Alright, this may be rediculously optimistic, but here goes...
I just finished reading DisneyWar
for the second time and I got this crazy idea. When Iger worked for ABC, before the merger, everyone seemed to like him, and the company did pretty well. After he became President of Disney, we pretty much turned into Eisner, Jr. People who had worked with him before even made the comments about the change in his character ("Lost his soul", etc.) He preactically admitted that he was different when he makes the comment about "how hard it is to work for (Eisner)...no idea how important his job is to me." Nothing new here.
Ok, here's the twist. Iger made comments to a reporter after he was named CEO about how much Disney means to him, how he grew up on Disney, is raising his kids on Disney, etc., very un-Eisner, who knew practically nothing about the company when he showed up. Then he goes and kills strategic planning, a very un-Eisner move. So here's what I'm wondering. Is it even remotely possible, that Iger played the Stooge solely to keep Eisner's "confidence" and get himself into the top seat, and now that he's there, return to the old ABC Iger and run the company well?
Yeah it's a stretch, but I'm curious about what folks think.