Every now and then I read a book, a real book not on my Kindle, that is as fun to read as it is insightful. This book, Orbiting the Giant Hairball: A Corporate Fool’s Guide to Surviving with Grace, is one such book. It’s old by today’s “I want the latest and newest information” standard, 1996, but the story is timeless: how do you survive the corporation (Hairball). Well, you Orbit: find a place of balance where you benefit from the physical, intellectual and philosophical resources of the organization without becoming entombed in the bureaucracy of the institution. That is called orbiting the hairball. It’s not a process for everyone; But if you choose, what a trip. This doesn’t imply you won’t like your organization. This is where you achieve Orbit:
finding the personal courage to be genuine and to take the best course of action to get the job done rather than following the pallid path of corporate appropriateness.
This is the ultimate intrapreneur.
You must invest enough individuality to counteract the pull of Corporate Gravity, but not so much that you escape that pull altogether. Just enough to stay out of the Hairball.
And in the vast stratosphere around the Hairball, you can tap the ability to create
to bring into existence from nothing an original concept.