I Don’t Know What I Don’t Know pt.3

I Don’t Know What I Don’t Know pt.3

I don’t know what I don’t know, Pt. 3 Actually, I did not know that I was going to write a Pt. 3. I thought that I had said all that I planned to say in the first two essays. I mistakenly thought that I was ready to move forward to another lesson. But my mind was not...

I don’t know what I don’t know – Pt.2

I don’t know what I don’t know – Pt.2

In Part 1 I shared that as a cast member at Walt Disney World I learned to never say, “I Don’t Know” without then making the effort to find the answer. Now, repeat after me, I DON’T KNOW WHAT I DON’T KNOW. I do this to point out that not only am I unaware of the...

I don’t Know What I don’t Know – Pt.1

I don’t Know What I don’t Know – Pt.1

You are leading a project. A team member asks you a question to which you do not know the answer. In this scenario will you – Ignore the question Deflect by saying, “I am not the correct person to ask that question” Head off the question with, “You should be able to...

Better Than It Was

Better Than It Was

“Do what you do so well, that they will want to see it again, and bring their friends.” Walt Disney When my wife and I first married, we had a favorite catch phrase, “Better than it was”. We even put it on a plaque and hung it in our first apartment. Turns out that...

I Might Be A Cliché

I Might Be A Cliché

 I Might Be A Cliché Former Walt Disney Imagineering President, Marty Sklar, has shared that he was once told by George Lucas, “Don’t avoid the clichés, they’re clichés because they work.” Think about common clichés that we use all the time, such as “Better safe than...

Don’t be a Jerk. You Probably Can’t Afford It.

Don’t be a Jerk. You Probably Can’t Afford It.

Because People Will Notice There are a lot of people at Walt Disney World. Every. Single. Day. In 2019 it was reported that an average 1.7 million guests visited the Magic Kingdom Park each month. That’s almost 21 million a year. To support the operation of just that...

We Could Use Some Good Karma

We Could Use Some Good Karma

Karma (from Wikipedia): action, work, or deed.  The term also refers to the spiritual principle of cause and effect, often descriptively called the principle of karma, wherein intent and actions of an individual (cause) influence the future of that individual...

Being Bad Sucks. And that’s Good

Being Bad Sucks. And that’s Good

There’s a lot of work that goes into developing a strong team. There is also a tremendous amount of work that goes into improving your own leadership skills. But, before either can reach the potential to be good, first you might want to get comfortable with being bad....

Collect Your “No’s”

Collect Your “No’s”

How did I become a Cast Member at Walt Disney World? By being willing to be told No. In the fall of 1991 my wife and I felt that the timing was right to leave the military and relocate from Scotland to Orlando. I set my sight on a getting a job at Disney World. The...

Magic Doesn’t Happen if you Self Eliminate

Magic Doesn’t Happen if you Self Eliminate

How did I end up on a hit television show in the UK? It didn’t occur to me that I wouldn’t. In 1991, I was 25 years old and my wife and I, because of our military service, were living in Scotland. My favorite television show, hosted by Richard O’brien on the Channel 4...