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Speckled with Phil’s awesome drawings, this longish read is worth every word!
I’m the last person to cozy up with a self-help book, but last week a friend recommended Orbiting the Giant Hairball: A Corporate Fool’s Guide to Surviving with Grace, by Gordon MacKenzie. I finished it in one sitting (not because it’s short, but because it’s great).
MacKenzie was Hallmark’s “self-stylized holy man with the title of Creative Paradox” and the founder of their Humor Workshop. In the book he shares lively anecdotes from his long career there, and finds lessons for us creative types afraid of having the spark of genius squelched by stolid corporate bureaucracies (aka hairballs).
If you have a job in the creative branch of an enormous corporation (like Hallmark, or Disney, or EA), you need to read this, and better yet, buy it for your corporate superiors this holiday season.