“cultural transformation”: what gapingvoid wants to do when it grows up…

[The "Cube Grenade" I did for Shit Creek Consulting etc.]

So long after you leave college, you keep asking yourself the question, “What do I want to do when I grow up?”

And to help you answer the question, you try out a whole string of different things. Working in an office. Working outdoors. Going to law school. Starting your own coffee shop. Freelance. Consulting. Writing books…

And hopefully, after a few years (or decades) of trial and error, hopefully you end up with your answer.

I think I’m finally ready to answer my own question, “What do I want to do when I grow up?”

The answer is, of course, creating “Cube Grenades”.

Sure, they’re great social objects, but to me they have another purpose: They’re good tools for a  company trying to engage in what’s called “Cultural Transformation”.

[The one that started it all: "The Blue Monster". Backstory here etc.]

You change markets in your favor by changing the culture- either you own or the culture of the industry you’re in. In my world, that’s where the REAL opportunity lies.

That’s the change I want to help affect. That’s where I think my cartoons can be the most useful and valuable.

Always happy to talk further about it with people maybe wanting to do business. Feel free to ping me whenever. Thanks…

Comments

  1. “You change markets in your favor by changing the culture- either you own or the culture of the industry you’re in. In my world, that’s where the REAL opportunity lies.”

    I love that quote. I think it is true but you also have to have the courage to stand up and take charge. I guess that is what makes change. You are true to yourself and are confident in yourself enough to be the linchpin.

  2. So the company itself is like a “cube” within its industry. Interesting. Agree on changing the culture, but it can be a bit of a spiritual mission. On the other hand, it’s where all the fun lies, of course :-)

  3. Oy,
    you forgot the early-early “Here’s 30 Megs. Now go run Germany.” :)

    Still proudly kickstarting discussions with that!

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