Gigaom sums up a McKinsey Quarterly feature on Brad Bird’s management style & thoughts at Pixar.
Steve Jobs hired him, says Bird, because after three successes (Toy Story, A Bug’s Life, and Toy Story 2) he was worried Pixar might struggle to stay innovative. Jobs told him: “The only thing we’re afraid of is complacency—feeling like we have it all figured out,”“…We want you to come shake things up.” Bird explains to McKinsey how he did it — and why, for “imagination-based companies to succeed in the long run, making money can’t be the focus.”
The summary is available at GigaOM.
If you prefer to read the original article with interactive features, follow this McKinsey Quarter link – registration required (free).
For fans of Pixar, there is a great documentary airing on Starz this month, THE PIXAR STORY.
The producer of the film also worked on this official book published a year ago, “To Infinity and Beyond!: The Story of Pixar Animation Studios.”
There is also a new book I just bought but haven’t read yet, “The Pixar Touch: The Making of a Company.”