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Category of one, right this way please

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Art times two.

 

Art is doing what everyone else does but in a unique way.

 

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Being a category of one is the new wealth

Disney news Dan Cockerell
My comment on Dan’s LinkedIn April 26 announcement.

 

Disney news Dan Cockerell
Top comment specifically uses the word “freedom”.

 

Disney news Dan Cockerell
It’s possible to read between the lines, however, it’s all speculation.

 

Being a category of one is the new wealth.

 

 

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Balancing humility with strength is challenging

Disney Keynote Speaker jeff noel
Most executives are easily distracted by bright, shiny things.

 

Dear Company Executive,

Do you trust your gut?

Me too.

May i remind you…

Recently, you received the gift of gut reactions from the only person (me) that confronted you when none of your inner-circle did, even though they had ample opportunities. And i did it quickly, after a single encounter with you.

So you know first hand how incredibly powerful my gut (and courage for confrontation) is.

First, here are the key snippets from a sterotypical Executive Coach’s website:

 

  1. “I have also earned the Master Certified Coach (MCC) designation from the International Coaching Federation.”
  2. “Less than 5% of all professional coaches worldwide hold this designation.”
  3. “The primary significance of this for my leaders is that a) I have done a ton of coaching, and b) I have been judged by my peers as meeting the highest standards of the coaching profession.”

 

Now, i’m gonna dissect my gut reactions based on the three points above.

 

Sentence 1:  Sounds impressive, and she needs to sound impressive. She’s sunk if she can’t sound impressive. Period.

Sentence 2:  The wow-factor, top of her industry. This was a purchased opportunity, like an MBA or a PhD. She needs the wow factor.

Sentence 3:  Like “going-the-extra-mile” is a flawed proposition, this sentence reveals something inexperienced CEO’s will never know. Disney has a standard of excellence that no one can comprehend, except those who spent a lifetime there…that’s 30 years for me, my Executive friend. i’ve literally seen it all, at every level. From Michael Eisner and Frank Wells to brand new Custodial Hosts and Hostesses (janitors).

 

 

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17 years of weekends and counting

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This bead jar has been in front of me every day since August 2000. A remarkable payoff for a $10 investment and one hour of my time to drive to the craft store for a jar and a bag of beads.

 

Be careful that you are doing the wrong things well and with great velocity.

You may spend your entire life never knowing.

How wasteful would that be?

 

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Parenting is the ultimate leadership test

Talaboman song
Screen shot to help me remember this song. There’s an Apple Music radio station called “Chill” and all the songs are this genre. Great thinking and writing music. PS. If you click the song link, don’t watch the video – the video is irrelevant and actually distracts from the music.

 

Apparently, not many parents let their children follow their truth….

So here’s an email excerpt from a teacher, in the past 48 hours:

 

I just wanted to say that that is truly a blessing and warms my heart. I love when I hear/see parents who support their kids no matter who they love, what they choose to major in, what they want to be when they’re older, their hobbies, how they dress, etc. Thank you for being the type of parent who shows this unconditional love. Your child expressed that it is such a relief for him to not have to deal with these issues as he knows many others do.

 

Excerpt from my reply:

 

As a writer, speaker, executive coach and business advisor (said with humility), it’s my job to pay attention – to perceive what words never say, and look for clues that can lead to new and different actions that then lead to breakthroughs – and create remarkable (and formally impossible) changes that make our world a better place.

 

Leaders and parents make stereotypical mistakes – not developing their direct reports (children).

Listen, tell stories, ask questions, encourage, support, provide positive and critical feedback and all of this needs to be done in a loving fashion.

No one cares how much you know if they think you don’t care.

 

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