Wednesday, December 25, 2019

What makes Pixar special - Ed Catmull shares a few secrets

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Pixar, an amazing source of creative inspiration to me, has dominated the modern animation world, and is a hub of creative success where some of the most successful films in history are made.

Ed Catmull, co-founder & president of Pixar shares what he thinks makes Pixar special in his book Creativity, Inc. -- 

“What makes Pixar special is that we acknowledge we will always have problems, many of them hidden from our view; that we work hard to uncover these problems, even if doing so means making ourselves uncomfortable; and that, when we come across a problem, we marshal all of our energies to solve it. This, more than any elaborate party or turreted workstation, is why I love coming to work in the morning. It is what motivates me and gives me a definite sense of mission.”


Here're 4 lessons: 
  1. If you give a good idea to a mediocre team, they will screw it up. If you give a mediocre idea to a brilliant team, they will either fix it or throw it away and come up with something better.
  2. Getting the right people and the right chemistry is more important than getting the right idea.
  3. The goal was to hire people smarter and more qualified than him. This takes leaders who are humble enough to admit when they might be outclassed by those reporting to them. The best workers lead to better work and better outcomes.
  4. If you don’t strive to uncover what is unseen and understand it’s nature, you will be ill prepared to lead.
  5. It is not the manager’s job to prevent risks. It is the manager’s job to make it safe for others to take them.
  6. A company’s communication structure should not mirror its organizational structure. Everybody should be able to talk to anybody.

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