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The Ride of a Lifetime

Lessons Learned from 15 Years as CEO of the Walt Disney Company
Autor: Robert Iger
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Number-one New York Times best seller

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 15 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.

Fourteen years later, 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 audiobook is about the relentless curiosity that has driven Iger for 45 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."

©2019 Robert Iger (P)2019 Random House Audio

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“Nurturing creativity is less a skill than an art - especially at a company where the brand alone is synonymous with creativity. That’s a lot to live up to. Bob Iger has not only lived up to ninety-six years of groundbreaking history but has moved the Disney brand far beyond anyone’s expectations, and he has done it with grace and audacity. This book shows you how that’s happened.” (Steven Spielberg)

“People have been waiting years for Bob Iger to share his leadership secrets. Now he has, and they are utterly brilliant. The Ride of a Lifetime is not merely a memoir; it’s a personal, all-access session with the wisest CEO you’ve ever met and a playbook for handling the key challenges of our age: how to drive change, leverage technology, build an enduring culture, and empower people. It’s a rippingly good, revelatory read.” (Daniel Coyle, New York Times best-selling author of The Culture Code)

“I expected a book written by the person who has led Disney for decades to be defined by both gripping storytelling and deep leadership wisdom. Bob Iger delivers, and then some! The Ride of a Lifetime is leadership gold - you won’t forget the stories or the lessons.” (Brené Brown, number one New York Times best-selling author of Dare to Lead)

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Spannende Einblicke in die Disney Welt

Mir hat das Hörbuch sehr viel Spaß gemacht. Es war sehr lehrreich, unterhaltsam und stellenseise sehr amüsant.

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Thank you Bob

Shows where honesty, Integrity, correctness, empathy, decisiveness, trust, and well a big Portion of luck could get you. It also Shows where drugs, and jokes About the planet of the apes could get you. Do Always the Right Thing. Yeah… thank you bob. Thank you!

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Spannende Erzählung

Robert Iger fasst die wichtigstem Ereignisse seiner beruflichen Laufbahn zusammen und stellt zu Ende des Buches die wichtigsten Lehren dieser Zeiten zusammen. Großartig! Dabei kümmert er sich sehr oft um die zwischenmenschliche Ebene. So beschreibt er seine Freundschaft mit Steve Jobs und die Verhandlungen um Pixar, Marvel und Lucas Arts kaum aus unternehmerischer Sicht, sondern beschreibt viel mehr die dadurch entstehenden Konflikte. Insgesamt war es schön zu hören und gut zu folgen. Mir fehlten die Probleme die das mittlere Management bei M&A oder Pivots abarbeiten müssen. Robert Iger geht über die Detailarbeit elegant hinweg (wie es ein CEO von Firmen der Größe wohl machen muss). Mehr wirtschaftliche oder interne Details wird Robert Iger vielleicht auch nicht preisgeben dürfen, aber hätten dem Buch mehr Tiefgang verleiht.

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Simply inspiring

One of the greatest books from an CEO that I have ever read! I am hoping for a second book to come

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good story from an inspiring business leader

well narrated career trajectory of an inspiring business person. truly inspiring and thought provoking! let's see what will happen to his legacy at disney

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Great

One of the best books on Leadership I have ever heard. I can recommend it to anyone!

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Fascinating story

The life story and leadership wisdoms from Robert Iger are very interesting and fascinating! I went through this book on a heartbeat. Lots of great insides which are not know to the public before

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großartig

ich hab schon viele Autobiographien hier auf audible gehört, aber diese hier gehört zu einer der besten. Gerade weil es anscheinend so hard ist in der Medien Welt Erfolg zu haben, kann man von dem Aufstieg von Robert Iger viel lernen.

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Spannende Erlebnisse gerade zu Firmenübernahmen.

Wer Disney, Pixar, Marvel und Co mag bekommt hier eine spannende Biographie mit vielen Anekdoten und interessanten Aspekten von Firmenübernahmen.

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Overall a very good book on business.

A nicely told story of the career of Robert Iger with great insights into his thinking and decision making.