Excellence…every time?

UIHC
Working with CEO’s is awesome, and challenging.

 

Heading out at 7:20am this morning via Lyft to Orlando International Airport to attend a surprise 50th birthday party for a CEO i’ve known since 2014.

Our relationship began as a business association – as a contracted business advisor.

As we’ve worked together we’ve become friends – the same way it happens when you are colleagues.

The label pin photo is from a multi-year Disney Institute client (a different executive).

Here’s what i’ve come to expect from CEOs: they all intuitively know culture is their most important asset. And they struggle to make it their number one priority.

 

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Disney’s modified authenticity

Great escapes
Can we architect a life that doesn’t require escaping? Absolutely.

 

Forced perspective and guiding the guest experience are two ways we modify our Guests’ experience to significantly enhance their vacation.

On Main Street USA for example, we make a two-story building look like a three-story building.

How?

The first floor is 7/8 scale. Second floor, 5/8 scale, and third is 3/8 scale.

We have the perception of a tree-lined street on Main Street. In reality the Live Oaks (100′ wide and 60′ tall full grown) are trimmed like giant bonsai trees – so they never block the view of Cinderella Castle.

There were no concrete main streets in 1901 (the time period Main Street reflects), but with the addition of the trolly car rails you never like about concrete (and how “fake” the setting is).

 

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Happy 59th birthday dude

Ted Talk on Death
Intelligent conversation about death and design.

 

 

Happy 59th birthday dude.

 

Nine years ago you began a 10-year journey to “do everything in life you wanted to do” before your 60th birthday.

Why?

A realization that no male on your Dad’s side lived past 60.

Today you turn 59.

This is technically your final Summer.

Are you afraid?

No.

Will you probably live past 60?

Probably.

But nine years ago, and like today and tomorrow, you know no guarantee is ever granted anyone.

The greatest benefit in pursuing your weird and unconventional goal?

Eliminating shoulda, woulda, and coulda from your vocabulary.

And learning how to respect, live, and enjoy peace and contentment.

 

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You’re in charge of creatively solving your life’s biggest challenges

jeff noel's bead jar Disney
Removed bead #18 24 hours ago. On my desk sits this jar, and this jar and the 936  beads to fill it cost $10 nearly 18 years ago. Every Saturday, since 2000, i have removed one bead.

 

Dear Son,

You’re in charge of creatively solving your life’s biggest challenges.

If you take this seriously – for a lifetime – you risk alienating yourself from people close to you.

Why?

How?

Here’s why and how: Being driven to achieve your impossible dream reminds others they’ve given up on theirs.

Your forward motion is too painful for them to watch.

PS. You will have this same battle with yourself. Your old self will do everything possible to remind you that your odds of success are tiny.

 

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Wow, what am i doing here?

 

 

Wow, what am i doing here?

In 30 days, year nine concludes and year 10 begins.

Who takes a dreaded cultural phenomenon – Midlife Crisis – and turns it into joy, discovery, opportunity, and purpose?

Mid Life Celebration was a crazy idea i had while teaching the four-day Disney’s Approach to People Management somewhere near the turn of the century.

Bob Spina and i were co-facilitating how the language (specific, carefully chosen words) organizations use determines behavioral outcomes.

Note, the lack of intentionally choosing specific words also determines behavioral outcomes – and the outcomes are not crafted, they are by default, random and unintentional, possibly even detrimental.

Also in this discussion were symbols, values, heritage and traditions, as well as traits and behaviors.

And in the moment, as i was searching for a new way to say the same thing, i told the audience, “Do you have a problem or an opportunity, a problem or a challenge, a midlife crisis or a midlife celebration.”

From a tiny acorn, a mighty Oak does grow.

 

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