Retiring from work makes sense

mountain creek
Perhaps it’s time to let the water run downstream, never to be seen again.

Retiring from work makes sense.

Spend decades earning a living and eventually retire to “enjoy life” before the final curtain closes. Makes perfect sense.

What about retiring from writing?

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Who gets invited

Who gets invited to a Disney retirement party?

Whoever you want to invite.

Obviously the entire 100-ish Cast Member Disney Institute team get auto-invited.

But here’s the rub, i picked a small venue.

Didn’t pick it to keep it small. Picked it for what the Contemporary Resort and the entire North end of Walt Disney World property means to me.

We live, intentionally, less than one-mile from the North side of Walt Disney World property. Can literally see our home from The Napa Room.

Thirteen of the 15 total years in Resort Operation’s locations are visible from The Napa Room. The other two Resort Ops years were at Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Resort Hotels (1990 opening team).

Back to who gets invited.

Wayne gave me 12 extra invitations. That’s it. Understood it because of DI’s size and the Napa Room’s size.

  1. Cheryl Noel
  2. Chapin Noel
  3. Lee Cockerell
  4. Bob Spina
  5. Joe McColgan
  6. Lori McColgan
  7. Karel Rhodes
  8. Djuan Rivers
  9. Richard (The Grand’s Legendary “Greeter”)
  10. Neal McCord (my first Resort Ops supervisor and the person who recommended me to Disney Institute)
  11. Joao (John) and his wife….
  12. Arlete (The Grand’s legendary Main Lobby Showkeepers)

Intimate was the way to go.

Would have been cool if Walt (and Roy) Disney stopped by in a Dream.

Maybe they did.

Due to the Pirates Code, their appearance (or not) has never been commented on.

Richard Disney's Grand Floridian legendary Greeter
Richard and i worked together in the mid-and-late 1990’s. My son and i visited his Kissimmee Hospital room to pay final respects before heading to Glacier National Park. Richard was still lucid. When we returned, he was onto his next realm in our Universe.

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Disney Institute 1999-2014

Thought Cheryl and i would spend 40 years each at Walt Disney World. Can you imagine one couple serving and leading (and having fun) for 80 years combined?

Which begs the profound question – the one i coined and operationalized at Disney Institute…

So what?

So what if you spent all those years at Disney. Who cares? What does that give you after you’re retired? And finally, so what, was it worth it?

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Are you remarkably incredible?

Took a small backpack full of Disney plastic figurines on our Family vacation. Why? Why not?

Are you remarkably incredible?

Yes.

Would you be even more incredible if you published those seven Disney business books?

Probably.

Do you need to publish them?

Promised our son he would have a lifetime business resource at his fingertips.

He’s already got “dad’s life guide” in Mid Life Celebration: rethink • reprioritize • recommit

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Disney DNA from a 43-year Cast Member

Disney Cruise Line countdown app
Last night, December 5, 2017.

 

Date: December 5, 2017 at 5:39:18 PM EST
Subject: Take your shoes and socks off and stand barefoot in the dirt….

Years ago I worked at the Polynesian Resort with General Manager Hideo Amemiya. I had just joined that team as a Front Office Manager. I asked a friend about him as a boss and he said, “He is good. But you will REALLY like him when he rants.” Shortly after I arrived Hideo held an all-salaried meeting and he got up in front of us with some fairly routine announcements. “Make sure your Cast are punching (clocking) in on time… CPs (College Program students) are arriving soon… (the Cast) Cafeteria will be closing for a few weeks…“. After a short pause Hideo abruptly shifted gears. “And when you walk around the resort I want you to be a warrior! Never walk the same path twice… I want you to LEAD like you have eyes in the back of your head!” (My friend looked at me and said… THIS IS IT!) Hideo went on… “When you walk rooms I want you to go where the Guest goes… on hands and knees where their kids crawl on the floor… I want you to SNIFF the phone because that phone gets up in our Guests’ faces! AND then when you go home at night… I want you to take off your shoes and socks… stand barefoot in the dirt… and let all of the energy from the day drain out of you…”

 

Passion oozed out of Hideo and learning from him and so many of you, I have always believed that passion is what separates our company from any other. Today I wanted to let you know that after a wonderful run of 43 years here with you, I will be retiring from our company on Dec. 21. I am extremely proud of all of those times… beginning with a Custodial Host role in Fantasyland, working at 15 of our Resorts including 3 Resort openings, Operations Development, Labor Strategy Team, our Lodging Line of Business and today at Epcot. With all of those experiences, in every case, the importance was in how we made our Guests and Cast feel and the memories that come from that…

 

… And, of course, the people. All of you. It took me two days just to come up with a list of your names, and I know I have missed so many. I would love it if you would feel free to forward this to anyone you know that should have it.

 

I want all of you to know that my passion and pride in what Disney means will continue forever, and as I am handing off the ball to the rest of you, I am counting on you to carry the torch. Families all around the world are counting on you, too.

 

I am fortunate that I will be having a retirement party on Monday, Dec. 11 from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. at Disney’s (name-removed) Resort, invitation to follow.  I know how busy everyone is, but I would relish the opportunity to offer you a beverage, shake your hand and share a funny story. No long speeches. Just a celebration for all of us.

 

And after we have a sip and a laugh… you should go home… take your shoes and socks off and stand barefoot in the dirt…

 

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