“Human beings will ALWAYS copy what they perceive to be successful behavior.”

[Buy the print.] This cartoon went out this morning in the Daily Cartoon. I originally drew it to celebrate the latest book of one of my favorite business thinkers, my friend, Mark Earls. I can safely say that Mark is one of the VERY few marketing writers that really changed my life, back in the […]

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“Business is not about making money, business is about the human condition, and the meaning we get (and give) from being alive.”

  I drew this “Market for something to believe in” cartoon in 2004, sitting at a bar, at the end of a crappy day at my equally crappy day job. It went on to be called “The Hughtrain”, named after The Hughtrain Manifesto it eventually inspired. I consider this cartoon my biggest A-ha! breakthrough moment […]

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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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“The place where cartoons work the best: Within the cracks that we try hardest to conceal.”

L. wrote me a nice email about the Daily Cartoon above: Dear Hugh, If I understand the message of this piece of art, I strongly object to it.  All that live here are connected– life connects us all and environment. Even animals have feelings, certainly all human beings have the same.  There is too much […]

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The Real Class Divide

Economic Inequality is the big news story these days. Whether we’re talking about Occupy Wall Street, the Google Bus protests, the high rents in New York, gentrification, the stagnation of middle class incomes, Mark Zuckerberg’s net worth or whatever. I suppose all that is cause for concern, but to me, it’s a pretty transient inequality. […]

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The Toppel Collection Art & Cocktail Evening

[May 20th cocktail evening details here] Probably the most stunning example of the work we do here at gapingvoid is here in Miami, the “Hughseum” we set up at the Toppel Career Center at the University of Miami, just down the road. It’s using gapingvoid art EXACTLY the way it was intended, there to motivate […]

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Tom Malone’s “Age of Hyperspecialization”

The Future Of Work 2.0 From The Harvard Business Review, July 2011: “Tom Malone, professor at the MIT Sloan School of Management and author of the HBR article The Age of Hyperspecialization, explains why breaking jobs into tiny pieces yields better, faster, cheaper work—and greater flexibility for employees.” I like the way Professor Malone cuts […]

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Culture Shifting: America’s next big industry?

This is how I see it. And it isn’t rocket science: 1. If you want to change your business, you also have to change your culture. If you want to change your culture, you also have to change your behaviors. 2. To do that, you embrace “Culture Shifting”. I had a big moment of clarity […]

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Capitalism won’t be replaced with Socialism, but with something far more trippy

Everybody and their mother has been predicting the death of capitalism for the last couple of years, ever since the bankers screwed eveything up etc. That might be true, it probably isn’t. But even if it capitalism were to bite the dust, it doesn’t mean socialism will take its place. I imagine something else would […]

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How to affect corporate culture in a meaningful way

[Untitled drawing from 2003 etc.] [N.B. Harold has a new book out, “Seeking Perpetual Beta”.] So I wrote a wee note to one of my favorite “Culture” thinkers these days, Harold Jarche: Speaking of the ever-changing nature of work… 1. Culture is a HUGE issue for business now. 2. Most CEOs don’t have a frickin’ […]

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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.

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