Orville Wright Did Not Have a Pilot’s License


So declares Gordon MacKenzie; the title of this post is the entirety of Chapter 19 in his short, illustrated, and wonderful book, Orbiting the Giant Hairball. The titular “Hairball” is the modern corporation, with “Orbiting” being his suggested technique for surviving employment by one. His advice, gained from three decades at Hallmark? Keep a measured distance from the bureaucratic tangle that defines most companies, and do so by taking some risks and striving for originality. Hence his citing of the unlicensed Mr. Wright.

Thanks to Bob Sutton for turning me on to this great book, worthy of buying for the illustrations alone.

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