I have worked at “big companies” all my life.
First Merrill Lynch & Co, then CBS MarketWatch (while a smallish company, it was still controlled by large media and their vested interests), then Dow Jones and finally now Time Warner. Despite working at these behemoths, I have always searched for small areas where I could “act like a renegade” at work.
I have always strived to keep a “start up” mentality, challenge the status quo, work to overthrow group think, etc. While its debatable I was ever successful at such folly, it does keep me feeling excited about work in that I can sometimes, in my own small way, make a small difference and infuse my own little cultural syringe into large corporate structures. Up till now, all the management books I have read on how to not become the establishment, while working for established entities have left me high and dry. Until I came along this little ditty.
“Rules for Renegades” by Christine Comaford-Lynch is one of those little gems that almost convinces you that you can create your own illusion, build power and lead with positive mojo. Alot of little examples from her life that are both inspiring and “self help” in a bullet point format.
Fun, a little quixotic but also an elixir for the those who love working for the big companies but who aspire to move more mountains and get product to market quicker.