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By Michael D. Eisner Tony Schwartz | Comments: ( 413 ) | Date: ( Apr 10, 2020 )

In 1964, NBC clerk Michael Eisner made 65 a week.Though he only took one business course in his life accounting he did have a head for business as CEO of Disney, he earned over half a billion bucks in 1997 Though he had no foundation in finance, he averted the bloody dismemberment of Disney by takeover sharks when he took over in 1984, and by May 1998 he earned over In 1964, NBC clerk Michael Eisner made 65 a week.Though he only took one business course in his life accounting he did have a head for business as CEO of Disney, he earned over half a billion bucks in 1997 Though he had no foundation in finance, he averted the bloody dismemberment of Disney by takeover sharks when he took over in 1984, and by May 1998 he earned over 80 billion for Disney stockholders Not bad for a guy who, on his first day in Walt s old office, met a manager of the film division BVD Buena Vista Distribution and innocently asked whether Disney made underwear In his memoir, Eisner doesn t air quite as much dirty laundry as we could hope he d be dopey enough to do Still, it is revealing, and since it s unheard of for Hollywood potentates to spill any beans at all, this book is required reading for anyone interested in America s major export, popular culture.We learn a fair bit of personal stuff the crucial impact of Eisner s sternly withholding father, who drove Michael to succeed and made him less than effusive himself in praising underlings his favorite book in youth The Catcher in the Rye his encounters with madcap Hollywood types his brush with death from heart disease the day he got the idea for Beverly Hills Cop by getting physically roughed up by a Beverly Hills cop his plan to add the naughtier cartoon character Mortimer Mouse to Mickey s family.Eisner gives us his negotiating secret be willing to walk , his view of prerelease audience testing of shows it s almost worthless , his management strategy incite raucous debate within strict institutional checks and balances, then make gut decisions , the key to success in movies and TV strong two man partnerships Lew Wasserman and Sid Sheinberg at Universal, Bob Daly and Terry Semel at Warner Bros and preeminently Eisner and Frank Wells at Disney.Eisner gives a provocative analysis ofwhy Jeffrey Katzenberg and Michael Ovitz proved disastrous partners for him at Disney, and even confesses to a few screwups of his own losing his temper and helping to blow the Disney America historical park development.


  • Title: Work in Progress: Risking Failure, Surviving Success
  • Author: Michael D. Eisner Tony Schwartz
  • ISBN: 9780786885077
  • Page: 417
  • Format: Paperback

About Author:

Michael D. Eisner Tony Schwartz

Retired Chair and CEO of Walt Disney Former President, Paramount Pictures Corp Former Head of West Coast, ABC Television Network



Comments Work in Progress: Risking Failure, Surviving Success

  • Barry Bridges

    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 Eisner are successful at telling stories and a good story has to have a beginning, a middle, and an end. He speaks of reworking the second or third act, but gives no clues as to what the problems were, how they were handled, or what made the uncompelling story suddenly a compelling blockbuster. Still, [...]


  • Matthew

    3.5 stars. If you are interested in this chapter of Disney's history then I recommend checking out the book Disney War by James B Stewart. It gives a "behind the scenes" look at all the events Eisner describes but arguably from a more unbiased perspective.Work in Progress is a play-by-play of Eisner's work at Disney, up to 1998. He is cocky but that's probably what makes him a successful ceo. Don't read this book if you're looking for interesting anecdotes on the creative work of Disney. Instead [...]


  • Jason

    I read this book soon after it came out. While it was interesting to read about how Eisner came to be President and CEO of Disney, it was rather absurd the way he spent most of the time stroking his own ego. If you're looking for a good "story" this is a good book. If you're looking for business advice or an accurate description of what life was like inside Eisner's Disney empire I'd recommend looking elsewhere.I guess that should be expected of an autobiography, though.


  • Joey

    Really interesting, even if you're not an Eisner fan, it covers a lot of the history in the entertainment industry and at Disney. It is a bit dated, and it's kind of funny to hear about their new ventures in Animal Kingdom and China. Also, it does have some dated business styles, which are still widely practiced today, but not in a social media world.


  • Jim

    This is an interesting book about the trials and tribulations of Eisner's time at Disney. Yeshe is an egomaniac but he did some great things during his time at Disney. As a result, thousands of people owe him a "thank you" for his hard work and dedication.Is this a GREAT business bookNO. Is it worth readingYEScially if you are a fan of the work he did at Disney.


  • Mirah W

    I read this book for a leadership class in grad schoolI think the concepts Eisner includes are great for anyone wanting to be a better leader. I have too many points underlined in the book to even count serves as a reference book of sorts for me.


  • Joe Thacker

    What had really stuck with me is how Disney leverages assets so much better than anyone else and how this creates not only incredible profits but also a sustainable competitive advantage that still holds today. Not enough companies really understand leverage and how to benefit from it.


  • Amy Wolf

    A self-serving hagiography. Really, everything in this book is utter B.S. -- trust me, I worked in Hollywood during Eisner's reign. Pass.


  • Philip Johnsey

    I enjoyed the stories of risk, failure and ultimate success. Too often we're afraid to try because we might fail. We need to realize that its a "work in progress"


  • Erika

    Fascinating. My main memories of Michael Eisner are of hosting the "Wonderful World of Disney" on Sunday nights.


  • Manish Patel

    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.


  • Lori Grant

    A should-read autobiograpy on leadership for knowledge workers, managers, directors, C-levels, and entrepreneurs.


  • Nick Benson

    If you like Disney or are just interested in the complexities of the entertainment industry, this is a very good book about a smart man who has been in the trenches.


  • John

    Michael Eisner some say saviour others say not.This autobiography gives his own version of his rise to head the Disney empire - filled with otherwise unknown facts.


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