Fire starter pro-tip

Mid Life Celebration book
The drainage hole cover with the Mickey Mouse head emblem – the only place you could find Mickey Mouse when EPCOT Center opened in 1982.

Ask, “Is my leader on fire with our organization’s purpose? Does my leader set me on fire about it too?”

Pro tip: Lead yourself. Do not count on others to set you on fire with a compelling, noble purpose.

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Become it, then preach it

Disney Keynote speaker Jeff Noel with Mickey and Minnie
Blurry photos can be awesome. Cheryl and i celebrated our 30th year of Disney Service this evening in 2014. Cheryl went on to reach 36 years of Disney Service as a Disney Human Resources Exectutive.

Become the podcast, then host it. Become the book, then write it. Become the leader, then teach it.

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Snug as a bug

Christmas card from Disney Keynote Speaker Jeff Noel
The original goal was to use this every year. Only made it one year. ‘Later’ is where dreams go to die.

Easy to get stuck when trying to fit a mold or model that isn’t for you.

dad

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Fear is an unwelcome Leadership companion

keynote slide print out
This photo is from a slide deck for a Creativity Keynote in Orlando. Delivered 2,000 Disney Keynote speeches since 1999. The first speech without slides was a filmed TEDx Talk at American University of Kuwait. That same keynote was also my first recorded speech. This was a dramatic leap in discomfort.

Fear is unnecessary attachment to things, people, and habits.

dad

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MBA syndrome

Disney Concierge team in the 1990's
Disney’s Grand Floridian Concierge Team in the 1990’s. Even 8-10 years into my Disney salaried leadership career, an MBA felt like a legit credential. These days though, i know text-book theories can’t hold a candle to actually running a profitable business.

Actual email exchange today:

Me: Why do you think an MBA is what’s missing? The people who sell MBA’s work hard to exploit insecurities. Discover your insecurities and then pretend you want to slay them as much as an Olympian wants to be on the podium

Them: You’re right on about the sell job advice from the MBA folks. $$$$$$ As for insecurities, I’ve been thinking about your question over lunch… there are definitely ones coming to mind already which create some false assumptions about an MBA’s potential to “patch” insecurity. Conquer them head on with focus!

Me: Your first sentence is encouraging because you didn’t try to defend the industry. Your second is vital because you have signaled to me – and more critically to yourself – that you see the pervasive patch syndrome. The last thing i wanna do is discourage anyone from their plans…and at the same time the last thing i wanna do is see someone blindly follow the herd without looking at the vitality and vibrancy of the herd. It also works in reverse when people leave organizations to start their entrepreneurial lifestyle – most don’t make it. The romanticizing hype always covers its tracks about the vitality and vibrancy of its success rate.

.think .differently

CEO of You, Inc. (embrace it)

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