Reading lists LO13444

Mark L. Peal (
Fri, 02 May 1997 15:25:53 -0400

Replying to LO13400 --

Thanks, Deanna, for mentioning Gordon MacKenzie. I've heard him speak
twice, and he's a captivating individual. When he worked at Hallmark
Cards, he fashioned for himself a position of Creative Paradox, kind of a
corporate Merlin. No one knew what being a Creative Paradox meant, so
everyone assumed he was very powerful.

Rick, to answer your question, MacKenzie's narratives are rich in imagery.
"Orbiting a giant hairball" is his way of describing a good working
relationship with the org. you work for. The org. has its ganglia of
traditions and expectations, an entangled hairball of stuff. You have a
personal creative energy that can help the company, but the hairball will
try to pull you into it. MacKenzie argues for maintaining a dynamic
push/pull that keeps you close to the hairball, but far enough away so
that creativity and originality can thrive.

Mark Peal
Massachusetts Medical Society, Waltham, Mass., USA
"We're all chunks in the same chowder."


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