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Review â€œJust might be the best business book ever written.â€â€”Forbesâ€œAchieving enormous success while holding fast to the highest artistic standards is a nice trickâ€”and Pixar, with its creative leadership and persistent commitment to innovation, has pulled it off. This book should be required reading for any manager.â€â€”Charles Duhigg, author ofÂ The Power of HabitÂ â€œSteve Jobsâ€”not a man inclined to hyperbole when asked about the qualities of othersâ€”once described Ed Catmull as â€˜very wise,â€™ â€˜very self-aware,â€™ â€˜really thoughtful,â€™ â€˜really, really smart,â€™ and possessing â€˜quiet strength,â€™ all in a single interview. Any reader of Creativity, Inc., Catmullâ€™s new book on the art of running creative companies, will have to agree. Catmull, president of both Pixar and Walt Disney Animation, has written what just might be the most thoughtful management book ever.â€â€”Fast Company Â â€œItâ€™s one thing to be creative; itâ€™s entirely anotherâ€”and much more rareâ€”to build a great and creative culture. Over more than thirty years, Ed Catmull has developed methods to root out and destroy the barriers to creativity, to marry creativity to the pursuit of excellence, and, most impressive, to sustain a culture of disciplined creativity during setbacks and success. Pixarâ€™s unrivaled record, and the joy its films have added to our lives, gives his method the most important validation: It works.â€â€”Jim Collins, co-author ofÂ Built to LastÂ and author ofÂ Good to GreatÂ â€œToo often, we seek to keep the status quo working. This is a book about breaking it.â€â€”Seth GodinÂ â€œWhat is the secret to making more of the good stuff? Every so often Hollywood embraces a book that it senses might provide the answer. . . . Catmullâ€™s book is quickly becoming the latest bible for the show business crowd.â€â€”The New York Times Â â€œThe most practical and deep book ever written by a practitioner on the topic of innovation.â€â€”Prof. Gary P. Pisano, Harvard Business Schoolâ€œBusiness gurus love to tell stories about Pixar, but this is our first chance to hear the real story from someone who lived it and led it. Everyone interested in managing innovationâ€”or just good managingâ€”needs to read this book.â€â€”Chip Heath, co-author ofÂ SwitchÂ andÂ DecisiveÂ â€œA fascinating story about how some very smart people built something that profoundly changed the animation business and, along the way, popular culture . . . [Creativity, Inc.] is a well-told tale, full of detail about an interesting, intricate business. For fans of Pixar films, itâ€™s a must-read. For fans of management books, it belongs on the â€˜value addedâ€™ shelf.â€â€”The Wall Street Journal Â â€œPixar uses technology only as a means to an end; its films are rooted in human concerns, not computer wizardry. The same can be said of Creativity Inc., Ed Catmullâ€™s endearingly thoughtful explanation of how the studio he co-founded generated hits such as the Toy Story trilogy, Up and Wall-E. . . . [Catmull] uses Pixarâ€™s triumphs and near-disasters to outline a system for managing people in creative businessesâ€”one in which candid criticism is delivered sensitively, while individuality and autonomy are not strangled by a robotic corporate culture.â€â€”Financial Times Â â€œA wonderful new book . . . Unlike most books written by founders, this isnâ€™t some myth-heavy legacy projectâ€”itâ€™s far closer to a blueprint. Catmull takes us inside the Pixar ecosystem and shows how they build and refine excellence, in revelatory detail. . . . If you do creative work, you should read it, now.â€â€”Daniel Coyle, author of The Talent Code Â â€œA superb debut intended for managers in all fields of endeavor . . . He takes readers inside candid discussions and retreats at which participants, assuming the early versions of movies are bad, explore ways to improve them. Unusually rich in ideas, insights and experiences, the book celebrates the benefits of an open, nurturing work environment. An immensely readable and rewarding book that will challenge and inspire readers to make their workplaces hotbeds of creativity.â€â€”Kirkus Reviews (starred review) Â â€œPunctuated with surprising tales of how the companyâ€™s films were developed and the companyâ€™s financial struggles, Catmull shares insights about harnessing talent, creating teams, protecting the creative process, candid communications, organizational structures, alignment, and the importance of storytelling. . . . [Creativity, Inc.] will delight and inspire creative individuals and their managers, as well as anyone who wants to work â€˜in an environment that fosters creativity and problem solving.â€™â€â€”Publishers Weekly (starred review) Â â€œFor anyone managing anything, and particularly those trying to manage creative teams, Catmull is like a kind, smart godfather guiding us toward managing wisely, without losing our souls, and in a way that works toward greatness. Perhaps itâ€™s all Up from there.â€â€”The Christian Science Monitorâ€œMany have attempted to formulate and categorize inspiration and creativity. What Ed Catmull shares instead is his astute experience that creativity isnâ€™t strictly a well of ideas, but an alchemy of people. In Creativity, Inc. Ed reveals, with commonsense specificity and honesty, examples of how not to get in your own way and how to realize a creative coalescence of art, business, and innovation.â€â€”George Lucas Â â€œThis is the best book ever written on what it takes to build a creative organization. It is the best because Catmullâ€™s wisdom, modesty, and self-awareness fill every page. He shows how Pixarâ€™s greatness results from connecting the specific little things they do (mostly things that anyone can do in any organization) to the big goal that drives everyone in the company: making films that make them feel proud of one another.â€â€”Robert I. Sutton, Stanford professor and author of The No A**hole Rule and co-author of Scaling Up Excellence Read more About the Author Ed Catmull is co-founder of Pixar Animation Studios and president of Pixar Animation and Disney Animation. He has been honored with five Academy Awards, including the Gordon E. Sawyer Award for lifetime achievement in the field of computer graphics. He received his Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Utah. He lives in San Francisco with his wife and children. Â Amy Wallace is a journalist whose work has appeared in GQ, The New Yorker, Wired, Los Angeles Times, and The New York Times Magazine. She currently serves as editor-at-large at Los Angeles Times magazine. Previously, she worked as a reporter and editor at the Los Angeles Times and wrote a monthly column for The New York Times Sunday Business section. She lives in Los Angeles. Read more See all Editorial Reviews