Episode #876 Lee Cockerell: Leading the Disney Way

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Moe and Lee Cockerell discuss what admired leaders do to ignite greatness in others and the making of Disney culture.


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Lee Cockerell

Former Executive VP of Operations at Walt Disney World® Resort. View Full Profile

Leading The Disney Way

One of the great benefits of having lived in Orlando for eight years, was the opportunity to experience the infectious attitude of the Disney Institute. The brainchild of former CEO, Michael Eisner, the institute was designed to showcase to the world ‘the business behind the magic,’ and in doing so help organizations large and small reimagine operational excellence.  On any given day, Disney is the place where your imaginations run wild, and your dreams really do come true.  From the moment you walk through the gates, your senses are heightened, your happiness is ignited, and you’re invited to ‘Dream. Believe. Dare, and to Do’     

As guests, we marvel at the experience, but as business people we yearn to replicate it inside our own companies, and that’s why we flock to the institute.  “What ever you do, do it well...”  Walt Disney said, “...Do it so well that when people see you do it they will want to come back and see you do it again and they will want to bring others and show them how well you do what you do.”  

Earlier today, I was fortune to spend time with former Executive Vice President of Operations, Lee Cockerell to get a glimpse at the making of a Disney Leader.  

Here’s a glimpse of what we’ll discuss:

  • Leading the Disney way

  • What admired leaders do to ignite greatness in others

  • What hasn’t changed about leadership

  • The making of the Disney culture

  • How do the best leaders stay relevant

  • The essence of time management

  • The one skill that will add the greatest value to your future