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The Ride of a Lifetime

Lessons Learned from 15 Years as CEO of the Walt Disney Company
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 CEO of Disney, one of Time’s most influential people of 2019, shares the ideas and values he embraced to reinvent one of the most beloved companies in the world and inspire the people who bring the magic to life.

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 respected 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’s learned while running Disney and leading its 200,000 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

Critic Reviews

“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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Interesting

I knew very little about Disney until I read this book. Mr. Iger offer's a behind the scenes look at how a big company in the C-Suit level. He also provides very sound advise. It is a must ready for anything trying to better themselves.

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  • marja
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  • 12-06-19

Encouraging and motivating story

Great narration by the author. Very encouraging and motivating story. Positive attitude and successful career create a great dynamic.

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ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS I’VE EVER READ

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

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People Product Process

No one is better than Mr. Iger. This book tells his story and his why.

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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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Honestly blown away

Deep and very revealing account of a businessman I already found very intriguing. I realize there's two sides to every story but I really enjoyed the candor and honesty of Mr Iger in both this book and real life. I've been infatuated with big business and Hollywood politics and filmmaking since I was a little kid. Went to Film and Art School as an adult and am still a media junkie to this day. I've followed and dissected all the mergers, politics, sporting events, etc covered in the book and it was awesome to hear it all from his POV all of these years later. Highly recommended!

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Very interesting

Enjoyed hearing about his experiences and take always from a life time working. Good performance

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  • 12-10-19

Great!

It gives you a big picture of how a successful leader deals w ups and down in a business

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Loved it!

Favorite kind of book. Fun stories. Bob Iger is a great man I look up to.

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Legend!

Extremely interesting book with some great leadership lessons along the way. Bob Iger is a legend!