Saturday, April 10, 2010

"It Must Be About Cats, Since It Has the Word 'Hairball' in the Title"

That is what the librarian said when I asked about a book with an interesting cover displayed on the sale shelf behind the check-out desk. Well, I certainly like cats. And I really liked the cover of the book. And I had a dollar, so I bought it. And I'm really glad I did!

In fact, the book isn't about cats, at all. It is about creativity in organizations. The author, Gordon MacKenzie, uses the term "hairball" as a metaphor for the organization itself - a "tangled, impenetrable mass" that stifles creativity. He writes about how to awaken or reawaken creative genius in organizational settings.

The name of the book is Orbiting The Giant Hairball and is full of inspirational illustrations like these:


  1. Annie, charming, playful illustrations!

  2. Hi Iris, How are you? I hope you are doing well! New art these days? I'll check out your site.

  3. Well worth it for the title and the illustrations.

    That's how I choose wine :)

  4. I always knew you had good decision-making skills...