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Ed Catmull's Top Book Recommendations

Co-Founder/Pixar, CEO Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios

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One Monster After Another

Recommended by Ed Catmull, and 1 others.

Ed CatmullI would say there are certain children's books I've given a few times, like One Monster After Another, by Mercer Mayer. I love that book. (Source)

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Becoming Steve Jobs

The Evolution of a Reckless Upstart into a Visionary Leader

#1 New York Times Bestseller There have been many books—on a large and small scale—about Steve Jobs, one of the most famous CEOs in history. But this book is different from all the others.

Becoming Steve Jobs takes on and breaks down the existing myth and stereotypes about Steve Jobs. The conventional, one-dimensional view of Jobs is that he was half-genius, half-jerk from youth, an irascible and selfish leader who slighted friends and family alike. Becoming Steve Jobs answers the central question about the life and career of the Apple cofounder and CEO: How...

Bill GatesHas me thinking of my old friend. A true visionary. (Source)

Jim Collins[Gives a] fresh perspective on Steve Jobs’ journey from inspiring but immature entrepreneur into an inspired and mature company-builder. (Source)

Jack DorseySquare would not exist without the work and persistence of Steve Jobs. I am forever grateful. Amazing read. (Source)

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In her #1 New York Times bestsellers, Brené Brown has taught us what it means to dare greatly, rise strong, and brave the wilderness. Now, based on new research conducted with leaders, change makers, and culture shifters, she's showing us how to put those ideas into practice so we can step up and lead.

Leadership is not about titles, status, and wielding power. A leader is anyone who takes responsibility for recognizing the potential in people and ideas, and has the courage to develop that potential.

When we dare to lead, we don't pretend to have the right...

Sheryl SandbergWith Dare to Lead, Brené brings decades of research to bear in a practical and insightful guide to courageous leadership. This book is a road map for anyone who wants to lead mindfully, live bravely, and dare to lead. (Source)

Ed CatmullBrene visited Pixar to talk with our filmmakers. Her message was important, as movies are best when they come from a place of vulnerability, when the people who make them encounter setbacks and are forced to overcome them, when they are willing to have their asses handed to them. It is easy to sit back and talk about the values of a safe and meaningful culture, but extraordinarily difficult to... (Source)

Marie ForleoDon’t miss one of my favorite human beings @BreneBrown, discuss her book #DareToLead on this #MarieTV: this is for every one of us that wants to show up, contribute, and lean into our purpose 💪🏼💗 (Source)

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