Handling someone looking for some dirt

Disney Executive Consulting
Circa 2005, near the time of the story below.


Three days ago, in a blast from the past, a friend offered this email excerpt from nearly a decade ago, from a Disney Institute (DI) engagement i led. While i do not recall the situation, Craig did. The crazy thing though, it sounds legit:

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About 5 or 6 years ago, when you came to Columbus with DI.
I was standing with you, after it was over, at the front of the room, when a guy came up and started rattling off things he had heard about Michael Eisner. I remember it distinctly, because it was a lot of material that was in a 2006 book, Disneywar. (I had recently finished reading it, too.) It was clear he was trying to get validation to some dirt he had in mind.
You handled it flawlessly. I don’t remember specifics. But it was to the effect that Michael had done a lot of good for the company.
I do remember that after that, you told me that you had spent some time with Mr Eisner and that he is a good guy. You told me you’d tell me about it someday. 🙂
I believe you had said you were his specific handler, when he was in town. I couldn’t tell if this was during your Resort Operations days or during your DI days.
Either way, I look forward to hearing about it. Eisner may have had a rocky end with the company. But, he did some incredible things, righted the ship and set the company up with a great base to build on for the 21st century.
OK, done geeking out.


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Consistency is the hallmark of a reputation.

By the way, what prompted Craig’s email was this post, also from three days ago.

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Maybe how she sees society judging is exactly how she judges

272 words in Gettysburg address
We are all created equal, no?


Want to be brave? Just do it and tell us afterwards.

What if Jenny just did what she said she was going to do, wear the bikini?

Without fanfare, hoopla, controversy.

What was her purpose in telling her friends?

Did she know all along people would be judgmental?

How did she answer the questions of what catches her eye?

Why doesn’t she wear a bikini every summer?

And finally, a closing thought here.

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MBAs should be pass or fail

Pass Or Fail
Pass Or Fail

Ever have so much to say that you don’t know where to start?

Sitting here, fingers on the laptop keyboard, I’m hard pressed to find the right place to begin.

And as someone who has worked professionally for 36 years, been to hell and back (twice), overcome addiction, overcome (an invisible) disability, constantly struggles with health challenges, and generally has the weight of the world on my shoulders, inspiration for today’s post should come easy.

But it’s not.

Maybe Sundays would be better off as a “day of rest”.

If that would prove valuable, I’d like rant about MBA degrees. In searching for an MBA program that would suit my ADD, high achieving, aggressively unfancy, professionally antagonistic, uncommonly insightful, intuitive, and overall impatient personality – this may prove helpful in annoying people enough to change.

MBA degrees should be pass or fail, and require a three year commitment.

At the end of your studies, if you do not have a profitable business, you fail.

However, if your tax return, for your entrepreneurial business, has turned a profit, you pass.

And a few moments ago, it seemed as if today’s post wasn’t going to happen.

It’s good  to disagree, and I respect you if you do (and most of you do). It’s also good to measure usefulness. Try taking your MBA degree to the Bank.  See how much they’ll give you for it.