Tuesday, August 25 through Wednesday, August 26
In about 650 B.C. the Greek poet Archilochus wrote, “The fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing.”
The renaissance scholar Erasmus quoted Archilochus in 1500 in his famous Adagia, saying, “Multa novit vulpes, verum echinus unum magnum.”
In 1953, the philosopher Isaiah Berlin expanded on Archilochus and Erasmus in his often-quoted essay, The Hedgehog and the Fox.
In 2017, University of Pennsylvania psychologist Philip Tetlock completed a 20-year study that contrasted the abilities of the one-big-thing “hedgehog” experts against the many-little-things “fox” non-experts to make accurate predictions about geopolitical events.
Does it surprise you to learn that the “fox” non-experts outperformed the “hedgehog” experts by an overwhelming margin?
Tetlock’s revelation will help you tell the story of your company in a way that will cause customers to feel like they truly know you.
American businesspeople tend to believe that every successful business is built on a single big idea, “one big thing.” But sadly, that bit of traditional wisdom is more tradition than wisdom.
“One big thing” is hedgehog thinking. But foxes roam freely, listen carefully and consume omnivorously. Foxes know “many little things.”
Customers will love the “many little things” story of your company told from the perspective of a fox. The story you need to be telling is the real one, a fascinating tale of hopes and dreams and failures and successes and realizations and refinements.
Don’t worry, we’re going to help you write it.
In 2011, the fox-like director of the British Museum, Neil MacGregor, used 100 objects in his museum as prisms through which he told the entire story of our world. That book, A History of the World in 100 Objects, became a wildly popular radio series and a blockbuster New York Times bestseller. The Wall Street Journal called it, “An enthralling and profoundly humane book that every civilized person should read.”
The fascinating, riveting, highly-engaging story of your company is hiding in 10 objects that lie within your grasp.
Bring those objects with you to Wizard Academy. It is time for “Show and Tell.”
Dr. Richard D. Grant is a founding board member of Wizard Academy and Christopher J. Maddock has been a Wizard of Ads writing instructor for 22 years. Tom Wanek has been focused on telling the stories of his clients for years as a Wizard of Ads Partner. These masters of the craft will help you turn the memories captured in your photographs, artifacts, and documents into pivotal moments in the fascinating story of your company’s origin and evolution.
We’ve only got room for 18.
If you’re an alumni, use the coupon code “alumni” to get 50% off
The tuition is $3,000 for two days / three nights.
As always, alumni get 50% off.
If you have any questions, you can contact
Zac Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org or 512-560-9902.
See you soon!