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Orbiting the Giant Hairball: A Corporate Fool's Guide to Surviving with… (original 1996; udgave 1998)

af Gordon MacKenzie

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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, many 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.… (mere)
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Titel:Orbiting the Giant Hairball: A Corporate Fool's Guide to Surviving with Grace
Forfattere:Gordon MacKenzie
Info:Viking Adult (1998), Edition: 1, Hardcover, 224 pages
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A colleague recommended this one as a business type book that isn't the type to make you want to stick a fork in your eye (that may not have been his precise wording). He reads lots of business books, and I had been bemoaning how much I dislike reading them in general, though had been wading through several at the time. I decided to give it a whirl.

It's mostly pretty annoying. The author styles himself sort of a guru, which is annoying out of the gate, but then he also just writes really inconsistently. One chapter will be a nice little meditation on an event that shaped the way he navigated corporate infrastructure and another will be a a weird self-congratulatory description of a way in which he seemed to think he was pioneering by being (what read to me as) patronizing to his coworkers or workshop attendees, and then just kind of stopping in what feels like the middle.

I did dog-ear a few pages, but on the whole, it felt like sort of a how-to for being a self-styled guru who actually is an annoying crank. If I had to work with this guy or attend one of his workshops, I think my eyes would fall out from all the rolling. I would probably be tempted in any case to stick a fork in my eye. ( )
  dllh | Jan 6, 2021 |
I pulled six good points out of the first 53 pages ... then only three out of the remaining 170 . It does make some sense occasionally, but MacKenzie hides that in a meandering scrapbook of experiences from his Hallmark days.

If you happen across it, it's an interesting diversion. Not really worth seeking out, though. ( )
  Razinha | May 23, 2017 |
This is an unusual book in the sense that the author promotes creativity in the corporate world. I liked his descriptions of his actions at Hallmark. I hope that I will be able to take some of his advice and create my own masterpiece. I recommend the book freely. ( )
  GlennBell | Dec 30, 2016 |
I have referred to this book more than any other I have read. It's lessons are great for work and life. It is so genuine and honest. You have a real sense of Gordon MacKenzie as a person, not as a persona. He is relates lessons from his life, whether they reflect well on him or not. This book is certainly on my list of 5 volumes I would want with me on a desert island. Buy it, keep it, give it as a gift! ( )
  beaurichly | Feb 16, 2013 |
Such a great book on living above staid, regimented corporate culture. He must have been a great work colleague. ( )
  Suzieqkc | Jan 26, 2012 |
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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, many 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.

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