Retired yet still working

Spring Grove High School class of 1977
Dayne, Wade, and Wade’s wife. Also sat with Rene and his wife Cheryl.


High school reunion
Last night.


Once the music started, the talking stopped. Too loud.

It was awesome to see everyone.

Many knew i retired and asked how that’s going.

Had to remind them i retired from Disney, but not from working.

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What type of leader have we become since high school?

work challenges
The answer to a brand manager’s top three daily time consuming tasks, in a LinkedIn messaging exchange.


old fashioned type writer
Imagine how much effort it was without spell check, cut & paste, and delete.


Fall trees in yellow
Blurry wasn’t intentional, but it’s a great metaphor to aging.


Disney Mickey Mouse image
The High School tour last night included seeing this poster outside the Music room.


Frank Zappa quote
Also outside the Music room…my personal favorite of the many posters i saw on the hour tour.


What type of leader have we become since high school?

Does this even cross our mind?

Should it?

Should it not?

Forty years is a lot of time to grow, to transform even.

But have we?

Are we better?

Or have we not?


Totally worth feeling amazing about our answer.




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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.


On the cover of The Rolling Stone…

Mid Life Celebration book and author
One final photo yesterday morning before coming down the mountain until next year.


Took ten copies to share, although most have already read it.

It was surprisingly comforting to remind myself that the 1979 (when we were college juniors) promise to write a book has been fulfilled.

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Planting epiphany seeds

Parking at mountain cabin
Only one of 20 flew to reunion.


My keynote speaking and business advising company – featuring The Disney Way – is held up by four pillars:

  1. Simplicity
  2. Excellence
  3. Scalability
  4. Legacy

But it wasn’t until a minute ago that the pillars revealed themselves.

And it was last night’s dinner conversation that planted the seed for this morning’s epiphany.

Note: Two of my “brothers” are executives who have hired consultants. Their results are nothing they are ecstatic about.

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There comes a time when the time is now

Middle-aged adults have fun on a Labor Day weekend reunion in a mountain cabin


(photo: The audience from the Don McLean sing-a-long… check out the second from right… hysterical?)

This group has been getting together over Labor Day weekend since graduating College in 1981.

Leadership takes many forms and has many accountbilities.

Relationships are near the top.

Perhaps (even in a busy world) the single most important thing?

Carving out time, eh?

Leaving in three days for the birthplace of this late-blooming intrepid traveler.

There comes a time when the time is now.

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