Life is tough. Everyone is feeling the weight of the world on their shoulders. It’s the common thread for all humans.
Sent this last night, responding to request for advice…
“Thanks for your note and i do know your Grandfather and recall Cheryl going to lunch with you and your brother.
Judson, the greatest resource you have for the goals you describe is right under your nose. It’s your Disney leadership team. The one you had on your College Program and the one you have currently.
So here’s my best advice: Create great relationships with your leaders, their bosses (if possible, and it’s always possible), your peers, your Guests, vendors, everyone. Disney is famous for friendly, helpful, optimistic people. If that’s hard to do at the level you are at, it will be impossible to advance.
Every ring on the “leadership ladder” carries with it additional responsibilities that can bury people who aren’t equipped. So if this feels like hard work now, leadership might not be the right direction.
I’m assuming you were a standout at Cosmic Rays. Leverage those connections.
I retired almost two years ago and Cheryl’s position is in an exceptionally busy time right now.
Happy to answer any and all questions you have at any time.
Think of a mentor like a personal trainer. i can give advice from the expertise that comes from experience, yet i cannot do the exercises (the relationship building) for the trainee.
What books have you read about Disney? Send that list and i’ll recommend what’s missing and validate the great ones.
And if we aren’t connected on LinkedIn, please send an invitation.
Finally, expect an answer to any question within 24 hrs, usually same day, and often within hours. Future replies are not likely to be this long. 🙂
Be amazed and be amazing Judson. Our world needs more of that.
(PS, i didn’t proof this, sorry for grammar/typos)”
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