Pixie Dust versus Reality.
You should sit down for this.
Pixie Dust and hard work (focus and discipline) are synonymous.
But non-Disney business professionals attending Disney Institute multi-day courses or keynote speeches never want to believe it comes down to focus and discipline.
So i coined the phrase, “Pixie Dust versus Reality”, as a segue to a candid conversation which serves as the catalyst for a blunt personal inventory about beliefs, effort, and results.
It makes honest people uncomfortable – in a good way.
It makes pessimists and naysayers spout excuses – so predictably.
It’s not the Magic that makes it work, it’s the hard work that makes it Magic.
PS. Indebted to Mary Flynn for her writing genius.
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A comment on yesterday’s jungle jeff post started me thinking.
His question to me was, “No Pixie Dust”?
It was “missing” from my personal Leadership Top Ten List.
He made a good point and I thought for a moment, “How could I have forgotten Pixie Dust”?
Then, just as quickly, if not faster, the answer hit me.
Pixie Dust IS Passion. Period.
What’s Magic about the way Disney does things is their PASSION to:
- Create the highest quality products and services.
- To stay focused on why they are in business – to serve their Guests
- To stay disciplined to “keep their eye on the ball” – Quality
Passion IS Pixie Dust.
Always was. Always will be. Thank you Walt Disney for your vision.
By the way, Vision and Passion are my respective number one & two top leadership values.
Guess what’s number three? Communication!
Looks like a coincidence, doesn’t it? The harder you work, the luckier you get.
Carpe diem, jungle jeff 🙂
PS. Does your own Vision send shivers down your spine?
PSS. What if it did? Can you comprehend that? I hope so. 🙂
“If you can dream it, you can do it.” — Walt Disney
“If you think you can or you think you can not, you are right.” — Henry Ford
“If your goal isn’t impossible, you’re not reaching high enough.” — jungle jeff 🙂
Carpe diem, and have a GREAT weekend.
What’s significant about 17.84?
That’s what Disney stock closed at today. As in $17.84 a share. That’s a 52-week New York Stock Exchange low. (The official low today was $17.72, but the close was $17.84)
Because of the strength of the Disney Company brand (Magic), Disney tends to be one of the last to feel recessions and one of the first to recover.
Today’s closing Disney stock price reinforces the mantra: “It’s not the Magic that makes it work, it’s the work that makes it Magic.”
Disney’s Magic is revealed in what they conceal. The work. The work is what they never let you see.
What are you willing to let your customers see? What do you painstakingly make invisible? Bet no one’s ever asked you that before!
What would you, or your organization, look like if everyone started to think this way?
If you have any professional sense, to me, you would let that statement resonate. I hope you like your answers. If you don’t. You have options.
Some of them are right under your nose.
Carpe diem, jungle jeff 🙂