Keys to Keeping an Organization in Top Form
By: Vivian Lee, M.D., Ph.D., MBA | May 5, 2012 8:30 AM
Ed Catmull, this year's University of Utah commencement speaker, is a remarkably generous individual. A graduate of both the undergraduate and graduate programs in Computer Science at the U (as well as a degree in physics), Catmull went on to work for Lucas films and then became cofounder and CEO of Pixar, overseeing the development of award-winning favorites like Finding Nemo, Toy Story, Cars, and Up. Pixar transformed the motion picture industry, developing sophisticated computer-generated animations that appeal to all ages.
As the leader of a major company that has managed to stay on top and produce creative hit after hit, Catmull reflected on what it took to keep an organization in top form in a sustained way.
Embracing change and accepting instability, unpredictability as natural consequences of life. Acknowledging that is a search for stability and security and the fear of the unknown that makes individuals and companies resist change and degenerate into mediocrity and obsolescence. Paying tribue to his long-time friend and co-leader of Pixar, Steve Jobs, Catmull urged us all to be like Steve, to be a good listener, caring, and wise. Most importantly, to believe that our actions can make a difference.
By opening his heart and sharing his own reflections -- both insights and insecurities -- Catmull gave us the greatest gift of all ... hope that we too can be successful in a caring, thoughtful, and sustained way.
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