If you have a student in your life, this episode of Creating Disney Magic will provide insight to help them interview and prepare for their first job. Lee offers ideas to prepare for an interview, how to conduct yourself during an interview and focusing on the basics to stand out from other interview candidates.
Lee also discusses ways teachers can create magic in the classroom.
If you are a teacher, you will want to check out the book Creating Classroom Magic by Shauna Pollock.
“If you want your time to count, you must count your time.” – Kary Oberbrunner
If you want to do the most important work and have the most impact, you need to have a difficult conversation with yourself. You need to understand what you are doing that your shouldn’t be doing anymore. You need to come clean about the hard thing you need to do that you are trying to avoid.
You need to examine the hard stuff in your life. Life gets easier when you do the hard stuff. Life gets harder when you do the easy stuff.
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Should companies be involved in community service?
At Disney, there is a culture of helping the community. Cast members work hard and put in long hours and then give their time and money to improving the community.
Whether it is the company as a whole or you as an individual, you can improve one life or an entire community by contributing time or money to a worthy cause.
In this episode of Creating Disney Magic, Lee explains many of the ways organizations and individuals have stepped up to make a difference.
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If you have met Lee Cockerell in person, there is a good chance he handed you a bookmark. The bookmark is a promotion piece that includes information on all of his books.
The bookmark also includes Disney’s Seven Service Guidelines. Lee explains the guidelines and the idea behind each one.
These guidelines can be used in any organization to create magic. You can also create specific guidelines for your organization. Applying these guidelines does not take technology or an investment in resources, it is about focusing on the basics.
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If you have a bully in the workplace, it is going to have a negative impact on productivity and employee morale.
As a leader, if you have a bully in the workplace you have to address it promptly and directly. Nobody has the right to intimidate another person. Even if you are the boss, you have no right to damage the self-esteem of another person. You have to stay on top of the situation until you see the bully has changed or has been terminated.
If you are the one who has been targeted by a bully, you need to either report the situation or leave the organization. If the bully is your supervisor, continue to do your best work while you look for another job.
If you are aware of a bullying situation that you are not involved in, you have an obligation to report it. Human Resources will want to resolve the situation, but may not be aware of what is happening.
In this episode of Creating Disney Magic Lee answers a listener question about leading a discouraged team.
If you take on a leadership role with a team that has had a tough time with the previous leader or feel discouraged, you have to be deliberate about how you leadership tenure begins.
Spend time listening. Spend time with each member of your team. Discover what the problems are, what has discouraged the team,
People are not going to support you unless they trust you. Be careful of how you react to what people tell you and what you see.
Don’t make big decisions quickly. Spend 30 days discovering the problems and how your team is feeling. After 30 days you can begin implementing changes based on the information you received from your team.
Always keep communicating. Keep listening. Keep giving feedback.
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It is not uncommon for someone to leading people who are older than they are.
This situation can cause pushback; people may feel the boss selected the wrong person, you could now be supervising someone who didn’t get the job, or people are skeptical about your age.
Address the situation early and directly. Be open and available to answer questions. Help people understand performance is what matters. Always be willing to tell people the truth. Make sure you clarify your expectations.
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At your organization, you are putting on a show every day. Every great show has two performances going on simultaneously; onstage and backstage.
Consider seeing a play at the theater. The onstage show is obvious. You watch the actors, see the props, and hear the music. Backstage, though, there is a crew working just as hard to make sure everything goes right with the performance. You may not directly witness the backstage performance, but it is just as crucial to putting on an excellent show.
If backstage performers don’t put on a great show, onstage performers can not put on a great show.
The same is true with your organization.
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It is common to wonder how to motivate employees and maintain high morale. But the truth is, you don’t motivate people. People motivate themselves. Your job is to create a culture where people are excited. When people are excited about the work they do, they inspire themselves.
Your job is to create a culture where people are excited. When people are excited about the work they do, they inspire themselves.
Cast members have to be committed to working at Disney. There is not room in their role in the show to be rude, to not be nice, or to not go out of your way to help somebody.
If you notice an employee is not motivated or having trouble, it is a leader’s responsibility to find out why and try to help them. Discipline and empathy are important traits for leaders. Good leaders create a trusting culture.