The Ride of a Lifetime

Updated: May 17

Through the twist and turns of this thing we call Life, Bob Iger takes you on his journey to the CEO of one of America's most beloved companies, Disney. From dealing with a depressed father to multiple company mergers and climbing up the corporate ladder, Bob Iger has quite the story. It almost ended before it even started. After a disagreement with his first boss at ABC he was told find a new job within the company or you are fired. Lucky for him he landed a new gig with ABC Sports. The rest is pretty much history. Iger will teach you the power of resiliency, hard work, and treating people right.


Some of Iger's Key leadership philosophies:

  • 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.

Iger takes you through the three major acquisitions Disney embarked on during his tenure: Pixar, Marvel and Star Wars (Lucas Films). If you are a fan of Disney, Pixar, Steve Jobs, Marvel, Star Wars, George Lucas, theme parks, the entertainment and media industry or just love business, this book is a must read for you!


Themes:

Change, Business, Management


Quinling's Quintessential Quote:

"It’s vital to create space in each day to let your thoughts wander beyond your immediate job responsibilities. I am certain I’d be less productive and less creative in my work if I didn’t also spend those first hours away from the emails and text messages and phone calls that require so much attention as the day goes on."

- Bob Iger, The Ride of a Lifetime



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