CBODN 'In The Know' Book Discussion - Virtual Session Only
Topic: Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration by Ed Catmull
Description: This session is an interactive discussion around the key principles and applications of “Creativity, Inc.”
As a young man, Ed Catmull had a dream: to make the first computer-animated movie. He nurtured that dream as a Ph.D. student at the University of Utah, where many computer science pioneers got their start, and then forged a partnership with George Lucas that led, indirectly, to his co-founding Pixar in 1986. Nine years later, Toy Story was released, changing animation forever. The essential ingredient in that movie’s success—and in the thirteen movies that followed—was the unique environment that Catmull and his colleagues built at Pixar, based on leadership and management philosophies that protect the creative process and defy convention, such as:
- Give a good idea to a mediocre team, and they will screw it up. But give a mediocre idea to a great team, and they will either fix it or come up with something better.
- If you don’t strive to uncover what is unseen and understand its nature, you will be ill prepared to lead.
- It’s not the manager’s job to prevent risks. It’s the manager’s job to make it safe for others to take them.
- The cost of preventing errors is often far greater than the cost of fixing them.
- A company’s communication structure should not mirror its organizational structure. Everybody should be able to talk to anybody.
Facilitator: Laura Mendelow
Bio: Laura is the owner of Mendelow Consulting Group (MCG), a Leadership and Team Development company that believes “when you ‘get’ people, you get results.” MCG’s signature “Leadership Lab” cohort-based training program teaches leaders the psychology behind engagement and offers tools and strategies to help leaders effectively connect with their teams and achieve lasting results. Leaders at Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, and non-profits have all benefited from her deep subject matter expertise and innovative approach to leadership. Mrs. Mendelow has a bachelor’s degree in psychology, a master’s in Organization Development, is a certified Leadership Coach and has been in the field of L&D since 1994.
**Registration required in advance to help us design the best experience for on-line participation. Thank You!
In-Person Venue: Not available for this month as the Book Discussion will only be held virtually.
Virtual Participation: Zoom link and/or dial-in info is included in the registration confirmation email.
Cancellation Policy: Event follows federal Office of Personnel Management policy and decisions. If federal government is closed, event will be canceled.