Management Tips from Pixar Animation

Disney/Pixar Animation post upon Steve Jobs passing.

I have found that managers often educate and enrich themselves professionally by reading non-fiction business books.  Why?  Because this allows a budding manager an opportunity to peek into the inner workings of another business to see what works and what doesn’t.  This can provide managers with insights on how to modify or change aspects of their business, and give them ways to make sometimes substantial improvements in the operation of their organization.

The book Creativity, Inc., by Ed Catmull, provides just such an opportunity.  Creativity, Inc. is a book about how to build and manage a creative culture.  While at Pixar and Disney Animation, Ed developed methods to both encourage creativity as well as deal with the barriers to it.  This book gives fresh and sometimes unconventional ways to manage creative people working in a creative environment.  It also gives insights on how to build a successful creative team culture, as well as lots of good advice for leading teams.

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