It's pretty well-established at this point: Pixar rocks. It's got both
the creative realm and the business realm covered. Everyone
wants to figure out how Pixar does it, and how other companies can
learn from the model--especially Harvard Business Review. Harvard
Business Review really
wants to figure out how Pixar does it.
fact, for about two years now, the publication has dutifully issued
regular installments of the Gospel of Pixar. "Pixar's Blockbuster
Secrets," blares a blog post from July 2008. "Pixar's Collective
Genius," gushes one a month later. Then there was the discussion with
Pixar co-founder Ed Catmull: "How Pixar Fosters Collective Creativity."
It later got repackaged in an article collection entitled "Secrets of
Successful Innovation." Then in early 2009 there was "Building a 'Safe
Haven' for Creativity at Pixar." This July saw "Five Ways Pixar Makes
Better Decisions." The latest contains a headline of such
traffic-optimizing beauty it got reposted at Reuters
: "What Google Could Learn from Pixar
." For starters: be humble, cultivate a "fear of complacency," and work to identify and address problems "openly and honestly."
any aspiring entrepreneurs have failed to get the message, the Wire
would like to paraphrase: Just be like Pixar, guys. How hard can it be?
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