On Creativity: Book Review “Orbiting the Giant Hairball”


Transition Consciousness

Orbiting the Giant HairballI think it may have been Jan Höglund who mentioned the late Gordon MacKenzie’s Orbiting the Giant Hairball on Twitter. Lusciously illustrated throughout by the person who would end the last three years of a thirty year career at Hallmark Cards with the title of Creative Paradox, we find an extremely readable treatise on creativity and how to embrace rather than smother it in the corporate world.

Orbiting the Giant Hairball

MacKenzie uses the metaphor of the hairball to describe bureaucratic corporate life; policy, procedure, conformity, compliance, rigidity and submission to the status quo. Orbiting on the other hand relates to originality, rules-breaking, non-conformity, experimentation and innovation. The challenge therefore is how to continue life as a renegade creative within an organisation while remaining “connected to the the spirit of the corporate mission” and without becoming “entombed int he bureaucracy of the organisation.”

Thus the book in its own whimsical but illuminating manner shines…

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