Based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.
Isaacson’s ability to capture Jobs’ genius, humanity, personality and rough edges was phenomenal. I can’t begin to comprehend the amount of hard work, his approach, and the organizational thought that went into a project and person of this scope. Amazing and brilliant. A biographical performance befitting the subject himself.
Creativity, Inc. is a book for managers who want to lead their employees to new heights, a manual for anyone who strives for originality, and the first-ever, all-access trip into the nerve center of Pixar Animation - into the meetings, postmortems, and "Braintrust" sessions where some of the most successful films in history are made. It is, at heart, a book about how to build a creative culture - but it is also, as Pixar co-founder and president Ed Catmull writes, "an expression of the ideas that I believe make the best in us possible."
I really enjoyed Mr. Catmull's book and eulogy to his friend, Steve Jobs at the end of the book. Hearing some of the stories of Pixar's founding and challenges were beneficial as well. As a principle founder and senior leader, Mr. Catmull demonstrated many maxims throughout the book that he espoused in the final chapter. I'm sure that Pixar, with technology enthusiasts and creative storytelling artists, is a company that embodies both left and right brain professionals. This book is written from the left brain, organizational perspective of Pixar. In an organizational culture such as Pixar, you need a healthy amount of both.
Andy Crouch unleashes a stirring manifesto calling Christians to be culture makers. For too long, Christians have had an insufficient view of culture and have waged misguided "culture wars." But we must reclaim the cultural mandate to be the creative cultivators that God designed us to be. Culture is what we make of the world, both in creating cultural artifacts as well as in making sense of the world around us. By making chairs and omelets, languages and laws, we participate in the good work of culture making.
A very good book, albeit a little slow moving in parts, and disconnecting from the theme in a couple of places, but very good.