Orbiting the Giant Hairball

Orbiting the Giant Hairball : A Corporate Fool's Guide to Surviving with Grace

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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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Product details

  • Hardback | 224 pages
  • 131 x 185 x 19mm | 318g
  • Viking/Allen Lane
  • Hawthorn, Australia
  • English
  • 0670879835
  • 9780670879830
  • 58,379

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Gordon MacKenzie worked at Hallmark Cards for thirty years, where he inspired 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 lessons on awakening and fostering creative genius. He teaches how to emerge from the "giant hairball" - that tangled, impenetrable mass of rules, and systems, based on what worked in the past and which can lead to mediocrity in the present.
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About Gordon MacKenzie

Gordon MacKenzie is an artist and cartoonist. After working for Hallmark Cards, he started to give workshops and tutorials centered on maintaining creativity in the corporate world. His workshops were further developed into his book Orbiting the Giant Hairball: A Corporate Fool's Guide to Surviving with Grace. He lives in Kansas.
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4,063 ratings
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4 31% (1,263)
3 18% (721)
2 5% (215)
1 2% (92)

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Gordon MacKenzie was one crazy guy. Amazing that he managed to stay sane in the one workplace for 30 years ... not to mention keep his job. Clearly indispensable, and fortunately recognised. The value Gordon contributed to Hallmark is surely immense and immeasurable. While I would never dream of setting up a darkened office with candles and weird artefacts, I could relate to his stories. We are so lucky he managed to get this book finished and published just 18 months before he passed away. It is a true gem.show more
by Nathanael Coyne
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