I have said for many years that I want my title to be “Disruptor of the Status Quo.” If you know me…you know how perfect that would be. And it would make perfect sense that my copy of Ed Catmull’s Creativity Inc. is one marked up, underlined, bookmarked and starred book (except that my copy is on my phone using the Kindle app).
One of the ideas that grabbed my attention by the throat was the practice at Pixar of providing protection for new ideas. Think about how critical it might be to protect new ideas where you work. This is a quote worth writing out on a post-it and keeping where you can’t miss it:
“Whether it’s the kernel of a movie idea or a fledgling internship program, the new needs protection. Business-as-usual does not. Managers do not need to work hard to protect established ideas or ways of doing business. The system is tilted to favor the incumbent. The challenger needs support to find its footing. And protection of the new–of the future, not the past–must be a conscious effort.” Ed Catmull, Creativity Inc.