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Home > Blog > Today's Thought: Finding Your Passion Inside the Corporate Hairball
Out of Our Minds
Monday, December 27, 2004 11:31 AM
Today's Thought: Finding Your Passion Inside the Corporate Hairball
Anita Sharpe on Passionate Work

hairball.jpg'If you are hypnotized by an organization's culture, you become separated from your personal magic and cannot tap it to help achieve the goals of the organization. In losing connection with your one-of-a-kind magic, you are reduced to nothing more than part of the headcount. Deep inside the Hairball.

'So, whenever you feel your head being pushed down onto an organization's cultural chalk line, remember that the challenge is to move out of the way, to choose not to be mesmerized by the culture of the company. Instead, find the goals of the organization that touch your heart and release your passion to follow those goals.

'It is a delicate balance, resisting the hypnotic spell of an organization's culture and, at the same time, remaining committed from the heart to the personally relevant goals of the organization. But if you can achieve that balance and maintain it, you will be out of the Hairball and into the Orbit, the only place where you can tap your one-of-a-kind magic, your genius, your limitless creativity.' -- Gordon MacKenzie (from Orbiting the Giant Hairball)


2 comments

Eben Carlson - 1/4/2005 2:17:27 PM
Hi Anita--great stuff. I just saw the mag in B&N and like it a lot. You may be interested in my blog www.ebencarlson.com--it's all about love and money. How we get from here to there personally, institutionally and governmentally. Happy New Year!
Troy Worman - 12/31/2004 5:02:28 PM
If you haven't read Orbiting the Giant Hairball by Gordon MacKenzie, treat yourself! This is the book--along with Tom Peters' Brand You 50--inspired Orbit Now (http://troyworman.blogspot.com/)

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