My boss let me borrow this book:
Orbiting the Giant Hairball, by Gordon MacKenzie. I’ve been working through it little by little, and will hopefully finish today. Please run out at your earliest convenience and buy a copy for any creative professional in your life. (such a funny title: creative professional…)
Orbiting is responsible creativity: vigorously exploring and operating beyond the Hairball of the corporate mind set, beyond “accepted models, patterns, or standards”–all the while remaining connected to the spirit of the corporate mission.
To find Orbit around a corporate Hairball is to find a place of balance where you benefit from the physical, intellectual and philosophical resources of the organization without becoming entombed in the bureaucracy of the institution.
This book, written by a former Hallmark exec, is full of good notions on how to stay creative in the corporate world. It’s music to the ears of anyone who’s seen an idea get watered down, chewed up and spit out by committee. (Oh these things happen.)
The first lines I read today were these from our good friend W.S.
Isn’t it just a dip in the pool for your mind?
The poet’s eye, in a fine frenzy rolling,
Doth glance from heaven to earth, from earth to heaven;
And, as imagination bodies forth
The forms of things unkown, the poet’s pen
Turns them to shapes, and gives to airy nothing
A local habitation and a name.
–Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream