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Dear Son

Career leadership 201

Cort (left) was our best man in 1983. Cort and i have known Deb (right) and her husband Howard (our fraternity brother) since 1978. Photo: yesterday biking though Philly.

Career leadership 201:

  • Put contribution ahead of pay
  • Love what you do
  • Live within your means
  • Continuously improve
  • Have fun
  • .think .differently
  • Lean into discomfort
  • Envision a future that’s not only better than now, but much better
  • Develop others
  • It is definitely about who you know – get to know a lot of people and the right people

The list goes on, which is why the next blog about personal organization is critical.

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Final 120 Days

Three pieces of advice for college freshmen

A big city newspaper interviewed me just before i boarded a plane to Kuwait last month.

The article isn’t linked here intentionally, and the photo (above) shows the one quote the reporter used from our 10-minute conversation.

Don’t sweat the future. Opportunities are going to present themselves. You want to have critical thinking. You want to work well with a diverse group of people. You want to follow your passions.

Nice to be chosen for the article’s last paragraph ending.

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Blogging & Social Media

Writing advice 101

Disney Leadership Speaker
Case in point, Peter Drucker, thank you.

The goal of the sentence you’re reading is to get you to want to read the next sentence.

 

On a recent call with an aspiring future Disney Cast Member – who lives in New England – i was disenchanted by the sheer size and quantity of her cover-letter paragraphs.

i didn’t want to read her cover letter (i promised i would) because it looked so typical.

And boring.

Mind-numbing, really.

A week later, i finally mustered the patience and energy to tackle it.

Ugh.

My summary…

“I’ve loved Disney since I was a child.”

“My first trip to Disney, etc, etc.”

“I truly admire the Disney way.”

“I’ve always wanted to work for Disney.”

Typical.

Predictable.

Plain vanilla.

She took the feedback well yesterday.

Perfect.

 

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Disney Brand Loyalty Book

If you are not in a position to do the same, you’re stuck

grammarly writing stats
This is what writer’s flood looks like.

 

The following message is a copy and paste of an email exchange yesterday with someone seeking my time and advice. The famous Company is asking for a very detailed six-month proposal to elevate their company to world-class status without peer.

Here’s the email i wrote…

Ok, couple things…and all of this is my personal opinion from a lifetime at Disney and nearly a decade as a business owner.

Yes, we’ll figure out a call for Tomorrow or Tues …before 9am will be best…tomorrow 830am-9am? Time may need flex a little on either side.

Rereading your first msg, they’re asking you for a consulting proposal – for free!

Be careful…..Not a fan of this. And i’d probably only do it verbally, or if in writing, very high level, intentionally leaving out all the how-to’s.

That said, they are in a position to walk away from you because of who they are.

As an entrepreneur, i do not operate under any textbook theory – none.

Everything is negotiable.

Additionally, you will NEVER have enough leadership authority if you’re not willing and able to walk away.

If they want you, they’ll figure out how to get and retain you.

To go any further with this, we should talk. Words on a screen are tricky without tone, and banter.

Be amazed and be amazing.

PS. What do you want in your next 10 years? Does this position help you or does it protect you from something bigger that might not work?

During our call, i suggested the applicant ask the famous company, “What have you tried so far and why hasn’t it worked?”

 

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Professionally Speaking

Twas the night before Christmas and…

Speech writing advice
Speech writing advice.

 

Speech writing advice
Six tips to speak like a leader.

 

Speech writing advice
Speech writing advice close up. The video is below…

 

 

Twas the night before Christmas and…i watched this TED X video…the nuggets:

  1. Three breathless sentences
  2. Three repetitive sentences
  3. Three balancing statements
  4. Metaphor
  5. Exaggeration
  6. Rhyme

Sound advice.

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