It’s because i stay with the questions longer than anyone else

Disney Institute Keynote Speakers
Stumbled upon this on LinkedIn two days ago. Thirty years at Disney, 15 at this place – Disney Institute. Yes, i’m confident i can answer your toughest challenges.


Is there an unfair advantage some speakers have over other speakers?

It’s because i stay with the questions longer than anyone else.

i over-focus on the questions others under-focus on or ignore.

That’s the key to why my cultural architecture is the only way to transform a culture into organizational vibrancy and competitive immunity. It’s also the only way to sustain it.

It hit me yesterday when I was reading an email newsletter from a friend and healthcare culture consultant. Was struck by the slick layouts and diverse topics; very well done.

Their specialty appears to be the ability to go in and help organizations strengthen weaknesses.

That’s the simplest way I can explain my perception of what they do and the difference in my approach.

My approach isn’t to go in and fix anything.

Not in a targeted way, but rather (and more importantly) in a holistic way.

My approach reinforces and strengthens the best parts of their current cultural foundation and puts in place the must-have’s for world-class organizational culture.

i address their culture at the foundational, DNA level.

The need-to-haves and the nice-to-haves come later.

And i insist that without the foundational architecture, any attempt at “fixing or improving things” will fail in the long run.




On April Fool’s Day 2009, jeff noel began writing five daily, differently-themed blogs (on five different sites). It was to be a 100-day self-imposed “writer’s bootcamp”, in preparation for writing his first book. He hasn’t missed a single day since.

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By jeff noel

Retired Disney Institute Keynote Speaker and Prolific Blogger. Five daily, differently-themed personal blogs (about life's 5 big choices) on five interconnected sites.


  1. Sounds very similar to counseling. There are those who want to “fix” other’s “problems” and there are those that want to teach others skills to lead a fulfilling life.

    On the approach/avoidance continuum, there are those who avoid problems or failures and there are those that approach success and new situations. Work to win versus work to avoid losing.

    You are teaching the principles needed to approach world-class organizational culture rather than fixing the problems to avoid them in the future, right? Approach success rather than avoid losing?

  2. Stephanie, greetings from the other side of the world. Yes, and…

    In teaching irrefutable, foundational principles, problems start fixing themselves.

    It’s as simple as modifying a sedentary, eat-whatever-i-want lifestyle. Replacing a poor diet with a healthier one. It’s transforming from inactive to consistently active. From these two intentional choices, physical wellness will slowly begin to happen as a result.

    Thank you for commenting. You actually reinforced something that i needed to hear today.

    Enjoy the Olympic swimming trials. 🙂

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