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Former Disney CEO Bob Iger Knew It Was Time to Retire When He ‘Stopped Listening to Other People’

Bob Iger, the former CEO of The Walt Disney Company, is set to step down from his Chairman of the Board position at the end of this month after handing the CEO position over to Bob Chapek last year. Iger recently spoke to CNBC about his impending retirement.

“I became a little bit more dismissive in other people’s opinions than I should have been,” said Iger. “That was an early sign that it was time. It wasn’t the reason I left, but it was a contributing factor.”

Iger noted that he began to “say no too quickly” because he’d “heard every argument before.”

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“Over time, I started listening less and maybe with a little less tolerance of other people’s opinions, maybe because of getting a little bit more overconfident in my own, which is sometimes what happens when you get built up,” he told CNBC.

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  1. Say, what you will about the man, but that is some impressive self-reflection for a person who has so many accomplishments in their field.

  2. Well in his defense he has been CEO for years and eventually you lose your touch a bit. I think he deserves a break. Maybe the negative stuff people said to him also were a factor. That’s why we should be more positive online.

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