Does greatness rely on R-directed thinking?

I finished reading *[A Whole New Mind](http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1573223085/mrchompersnet-20?dev-t=0M00SM3RY3CJEJYMF282%26camp=2025%26link_code=xm2)* and *[Good to Great](http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0066620996/mrchompersnet-20?dev-t=0M00SM3RY3CJEJYMF282%26camp=2025%26link_code=xm2)* and this thought occurred to me: In *Good to Great*, Jim Collins talks about a Hedghog Concept — that organizations should do that which they can do better than anyone else in the world. Now, to me, it seems pretty obvious that organizations are the amalgamation of people, doing that which they do better than anyone else in the world (I’m extending that superclass with an object-oriented metaphor, much like Steven Johnson does in *[Emergence](http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0684868768/mrchompersnet-20?dev-t=0M00SM3RY3CJEJYMF282%26camp=2025%26link_code=xm2)*). Now Daniel Pink describes that the right hemisphere of the brain has the capability of knowing “one big thing,” again using the metaphor of the **hedgehog** (*A Whole New Mind*, p. 22). *R-directed Thinking* is Pink’s rewording of “Right Brain activities.”

So about that hedgehog — that metaphor is getting a lot of play in all sorts of literature. Why is that? And what’s implied if the metaphor is a connection between the two trains of thought?

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