QUEST: Empowering Your Others

This is the challenge for all entrepreneurs: to make the transition from doing something themselves to creating organizations that can carry on without them. 

 By Steve Prokesch - Harvard Business Review

Pixar cofounder Ed Catmull exemplifies the greatest form of leadership: empowering others to achieve the extraordinary.

I had the pleasure of working with Ed on his September 2008 article in the Harvard Business Review in which he describes the architecture of Pixar’s collective genius–a community where people at all levels support one another. The results speak for themselves: Beginning with Toy Story in 1995 and ending with WALL•E this summer, Pixar has produced nine blockbuster computer-animated films in a row.

An accomplished computer scientist who personally wrote some of the foundation code that made computer animation possible, Ed is an unpretentious man. He doesn’t like to talk about how he performs his job as president of Pixar and (since a 2006 merger) Disney Animation Studios. But the article and accompanying podcast shed light on his exceptional leadership qualities. READ MORE


Illustration: Merida from Pixar's "Brave" Image Credit: Jourixia on