Creativity, Inc

Creativity, Inc

Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration

Book - 2014
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"Creativity, Inc. is a book for managers who want to lead their employees to new heights, a manual for anyone who strives for originality, and the first-ever, all-access trip into the nerve center of Pixar Animation--into the meetings, postmortems, and 'Braintrust' sessions where some of the most successful films in history are made. It is, at heart, a book about how to build a creative culture--but it is also, as Pixar co-founder and president Ed Catmull writes, 'an expression of the ideas that I believe make the best in us possible.'"--From publisher.
Publisher: Toronto : Random House Canada, 2014
ISBN: 9780307361172
Characteristics: xvi, 340 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Wallace, Amy 1962-

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SusyHendrix
Feb 13, 2019

I enjoyed this a lot! It was cool seeing the way Pixar developed over time.

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ooppii
Jan 06, 2019

Started out quite interesting and then it became a little tedious about halfway. I might borrow it again and give it another try to finish the book. Nothing really exceptional; just mildly interesting.

mdaguann Sep 18, 2015

Easy and inspiring read about a company that faced the ropes and came out on top with the help of some excellent leadership and candor

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StarGladiator
Jun 29, 2015

One simple question to both commenters: Do either of you know how many jobs Pixar has offshored? How much animation work is produced in China for Pixar?

Mykeylynx Nov 03, 2014

Creativity, Inc. by Ed Catmull
A book:
About the start of Pixar, it’s culture, the failures and success.

My take away:
Transparency candor (the quality of being open and honest in expression; being frank.) this creates real communication and is vital to building Alliances (life long relationships) not mere friendships. Careful who you friend always be aware of what kind of relationships you want to build. When someone gets sick will you be there for them, What kind of friend are you?

Failure is part of success. If you are going to fail, fail fast and learn quick.

No point in playing the blame game. At Pixar someone used the Unix delete command: rm -f * and 90% of Toy Story was gone. The engineer realized what was going on and quickly pulled the plug on the machine. Outch!!! Oh then the backup was not working the way it should 😭. Luckily one of the employees was working from home and made a weekly copy of all the files and had a backup. Buzz was buzzing again 🙏. It was found to be a waste of time to delve into who done it. Trust your people.

The movie made millions and millions of emotions run wild. Without the people there would be no idea of Toy Story. Catmull iterates the point: ideas come from people and people should always be more important than the idea. Pixar treats their people well and in return they have an open and collaborative environment with good communication and ideas.

When you have conversations in the hallway about company issues, rather than in meetings, there may be an issue with transparency in the company culture, ya think…

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