Career Hierarchy

[Originally sent out in the newsletter etc.] I don’t know about you, but it took me twenty years to get from the bottom to the top of the pyramid. And I don’t think that’s outrageously long compared to most people, I really don’t. Was it worth it? I don’t know, is being alive worth it? […]

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are we hardwired to hierarchy?

One of the main arguments we use to rationalize moronic and soul-destroying hierarchies in our workplace is that we’re biologically programmed that way i.e. it is in our genetic makeup to create moronic, soul-destroying “tree structure” hierarchies, and to organize things accordingly. “It is scientificly determined that I be moronic and souless” etc. As a […]

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from hierarchy to wirearchy

A real gem from Jon Husband from last June: From Hierarchy to Wirearchy: Overview What do you do as a leader

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hierarchy vs flow

[NOTE TO SELF:] The market is for “Flow” is larger than the market for “Hierarchy”. Rock on.

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company hierarchy

Zappos is forcing new job candidates to join its own social network

[Buy the print etc.] From The Verge: That résumé you’ve been laboring on won’t get you very far at Zappos. The online shoe retailer owned by Amazon has completely done away with traditional job postings. Instead, hopeful candidates will need to sign up for Zappos Insider, a makeshift social network where they’ll be able to […]

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Show Guide

“The Art of the Entrepreneur”  The journey of the entrepreneur is a roller-coaster ride of emotions.  The images in this show represent 21 emotions that we believe encapsulate the entrepreneurial cycle.  This guide will help you match the images you see with the emotions every entrepreneur will feel… Enjoy! THE EMOTIONS DISSATISFACTION FAILURE MEDIOCRITY FEAR, […]

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“You have to love them every day, even if they don’t buy from you every day.”

Thanks so much to Vivek Haldar for his fantastic testimonial for our new line of gapingvoid laptop stickers, which I’m quoting in full, below [Photo- Vivek’s laptop.]: I’ve been a fan of Hugh MacLeod’s work since the early 2000s, back when he was actually making cartoons on the backs of business cards and putting them up on […]

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“How To Make The Internet Squeal Like A Pig”

[Babson President Len Schlesinger making the intro…] Last Saturday my business parter, Jason Korman and I gave a wee Q&A talk up at Babson College entitled, “How To Make The Internet Squeal Like A Pig”, as part of their tenth annual Babson Enterprise Forum. Below are the rough notes/transcription, with Jason asking the questions and […]

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“The Market For A Scotch To Believe In Is Infinite”

[One of the Dewars drawings I did while attending TED Global etc.] [Today’s guest post is by Jason Korman, my business partner since 2005, and CEO of gapingvoid] “The Market For a Scotch to believe in is Infinite” There are millions of cases at stake for the guys who get the messaging right.   We’ve […]

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Hugh MacLeod is a genius.  Genius.

Seth Godin
Best Selling Author

His work acknowledges the absurdity of workaday life, while also encouraging employees to respond with passion, creativity, and non-conformity...   MacLeod’s work is undeniably an improvement over the office schlock of yore. At its best, it’s more honest, and more cognizant of the entrepreneurial psyche, while still retaining some idealism.

The New Republic
Lydia Depillis

Last year my State of the College address was 76 slides loaded with data. This year it was 14 cartoons that were substantially more memorable.

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Former President, Babson College

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Tony Hsieh
CEO, Zappos

In moments of indecision I glance at the wall [to Hugh's work] for guidance.

Brian Clark
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