April 18, 2007

News & Opinion: Orbiting the Giant Hairball in Song

By: Dylan Schleicher @ 7:33 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

I remember far too well my college classes and assignments. Some could be a bit crazy. We did one presentation in a soap opera, drama style and another through a photo montage. So I can appreciate Bob Sutton's homework assignment. He recently co-taught a Stanford class--Innovation and Implementation in Large Organizations. One of the books they read was Orbiting the Giant Hairball (love this book). The final assignment was to create a video depiction of what they learned.
From those instructions and a little help from Gordon MacKenzie, Gus--one singing sensation of a student--produced this piano piece and song. Feel free to sing along with the chorus: "my organization has turned into a hairball...I need to get back to orbit." La di da di da.
Bob: Is there a free spot in your next class?

About Dylan Schleicher

Dylan Schleicher has been a part of the 800-CEO-READ claque since 2003. Even though he's stayed on at the company, he has not stayed put. After beginning in shipping & receiving, he joined customer service and accounting before moving into his current, highly elliptical orbit of duties overseeing the ChangeThis and In the Books websites, the company's annual review of books and in-house design. He lives with his wife and two children in the Washington Heights neighborhood on Milwaukee's West Side.