A few weeks ago, on of the directors of our division gave me a book that he thought I’d enjoy. He asked me to read it and give him feedback. He also said, “apparently people really love it or hate it – engineers hate it.” Well, if that isn’t motivation, what is?
So, book in hand I got on my flight across the country to my brother’s wedding.
And, I loved the book!
It is called “Orbiting the Giant Hairball” by Gordon MacKenzie.
It is about a creative guy that worked at Hallmark for MANY years. But, he moved around a lot and started a lot of great things within the company – an intrapreneur.
However, this book offers great ideas on taking action if you are an entrepreneur as well.
As an example, Gordon (the author), moved with a small group to a new work area. Instead of defaulting to the same desks and a Dilbert type cube farm, he asked for something different – to find furniture at thrift and antique stores.
After the “not sures” and the “you can’t do that” people died down, the right person gave him permission to move forward.
Each person ended up with their own unique desk, decorations and lighting.
The cost? A little less than if they had created a cube farm.
The cost for the employees? What is the MasterCard ad? – Priceless! They were motivated, they were focused, they were creative and ….other divisions wanted to do it too.
The creativity cost less than the typical model and productivity went up.
Gordon shares this story, and many others, in a creative array of book pages – some are plain, some have little doodles, and others are just plain written like they are a sheet of notebook paper. So, the guy practices what he preaches on creativity.
When you get a chance, buy a copy on Amazon.
Excerpt from the Table of Contents
P.S. Guess I’m not an engineer. (-: