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Orbiting the Giant Hairball by Gordon MacKenzie
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Oct 23, 2009

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bookshelves: memoirs, non-fiction, business, self-help

Written by a former bearer of the title "Corporate Paradox" at Hallmark cards, this book tries to help people find the balance between tradition and innovation at the workplace. The Hairball is the mass of rules, regulations, history, and corporate traditions that organizations turn to in decision-making. It is useful and necessary, but working within it can be hard for creative types. So, MacKenzie suggests creating orbits around the hairball, so that you can take advantage of it's solidity while still seeking your exploratory fancy. It would be even better if he offered anything more concrete than that to explain his vision (although that might muddle his point). As it is, all his anecdotes tend to be "here is a breakthrough point that I made that no-one has adopted." If you like your business self-help to be a bit new-agey and mostly untested, this is the book for you.

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