The Ride of a Lifetime

Robert Iger

The Ride of a Lifetime



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The Ride of a Lifetime: Lessons Learned from fifteen years as the CEO of the Walt Disney Company tells the story of the long and colourful career of Robert Iger. His career in the movie industry started by chance, with a job as a studio inspector at ABC, and from there he managed to get himself noticed by his bosses, which catapulted him onto his trajectory towards Disney. His qualities and infalible instinct confirmed his abilities as a leader, and an ambitious campaign got him the nomination as the CEO of the Walt Disney Company. In this role, Iger contributed to the expansion of Disney all over the world. Innovation, the right team and excellent company strategies enabled him to acquire Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilm and many others, reviving the Disney of the golden age. Yet, this is not just a success story, it is a continuous flow of creative stimuli, in that this book is a rich compendium of important lessons for successful leadership. 

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Analysis and key concepts


The inevitable struggle to learn, plant seeds, and finally enjoy the fruits of your labour


The ability to decide, take action and mediate are essential qualities for a good leader


A good leader needs to have a vision and listen to his instinct


A friendship of two great visionaries: Robert Iger and Steve Jobs


Leadership tips according to Robert Iger: the 10 principles a leader should always nurture


The Disney kingdom was a dream which began in 1923 and grew under Iger’s leadership




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Robert Iger was named CEO of Walt Disney in 2005, many years into his long career. In 1974, he started at ABC Studios as a studio inspector, where he began his career and soon became head of television programming. From that moment on, he continued to forge ahead, getting himself noticed for his remarkable organisational skills. In 1999 he became President of Walt Disney International, and then became CEO of the Walt Disney Company. He is credited with having revived Disney through innovation and the acquisition of other companies, such as Pixar in 2006, Marvel in 2008, Lucasfilm in 2012 and Twentieth Century Fox in 2019. His biography, The Ride of a Lifetime, released in 2019, quickly became a bestseller. 

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Random House