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Foremost Authority on Political Innovation; Leading Expert on Applying the Lessons of Competition in Business to U.S. Politics; Activist and Champion of Systemic Political Change; President & CEO, Gehl Foods Holding Corporation

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How Departing Leaders Can Pass Along Their Wisdom to Employees

By Hal Gregersen

Earlier this spring I had the chance to witness two of the “farewell talks” that Ed Catmull gave to the people of Pixar. Catmull, the company’s cofounder and long-time leader (and also president of Disney Animation Studios since the Disney acquisition of Pixar over a decade ago) had announced his retirement in late 2018. He chose to spend his last day on Pixar’s Emeryville campus not being celebrated by his colleagues but, instead, sharing thoughts about the challenges they would face in the years to come.

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