Working Together: Why Great Partnerships Succeed

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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 ...

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Overview

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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Eisner, former Chairman of the Walt Disney Company, writes about his former partnership with the late Frank Wells and profiles duos from finance (Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger), charity (Bill and Melinda Gates), entertainment (Brian Grazer and Ron Howard), fashion (Valentino and Giancarlo Giammetti), commerce (Home Depot founders Arthur Blank and Bernie Marcus), sports (Joe Torre and Don Zimmer), hospitality (Ian Schrager and Steve Rubell of Studio 54 and restaurateurs Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken), and other industries. Though Eisner and Cohen fill their book with success stories, many are already familiar, and the lesser-known partnerships aren't particularly fascinating. Most disappointing is the lack of detail on what makes a partnership succeed. Bill Gates is praised as having formed powerful collaborations but is otherwise left unexplored. And Rubell and Schrager (whose partnership ended with them both in jail) hit it off in college because "Brooklyn guys always have a bond." Contrary to Eisner's titular promise, anyone looking for insight will come away frustrated.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062025418
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/14/2010
  • Format: MP3
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Ships to U.S.and APO/FPO addresses only.

Meet the Author

Michael D. Eisner has been a leader in the American entertainment industry for four decades. While president of Paramount Pictures, he turned out hit films such as Raiders of the Lost Ark and Saturday Night Fever. As chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company, he transformed a film and theme park company with $1.8 billion in enterprise value into a global media empire valued at $80 billion. In 2005 Eisner founded The Tornante Company, a privately held corporation that makes investments in and incubates companies and opportunities in the media and entertainment space.

Aaron Cohen, a writer and television producer, has won thirteen Emmy Awards and a Peabody Award for his work at NBC and HBO, and has twice received the Dick Schaap Award for Outstanding Writing for his work on the critically acclaimed boxing documentary series 24/7.

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