04 Jul 2020
Man, is there a better book genre than a biography of an accomplished person? Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson, Shoe Dog by Phil Knight, What It Takes by Stephen Schwarzman - and now Bob Iger's "The Ride of a Lifetime" are some of the most exciting books I could have read.
A few thought-provoking notes I extracted while listening to the book: Bob was from a modest upbringing: his mother worked at school, his father was a WWII veteran, who despite his capabilities, struggled to stay at a single job for a long time. Iger describes his childhood as being poor (although he didn't think about it when growing up). He attended Ithaca College, studying Television and Radio. Bob brings up one of his first bosses at ABC, a rare kind of creative genius, Roone Arledge. Despite his unmatched ability and talent in storytelling and knowing exactly what captivates the viewer, Bob openly criticizes Roone for his abusive management style: proposing critical changes to production at the last moment, treating colleagues at lower position with little to no respect and making his subordinates' lives miserable. Bob's companies were acquired twice: once when ABC was acquired by Capital Cities; then again when Walt Disney acquired Capital Cities. Bob had little to nothing to do with these acquisitions. Had these acquisitions not happen to his companies, there is a decent chance we wouldn't have known Bob Iger, the iconic CEO of Disney, the way we know him.