The Ride of a Lifetime 閱後感

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繼Homo Deus後 終於完成了2020年的第二本書 – Disney CEO Bob Iger的自傳 “The Ride of A Lifetime”. 最近放工後不乏娛樂 – Netflix “Breaking Bad“完成了5個seasons、然後現在在看”Better Call Saul” ,還有最近pick up的老人界board game Rummikub 

Bob Iger在15年間將Disney transform成為一個global media giant – 他就是4大重量級acquisitions的mastermind – Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilm, 21st Century Fox。當中他也推出了破天荒的Black Panther,也為uphold integrity而做出了各項人事上的決定,也造就上海迪士尼開幕(開幕日當天他更要deal with鱷魚意外!)

讀後感:看完這本書,我覺得內容寫得有一點太brieffast-forward了,r明明這麼legendary/almost dreamlike,還真的想知道他多一點內心的感受/motivation,內容再deep diver會更好!他的career就順風順水,非常lucky。而且字裡行間也覺得他有點自負,這麼多驕人的成就,真的是他一個人的功勞嗎?另外覺得似乎Shoe Dog更精彩更film-like,可能是因為Shoe Dog 是關於building a new brand from scratch,而Bob Iger是一個executive在navigating the corporate ladder吧?所以少一點颶風巨浪。

雖然他是在creative/media/entertainment industry,跟我這種傳統行業不太一樣,當中我也highlight了不少points。

  • Innovate or die, and there’s no innovation if you operate out of the new or untested. “Innovate or die”在書中多次出現。其實我自己就是那種reluctant to change (或者是reluctant to drive changes吧)的人,但一方面都理解必須要embrace disruptions。特別是2020年的世界。
  • Create an environment in which you refuse to accept mediocrityYou instinctively push back against the urge to say “There’s not enough time”, or “I don’t have the energy,” … , or any of the many other ways we can convince ourselves that “good enough” is good enough. 呢個point都好中,因為我就係hea底/鍾意找藉口嘅人。當然找到鍾意做嘅時時我會好精益求精,但最近好似都lost咗呢一份追求。
  • The importance of taking responsibility when you screw up.
  • Be decent to people. Treat everyone with fairness and empathy.
  • Excellence and fairness don’t have to be mutually exclusive….I was instinctively aware of both the need to strive for perfection and the pitfalls of caring only about the product and never the people. 
  • The need for optimism – look at the situation not as a catastrophe but as a puzzle we needed to solve…only way through was to stay laser-focused and to exude as much calmness as possible to the people around me. 
  • “Bet on brains” – value ability more than experience 
  • Your inexperience can’t be an excuse for failure. Can’t let humility prevent you from leading – it’s a fine line. 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 you can. True authority and true leadership come from knowing who you are and not pretending to be anything else.
  • I never start small – people will focus on little details as a way of masking a lack of any clear, coherent, big thoughts. If you start petty, you seem petty. And if the big picture is a mess, then the small things don’t matter anyway, and you shouldn’t spend time focusing on them.
  • Good leadership isn’t about being indispensable – it’s about helping others be prepared to possibly step into your shoes – giving them access to your own decision making, identifying the skills they need to develop and helping them improve.
  • No one wants to follow a pessimist. It’s ruinous to morale. It saps energy and inspiration. Projecting your anxiety onto your team is counterproductive.
  • If something doesn’t feel right to you, then it’s probably not right for you.
  • It’s tradition. Tradition generates so much friction, every step of the way.
  • Company’s integrity depends on the integrity of its people. Demand quality and integrity of your people and products.
  • Embrace technology and disruption rather than fear it.

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