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The Ride of a Lifetime: Lessons Learned from 15 Years as CEO of the Walt Disney Company

The Ride of a Lifetime: Lessons Learned from 15 Years as CEO of the Walt Disney Company, written by Robert Iger, is a must-read for any business leader. It is both inspiring and informative, detailing Iger’s journey from humble beginnings to the CEO of one of the biggest companies in the world.

In this book, Iger weaves together lessons from his personal and professional life that can be applied to any field of work.


The Ride of A Lifetime starts with a brief overview of Robert Iger’s childhood and early career experiences before delving into his tenure as CEO of Disney. He shares anecdotes and stories about his time as CEO, illustrating how he identified opportunities and created value out of them.

He talks about the lessons he learned along the way, including the importance of fostering creativity, collaboration and communication within an organization. Moreover, it provides readers with insight into how Iger made each decision with a view to enhance shareholder value while preserving Disney’s iconic brand values.

Lessons Learned

Iger’s main lesson throughout the book is that a leader’s primary responsibility is to create value for their company by capitalizing on opportunities in order to move their organizations forward. In order to do so successfully, leaders need to be willing to take risks but also be mindful that not all risks will pay off.

Iger also emphasizes the importance of team work in creating sustainable success in any organization; he stresses that when people work together towards a common goal they can achieve results far greater than if they were working alone.

Furthermore, he encourages readers to be open-minded when faced with change and stresses that having an open dialogue with team members can ensure a successful transition during times of uncertainty or transformation.


The Ride Of A Lifetime is an inspiring read for anyone aspiring to become or striving to remain an effective leader in business or life.

It provides key insights into how Robert Iger maintained Disney’s iconic brand while still delivering strong returns for shareholders over 15 years as CEO.

This book offers readers invaluable advice on how capitalize on opportunity while still maintaining their commitment to core values and fostering collaboration within their teams; something which has proved essential during turbulent times like Covid-19 where companies are having to rapidly pivot strategies in order to stay afloat.

All in all, this book is essential reading for any aspiring business leader looking for guidance on how best lead an organisation through uncertain times whilst still creating value for stakeholders along the way.

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