The Ride of a Lifetime - Robert Iger

The Ride of a Lifetime

By Robert Iger

  • Release Date: 2019-09-23
  • Genre: Management & Leadership
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 1,142 Ratings)

Description

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A memoir of leadership and success: The executive chairman of Disney, Time’s 2019 businessperson of the year, shares the ideas and values he embraced during his fifteen years as CEO while reinventing one of the world’s most beloved companies and inspiring the people who bring the magic to life.

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY NPR

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. Its value is nearly five times what it was when Iger took over, and he is recognized as one of the most innovative 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 for forty-five years, 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.”

Reviews

  • Outstanding

    5
    By Killer Joy
    One of the most inspirational books I’ve ever read.
  • A true leadership memoir

    5
    By MGugel
    Bob Iger’s leadership philosophy so closely matches what I aspire to — a relentless pursuit of perfection. In my Christian Leadership class my junior year of high school, we were urged to write mission statements. I wrote then and still abide by “pursuing excellence and challenging mediocrity.” This book encourages you to take risks and do just that. I cannot recommend this book enough.
  • A peek behind the curtain

    5
    By TimApple2019
    I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who is curious about the inner machinations of a major corporation like Disney and the thought process that goes into making executive decisions.
  • Amazing and inspirational

    5
    By LeninaHuxley
    So great, clear and concise! Really great read.
  • Excellent

    5
    By Singing cat is awesome
    Truly wonderful story telling, and an even better depiction of the do’s and don’t’s of leadership!
  • The Ride of a Lifetime

    5
    By Pamela Davidah
    Well written. I enjoyed reading this book.
  • Fascinating

    5
    By ChelsLeigh!
    Great and interesting behind the scenes look.
  • Great Biography

    5
    By Allenliufafa
    I picked up this book because this is written by someone who ran Disney. Needless to say, this book contains valuable lessons about not only running a successful media company, but also becoming a good person with good abilities and right mindset in the business of competitions and partnerships.
  • Highly recommend

    5
    By iop123498765
    Super interesting to hear what it takes to run a successful pubic company and how demanding the job is.
  • More than a pleasant surprise

    5
    By xn28dpos
    As a longtime Disney enthusiast I was aware of the journey the Walt Disney Company had taken following the death of Walt Disney, and how Disney ultimately found its way, but I did not have a comprehensive overview of that journey until I read this book and understood how Disney’s leaders managed it. Beyond this is Mr Iger’s own, very American story; starting at the bottom and working his way up, having his company acquired and then moving up from there,and eventually taking his new company to heights that no one could have previously imagined. Beyond the fact that its writing is honest and clear, what makes this a great read is that the person telling his story, Mr Iger, appears to be one those rare people of considerable ability who remains more aware and appreciative of what those around him have to offer. This allowed him to work for (and with) any number of out-sized but talented personalities (including Roone Arledge , Michael Eisner, Michael Ovitz, Steve Jobs, George Lucas and Rupert Murdock) and not only do well for himself and those trusting him, but come away from the encounter a better and more capable person.. The fact that someone as brilliant and difficult as Steve Jobs could grow to like and trust Robert Iger as a good friend is itself no small thing. The fact that Robert Iger managed to tell this story with empathy and a dose of humility, is nothing short of amazing. If you like reading about: large corporations thriving in a time of disruptive innovation, or all things Disney, or learning how to be a better leader, you are going to really like this book.

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