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Working Together: Why Great Partnerships Succeed Hardcover – September 14, 2010
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It certainly helps in writing a wannabe best-selling business book to be able to snag personal, face-to-face interviews with celebs. Then again, if you’re Michael D. Eisner, former CEO of the Walt Disney Company (with no small assistance from a writer–TV producer cowriter), access should be no issue. The list of corporate partners—in a variety of industries—is one key to catapulting to the top 10 list; among his distinguished interviewees are Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffet and Charlie Munger. The second key? A topic that’s sure to prompt no small discussion: why certain business duets succeed in the corporate (and entertainment/sports) world. A third feature: an almost dialogue-type style, by which readers feel intimately involved in the conversation. Are the conclusions about working together groundbreaking? Not really; Eisner points to trust as the foundation, followed closely by a real sense of ethics. There is wisdom in remembering the 10 Commandments—and, what’s more, taking the golden rule to heart. A name-dropping book that is catchy enough for all to skim. --Barbara Jacobs
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Dig deep and you will find the most compelling argument for working together: Happiness.
In business there are always unique individual achievers, but pull down the veil and you'll often find someone alongside them. Michael Eisner does just that in Working Together. Using his own collaboration with Frank Wells at Disney as a launching point for examining other famously successful partnerships, Eisner offers us an intimate and deeply personal look at some of the most rewarding business partnerships, uncovering what makes them tick and offering unconventional wisdom and unexpected insights. In this essential book for businesspeople everywhere, Eisner shines a light on these startlingly long-lasting and enriching partnerships, weaving together ten separate narratives—from investment gurus to entertainment impresarios, from fashion designers to big-box retailers—into a larger story about the true nature of achievement in life and in business.
Ten Stories, Ten Magical Partnerships:Michael D. Eisner and Frank Wells (Disney)
Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger (Berkshire Hathaway)
Bill and Melinda Gates (The Gates Foundation)
Brian Grazer and Ron Howard (Imagine Entertainment)
Valentino and Giancarlo Giammetti (Valentino)
Ian Schrager and Steve Rubell (Studio 54)
Arthur Blank and Bernie Marcus (The Home Depot)
Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken (restaurateurs)
Joe Torre and Don Zimmer (New York Yankees)
John Angelo and Michael Gordon (finance)
Collectively, the stories you're about to read form a blueprint for building partnerships that matter, that last, and that allow each of us to do our very best work.
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But Michael Eisner's book "Working Together" really changed everything for me. It introduced me to a number of examples of beautiful partnerships, where each individual was better for having the other by his side.
Furthermore, the book was just an enjoyable read. Its so cool to hear about all of these REALLY successful business celebrities and how a partnership early on helped get them to where they are.
He goes on to explore other successful partnerships. Some are from Hollywood, like Brian Grazer and Ron Howard, which I found interesting. Some were outside Hollywood like Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger. Also interesting. But then he goes on to talk about Valentino and Giancarlo Giammetti. If that were a marriage, we would call it dysfunctional or co-dependent. But I wouldn't call it a great partnership. That was a disappointment.
Eisner then goes on to highlight Steve Rubell and Ian Schrager. They founded Studio 54. This is the best we can produce in a great partnership? Really? Why didn't he highlight Bonnie and Clyde? I found no inspiration from that story. That was a disappointment.
What was really missing was a study of the greatest Hollywood pair, past and present. Here Eisner headed Disney, but it's absent of any real conversation about Walt and Roy. Was there any more successful pair, not just in Tinseltown, but in corporate America? And then there's the best modern day example of all--John Lasseter and Ed Catmull. They not only made Pixar what it is today, they've had to go back and pick up the pieces left by the Eisner era. That was a big disappointment.
In short, while the book has few merits, and in fact, is a disappointment.