Harvard Business School Professor Gary P. Pisano on Creativity, Inc.
“I found Creativity, Inc. to be among the very best books on innovation I have ever read. And, I definitely found it to be by far THE most thoughtful and deep book ever written by a practitioner on the topic of innovation. It sets a completely new standard for what a leadership book on innovation should be about. It was refreshingly humble, circumspect, and practical (all at the same time!). The practices at Pixar are so different from one sees at most companies (by a long shot). If there were ever to be A required book on innovation for senior leaders, this would be it. I have basically recommended it to every client I work with on innovation. Great stuff!” —Gary P. Pisano, Harry E. Figgie Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School
George Lucas on Creativity, Inc.
“Many have attempted to formulate and categorize inspiration and creativity. What Ed Catmull shares instead is his astute experience that creativity isn’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.”
“Read this book.”—Chip Heath
“Business 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 innovation—or just good managing—needs to read this book.”
—Chip Heath, co-author of Switch and Decisive
“Required reading for any manager.”—Charles Duhigg
“Achieving enormous success while holding fast to the highest artistic standards is a nice trick—and Pixar, with its creative leadership and persistent commitment to innovation, has pulled it off. This book should be required reading for any manager.”
—Charles Duhigg, author of The Power of Habit
“It works.”—Jim Collins
“It’s one thing to be creative; it’s entirely another—and much more rare—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. Pixar’s unrivaled record, and the joy its films have added to our lives, gives his method the most important validation: It works.”
—Jim Collins, co-author of Built to Last and author of Good to Great
“This is the best book ever written on what it takes to build a creative organization.”—Robert I. Sutton
“This is the best book ever written on what it takes to build a creative organization. It is the best because Catmull’s wisdom, modesty, and self-awareness fill every page. He shows how Pixar’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.”
—Robert I. Sutton, Stanford professor and author of The No A**hole Rule and co-author of Scaling Up Excellence