Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration by Ed Catmull
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Listening to this book was the most fun I've had with a non-fiction text. It flowed from memoir moments, to management principles, to storytelling suggestions, to areas of science and research. I've always been a fan of Pixar and their unique culture, and in researching BYU Animation's unique culture I am coming to better understand why these creative groups are able to do what they do.
Some of the key things that I can remember off the top of my head include:
- Don't feed the beast if it means you aren't protecting "the new"
- Problems are always developing whether you are successful or not
- Using a variety of tools to understand what is REALLY going on is much better than going with ego
- Failure is a multi-faceted concept and an unhealthy view of it can be extremely damaging
- Trust in people you bring in, and help them feel comfortable enough to come up with solutions themselves
There is so much in this book that impacted the way I understand organizations, management, and my own creative work as a filmmaker. Regardless of your professional background I believe there is something in here that can be instrumental in helping you solve problems, empower those you work with, and find fulfilling work.
The book is well worth experiencing, but I am also grateful for the series of "starting points" Catmull gives at the back of the book. That list in and of its self is enough reason for me to want to go out and buy the book!
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I am a graduate student in Instructional Psychology and Technology at Brigham Young University. I enjoy writing, hiking, and spending time with my family.