Harvard Business Review.

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Harvard Business Review's latest article:

How to build a sustainable, creative organization? This is how Pixar does it... I've typed up general notes from the article. Enjoy!

What is managements' jobs??
Management’s job is not to prevent risk but to build the capability to recover when failure does occurs. Talented people help you recover when you fail! The environment must be safe to tell the truth. You need to constantly challenge all of out assumptions and search for the flaws that could destroy your culture.

What Is Creativity?
Creativity involves a large number of people from different disciplines working effectively together to solve a great many problems. Creativity must be present at every level of the organization.

Taking risks

We’re in a business whose customers want to see something new. This involves great risk and this sometimes makes us feel scared. Come up with unexpected ideas… like a rat wanting to be a chief or a robot love story set in a post-apocalyptic world full of trash. If you want to be original, you have top accept the uncertainty, the uncomfortably and resist our natural tendency to avoid or minimize risks.

Environment and People
We need to construct an environment that nurtures trusting and respectful relationships and this will unleash creativity. If it’s right, everyone feels like they are part of the community and apart of something extraordinary. If the environment supports great people and encourages them to support one another so the whole is far greater than the sum of all the parts. There is no ego. And nobody holds any punches to be polite. It’s far better to learn from problems. Make contributions while it is still a work in progress. Benefits are: we become more creative (after initial embarrassment) Second: can communicate important points to the entire crew. Third: people learn and inspire each other; a highly creative piece of work will spark others to raise their game.

Technology + Art = Magic.
Continual change/reinvention is the norm in an organization when technology and art are together. Try use better technology at every stage of production. I'll end this article with a fascinating quote from this article, "Technology inspires art, and art challenges the technology."