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Pixar leadership principles


Martin Giles interviewed Ed Catmull, the president of Pixar, and got him to explain his leadership principles. Scott Berkun did a great job of extracting the key points. Here’s my favorite line:

“The notion that you’re trying to control the process and prevent error screws things up. We all know the saying it’s better to ask for forgiveness than permission. And everyone knows that, but I Think there is a corollary: if everyone is trying to prevent error, it screws things up. It’s better to fix problems than to prevent them. And the natural tendency for managers is to try and prevent error and over plan things.”

You can see Scott’s analysis at Scott Berkun.

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