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Magic for Sale

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Yeah, i know a thing or two about Disney.

Magic for Sale?

Yes, since 1984-ish, when Tom Peters released the book, “In Search of Excellence”.

We began packaging our world-class Disney business insights and ran seminars out of Disney University until we needed a new venue, and thus Disney Institute was born.

You can also buy some Magic formulas from me and a host of other Disney Keynote Speakers.

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In Disney terms, this is how i define grit

 

In Disney terms, this is how i define grit…

Focus and discipline.

 

Focus on the basics.

Discipline yourself to never get bored with the basics.

Ridiculously simple.

Incredibly difficult.

Until it’s not.

Culture is the collective behavior of an entire organization.

Habits.

 

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Great leaders overmanage what other leaders don’t

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i spent 15 years speaking full time, explaining this simple model to outsiders. Photo: Disney Institute training materials.

 

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Screen shot of Disney Institute video featuring answers to the question, from Disney Leaders.

 

Notes from a lifetime at Disney
Notes from a lifetime at Disney

 

Bottom photo, catch the 2007 date in upper left?

Overmanaged the details of every speech i gave since 1999. In the notes above, here’s the back story deciphered:

  • While flying from Orlando to Minneapolis i brainstormed some topics that would share my personal experience with the conference theme.
  • Left Pennsylvania for Washington State with $75, on a bicycle.
  • As a Disney Resort Operations Manager, i “got my throat ripped out” everyday, by a Guests so angry, their jugular veins were “popping out”.
  • Every year i was the closing manager New Year’s Eve and opening manager New Year’s Day. Think about that one.
  • Waited 13 years before asking for Christmas week off and didn’t get it. Got it in my 14th year. True story.
  • Received my 5-years of Disney Service award pin two months late, in an interoffice envelope.
  • I chased a national championship as a Masters Track & Field 400 meter runner.
  • Generated 50% more sales leads than the next highest team member. The next year reached that same number in seven months instead of 12.
  • In 2007, i drove an 18-year old car. Now my car is 27 years old.

Funny how you unearth a random note page, a relic from your past, and it floods you with awe and wonder, and a smile of gratitude.

 

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The top secret to world-class culture and results

The top secret to world-class culture and results.

Intentionally over-focus on the same things others under-focus on or ignore.

That’s it.

 

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If Disney Ran Your Life

So many people want in so badly

Amway Center
Yesterday coming home from Urologist visit.

 

Amway Center
Yesterday coming home from Urologist visit.

 

Amway Center
Yesterday coming home from Urologist visit.

 

Life is tough. Everyone is feeling the weight of the world on their shoulders. It’s the common thread for all humans.

Sent this last night, responding to request for advice…

“Thanks for your note and i do know your Grandfather and recall Cheryl going to lunch with you and your brother.

Judson, the greatest resource you have for the goals you describe is right under your nose. It’s your Disney leadership team. The one you had on your College Program and the one you have currently.

So here’s my best advice: Create great relationships with your leaders, their bosses (if possible, and it’s always possible), your peers, your Guests, vendors, everyone. Disney is famous for friendly, helpful, optimistic people. If that’s hard to do at the level you are at, it will be impossible to advance.

Every ring on the “leadership ladder” carries with it additional responsibilities that can bury people who aren’t equipped. So if this feels like hard work now, leadership might not be the right direction.

I’m assuming you were a standout at Cosmic Rays. Leverage those connections.

I retired almost two years ago and Cheryl’s position is in an exceptionally busy time right now.

Happy to answer any and all questions you have at any time.

Think of a mentor like a personal trainer. i can give advice from the expertise that comes from experience, yet i cannot do the exercises (the relationship building) for the trainee.

What books have you read about Disney? Send that list and i’ll recommend what’s missing and validate the great ones.

And if we aren’t connected on LinkedIn, please send an invitation.

Finally, expect an answer to any question within 24 hrs, usually same day, and often within hours. Future replies are not likely to be this long. 🙂

Be amazed and be amazing Judson. Our world needs more of that.

(PS, i didn’t proof this, sorry for grammar/typos)”

 

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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.

 

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