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

By Gordon Mac Kenzie
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.


NEWS & OPINION: Our Response to BusinessWeek

Posted February 9, 2009, 3:32 AM with category of Management & Workplace Culture
There are only a few people in the media who know business books as well as Jack and I. Hardy Green, an associate editor at BusinessWeek, is one of those people. We met with Hardy in New York two weeks ago and he quickly commenced with critiquing our selections for The 100 Best. Read more

NEWS & OPINION: Orbiting the Giant Hairball in Song

Posted April 18, 2007, 7:33 PM with category of Management & Workplace Culture
I remember far too well my college classes and assignments. Some could be a bit crazy. We did one presentation in a soap opera, drama style and another through a photo montage. Read more

STAFF PICKS: Whatever You Think Review by Rob Marsh

Posted May 31, 2006, 2:30 PM with category of Management & Workplace Culture
Review of Whatever You Think, Think the Opposite By Paul Arden, Penguin, April 2006 Paul Ardens latest book, Whatever You Think, Think The Opposite, is the kind of book I want to like. Its written by a former Creative Director at Saatchi & Saatchi. It features lots of pictures and short bursts of thought. Read more

NEWS & OPINION: Innovation in BusinessWeek SmallBiz

Posted April 18, 2006, 2:38 PM with category of Innovation & Creativity
I don't know if your parents are like this, but my mom always sends a bag of stuff home with me whenever I visit. Most of the time, it is magazines she has finished reading (when I was in college, she would fill out all of those offers where you send in three proofs of purchase to get some free t-shirt and put my dorm address as the send-to). In this week's bag was the Spring 2006 edition of BusinessWeek SmallBiz. Read more

NEWS & OPINION: The Play List

Posted October 27, 2005, 8:06 PM with category of Management & Workplace Culture
I found a gem locked away in my email this morning. Our friend Kevin Carroll sent me a list of the books he gives out at his seminars. It is a great list. Read more


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Publisher Penguin Putnam
Publish date 04/01/1998
Pages 224
ISBN-13 9780670879830
ISBN-10 0670879835
Language English

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