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The Ride of a Lifetime

The Ride of a Lifetime

2019 . Business & Economics, Leadership, Biography & Autobiography, Business, Performing Arts . Robert Iger

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About the book

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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A memoir of leadership and success: The CEO of Disney, Time’s 2019 businessperson of the year, shares the ideas and values he embraced while reinventing one of the world’s most beloved companies and inspiring the people who bring the magic to life. ONE OF NPR’S BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR Robert Iger became CEO of The Walt Disney Company in 2005, during a difficult time. Competition was more intense than ever and technology was changing faster than at any time in the company’s history. His vision came down to three clear ideas: Recommit to the concept that quality matters, embrace technology instead of fighting it, and think bigger—think global—and turn Disney into a stronger brand in international markets. Today, Disney is the largest, most admired media company in the world, counting Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilm, and 21st Century Fox among its properties. Under Iger’s leadership, Disney’s value grew nearly five times what it was, making Iger one of the most innovating and successful CEOs of our era. In The Ride of a Lifetime, Robert Iger shares the lessons he learned while running Disney and leading its 220,000-plus employees, and he explores the principles that are necessary for true leadership, including: • Optimism. Even in the face of difficulty, an optimistic leader will find the path toward the best possible outcome and focus on that, rather than give in to pessimism and blaming. • Courage. Leaders have to be willing to take risks and place big bets. Fear of failure destroys creativity. • Decisiveness. All decisions, no matter how difficult, can be made on a timely basis. Indecisiveness is both wasteful and destructive to morale. • Fairness. Treat people decently, with empathy, and be accessible to them. This book is about the relentless curiosity that has driven Iger since the day he started as the lowliest studio grunt at ABC. It’s also about thoughtfulness and respect, and a decency-over-dollars approach that has become the bedrock of every project and partnership Iger pursues, from a deep friendship with Steve Jobs in his final years to an abiding love of the Star Wars mythology.   “The ideas in this book strike me as universal” Iger writes. “Not just to the aspiring CEOs of the world, but to anyone wanting to feel less fearful, more confidently themselves, as they navigate their professional and even personal lives.”

Year:

2019

Language:

English

Publisher:

Random House Publishing Group

Pages:

272

ISBN:

0399592105 (ISBN13: 9780399592102)

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Reviews

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Maria Claudia Llamas

2 years ago

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Lately, I've been reading nonfiction and biographies are my favourite. I loved this book. I read it in two days and I could not put it down. I have been a Disney fan all my life and getting to learn about the business perspective rather than the creative side was fascinating. Throughout the book, he gives lessons on respect, empathy, courage and other important principles that he considers every leader should have. As someone who is studying communication in creative industries, it was insightful to see how he studied Steve Jobs, George Lucas, and other CEOs to understand what they needed to accept whatever deal he was going to offer. Also, the changes the company had to make to stay relevant in a rapidly evolving digital era are helpful to grasp the decision making process and vision within leaders in big corporations. ⁠

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Morten Schroeder image

2 years ago

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Quite enjoyed this book on Robert Iger! I especially enjoyed hearing how he transformed the company and made key acquisitions. It was a bit too superficial in the sense that it felt a bit polished at times and would have liked more depth and vulnerability from him. But worth a read. The audible version was great 👌

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Christian Alexander

1 year ago

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“Easy” Read... very compelling story and a likeable character.. some good ‘advice’ in there. Not a management book per say but like a story driven version of that. I recommend it :)

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Morten Tullin

1 year ago

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A great book that gives an interesting perspective into a true leaders management style as well as some of the most interesting acquisitions during the last decades. The book is solely focused on Bob’s professional career but I think the book needs a few chapters with reflections/anecdotes from his private life as well since being the CEO of a global company must come at a cost for his personal life.

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Anders Knudsen

10 months ago

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I love this book. Such an interesting biography with a lot of funny and interesting insights to how Disney is run and growing.

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Jean-Baptiste Rieu image

1 year ago

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Just wanted to share that I also enjoyed the Masterclass.com version of the book ;) @AnnieSpencer

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6 months ago

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Ferdiye

1 year ago

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