: Michael Eisner is a more intensely hated corporate chairman than Bill Gates or Ken Lay. Fewer people may hate him but they hate him more. People in the entertainment industry, investors, copyright foes, and media folks can’t stand him and they’re waiting in line to thumb their noses at him as Disney is taken over by Comcast… or somebody.
First in line, media. Get a load of these gleeful slaps in this morning’s LA Times:
Increasingly isolated in his corporate redoubt, Michael Eisner must be contemplating the strategy to pursue when you’ve got a reputation as a cold, imperious leader with an uneven track record, a host of alienated ex-associates and a well-financed opponent determined to place your management style and fiscal stewardship under the microscope….
Eisner’s reluctance to delegate authority, much less to set a date for his own retirement after two decades at the helm and to groom a successor, has driven off enough talented executives to fill the corporate dining rooms at entertainment conglomerates all over town. His taste for adolescent infighting has led him into a series of embarrassing public feuds, and it doesn’t say much for his judgment that he seems to lose most of them