Pixar's co-founder Ed Catmull tells us that it's the unique environment that he and his team has built. Here are the 6 core principles that Pixar stood by:
Catmull describes quality as a mindset at Pixar- to perform and settle for only the best.
Toy story proves it, being the first feature-length computer animated film. They believe that the way emotions were expressed in the movie made it a huge success. Toy Store 2 is one of the very few movies that was rated 100% on Rotten Tomatoes.
In business, when we hear the word quality a ton of things ring a bell. For certain individuals it implies an item that is worked to last. For certain individuals it infers the all out quality administration standards put on the map by Toyota.
People v/s ideas
What is more important in your opinion?
According to Catmull, people are more important than ideas. A normal idea given to an amazing team will always perform better than an amazing idea given to a normal team. Support the ideas of a great team and you will witness magic in the way they implement it.
Discover, create, and uphold great individuals, and they will discover, create, and own smart thoughts.
Trust the process. There is no one single process when talking about creativity. Everyone has to figure out their own process to create something wonderful. The goal is to not follow the process- that depends on each of the individuals. Employ people who can trust themselves and their own process of doing things.
When it comes to creativity, failure isn’t the most dangerous thing. It is definitely scary to take an unknown path.
We are instructed since early childhood that there are good and bad answers, where we reward the correct answers only. Moreover, we are instructed that there is a correct way and an incorrect method to show up at those answers. That is the mindset most people carry.
Failure is inevitable and it’s important to learn to accept it and heal from it, in order to succeed. Pixar team understands that making mistakes is one thing that shouldn’t strike fear, the most terrible mistake one can make is to limit their creativity due to the fear of failure.
Failure and unforeseen events are inevitable. The key is to deal with these events in the way that you best know to get through it.
Employees need to understand that they own the problems and have enough freedom to sort out the problem by themselves. The worst thing you can do is micro-manage creative people and their inputs, which ultimately results in limiting their abilities and ideas. There cannot be a rule for every action taken by an employee. Culture plays a huge role in this.
Open communication is a must in any and every company. Pixar believes that communication structures aren’t the same as organizational structures. Having an open line of communication goes a long way.