If we want to Intentionally Engineer Inclusion™ and positively influence our organizations towards diversity, equity, inclusion (DEI) and belonging, we have to prioritize and take action. In this post, we describe the hedgehog map exercise and provide a series of prompts to help you identify the intersection of your passions, skills, and resources. Plus we offer a PDF download worksheet and additional resources for further reading. For when we find actions and make decisions from the greatest overlap of these three elements, we will have greater motivation, agency, and potential for impact.
The Fox and the Hedgehog
Archilochus was a Greek poet who lived from 680 to 645 B.C. He wrote, “the fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing.” Many people have interpreted the parable over the last ~2600 years, including philosopher Isaiah Berlin, psychologist Phil Tetlock, and researcher/author Jim Collins.
In his book, Good to Great, Jim Collins develops the hedgehog concept, the intersection of three circles:
Collins theorizes that transformations from good to great come about by:
Hedgehog Maps for Progress
If we want to Intentionally Engineer Inclusion™ and positively influence our organizations towards diversity, equity, inclusion (DEI) and belonging, we have to take action. Some of us have broader circles of influence than others, but wherever we are, we must focus our efforts and take action toward change.
One way to do that is to use a hedgehog map, based on Jim Collins’ hedgehog concept to help you prioritize and plan.
When we identify the intersection of our passions, skills, and resources, we will have greater motivation, agency, and potential for impact.
Below we provide some prompts to guide you through the exercise. Download a PDF form handout at the end of this post to help you.
Guiding Prompts for a DEI-Impact Hedgehog Map
Community Capitals Framework
Though some may consider time and money may to be the most precious of resources, the Community Capitals Framework utilizes an asset perspective and is helpful in analyzing all types of valuable resources.
Consider all of the strengths of the resources you have, and identify how each capital asset can help you to achieve your DEI goals.
Now, download the PDF below and complete the hedgehog map exercise to help you locate the intersection of your passion, skills, and resources. Use the questions provided above to help you.
Download this resource as a printable PDF and digital worksheet.
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