Here are a couple of links to books that appeal to the nerd in me. Luke Wroblewski links to Orbiting the Giant Hairball, a survival book for creatives in corporate offices and on committees everywhere. First:
A concrete world where precedents take precedence is a reality more toa Hairball’s [corporation’s] liking. A world honey-combed with the established guidelines, techniques, methodologies, systems, and equations that are the heart of a Hairball’s gravity.
The statement that convinced Woz to leave HP to start Apple (uttered by Allen Baum) was, 'You can be an engineer and become a manager and get rich, or you can be an engineer and stay an engineer and get rich.'
The creative subtext to both is the courage to fly - and a willingness to crash and burn. I think it's a package deal. I think I'm getting there.