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Being Brave

RIP Scott

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Photo: From a Denver conference – free caricatures. Relevance to today’s post – smiling through the loss.

January 24 (yesterday), 2013 a colleague sent our team an email and then took his life.

From the first week 20 years ago in 1999 when i began my Disney Speaking career, i felt compelled and obligated to always offer every audience a balance between Pixie Dust (our vision) and Reality.

It is good to frequently pause to recall the past.

Scott and i spent a good deal of time traveling domestically and internationally for some big clients.

Disney is not immune to unmagical things.

The A-Z list of things every organization struggles with, we do too.

That’s why my messages and context neutral Disney Business insights will help any person, at any level, in any industry.

Super excited to grow my impact in 2019.

Scott, you’d be proud.

PS. When working with Scott, the highest compliment you could receive from him was his Manhatten-influenced feedback, “That didn’t suck.”

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Video Sharing

Thank goodness for the safe and predictable way

 

Status quo is doing things the way we’ve always done them.

You know, the comfortable way.

The way that was important at one time.

A time years, decades, or even centuries ago.

But today is today.

Now take a deep breath and reflect on your position as a career professional.

Playing it safe by not challenging status quo because it’s too risky for our future ambitions and our current stability.

Managers maintain an efficient status quo while leaders attack the status quo to create something new.

Do less of what doesn’t work.

Do more of what does.

But you have to figure out what is what.

Odds are high, right now, you are unaware.

 

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No really

The best time to fix the roof is when the sun is shining

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Terrorist have one goal – terrorize

 

A military friend told me that if we think 9/11 was awful, we haven’t seen anything yet.

He said imagine terrorists sneaking a nuclear bomb onto a container ship and the ship ends up docking at a port like New York City.

If we think 3k (innocent) American casualties was horrendous, image 3M.

Got it?

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Being Brave

The business case for balance must be made individually

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We all experience dark days in our life.

 

In less than an hour, one year ago today (Jan. 24, 2013 8:47am), my life (and many others) changed.

Can’t share the details, but know that what we never expect to happen can happen.

Without any warning whatsoever.

In the category of wake-up call, this easily qualifies.

A reminder to be crystal clear about our priorities, so we can balance things in such a way as to ensure our best effort, and avoid desperate, tragic measures.

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Insight: Some take desperate measures to relieve their pain. And in doing so, leave a painful, sad memory.

 

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Emotion Trumps Everything

Everybody knows and nobody knows, the paradox of workplace tragedy

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Beyonce’s lip synch confirmed – great acting though

 

Everybody knows and nobody knows, the paradox of workplace tragedy.

It could have been much worse.

Was it an act of hate?

An act of love?

Both?

Everybody knows what happened, and nobody knows what happened.

A suicide note rarely solves the mystery of – why?

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