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  • By: Ed Catmull
  • Narrated by: Ed Catmull
  • Length: 17 hrs and 24 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (22 ratings)

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The co-founder and longtime president of Pixar updates and expands upon his 2014 New York Times bestseller on creative leadership, reflecting on the management principles used to build Pixar's singularly successful culture, including all he learned in the past nine years that allowed Pixar to retain its creative culture while continuing to evolve.

For nearly twenty years, Pixar has dominated the world of animation, producing such beloved films as the Toy Story trilogy, Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Up, and WALL-E, which have gone on to set box-office records and garner thirty Academy Awards. The joyous storytelling, the inventive plots, the emotional authenticity: In some ways, Pixar movies are an object lesson in what creativity really is.

As a young man, Ed Catmull had a dream: to make the first computer-animated movie. He nurtured that dream as a Ph.D. student, and then forged a partnership with George Lucas that led, indirectly, to his founding Pixar with Steve Jobs and John Lasseter. A mere nine years later, Toy Story was released, changing animation forever. The essential ingredient in that movie's success-and in the movies that followed-was the unique environment that Catmull and his colleagues built at Pixar, based on philosophies that protect the creative process and defy convention, such as:

- Give a good idea to a mediocre team, and they will screw it up. But give a mediocre idea to a great team, and they will either fix it or come up with something better. It's not the manager's job to prevent risks.

- It's the manager's job to make it safe for others to take them. The cost of preventing errors is often far greater than the cost of fixing them.

- A company's communication structure should not mirror its organizational structure.

- Everybody should be able to talk to anybody.

Creativity, Inc. has been expanded to illuminate the continuing development of the unique culture at Pixar. Featuring a new introduction, two entirely new chapters, four new chapter postscripts, and new reflections at the end, this updated edition details how Catmull built a culture that doesn't just pay lip service to the importance of things like honesty, communication, and originality, but commits to them. Pursuing excellence isn't a one-off assignment, but an ongoing, day-in, day-out, full-time job. And Creativity, Inc. explores how it is done.

©2023 Ed Catmull (P)2023 Penguin Audio

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Incredible

such an amazing listen with great history and insight not only into Pixar but to Disney as well. a truly great book of some innovative ideas on creativity in teams as well.

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Interesting but long!

It's definitely interesting - and I've found myself thinking about it and discussing, so it's clearly worthwhile. But it's long and there's a fair amount of repetition. It's narrated by the author, but he still seems to miss the cadence a few times.

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