How Pixar Fosters Collective Creativity
Pixar's Operating Principles:
- Everyone must have the freedom to communicate with anyone.
This means recognizing that the
decision-making hierarchy and communication structure in organizations
are two different things. Members of any department should be able to
approach anyone in another department to solve problems without having
to go through "proper" channels.
- It must be safe for everyone to offer ideas.
We make a concerted effort to make it
safe to criticize by inviting everyone……to email notes to the
creative leaders that detail what they liked and didn't like and
- We must stay close to innovations happening in the academic community.
It helps us attract exceptional talent and reinforces the belief throughout the company that people are more important than ideas.
A few quotes:
It must be safe to tell the truth.
We must constantly challenge all of our assumptions and search for the flaws that could destroy our culture.
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 every artistic and technical part of the organization.
The view that good ideas are rarer and more valuable than good people is rooted in a misconception of creativity.
Our philosophy is this: You get great creative people , you bet big on them, you give them enormous leeway and support, and you provide them with an environment in which they can get honest feedback from everyone.