Tuesday, February 14, 2017

PIXAR - a metaphor for the Middle Way

Just finished the book: "To Pixar and Beyond: My Unlikely Journey with Steve Jobs to Make Entertainment History"  by Lawrence Levy

I heard about this book on Knowledge@Wharton Podcast with the author. Felt connected immediately. 


- It was about Pixar, one & only...

- Naturally, it was also about Steve Jobs & author's own 'unlikely journey with Steve'

- The author was a lawyer by education (Harvard). He was recruited to the role of the CFO at Pixar. He was now an author. 


- He has a beautiful (Pixar) story to tell. 

- A CFO's perspective of everything would be an interesting one. 


Some of these really touched me, Lawrence:

  • For a CFO, the author is a master story-teller. Not that CFO's can not be story tellers. We all are story-tellers. Some just does it better!
  • Author's relationship with Steve was so professional & deep, minus all drama that is generally associated with the Genius. I am a fan of Steve Jobs. The fact he was very sensitive, temperamental, actually makes him special. 
  • It was great to hear how the author moved into Pixar (reminded me of how Steve reached out to John Scully...Pepsi to Apple)
  • It touched how the author went about professionally handling diverse challenges within & outside. 
  • Handling DIsney part was great stuff, as it was about the creative thrust.
  • The decision as to how to handle the creative element at Pixar & how to retain the unique DNA of Pixar even at Disney, most inspiring.
  • Author's effort to get credit for the supporting staff showed the emotional quotient of himself, and all others who found a way of doing it. 
  • I always maintain a supporting spouse is critical to professional success. Hillary was a beautiful example (It is valentine's day today!) 
  •  A lot of lessons for corporate leaders. Also a lot of inspiration about building a unique brand. 
While Steve is associated with brand-apple, Pixar is as much a part of his brilliant legacy. 
  • The changing geography is brought out very well. We have moved away so much from Nature. 
  • The experience of going through two accidents, second almost fatal. 
  • It was a beautiful journey. And somewhere it made sense to let go. No better way than to move to spirituality? Isn't that is the ultimate goal, purpose of life?

Pixar is indeed a metaphor for the Buddhist concept..The  Middle Way


BIG Thanks, Lawrence for this beautiful book. 

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