Disney CEO Bob Iger’s Organizational Tips
You’ve heard the stories about Bob Iger’s killer routine; the early morning workouts. The meetings. The late-night script-reading and pilot-watching binges.
The entire process seems too intense to fathom.
Even for Oprah. OPRAH!
Even Oprah Winfrey, who moderated an event in New York City with Iger in 2019 to promote his new book, “The Ride of a Lifetime,” couldn’t wrap her head around how the Disney CEO compartmentalizes his day.
“I don’t actually know how you do it all,” Winfrey said.
Iger’s answer? First, it all starts with assembling a good team.
“A company this size with this many businesses and this much complexity — you can’t possibly do it all yourself. Not one person could do that,” Iger said.
But over the years, he has given a method to his seeming madness.
1. The must do’s
As CEO, there are some responsibilities that are unavoidable, Iger said. These include going to board meetings and jumping on earnings calls.
2. Big decisions
“On the business side, there is a case to be made for your product reflecting the world you’re trying to do business in,” Iger told Vogue in 2018. “But of course there’s also an ethical side.”
3. Make a difference
“If I really think that by putting my touch on something I can either help make it better or exhort people who are making it to be better, I do that,” Iger said.
4. Have fun
“I have the ability to decide, occasionally, what’s going to be fun for me,” he said.