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The Wisdom of Bob Iger

Explore the incredible wisdom of Bob Iger. CEO of Disney. Time’s 100 Most Influential People of the Year.
The Wisdom of Bob Iger

Who is Bob Iger?

Bob Iger is a renowned business leader and former CEO of The Walt Disney Company, whose visionary leadership transformed the entertainment giant into a global powerhouse.

Serving as CEO from 2005 to 2020, Iger oversaw a period of remarkable growth and innovation, marked by the acquisition of iconic brands like Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilm, and 21st Century Fox, expanding Disney's vast media and entertainment portfolio.

Under his guidance, Disney's theme parks, cruise lines, and streaming services, including Disney+, thrived, solidifying the company's position as an industry leader. Iger's legacy is defined by his strategic foresight, commitment to creative excellence, and his role in shaping the future of entertainment.

Nuggets of Wisdom

1. Don't be in the business of playing it safe. Be in the business of creating possibilities for greatness.

2. Take responsibility when you screw up.

3. Value ability more than experience, and put people in roles that require more of them than they know they have in them.

4. Ask the questions you need to ask, admit without apology what you don't understand, and do the work to learn what you need to learn as quickly as possible.

5. Managing creativity is an art, not a science.

6. It's not about perfectionism at all costs. It's about creating an environment which people refuse to accept mediocrity.

7. Don't let ambition get ahead of opportunity.

8. It's not good to have power for too long.

9. Do the work, or the people around you will notice and lose respect for you.

10. Be self-aware enough to realize that you are not the only person who can do your job.

11. A brand's reputation is the sum total of the actions of it's people and the quality of it's products.

12. "Great" is often a collection of very small things over time.

13. No one wants to follow a pessimist.

14. Long shots aren't usually as long as they seem.

15. If you can't articulate your priorities clearly, the people around you don't know what their own should be.

16. It should always be about the future, not the past.

17. A little respect goes a long way, and the absence of it can be very costly.

18. If something doesn't feel right to you, it won't be right for you.

19. Projecting your anxiety onto your team is counterproductive.

20. If you're in the business of making something, be in the business of making something great.

The Ride of a Lifetime by Bob Iger

A memoir of leadership and success: The CEO of Disney, Time’s 2019 businessperson of the year, shares the ideas and values he embraced while reinventing one of the world’s most beloved companies and inspiring the people who bring the magic to life. 

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