The work value of one day

Disney leadership conference
Arianna Huffington is today’s keynote speaker at Disney’s Cast Leadership conference. Photo: LinkedIn screenshot.

Organizational humility is a powerful thought.

How does organizational humility transfer to tangible leadership behaviors? Amongst dozens, hundreds, or thousand of organizational leaders?



Do the basics brilliantly.

  1. Vision
  2. Involvement
  3. Accountability
  4. Commitment

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Keep your success to yourself

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Yesterday, while returning to Walt Disney World from Disneyland. Who am i, some other successful speaker?


Keep your success to yourself.

No one wants to hear how well you are doing.

Additionally, no one wants to hear how much freedom you have with your work schedule.

This work-schedule freedom may be even more valuable than your earnings.

So just be quiet already.


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Balancing humility with strength is challenging

Disney Keynote Speaker jeff noel
Most executives are easily distracted by bright, shiny things.


Dear Company Executive,

Do you trust your gut?

Me too.

May i remind you…

Recently, you received the gift of gut reactions from the only person (me) that confronted you when none of your inner-circle did, even though they had ample opportunities. And i did it quickly, after a single encounter with you.

So you know first hand how incredibly powerful my gut (and courage for confrontation) is.

First, here are the key snippets from a sterotypical Executive Coach’s website:


  1. “I have also earned the Master Certified Coach (MCC) designation from the International Coaching Federation.”
  2. “Less than 5% of all professional coaches worldwide hold this designation.”
  3. “The primary significance of this for my leaders is that a) I have done a ton of coaching, and b) I have been judged by my peers as meeting the highest standards of the coaching profession.”


Now, i’m gonna dissect my gut reactions based on the three points above.


Sentence 1:  Sounds impressive, and she needs to sound impressive. She’s sunk if she can’t sound impressive. Period.

Sentence 2:  The wow-factor, top of her industry. This was a purchased opportunity, like an MBA or a PhD. She needs the wow factor.

Sentence 3:  Like “going-the-extra-mile” is a flawed proposition, this sentence reveals something inexperienced CEO’s will never know. Disney has a standard of excellence that no one can comprehend, except those who spent a lifetime there…that’s 30 years for me, my Executive friend. i’ve literally seen it all, at every level. From Michael Eisner and Frank Wells to brand new Custodial Hosts and Hostesses (janitors).



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Only 364 days left to gather more business

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The little red dot says there are still 364 days of business left this year.


My cousin asked how business was going yesterday, January 1. In hind sight, i wish i hadn’t gone on such a riff giving him so many specifics; maybe a simple, “It’s going really well.”, would have sufficed:

  • One signed Keynote speech contract
  • One Keynote speech contract awaiting signature
  • Two Keynote contracts looking very good
  • A verbal agreement for a 1.5 day engagement, with additional contract layers probable
  • Another client getting closer to a multi-layered cultural transformation engagement
  • And finally, several big, former Disney Institute fans who are seriously interested in working together this year

Riff over.




On April Fool’s Day 2009, jeff noel began writing five daily, differently-themed blogs (on five different sites). It was to be a 100-day self-imposed “writer’s bootcamp”, in preparation for writing his first book. He hasn’t missed a single day since.

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