Book Review - Orbiting the Giant Hairball: A Corporate Fool's Guide to Surviving with Grace by Gordon MacKenzie
Orbiting the Giant Hairball: A Corporate Fool's Guide to Surviving with Grace by Gordon MacKenzie is one of those rare business books that teaches you how to avoid getting sucked into the ginormous hairball that is most corporations. In the hairball, you follow endless rules and regulations that may have made sense at one time, but nobody knows why they do now... they just know they're the rules. MacKenzie advocates for a creative approach to work, one that allows you to orbit the hairball. You're close enough to have the protection and benefits of the organization, but free enough to be creative and get things accomplished.
Where Have All The Geniuses Gone; Giant Hairball; Pink Buddha; Preparing For Lift-off; A Chicken's Fate; Thou Shalt Not Have It Easy; What You Don't See Is What You Get; No Access; First There's Group, Then There's Rote; Containers Contain; Cage Dwellers; Introducing... Your Brain; About Teasing; High-Tech Peaches; Milk Cans Are Not Allowed; The Power Of Paradox; Death Masks; The Pyramid And The Plum Tree; Orville Wright; Beyond Measure; A Conference Of Angels; Dynamic Following; Pool-Hall Dog; Paint Me A Masterpiece
MacKenzie worked for Hallmark for 30 years, much of that time in a department specifically focused on creativity. At the time he joined, there were plenty of hairballs that sucked the pleasure out of the joy of creating, and he wanted nothing to do with that. Using his unique style and panache, he lobbied for smaller groups and unique office arrangements that allowed the team to be creative in their fashion. Furthermore, he redefined his position at the end with a title of Creative Paradox. No one knew what it meant, except that he was someone you could run ideas past. When he gave his blessing, they could go back and say "The Creative Paradox thought it was a great idea". Since no one knew exactly what power he had (in actually, very little), they assumed that he was important and acted on it.
Orbiting uses a unique style made up of short stories, multiple fonts (many looking handwritten), and squiggles and doodles all over the pages. What comes out is a short, easy to read book that could apply to any large company that has developed giant hairballs that no one can detangle. MacKenzie shows how you can capture your unique inner creativity to get work done, be proud of what you've accomplished, and have fun doing it.
If you're in a work environment where you feel hemmed in on all sides by rules and regulations that have sucked all the fun and joy from your job, you should read Orbiting The Giant Hairball. It'll improve your worklife.
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