Orbiting the giant hairball by Gordon MacKenzie; 2 editions; First published in ; Subjects: Notebooks, sketchbooks, 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 . Title: DOWNLOAD EBOOK Orbiting the Giant Hairball A Corporate Fool's Guide to Surving with Grace A Corporat, Author: yk, Name.
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One of my favorite stories in the book described when the author was asked to create an introductory course on creativity. The first session was wildly successful. The author then analyzed why it worked and created a more organized version of this course called Grope. That sesssion didn't work as well.
Then he went back to being unstructured operating at the edge of chaos , and the course worked again.
He learned from this the delicate connection between groping and rote. You need more of the former and less of the latter. OK, Here's the review: download this book and take it's message to heart. I cant recommend this book enough!!!! Dec 22, Ryan rated it it was amazing Shelves: Described as the "corporate fools guide to surviving with grace," Hairball is series of short stories about how Gordon MacKenzie survived as an eccentric creative within the bureaucracy of Hallmark company.
MacKenzie uses each story as a parable to distill strategies that others can use to maintain their creative bent in a world of corporate "grey. A recommended quick read for managers and corporate drones looking for strategies to get their ideas off the ground in the face of "entropy.
Apr 25, Bryce Johnson rated it it was ok. While some parts certainly resonated--corporate-mandated fun for example--it didn't work for me. In any think-outside-the-box kind of book like this, I always get the sense that the author thinks he knows what is best for everyone, and that everyone's motivation must be to succeed at the highest level.
Everyone's ambitions aren't the same though, and everyone has different levels of risk tolerance. The other issue is that the book makes it sound like most business problems can be solved with the While some parts certainly resonated--corporate-mandated fun for example--it didn't work for me.
The other issue is that the book makes it sound like most business problems can be solved with the right metaphor. I think he was only able to do this because business acumen flowed through his veins, though. Gordon MacKenzie probably had that too, but he kind of sweeps that under the rug. Sep 25, Jeremy rated it it was ok Shelves: This book was entertaining but I didn't find it very practically useful.
The very creative artist captivates the reader with colorful illustration, analogies, and anecdotes from his 30 years at Hallmark.
Typically, the teaching moment comes with one or two sentences at the end of each mini-chapter. Most consist of basic principles that we all know, and absent of any practical suggestions of application beyond his own life stories, which are definitely unique enough to be unrepeatable.
One chapter This book was entertaining but I didn't find it very practically useful. One chapter is one sentence: I get the point, but what do you do with that? This is one of those books that most people read and say, man that was awesome and creative, not realizing that you only walked away with about three practical ideas.
But it is a fun read, if that's what you're looking for. May 19, Jim Dooley rated it it was amazing. This is an essential book for the creative soul functioning in the corporate world. It is quite literally a survival guide consisting of the most gentle, humorous and down-to-earth stories almost fables that enhance understanding while they entertain.
Even the layout of the book transcends the anticipated format of such a work. I laughed out loud many times, and I've kept it within easy reach to find meaning in business decisions that I don't always understand. Those with an artistic temperamen This is an essential book for the creative soul functioning in the corporate world. Those with an artistic temperament CAN make it in corporate society. You just have to be careful not to skid too far out of orbit when you're establishing your path.
This one had a profound impact on me, and I highly recommend it to those who feel a little out of step with what's going on May 29, Matt Soderstrum rated it it was amazing. I found this book very entertaining and incredibly thought provoking.
Mackenzie writes about creativity - specifically creativity within the confines of the corporate world.
Truly, the format of this book is one of the most creative expressions I have ever read. This book really causes one to question the rules and systems we have in place in our world.
These rules and systems stifle creativity - or at least make it difficult. Mackenzie closes his book with the following: One unlike any that has ever been created, or ever will be. And remember: If you go to your grave without painting your masterpiece, it will not get painted.
No one else can paint it. Only you. What is your masterpiece? Let's get painting! Oct 07, Lisa Dowell rated it it was amazing. This book, not only is this a funny, engaging and creative book - it really does paint an accurate picture of the challenge many face in attempting to create and drive change in a giant organizational "hairball".
It serves as a guide in finding ones niche within an organization -without sacrificing your soul- in a way that can lead to success and happiness at work the "orbiting" part. Apr 25, Steven Burke rated it it was amazing. This is a fantastic read for anyone who leads or manages. I would also recommend this for anyone who is trapped in the perverbial corporate hairball.
Jun 27, Emily Duchon rated it it was amazing Shelves: Nov 16, Michael Mullady rated it really liked it. Different and fun, the drawings were good, but at times distracting. The total story was spot on and provided good examples. May 15, Kellie rated it really liked it Shelves: Some of it was just meh, but some of it was really good. A quick, easy read that can provide some good insight. Mar 30, Daniel rated it really liked it. Aug 28, Earl Grey Tea rated it liked it Shelves: This book presently surprised me since I came into it with reserved expectations.
I was able to appreciate the idea of a corporation being a hairball of static culture with truly creative people being in orbit around it. The benefit of this relationship is that the imaginative employees are able to contribute in new ways to the goals of the company while being able to use the organization's resources.
Being too close to the firm leads to conformity overriding creativity; exiting the orbits resul This book presently surprised me since I came into it with reserved expectations. Being too close to the firm leads to conformity overriding creativity; exiting the orbits results in ideas not contributing to the company and loosing their support. The author shared quite a few of his experiences of working for Hallmark and the conferences he spoke at to explain how he lives his philosophy of creativity in the workplace.
I was able to get some ideas on how to improve myself and creativity, but I would not go so far as to emulate his eccentricities at my job. I don't think anyone in management would appreciate me hanging a technicolor chair with wings at an angle over my cube.
While many of his stories share deeper insights into how a person can help their inner creativity resurface, I think his story of getting stuck climbing down the cliffs overlooking beaches of San Diego was counterproductive to his message. Instead of internalizing the lesson of knowing when to ask for help when you are stuck, I found the true moral of the story was that there is a good reason why the signs of "No Trespassing" and "Stay Back" are located at the top of a cliff.
With the book costing over twenty dollars, I wouldn't really recommend going out and downloading it. If you saw it at the library or a garage sale, a few bucks would be worth being able to peer into the mind of Gordon MacKenzie. Jan 22, Marie rated it it was amazing Shelves: Well, this was a pleasant surprise! My copy doesn't have the title on the front.
It has a lovely clothboard cover stamped with a giant hairball imprint with a black leather spine and bright red ribbon page marker. Once it drew my eye in the library Book Sale, I picked it up. The front and back endpapers are pieces of burlap!
There were doodles on every page!
Entire sections were handwritten! One chapter, near the end, was even handwritten Well, this was a pleasant surprise! One chapter, near the end, was even handwritten on yellow legal paper while the rest of the book was on a thick-ish regular white paper.
I knew I had to read it. I found the title and author on page four and jumped right in.
Turns out it's a management styles nonfiction book! The author worked his way up and down and all around within Hallmark's corporate machine for 30 years, and shares his wisdom and insight in Orbiting the Giant Hairball. I found many pearls of wisdom to help me in my own career.
Being a short read, I really can't recommend it highly enough to those in management or those aspiring to management. The author presents his insights through a series of essays, with each chapter being pretty much standalone.
However, it wasn't weird to read straight through, either. Each story is infused with grace and humor and doodles and I loved it. Mar 24, Erika rated it it was amazing Shelves: This is a really great book for people who have a hard time being employees and fitting into other people's boxes. It helps you step back and think about how you can fit in, how you can be different, and how you can separate yourself while still getting your work done.
It is an important skill set, especially for creative people, and I really enjoyed the author's perspective on the workplace, his strengths and shortcomings, and the strengths of people who are better able to follow the strict pat This is a really great book for people who have a hard time being employees and fitting into other people's boxes. It is an important skill set, especially for creative people, and I really enjoyed the author's perspective on the workplace, his strengths and shortcomings, and the strengths of people who are better able to follow the strict paths of beauracracy without falling down the rabbit hole.
My favorite andecdote is about a time when he designed a special creative space for his team, who drew greeting cards. They all got beautiful vintage desks, which actually cost less in total than a normal office cube.
However, the beauracrats could not understand how they could justify spending money on non-guideline materials. While the author's blood boiled, his colleauge quickly and calmly suggested that the vintage pieces be marked down as art investments by the company.
This satisfied the beauractratic need for reasoning beyond mere pleasure while also allowing the art department to keep the gorgeous workspace. He was shocked by how far apart he and the beauracrat had seemed, only to be brought together again by another perspective. Both beauracracy and freedom can be true if they work together.
Jun 05, Julia rated it it was amazing. This should be required reading for all college students before they graduate. It's so helpful, especially for the students earning a BA or BFA or for students pushed into more standard degrees whose hearts pined for a BFA or BA, that those students should prove somehow that they've read and absorbed many of this book's pearls of wisdom before they're awarded their degree.
Orbiting the Giant Hairball is a great resource for navigating the corporate world without sacrificing your creativity. This This should be required reading for all college students before they graduate. This book should spur on independent thought for how you can use your creativity as the gift it is instead of viewing it through corporate lenses as a burden.
This book, though petite, is a dense read. I think it's intended to be read a chapter a day maximum, then thought about or discussed with someone else, then digested before reading another chapter. You might find yourself thinking Hallmark is a great place to work, but some of the magic would be in timing your employment with Gordon MacKenzie's. Since most people reading this will be arts-minded like me, I would have liked to see pictures of some of the corporate art he mentioned in the book.
For as wonderful as this book was, the last 3 chapters dragged a little. It was a bummer since so much of the book was amazing. But I still heartily recommend it with that little caveat.
Mar 25, Reza Lotun rated it it was amazing. Takeaways from this book: To be able to make a difference in a large organization requires balance between the process and norms of the organization and finding your own path leveraging your unique talents and perspective.
Creativity in all its messy non-systematic forms can bear lots of fruit when applied to your orbit.
Intentional shake up of a Takeaways from this book: