Work in Progress

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Hyperion, Sep 15, 1999 - Biography & Autobiography - 464 pages
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Michael Eisner, Chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company, is among the entertainment industrys most dynamic and creative leaders. Like Lee Iacocca and Bill Gates, Eisner is a brilliant executive who has led a company from marginality to market dominance. Unlike Gates and Iacocca, Eisner has done it three times: as a programming wizard at ABC television; as president of Paramount Pictures; and as CEO of The Walt Disney Company. Here, for the first time, Eisner tells his story. How did a college boy who started as a summer page at NBC in 1966 rise to the pinnacle of the entertainment business? How did the junior executive at ABC television in 1967 come to engineer the takeover of Capital Cities/ABC by Disney three decades later for $19 billion, one of the largest acquisitions in U.S. corporate history? With candor and insight, Eisner describes his successes, his well-publicized failures, and the personality struggles he has faced. We also learn the principles that have successfuly guided his career: Suggesting the impossible extends the possible; good creative instincts are meaningless unless you act on them; success tends to make you forget what made you successful in the first place; find out the bad news first, the good news rarely requires immediate action. The key to any creative venture is the idea, the basic concept stripped of any other considerations, everything else is secondary. A national bestseller in hardcover, Work in Progress has quickly established itself as the most important business book of the decade.

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Review: Work in Progress: Risking Failure, Surviving Success

User Review  - Manish Patel - Goodreads

Provides good insight into Disney's organization, decision making with regards to business acquisitions, site selections and deal structuring and failures during Michael Eisner's term through 1998. Read full review

Review: Work in Progress: Risking Failure, Surviving Success

User Review  - Barry Bridges - Goodreads

Eisner's very own personal highlight reel. Don't go looking for any hints to Disney's success, any shared business acumen, or even any lessons from mistakes. The only thing you learn is Disney and ... Read full review


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About the author (1999)

Michael D. Eisner was born on March 7, 1942 in Mount Kisco, New York. He attended and graduated from Denison University in 1964 with a B.A. in English. Soon thereafter, Barry Diller at ABC hired him as Assistant to the National Programming Director. He soon became senior vice-president in charge of programmng and development. In 1976 Barry Diller had moved on to become chairman of Paramount Pictures and recruited Michael Eisner from ABC and made him president and CEO of the movie studio. In 1984 Disney brought Michael Eisner and former Warner Brothers chief Frank Wells on board to replace Ron Miller. During the second half of the 1980's and early 1990's Disney became revitalized - beginning with The Little Mermaid. During the 1990's Michael Eisner set out to plan the "Disney Decade" which was to feature new parks, park expansions and new films. Between 2003 and 2005 there were some management changes at Disney and Michael Eisner announced in March 2005 that he would step down as CEO. On October 5, 2005 he hosted "The Charlie Rose Show". After this, CNBC President Mark Hoffman hird him in early 2006 to host his own talk show, Conversations with Michael Eisner. The show features CEO's, political leaders and actors.

Tony Schwartz is the founder and president of The Energy Project, a consulting group that works with a number of Fortune 500 companies, including American Express, Credit Suisse, Ford, General Motors, Gillette, Master Card, and Sony. He was a reporter for the New York Times, an associate editor at Newsweek, and a staff writer for New York Magazine and Esquire and a columnist for Fast Company. He co-authored the #1 worldwide bestseller The Art of the Deal with Donald Trump, and after that wrote What Really Matters. He co-authored the #1 New York Times bestseller The Power of Full Engagement with Jim Loehr.

Jean Gomes is Managing Director of DPA, a London-based management consultancy specialising in leadership and culture change. For the past 20 years, he has been advising companies like Coca-Cola, Pfizer, Cable & Wireless, Sun Microsystems, Sony, ICL, The Home Office, Nokia and Intel in the US, Japan and Europe. He is also Chairman of The Energy Project Europe.

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