‘Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces that Stand in the Way of True Inspiration’ by Ed Catmull

Need a Christmas gift for the ‘business/leadership’ person in your life? I really enjoyed this memoir by the head of Pixar Animation Studios. Catmull’s personal story is engaging and well written. It is full of great advice about how creativity and excellence can be fostered in the workplace. As head of Pixar (later bought out by Disney Studios), Catmull was a good friend and partner of Steve Jobs and other great talents in computer technology. He had an intuitive sense about how to give storytellers and filmmakers the freedom to develop ideas and make mistakes, and how to get these diverse people to work together, thereby arriving at the creative culture that brought us great films like Ratatouille, Up, Toy StoryFinding Nemo, and many more.

Even though there are lots of background reveals about the makings of these much admired animated films in the book, the focus is primarily on how the business evolved. There are amazing insights and sound advice along the way for leaders in any business or industry, who are interested in being intentional about managing innovation.

2 responses to “‘Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces that Stand in the Way of True Inspiration’ by Ed Catmull

  1. Joanne: Thank you for your excellent book reviews. I have enjoyed each and every one of your reviews. Thank you! But, really wish to know: What was your very favourite book of 2017? – Maggie

    • Thanks for your kind words Maggie! How encouraging! Picking my favourite book of 2017 is so hard, because they were all so different…but I think I have to go with A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman–such a great mix of drama, humour, readability, and character development. What was your favourite book of 2017? I would really love to know! Cheers, Joanne

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