Creativity, Inc. on Leadership & Creativity

CREATIVITY INC. From Ed Catmull, co-founder (with Steve Jobs and John Lasseter) of Pixar Animation Studios,

“The best leaders make room for and acknowledge what they do not know.  Not just because humility is a great virtue, but because until one adopts this mindset the most striking breakthoughs can’t occur.

A good leader must accept risk, loosen control, not tighten it, trust people and strive to clear the path for them and they must pay attention to and engage with anything that creates fear.  Successful leaders embrace the reality that their models might be wrong or incomplete, only when we admit that we don’t know can we learn. ”  This book landed in my lap synchronistically and I can see why.  It confirms my own thoughts on the value of creating a culture that fosters creativity and problem solving, and through good leadership one will help people stay on the path to excellence- no matter what –  This book aligns with  my own beliefs and values. I believe in my core that everybody has the potential to be creative in whatever form that creativity takes and to encourage that development is a very noble thing. I have always surrounded myself in my businesses and in life with excellence; People that are capable and creative and trusted them to bring forth their ideas, thoughts and visions.  What transpired was so beautiful.

This book confirms and acknowledges the importance of good leadership as one that values and fosters the growth and creativity within each individual allowing for room for individuality and for others to expand, explore and express freely , without limitations. The biggest thing that stops leaders from adopting this form of leadership is their own stuff, like fear of losing control and failing. (All ego gunk).  We’ve all had leaders, bosses, or co-workers like that.  

Creativity, Inc. is a book for leaders who want to lead their followers 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.”

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