Interview with Hugh MacLeod Author of Evil Plans


Hugh MacLeod I first stumbled on this dude Hugh MacLeod from gapingvoid, when I stepped into blogging in 2004. Back in the day he was posting his creative, snarky, edgy cartoons about blogs and this new way to conduct business.

These days he's still posting creative, edgy cartoons about blogs, social media and a new way to conduct business. However, today, one might call Hugh MacLeod a poster child of social media success with consulting gigs, books and art sales. 

His last book, Evil Plans, is a quick trip .. 192 pages, on unifying work and love. How do you manage that ... with an evil plan of course! In his exclusive interview for Diva Marketing, Hugh gives us his insights on how to infuse creativity in your life .. and what he would do on his last day on earth.

Everybody needs an EVIL PLAN. Everybody needs that crazy, out-there idea that allows them to ACTUALLY start doing something they love, doing something that matters. - Hugh MacLeod  Evil plans book

Diva Marketing/Toby: In the intro you talk about the importance of integrating work with love... or loving the work you do. As in your life, to achieve that is often a step-by-step process.

At the end of the day bills must be paid and doggies fed. What can you tell those people who are at the beginning of that trail? How can you be true to yourself while involved in a work environment where “love” is not part of the equation?

Hugh MacLeod: Work like hell and keep at it. It isn't going to happen overnight. There is no one single answer; there is only the learning process.

Diva Marketing/Toby: What you describe as “Welcome The Hunger” might be thought of as finding your passion or as my friend Alf Nucifora says fire in the belly. As a guy with artist talent, you are one of the lucky people to have found that early in your career. Any clues to pass along to those who are still searching .. or are they doomed to live a milquetoast life?

Hugh MacLeod: Nobody is doomed to live a milquetoast life. It's just a question of making the decision not to do so. Free will doesn't exist until one first takes responsibility for one's own experience.

Diva Marketing/Toby: You, along with Seth Godin, believe that to be successful, in a work situation, you must be a part of something bigger than you that goes beyond the product category you represent in the marketplace. Zappos does a great job with giving their employees a story that is more than just shoes. How can an organization bring this concept into play?

Hugh MacLeod: How can an organization can bring this concept into play? By understanding that this is not a concept, this is a reality. "Insanely great customer service" wasn't a Zappos idea to be sold internally, it was just something they did naturally. The concept came after the fact.

Diva Marketing/Toby: I love your idea of Make art every day. For the non artists in the room, how do you define creativity in business, especially in a B2B arena?

Hugh MacLeod: Creativity in business is the same as creativity anywhere else. It's what we human beings are born to do. Separating the rules of business from everything else is a false distinction, so why do we make it? Because we think it makes us sound more impressive to our peers. That is a mistake.

Diva Marketing/Toby: Hugh, I’ve been following your work from the beginning of my life in social media when it was called “blogs.” I’ve seen how you’ve parlayed your art and talents into an amazing business.

Although very definitely edgy, I’ve also noticed that your work in 2011 is different than in 2004. It’s kinder and gentler. What’s different about Hugh MacLeod from 7 years ago that brought about the change?

Hugh MacLeod: I just got older. And more successful. And less angry as a result. People change. People mellow.

Diva Marketing/Toby: Let’s wrap this up with one last question - If this were the last day of Hugh MacLeod’s life what would he do?

Hugh MacLeod _ remember who you are _ gaping void cartoon Hugh MacLeod: I would probably try JUST ONE LAST TIME to draw a half-decent cartoon. That's what I was put on this earth to do. Just because it's my last day on earth, doesn't mean that reality has changed :D 




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Great highlights on some great blogs! Thanks for all the new reading material!!!

Posted by: Indianapolis Dealerships on Apr 26, 2011 11:16:01 PM

Sounds like an interesting book, will definitely have to check it out.

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Posted by: KMar81 on Apr 27, 2011 1:31:21 PM

U r born to be a Cartoonist.
Hats off to u.

Posted by: jennilia on Apr 28, 2011 5:22:58 AM

I'm very interested in checking out these books! Thanks for the great info!

Posted by: PPC Account Management on May 3, 2011 7:17:07 PM

Thanks for the great interview looking forward to checking out Evil Plans.

Posted by: FHA DE Certification on Jul 2, 2011 10:25:04 AM

Sounds like a great book. Figuring out what you love to do is important, this sounds like a great book to help people on their journey.

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