Disney’s Celebrate You

Disney Leadership speaker, his wife, and Mickey and Minnie Mouse
Jeff (30) and Cheryl (36) share 66 combined Disney Years of Leadership and Service.

Three days after the Disney Retirement party, Walt Disney World honored all the 20, 25, 30, 35, 40 and 45 year Cast Service Awards at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, on a single night, massive scale.

As a Disney Executive, Cheryl had double duty: hosting honored Cast Members in her Human Resources Division as well as being an honored and celebrated Cast Member herself.

This annual tradition is generally held near calendar year end. It has become so large that an entire Disney Theme Park is required to host the thousands of Cast Members, their Guests, as well as the Disney Executive Leadership Team and Catering and Events Team.

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Thank you Bob

Bob’s leadership as CEO since 2005 is remarkable and admirable.

Thank you Bob Iger.

Every Disney fan, including Cast Members, are indebted to you for your quiet, creative genius.

Every Disney share holder who is selling their shares this month are also indebted. Disney stock is up 38% in the last 12 months.

What does that have to do with anything?

It’s crazy and wonderful. No one saw 35+% in such a short time coming. Disney shareholders who are selling this month are ecstatic. If you’re not a shareholder, and, not selling, this means nothing to you. Essentially, you do not care about any of this.

These blogs are finishing their 11 consecutive year. No one saw this coming either. If you are a casual reader, it’s crazy to think about the 4,000 days writing five a day – 20,000 posts. Essentially, you do not care about any of this either.

If you consistently read these posts (like i do every day) because it does something for you, i appreciate your craziness. You certainly have to be as crazy as the author.

Five a day, every day, for the past 11 years.

Insane on every account.

Thank you for your craziness.

It’s inspiring.

PS. If these two or so daily hours were taken away, i’d feel punished and incomplete.

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thank you note
A neighbor drew this image of our new home in 1992. She then made a box of note cards out of it. Used one yesterday.


The free, inexhaustible fuel.

  • Appreciation.
  • Recognition.
  • Encouragement.

While the four remodeling crew workers (including the owner) greatly appreciated the generous cash gift they individually received, they came back inside the house to thank me for the sentiments i wrote on each of their cards.

A few specific, sincere, and timely sentiments on each card.

It touched them.

And surprisingly, because i didn’t expect them to do what they did, that touched me.

In the giving we receive. Crazy, i know.

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Why would you make a new employee wait five years?

Employee recognition programs

    Photo: screen shot from LinkedIn yesterday.


Disney Cast years of service awards
Photo taken yesterday from my office bookshelf.


Top photo summary: Based on the Amazon employee’s status update, Amazon doesn’t recognize an employee’s 1-year anniversary. But they do celebrate 5-years with a special employee ID.

Bottom photo summary: Disney recognizes 5-year employment anniversaries like Amazon, but also celebrates the first-year anniversary with a special Steamboat Willie Service Pin for the Cast Member’s name tag. Additionally, a new “years of service” pin is awarded at every five year anniversary. The Pinocchio statue also came with a 30-year service pin to wear on my Disney name tag.

So i have seven pins:

1, 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, and 30

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

Why would an organization not focus on an early, celebratory win, on the first company anniversary?


And what’s to be gained culturally by celebrating one-year anniversaries?

The thinking that went into Disney’s cultural norm versus Amazon’s illustrates the power in .thinking .differently


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