Orbiting the Giant Hairball: A Corporate Fool's Guide to Surviving With Grace
Orbiting the Giant Hairball A Corporate Fool's Guide to Surviving With Grace Author:Gordon MacKenzie Creativity is crucial to business success. But too often, even the most innovative organization quickly becomes a "giant hairball"--a tangled, impenetrable mass of rules, traditions, and systems, all based on what worked in the past--that exercises an inexorable pull into mediocrity. Gordon McKenzie worked at Hallmark Cards for thirty years, man... more »y of which he spent inspiring his colleagues to slip the bonds of Corporate Normalcy and rise to orbit--to a mode of dreaming, daring and doing above and beyond the rubber-stamp confines of the administrative mind-set. In his deeply funny book, exuberantly illustrated in full color, he shares the story of his own professional evolution, together with lessons on awakening and fostering creative genius. Originally self-published and already a business "cult classic", this personally empowering and entertaining look at the intersection between human creativity and the bottom line is now widely available to bookstores. It will be a must-read for any manager looking for new ways to invigorate employees, and any professional who wants to achieve his or her best, most self-expressive, most creative and fulfilling work.« less
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The book has some good ideas and interesting view points. I could understand or see myself at my current job facing some of his adventures into corporate hairball. I even found myself when he was talking about disobeying signs to go down to the beach, thinking dumbass, that is why we put the signs up everywhere. Yeah we just had too much money in our budget this year and wanted to put signs up on the cliff. The chapter he talks about teasing other people was an eye opener and one that I will keep in the back of my mind and will try to be mindful of. I will also keep the lesson that everything dies, even companies. It is weird how actors or sports professionals want to go out on top of their games, but companies want to do a horrible death of bankruptcy and despair. But honestly when you read Gordon's book if you have been to enough corporate conventions you are not going to learn anything extremely new.