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Away in a manger

Great leaders encourage creativity, fun, and excellent results.

Away in a manger.

Whatever you believe, here’s to wishing we are all in on our beliefs.

Leadership thrives when leaders are authentic.

Think about it, you are at your best when you are true to yourself.

Christmas is the birth of the most important story in my life.

This story that i love starts so ridiculously impossible – no room at the Inn, giving birth in a barn, a manger with straw for a bed.

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Sitting is always easier

executive decision making chart
Sent Jody Maberry this photo yesterday after reading Dan Cockerell’s weekly newsletter. The left edge categories need to switch. In this same newsletter came Dan’s announcement that he’s moving to a paid subscription. i have been talking to Jody Maberry about making the If Disney Ran Your Life Podcast a paid subscription. No one does this which is why i want to.

It’s easier to sit than it is to exercise.

Easier to sleep in than to awaken before sunrise.

Easier to zone out on late night shows than to climb into bed early.

Your personal effort is undermined by your inputs.

And the same thing is true for corporate culture.

Personal goal achievement and organizational vibrancy require more than good intent. 

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Fix this, yesterday

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You find answers in direct proportion to where you look.

 

What one person embodies your organization’s DNA and purpose above all others?

What are you afraid of letting go of and why are you afraid?

If your most impassioned advocate isn’t in charge of culture, ask yourself, “Why the heck not?”

Fix this.

Yesterday.

 

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Another TED Talk on Building (and rebuilding) Trust

Disney Classroom flip charts
In a few minutes, i began to understand the magnitude of the classroom punk-effort.

 

Disney Classroom flip charts
One flip-chart after another…there was a new message.

 

Disney Classroom flip charts
Even live-action character quotes.

 

Disney Classroom flip charts
Underneath, another gem. They tried to disguise it with an official-looking “Day 2” title page.

 

Disney Classroom flip charts
Underneath.

 

Disney Classroom flip charts
Different handwriting is the first clue this involved more than one person.

 

Disney Classroom flip charts
The classroom would think i drew this. i did not.

 

 

This TED Talk by Harvard Business School Professor uses authenticity, logic, and empathy as three points for her triangle model in building (and rebuilding) trust.

What was significant to me early on in her speech was a secondary message addressing being authentic.

 

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Tell us about “Life after Disney”

Disney Keynote Speakers
September 27, 2017…today’s post reminds me the first six years of my business (2008-2014, while still at Disney), i didn’t make a dime.

 

Good morning New Years Eve.

Ahhh, the final day of 2017.

Hoping when this post goes live in 30 days, my signed contracts will have generated almost as much revenue as all of 2017.

Impossible, right?

To not yet be into the second month of the year (when this goes live) and be just shy of last year’s total revenue is something i never saw coming.

Note: 2017 was by far the best of my first three years on my own, or “Life after Disney” as some say. So to be within striking distance of topping the best year ever is surreal.

Second note: The final seven months (May-Dec) of my second year (2016) i had no contracts – a seven-month drought. Plus, there were no contracts for 2017. This is about as scary as it gets. “Maybe i was wrong about leaving Disney” permeated my waking thoughts.

Hope and faith sustained me when all seemed lost.

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