochus was a Greek lyric poet who lived during the VII century BC.

In one fragment of his works we find the sentence “a fox knows many things, but a hedgehog one important thing”. This is really difficult to understand. On one hand this sentence may means that the cunning is the power of the fox, but a fox is defeated by the only defence that a hedgehog has got.

On the other hand there may be a different meaning: the difference between the fox and the hedgehog is the same that divides people in two different groups.

An hedgehog is someone who reconnects everything to a big plan, a big plan in which everything has got a precise place.

A fox is someone who hasn’t got a specific aim, but a huge number of different disconnected purposes.

On one hand we have a centripetal life on the other one a centrifugal life.

Both have their own merits: foxes are quick, versatile and intuitive. Hedgehog are determined, resistant and cautious. The first one are innovators and creative people, the second one conservators and are able to teach the discipline.

A communicator (or a leader) needs to know what kind of person he is. Then he needs to understand what kind of people he frequents.

Who you are? A fox or a hedgehog?

Are you imaginative and agile? Are you able to live different kind of experiences and at different level?

Are you disciplined, precise and consistent? Are you able to have a complete overview of every situation?

To many hedgehogs together may become predictable and stationary, to many foxes together become dispersive and inconclusive.

We need both these two animals. A person, however, has got more characteristics of one of them. Because of this we need to discover who we are in order to understand what kind of people we need and we want around us.

These animals need each other to imagine the future and to make it real.

They are two halves that together make a whole.


Claudia Perillo


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