A Big Announcement–and Two Princes Return to the Kingdom!

A Big Announcement–and Two Princes Return to the Kingdom!

I’m so excited to share with you a big announcement of something I’ve personally been working on for some time. After that we are going to share important news of this week that may have huge bearing on the company moving forward. Tom Staggs and Kevin Mayer, both former executive leaders of The Walt Disney Company, have returned to solve some its biggest issues tied with ESPN and the long-term prospects of network/cable television. We’ll share the story of how we got to this place, and why it may be important that these two princes have returned to the kingdom. And finally, I’ll share a few personal thoughts about the departure of my friend, Jim Korkis.

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An Announcement

Photo by J. Jeff Kober.

If you’ve listened to my podcasts you know that they are sponsored by Performance Journeys, a training, development and consulting organization focused on improving results in the customer arena, with engaging employees, and in improving organizational leadership. You also may have heard that The Walt Disney Company is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. Organized on October 16th, 1923, few know what events occurred that made that happen. But small as they were, they were pebbles that have created a spectacle of entertainment experiences for all. It is one of the most beloved companies in the world, and was headed by a man who truly was unlike any other, the master showman, Walt Disney.

The day October 16th is a special one for me. I’m not 100 years old, but my birthday is the same day as this company. And I’m preparing something very special for it. I am completing work on a book that lets you not only learn about the magic of this company, but apply its innovative secrets to your life, to those around you, and to the work you do.

There are many books on Walt, on Michael Eisner, on Disneyland and Walt Disney World. This will be one of the only books that will truly canvas the entire breadth of the organization. Moreover, it will one that will be a cavalcade of ideas for you and your own life experience. In a future podcast I will announce the title of the book and other details. But for now I wanted you, the first to know about this upcoming book.

More to come!

Photo by J. Jeff Kober.

For today’s podcasts I will share one of the chapters, which will be a modified version of this week’s announcements. Important events have occurred, and they may paint the picture of the organization moving forward–perhaps where not one but two princes will lead out. Be sure to listen to the podcast.

Souvenirs for You and Your Organization

Consider the following for you and/or your organization:

  • How do you build your legacy by building the leadership potential of your organization?
  • When is it best to have your employees promoted from within and when is it best to have others come from the outside?
  • How do we promote innovation and  continuous improvement throughout the organization, rather than simply at the top”

Remembering Jim Korkis

Jim Korkis

Remembering this week the life of Jim Korkis who I’ve known since the mid 1990s. My collaboration with him began when we worked together at the Disney Institute. It continued long after as we both wrote for MousePlanet (he as Wade Sampson) and then together on several of my podcasts. He was as passionate about Disney as he was knowledgeable. I will miss him.

J. Jeff Kober

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