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In my opinion, it's one of the best business books so far. Rob Iger has worked for the same company for 45 years: 22 years at ABC, 23 years at Disney (after Disney acquired ABC in 1995), and he was the 6th CEO of Walt Disney for 15 years. During the time he was CEO, he focused on 3 main priorities: 1) High quality branded content; 2) Embrace technology to the fullest extent (including launching Disney+, direct to consumer); 3) To become a truly global company. And during his tenure, he has led successful acquisition including Pixar, Marvel Entertainment, Lucasfilm (Star Wars), 21st Century Fox. Rob is humble and he offers many valuable leadership lessons. One of the nice quote of his: "Value ability more than experience, and put people in roles that require more of them than they know they have in them." It's a great read!
A very good insight in to lesson of leadership given by Bob Iger, as an company executive and an avid Disney, Marvel and Star Wars fan, this was an easy read. The story of his friendship with Steve Jobs was a really interesting and frank relationship built on business and affection for each other, A book that is difficult to put down and once you finish, you are little thirsty for more insights. Really enjoyed this.
Such books dont come along very often. Robert Iger is a business legend after his performance as CEO of Disney and it was incredible reading about his rise from being a weatherman to the CEO of the largest entertainment company in the world. The book is insightful and theres a lot to learn from the experiences shared by Mr Iger. The only complain I would have from this book is that it was a little too brief at times and could have been more detailed. I felt under 300 pages did not do complete justice to his legendary career. Having said that, its still one of the best books ive read in a long time. A must read.
This is a must-read for anyone interested in business and management. Bob Iger has had a great career and been lucky enough to work in a very interesting industry even if the creative side of it really makes little sense. Four great moves, Pixar, Lucasfilm, Marvel and 20th Century Fox - all of which looked overpriced at the time and (the first three) proved to be bargains. The jury is still out on the fourth. And doubtless that will turn out to be a bargain. He may regret however not going the extra mile to keep Sky. But then again he may not. I wouldn't bet against his judgement which has proved to be impeccable. Most businessmen like him make one big mistake in their lives, they regret terribly, but he does not appear to have made one. There will never be another Hollywood executive as successful as him, mainly because the opportunities will not be available that has had had. And he managed to get on with Steve jobs - an achievement in itself. One flaw - why is he calling the new Disney streaming business Disney+, the same name as another competitor and not a very inspiring name at that. Surely he can do better. Also Disney+ may turn out to be his big mistake. The gamble is not only in the start-up costs and reputation loss if it goes wrong but also the licencing and royalty income lost on the Disney product. Disney+ could be a colossal mistake. Personally I would have rode the bandwagon and auctioned off the Disney material for the inevitable fortune it would attract from all the other streaming services. And, surprisingly Iger has not recognized the one big streaming opportunity that seems open - sports. And Disney has a huge advantage owning ESPN. And as good as Bob Iger is I am afraid Jeff Bezos is better. When Bob is gone one can see Amazon making a bid for Disney. But having said all that he is one of the greats of American business. Walt Disney would be very very proud.
This is the first book that made me cry as I was reading it! I'm 47! An amazing and well written story of this man's professional career. Although it's a warts-and-all look at life rising up through the ranks, it also has a gloss to it that reminds you of his expertise in showbiz. Entertaining, informative and inspiring.
I admit I only bought this book as I'm a massive fan of Disney and thought it might be a decent read to keep the boredom at bay; I wasn't sure how much I'd enjoy Bob Iger's life story or see much relevance in the leadership or business elements of it. I was pleasantly surprised however, and this book is one of the most inspirational and thought-provoking books I've read in a long time. Iger has written it in an enticing way that keeps you turning the pages even when you swear you'll be done reading at the end of this chapter! This book has relevance to life both in a professional way, as expected, but also in making people more self-aware in their personal lives too. This book has made me want to be a better person, and continue to follow his advice. I might never be CEO of the Walt Disney Company, but I sure hope to be as good at resilience and leadership as Iger describes here! Absolute 10/10 must read!!
Just beginning the chapter on marvel and felt impelled to write a review, which is something I normally don’t do on Amazon. I have to say I’m thoroughly enjoying this book, the lessons, the life of Bob and the honest insight into business at such a senior level. This is turing into one of my favourite business reads and reminds me of a similar favourite read of mine “Shoe Dogs” by Nike founder Phill Knight. I’d highly recommend picking up this book if you are a business leader/ manager and want to understand the type of strategic thinking that is required at the top!