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Disney’s world-famous Jungle Cruise

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Go the extra inch is a mission of mine to spread throughout the world. Photo: Disney University.

Disney’s world-famous Jungle Cruise is being made into a movie.

That Weird Al would make a music video (above) adds some additional credibility to the role of “Skipper”.

That my Disney Keynote Speaker website is named https://JungleJeff.com is really the credibility pinnacle for the Disney Attraction.

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Keep your goals to yourself (short video)

Mickey Mouse Hat smiley face on dinner table cloth last night.

Keep your goals to yourself.

The 3-minute video shares a phenomenon that i have personally experienced in both publicly announcing goals and with keeping goals private.

It’s always a better outcome when i keep big goals private until they are accomplished.

Too much false sense of progress in announcing. Simply proclaiming a goal temps us to believe progress has been made.

Rubbish.

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Listen to Walt Disney’s words about technology

There’s a (not too) “hidden” Walt in the background.

Listen to Walt Disney’s words about technology…

Listening to Walt, the more things change, the more they stay the same.

Technology has always existed.

What changes is our understanding of what customer’s need and want from our Company and our Company’s collective ability to find any means (often through, but not limited to, technology) to exceed the expectations.

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In Search of Excellence video

In search of excellence was published in 1982 by management guru Tom Peters. His book was a world-sensation and a video documentary was produced to support the book’s claims.

It was the book, and especially the 13-minute video segment (above) on Walt Disney World, that gave birth to Disney Institute.

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Monday’s morning emails, oh my

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Your number one parental job is to be a great role model. Be honest and behave admirably, especially when you think no one is looking – someone is always looking.

Prelude…sent Friday afternoon, before the weekend “thinking break”…

Clarifications email
As a shutterbug, photos come in all formats.

This email followed 12 minutes later…

We spoke Friday. Video recording IS a deal-breaker.

To be gracious and not walk out, i suggested (simply to behave admirably to the point of doing something i would never volunteer to do, unless it was with Jody Maberry) an audio only podcast…an intimate, attendee-only viewing experience.

The event owner was unwilling to do an audio-only podcast “live” for his event attendees. This was my idea as a way for him to not have me cancel. It’s worth noting that i would have never volunteered to do an event podcast with anyone but my Podcast Host Jody Maberry. So the fact that i offered was a huge “give” on my part – doing something i would never have agreed to do. It was lost on him.

He got angry and said he wasn’t going to do it but that he’d think about it over the weekend, but he was clear there was little chance he’d change his mind.

Then…

Monday’s morning emails, oh my.

Remember now, i was willing (as an unnecessary compromise on my part) to do an audio podcast “live” in front of the audience, but no video recording. His response after the weekend….

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The event owner’s first email after having a weekend to think. I reminded him that i stretched to the tune of $20k to speak in Orlando for free. What more do i need to stretch too?

Imagine after these emails and several phone conversations that he’s still insisting on video recording.

After another great Monday morning two-hour workout, i composed this one below and had a business colleague review for coherency. Then sent it to the event owner.

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In red, my second “in-writing” mantra for no recording of any kind or i cannot speak, period.

Believe it or not, the event planner and i spoke again Monday night after theses emails, as i really hoped he’d say, “We won’t do any recording of any kind for you.”

He didn’t say that.

Not even a hint of it.

And on that call the manipulation (for the third time) had me reverse my stance (unbelievable in hindsight) – i was literally desperate to help him out.

Sparing the details (because there are too many, and i’m growing weary in recounting this story) of this phone call’s battle to get him to let go of recording and be grateful he’d get to have my only-second-ever free keynote speech. Bottom line: In true Disney fashion, i unwillingly (he’s really good) fell to manipulation and promises of stuff that he assured me would be innocent but that i would never agree to, ever.

i hung up feeling that nothing had been accomplished for my no-recording lifetime mantra. But did feel like the event owner was satisfied. Foolishly, this seemed like progress.

Another night of decent rest and morning think time and i came to a realization, a blinding flash of the obvious if you will. The story concludes at the Next Blog…

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