Keys to Keeping an Organization in Top Form
By: Vivian Lee, M.D., Ph.D., MBA | May 5, 2012 8:30 AM
Ed Catmull, this year's University of Utah commencement speaker, is a remarkably generous individual. A graduate of both the undergraduate and graduate programs in Computer Science at the U (as well as a degree in physics), Catmull went on to work for Lucas films and then became cofounder and CEO of Pixar, overseeing the development of award-winning favorites like Finding Nemo, Toy Story, Cars, and Up. Pixar transformed the motion picture industry, developing sophisticated computer-generated animations that appeal to all ages.
As the leader of a major company that has managed to stay on top and produce creative hit after hit, Catmull reflected on what it took to keep an organization in top form in a sustained way.
Embracing change and accepting instability, unpredictability as natural consequences of life. Acknowledging that is a search for stability and security and the fear of the unknown that makes individuals and companies resist change and degenerate into mediocrity and obsolescence. Paying tribue to his long-time friend and co-leader of Pixar, Steve Jobs, Catmull urged us all to be like Steve, to be a good listener, caring, and wise. Most importantly, to believe that our actions can make a difference.
By opening his heart and sharing his own reflections -- both insights and insecurities -- Catmull gave us the greatest gift of all ... hope that we too can be successful in a caring, thoughtful, and sustained way.
To watch Ed's graduation remarks, click here.
Vivian Lee, M.D., Ph.D., MBA
Vivian S. Lee, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A., is the senior vice president for health sciences, dean of the University of Utah School of Medicine, and CEO of University of Utah Health Carecomments powered by Disqus