Walt Disney is alive!

Walt Disney is alive!


April Fools.

Actually, he is alive.  Very alive.  Seriously.

He’s alive in the hearts, minds and spirits of most Cast Members.

You know why?

Because Disney nurtures, develops and grows their Disney Culture, purposefully.

If they weren’t methodical in how they work so relentlessly to manage and perpetuate their culture, guess what would happen?

Their culture wouldn’t be nurtured, developed and grown, by default.

Can you start to even remotely comprehend the staggering differences between a corporate culture that is purposeful versus one that is by default?

If you don’t know this by now, you should.  The purpose of this blog is to provide daily, small nuggets of leadership and career insight and wisdom.  Think of jungle jeff as a place to visit to get a daily reflections on excellence.

What do you get from this?

You get:  a nudge, an idea, energy, inspiration, motivation, a little spark, some excitement in your day, a reality check, a chance to dream big dreams.

You will also get some thought-provoking questions.  Yes, my style as a professional speaker is one of professional antagonist.  I’m aggressively unfancy, yet hard-wired to “Do Something Great” every time I see an audience of willing participants.

What do I get out of this?

The joy of serving others.

And maybe, the chance to help you and your organization, “Do something Great“!

I have one purpose, to make you happy by showing you a way to achieve your big organizational goals.

Make it a GREAT day, by design, because if you don’t, who will?  Carpe diem, jungle jeff   🙂

Disney Meetings and Tiger Woods?

Disney meetings and Tiger Woods?  Is there some commonality?  Maybe.

Two days ago, Tiger made a dramatic comeback, here in Orlando, at the Bay Hill golf course.  I don’t recall the tournament’s name.  It was his sixth win at this particular tournament.

But, no one was certain he could win, yet.  Was he ready?  Was he strong enough?  Does he still have “it”?  Did the 9.5 months of being away from golf, leave him worse off, or better off?

Last June, I believe, he had a major setback, which required reconstructive surgury, etc.

Well, on Sunday he was, at least when I turned on the TV, at least five strokes behind the leader.

On the final round, he methodically made up the difference, and, on the final stroke, won the tournament.

Last May, just before he flew to California to win the US Open (and destroyed his knee and leg), I spoke to him at the local gym we both go to.

I asked him, “Tiger, if you had one piece of advice to give to anyone wanting to be world-class, what would it be“?

You know what he told me?

Out work ’em“!

I was surprised by his simple answer.  And you know what else?   He didn’t hesitate for a nano-second on his answer, “Out work ’em“!

Caught off guard, I responded instinctively, “You mean like morning, noon and night“?

He said, “Yes“!

So please, let me ask you, “What are you doing, this morning, this afternoon, and tonight, to be world-class“?

What a great time to regroup.  Everyone is doing that, you know.  Trying to figure out a plan for this quarter and the next, etc.   The people and organizations that come through this year ahead of the others?

The ones who are willing to “out work their competition“!

Need a place to start?  That leads me to here……..

Have been meaning to share this with you.  If you are doing something important this year, or are planning something important, Disney has some special offers, if you were to make those plans before June 30.  The link below summarizes it all.

As always, there is no pressure for you to do anything.

Pressure from your competition?  Of course.  Always will be.  Especially now.  It’s just a fact of life, isn’t it?  I wish it wasn’t so.  Life would be easier.  Wait, I’ve drifted off to Fantasy Land.  Sorry.  🙂

Make today a GREAT day.  Do something GREAT, because if you don’t, who will?   Do you think your competition is taking the day off?

Carpe diem, jungle jeff 🙂


Can a speech change the world?

Can a speech change the world?

Should a speech change the world?

Does the world need to be changed?

Questions I think about all the time?  Seriously, ALL THE TIME.


Sitting with my laptop on, well,  on my lap, I can’t help but reflect on a recent speech.  And the first three questions at the top of this post?  That’s what I’m asking right now.

Based on responses from the audience, it sure felt like I shared hit the bulls-eye.

Studying Walt Disney like I have, I’ve learned that Walt had “quirks”.  He was obsessed with quality and doing the things that would most please the audience.

Ever heard the old cliche’, The acorn doesn’t fall far from the tree“?

A friend once told me, “Sayings only become cliche’s if they are true”.

It must be so.

It felt as if Walt was in my heart, mind and spirit this morning, and, the audience deserved nothing less than a world-class effort.

Walt Disney was a genius.

I’m humbled, and privileged to be able to attempt, in some small way, to give a speech, that could very well inspire, excite or motivate someone to change the world.

And the crazy thing is, my audience was one hundred children ages 5 – 11.  The other crazy thing – I was at our Church, preaching a homily.

Make today is a day to change the world, because if you don’t, who will?  Carpe diem, jungle jeff noel  🙂


It happens every time, doesn’t it?

It happens every time, doesn’t it?

In my hotel room, with few distractions, it’s easier to focus on what I’m going to say this morning.  And you know what?  It’s gonna happen.

It happens every time.


Predictably, there will be two camps.  There always are.

Two camps:

That’s too simple“.

I already know that“.

Let me remind you, please, after 35 years in business and 10 years as a professional speaker, I’ve become an expert.  I’ve spent 25 years here in Central Florida, almost daily being influenced by the presence of neighboring Walt Disney World – I can see the nightly fireworks and hear the steam trains from our home.

Here are two simple truths in quote form:

It’s not hard to do things as much as it is to simply decide to do something.  It’s the deciding that’s hard.  —  jeff noel

The concept is easy.  Any idiot can have a good idea.  What is hard is doing it.” — Christo

Like I always say about Walt Disney, “It’s not the Magic that makes it work, it’s the work that makes it Magic“.

So, what’s my main job when I speak?  To get everyone to make “Common Sense, Common Practice”!

Make it a GREAT day, because if you don’t, who will?  People are depending on you to be great today.  Be GREAT!  It’s common sense, eh?  Carpe diem, jungle jeff  🙂

Are you by design or by default?

Is your corporate cultureBy Design” or “By Default“?

Do you even know what I’m taking about?

Is your personal cultureBy Design” or “By Default“?

Or, does your culture “just sort of happen”?

I’d bet a majority of you still don’t know what I’m talking about.  That’s ok.  No worries.  Hakuna matata.

When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.

Make your day purposeful, by design.  If you don’t, who will?  Carpe diem, jungle jeff  🙂