March 14, 2012

Brad Bird on morale

Via his Pixar colleague Michael Johnson:

In my experience, the thing that has the most significant impact on a movie’s budget—but never shows up in a budget—is morale. If you have low morale, for every $1 you spend, you get about 25 cents of value. If you have high morale, for every $1 you spend, you get about $3 of value. Companies should pay much more attention to morale.

Posted by John Nack at 8:14 AM on March 14, 2012


  • Rich Morey — 8:38 AM on March 14, 2012

    Very wise indeed. Part of why I left my last company was because morale was in the tank after we were acquired.

  • Locke — 10:10 AM on March 14, 2012

    Saw a documentary on Pixar awhile back & that quote fits with the biggest takeaway I had – they seemed to understand that if you put smart, creative people together, give them the tools they need AND GET THE HELL OUT OF THE WAY – they’ll do great things. It requires a level of trust from upper management that is very rare.

  • PECourtejoie — 5:04 AM on March 16, 2012

    I missed the perfect Timing of this post that contrasts with this:

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