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Friday, February 11, 2005

Lessons in Leadership 

Interesting LA Times article (reg. required) on Michael Eisner's post-Disney life. I found this quote to be compelling:

"The last person in this world that I'm ever going to worry about is Michael Eisner," said retired agent Sue Mengers, who has known him since his early days in the industry. "Michael has to deal all day with idiots, or certain people not up to his level. How many people is he going to miss?"

If Eisner himself feels this way, that may be the root of his problems. Who wants to follow someone who thinks and acts as if they're idiots? Who wants to follow someone who looks at you as not up to his level? You have to pay big money to retain 'followers' if you carry that attitude. And they'll perform about as well as you expect.

As a small Disney shareholder, I offer my thanks to Eisner. But don't let the door hit you on the way out.

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