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The Ride of a Lifetime

Lessons Learned from 15 Years as CEO of the Walt Disney Company
Written by: Robert Iger
Narrated by: Jim Frangione, Robert Iger
Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
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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

What the critics say

“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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Great listening

This was a great listening. Good choice to have Bob read the preface. Bob covers many of the big titles of is life. I do think there they is many that he did not mentioned or could of have more dive inn. Has a "Disney client fan" Thank you Bob Mouse.

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interesting

A regular smart guy who learned good and bad from everyone he worked for ,with around loved it

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Great Story

I really enjoyed the raw risk honesty truth and kindness that was described in this book as Bob explained his career. As someone who loves Disney I didn’t fully understand how big the company was and I loved learning more about it as he told his story and lessons learned to get there. I took away how being true to yourself and not let things like ego and others opinions get in the way. Follow your gut. Really enjoyed it!

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It’s a bit about Disney and a lot about magic

I appreciate Bob Iger’s integrity and great storytelling ability.
I was however disappointed that he did not read the book. It lost something for me in the narration, which is professional but not as engaging as listening to Bob would have been.
There are so many wonderful lessons to learn in this book; we’ll worth the investment of your time.

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Good story

Not as educational as I was hoping for about real practical operations but an overall interesting story and was somewhat educational.

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Incredibly Good Leadership and Management Book

What a refreshing book in a world of dog eat dog Business and Corporate! Robert demonstrates with his lessons learned in business how integrity, honesty, humility, courage, respect, and striving for excellence should work together for success.

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Highly recommend

Incredibly interesting, I enjoyed learning so much about the behind the scenes of Disney; I’m addition to his personal and professional climb!

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Exceptional

This book is one of the best I’ve read/listened too! Robert delivers key leadership skills integrated into the telling of his exceptionally successful and compelling career path, it is a very well done and inspiring book.

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  • MC
  • 2020-03-03

An amazing book

The story of Roberts path to becoming CEO of Walt Disney Company is fantastic. The challenges he faced in his career, were concurred due to his attitude, integrity, empathy, communication skills and a lot more qualities that he has and what every CEO should have.

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Great book! Would recommend

Great book into the life Bob Iger and Disney I would suggest this book to everyone.

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  • Matt S.
  • 2020-01-02

Joins “Shoe Dog” as required biographies.

Thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook. Loved the content, flow and length. Too many biographies are far too long. This book beautifully highlighted the career of Iger without a lot of the meaningless detail. Wish more biographies were written in this fashion.

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  • Jason
  • 2019-09-29

Perfect insight in to the mind of Bob Iger

For years, I have admired watching the “Disney magic” performed by Bob Iger as President and CEO of The Walt Disney Company. Bob is an exceptional leader and I am a huge fan! If I could start over my career, I would want to spend as much time as possible under his tutelage and learn from his 45 years of wisdom and insights of leadership and hard work at Disney. In this book, he explains his background and how he climbed the corporate ladder. After becoming CEO, he discussed how Disney was able to find opportunities to add value to its brand. He gave a glimpse into how he devises a corporate strategy. He also talked about some of the things that keep him up at night and worry him the most, and what he did to address those challenges. He didn’t cover what a typical day in the office looks like but he provided some morsels of how he structures his time to ensure maximum productivity and personal development. Through his vignettes, he covered some of the qualities that make a person successful at leading a world-renowned organization. He also shared some of his thinking behind his spectacular acquisitions as CEO. He talked about his assessment process when analyzing those opportunities. Bob also talked about how he helped disrupt the traditional ways of thinking at Disney and prepared the company for a brighter future. As the public face for Disney, he shared his thoughts and feelings on how he handled controversies or responded to negative coverage. The early reviews of the book honed in on a passing comment made by Bob about Steve Jobs and how, if Steve had lived longer, there may have been an opportunity to merge Disney into Apple. I never fully appreciated the close relationship Bob had with Steve. I think Bob did very well in paying tribute to his good friend Steve Jobs. Overall, I enjoyed this book and look forward to seeing Disney build upon the successful legacy built by Bob Iger.

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 2020-03-10

self-absorbed

If you're interested in listening to a dull play by play of Iger's career, this is the book. However be advised it is read in a tone that makes Iger come off as a pompous egoist. I barely made it through.

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  • 2019-12-14

Incredible Journey and Lessons

I did not know much about Bob Iger before listening to his professional biography and found it difficult to stop listening to this captivating story. This book contains incredible lessons on people, management (especially risk-taking and risk management), and mergers & acquisitions. I am astonished by everything described behind the scenes.

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  • seymour ubell
  • 2019-12-01

ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS I’VE EVER READ

I could not stop listening for a single moment
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each description of Bob Iger’s incredible career.
This book is a must for Every business owner and executive

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  • AnG T
  • 2020-01-07

Business and Life Lessons

Valuable business lessons and fascinating story overall. This book helps to demonstrate how even a giant corporation like Disney can be run with a touch of humanity and be successful. Furthermore, it RE emphasizes the value of meaningful relationships in business and the importance of honesty and ingenuity when building these.

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  • Tracy L. Bebb
  • 2020-01-07

<br />Maybe the best book I have ever read!

I have never read a book where I was more inspired to be a better leader and the best version of myself. I am grateful for Bob to share his incredible experience!

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  • andre layne
  • 2020-01-07

Great Story! Enjoyed the Journey

Loved it! Right up there with Shoedog as one of my favorite business stories. Definitely worth the listen and I'll be purchasing the hard copy.

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  • Omar
  • 2020-01-03

Truly Remarkable!

What an incredible story teller Bob is. Phenomenal read for anyone interested in learning the leadership principles required to lead a multi billion dollar, global corporation.

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  • Dominique
  • 2020-01-03

A new perspective on leadership

Storytelling at its finest. Listening to this book felt like I was along for the ride of a lifetime. I love the way the journey was laid out and the lessons in innovation, honesty, negotiation and thoughtful leadership were woven in. This one will definitely make it to the bookshelf.

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  • Friot Clara
  • 2019-11-15

Sometimes genuine, sometimes corporate droll

Its hard to seperate the parts where Iger is genuinely sharing experience and wisdom, offering good advice and some insight in his years as a buisness man, from the parts where Disney s political correctness prevents all form of honnesty, confesion of guilt, ill intent and bad decion making. This book would have been better had it been released 3 years later, after Iger s retirement. As is, its an odd hybdride of honnest wisdoms gained from experiences told to us with a lack of honestly.

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  • 2020-03-08

Incredible

Absolutely loved it. What a mentor, what a book, what insight. I strongly recommend it to anyone. Enjoy!