Lately, our company has been going through the best-selling business leadership book, Good to Great by Jim Collins. Featured in the book is the “Hedgehog Concept”, which serves as an illustration of why we should master one simple thing. In the Hedgehog’s case, he has an amazing simple defense with is his spiky needle-hair and ability to roll up in a ball. Foxes and other animals may try to be sly to take him down but he does this one simple thing really well and succeeds.
It got me thinking about other ferocious little animals we can learn from today.
Apparently 37 million people on YouTube agree that the Honey Badger is a hero to all nations. I kind of feel like this blog would be best if I could do a video post and imitate the narrator of the popular video. But I don’t because it would be terrible in my voice so here is my attempt to make further use of Honey Badger. As an homage to Honey Badger and “Randall”, the voice behind the narration, here are five life lessons from Honey Badger.
1. He is patient. Honey Badger always takes his time and goes at his pace. When attacked by other animals, he simply waits them out because his endurance is better than theirs. Does he set goals? Probably not but in his head he just knows what he needs to do and does it well because of his patience.
2. He is not a people pleaser. Honey Badger doesn’t care what other animals are doing or what they think about his activities. This behavior is incredibly intriguing because I fall into this trap of pleasing too many people.
3. He is resilient and focused. Honey Badger gets knocked down and gets back up and keeps going. When Cobra takes Honey Badger down with venom, he accepts the short loss but then quickly gets back up and is on to his original task. We all experience failure like Honey Badger. But we like Honey Badger need to recognize that this is only a short setback and we need to get back up and eat Cobra. When he’s being attacked by a swarm of bees and other animals are trying to snatch his food that he caught, Honey Badger stays focused on his prize.
4. He knows how to use the right tools: Honey Badger is known to adapt tools in his environment to dig holes and move objects when his claws won’t do.
5. He focuses on his strengths. Honey Badger doesn’t try to fly. Honey Badger doesn’t try to juggle too many rats. What is his Good to Great “Hedgehog Concept”? He probably eats Hedgehogs of course.
All this being said, the only weakness I can find in Honey Badger is that he is a bit of a lone ranger and doesn’t seem to work well with other Honey Badgers. Then again Honey Badger would simply say to me, “I don’t give a $#!&.” So be it, Honey Badger.
What else can we learn from Honey Badger?