The Ride of a Lifetime: Lessons Learned from 15 Years as CEO of the Walt Disney Company
Robert Iger became CEO of The Walt Disney Company in 2005, during a difficult time.Competition was more intense than ever and technology ...more
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This was a wonderful book about Robert Iger's amazing life, career and positive outlook. With so many CEOs who aren't always good people, good for their business or don't care for their employees, it is a breath of fresh air to hear from someone who is grounded in reality, treats people the way they should be treated, forward thinking and committed to quality and his customers. His insights to years at ABC are fascinating, horrifying, and give an ...more
This is a different kind of review, since its more of a lesson oriented book I'll share with you what stood out to me from the book. (Consists of mostly direct quotes)
Cherish waking up early. It is time for yourself before the rest of the world wakes up.
(Learned from Roone) Do what you need to do to make it better. The relentless pursuit of perfection. It's a mindset more than a specific set of rules.It about creating an environment in which you refuse to accept ...more
I thoroughly enjoyed it. He spends little time on his own life and rather focuses on his time at ABC and Disney. Whilst giving credit to many of his colleagues, the book shows that he is a man of integrity and is very well respected by his colleagues.
I loved the summary of his wisdom at the ...more
This books gives an inside Disney view to a lot of situations I have read/heard about from the other side before. Having read Steve Jobs biography, read multiple books on Pixar, been a fan of the MCU both on and off screen, and just generally been interested in news relating to this man in the past, I have heard a lot of alternate view points on some of the events in this ...more
But what I picked up this book to learn was in-depth insight into managing the creative process, negotiating difficult personalities, and creating a unique creative culture at Disney and subsumed companies. Although the book told a coherent, clear storyline with interesting vignettes, it ultimately glossed over key moments in the general sense, rather than diving deep and mining their emotions. Some examples:
Robert Iger, Bob as everyone calls him, is the CEO of one of the largest corporations in the world. As the head of the Walt Disney Company, he has the unenviable task of honoring the legacy of the famed company's founder while keeping it relevant and profitable in modern times. The way in which entertainment is created and consumed is drastically different from dear old Walt's days. In his ...more
The beginning is a bit slow and hard to connect with. However, the writing style is easy to read which made the more interesting chapters (starting with Disney purchasing ABC) fly by.
I enjoyed getting insight into the inner-workings of the Disney company and the evolution of their business. Additionally, Iger had some great ...more
Apart from that, it also provides an in-depth view of Disney as business - i.e. how it rode the tide of disruption from streaming services, the strategy that it undertook to achieve tremendous growth in its stock price ...more
Very well written and easy to digest. This is definitely a book I’d recommend to anyone ...more
This book is an autobiographical victory lap Iger wrote about his career. He frames the book as a set of leadership lessons with the focus of the book being his work at Disney. He has many useful lessons to offer but the most fascinating parts of the book deals with how he managed to secure the big acquisitions made by Disney (Pixar, Marvel, LucasFilm & Fox).
However, I found the book be underwhelming on a more personal side. For an autobiography there ...more
1) People who are interested in Disney should read this book. It provides fascinating history and insight into the decisions the company has made over the last 15 years, as well as a look into the lives of Bob and others who made the company what it is today.
2) People who want to be great leaders should read this book. Bob Iger is undoubtedly an exceptional leader and he skillfully integrates his lessoned ...more
I’VE WORKED FOR the same company for forty-five years: twenty-two of them at ABC, another twenty-three at Disney, after Disney acquired ABC in 1995. For the past fourteen years, I’ve had the enviable task of being the sixth CEO to run the company since Walt founded it in 1923.
There have been difficult, even tragic, days. But for me this has also been, to steal from a phrase, the ...more