Come Rain or Shine

Come Rain or Shine

Creating and maintaining a magical culture in any organization takes dedication and commitment. Dan Cockerell, a 27 year Disney veteran and retired Vice President of the Magic Kingdom, and host Jody Maberry share stories and insight to help you build the mindset you need to build a strong organizational culture. Come Rain or Shine will equip any leader with the tools to influence the weather in your kingdom for years to come.... Show More

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September 23, 2020 29 min

John Walsh and I are discussing his new venture and what it takes to be a Standout.

From homelessness and a lack of direction to working his way to an executive at Disney to entrepreneur, John’s life experience cultivated an obsession for him: helping students become Standout individuals.

But what does it take to stand out? Is it necessary to take risks? In today’s episode, we are exploring the keys to standing out, how our persona...

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September 16, 2020 19 min

Jody and I discuss the importance of role modeling and the domino effect it has on culture.

For many organizations, morale is secondary to the bottom line. While most admit a strong culture is beneficial, if it doesn’t yield positive monetary outcomes, we can be quick to doubt its value. The problem with this thinking is it compartmentalizes culture from everyday relationships. For instance, to be a great role model, one doesn’t re...

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I am joined by Tim Chandler, Co-Founder of PurposePlay, who is making the world a better place through gamification.

Inspired by a 2018 mission trip to Uganda, Tim and his team created a simulation mobile gaming app called Humango where the objective is to build virtual communities similar to those in third-world countries. Like a nonprofit, the money raised through the app purchases are then used to help real communities in Africa...

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September 2, 2020 31 min

For entrepreneurs, Kiirsten May and Alex Varricchio, creative solutions are more than just creative concepts.

 

As co-owners of UpHouse, a marketing agency dedicated to effective brand strategies, Kiirsten and Alex are committed to innovation through collaboration. Having recently released a new book, The Proximity Paradox, the duo hopes to continuing serving businesses by inspiring ideation through actionable problem-solving and v...

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Jody and I are taking a quick look at the importance of Continuous Improvement within an organization.

It can be hard to experience what your customer encounters when you view your organization from the position of leadership. Putting yourself in the customer's shoes and experiencing your product from the consumer vantage point will enable you to implement the all-important practice of continuous improvement. Observe, and make ...

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August 19, 2020 18 min

Jody and I discuss the best ways to deal with bad days at work.

 

Inspired by our recent conversation with Millennial Whisperer, Chris Tuff, there are healthy perspectives we can embrace relative to our jobs. One of them involves the idea 30% of most jobs will not excite our passion while the remaining 70% will. In light of what doesn’t appeal, we must recalibrate our focus. After all,  there’s discomfort with any vocation; however...

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Chris Tuff joins the show to discuss his road to success.

A Vanderbilt graduate, Chris talks about lessons learned in his early career and how they shaped his path moving forward. An accomplished digital marketer, investor, and business development leader, Chris is not only a pioneer in his field but a voice in tune with emerging generations. In his mind, Millennials aren’t the problem; they just expose all the problems. For instan...

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August 10, 2020 15 min

Today, Jody and I discuss my first book release called How’s the Culture in Your Kingdom? Lessons from a Disney Leadership Journey.

As I explain, the book dives deep into my experiences at Disney and lessons learned over 26 years of leadership. Some of the chapters cover topics like training, organization vision, how to create a healthy internal culture, and the importance of belonging. Interlaced throughout the book are some of th...

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Huda Idress joins us today to share her international educational and entrepreneurial journey.

Huda was raised in Saudi Arabia by Pakistani parents. She moved to Toronto to pursue her education as an Industrial Engineer.  With a desire to work in health care and have an impact on the world, Huda started down a road that would eventually lead her to create her own company that changed the landscape of healthcare and how it works.

Wh...

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July 29, 2020 22 min

Jody and I discuss the milestone of reaching one-hundred podcasts.

While the show has found its stride as of late, the journey to success did not happen overnight. From the start, we had to learn an entirely new rhythm and artform to communicate information. At times, I wondered if I should have stayed at Disney.

But now as we progress into a new decade, the script continues to improve. The number of special guests has increased; t...

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July 22, 2020 34 min

Illustrator, Vesper Stamper, joins me to discuss her story and views of leadership.

An illustrator with over 20 years of experience, Vesper explains her origins as an artist as well as her transition into historical fiction writing. Having illustrated books and covers for multiple artists, she shares how her family life and educational endeavors ultimately helped her find her inner voice.

As for stances on leadership, Vesper believ...

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No question, the coronavirus has had a huge impact on our economy. From temporary leaves to distance working, if you're listening to this, chances are you’ve had to adjust in some way.

While there have been some benefits, I've been wondering: How can a business maintain its culture when its employees are distant?

As Jody and I discuss in this episode, for a healthy work culture to exist at home, the parameters for that cult...

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Dr. Eric George joins me to discuss his story as well as relational trends in today’s economy.

A man of many hats, Dr. George has experience across multiple realms. Not only is Dr. George the founder and CEO of ERG Enterprises, Omega Hospital, and the Hand Center of Louisiana in New Orleans, but he is also a venture capitalist, real estate investor, author, and philanthropist.

Across each responsibility, Dr. George emphasizes the i...

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July 1, 2020 12 min

Special guest, Jacob Chancelor, joins me to discuss his story as well as a special project he’s working on.

 

A former Disney cruise ship entertainer, Jacob discusses his transition to London where he’s now pursuing his master’s degree. As part of his final project, Jacob has spent recent months creating and producing a new type of live entertainment. The project involves a show entitled, “The Bar at the Edge of [Blank]” where gues...

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June 24, 2020 15 min

Have you ever wondered how to get your ‘in’ in a company? What qualifies one candidate above another in a given job search?

 

If so, you’re not alone. After all, in a sea of resumes, standing out can seem impossible with many applications desperate for a hook or a lead. But as I’ve been telling college graduates these days, if you want to help your chances, you must be willing to meet people and take a personalized approach to netw...

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June 17, 2020 27 min

Chelsea Brinkley, an entrepreneur and rock star executive assistant, is sharing her journey today.

At the age of 29, Chelsea embarked on the journey of remote work after experiencing corporate burn out. As a successful Executive Assistant, Chelsea discovered her organizational strength and ability to set up systems and processes was a service that many entrepreneurs need. Coupling her skillset with her desire to break away from bei...

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June 10, 2020 19 min

Opportunities. It’s easy to want them, much harder to chase them.

I know when I was younger, there were times I passively wished for certain outcomes hoping they would fall in my lap. I thought if I just positioned myself right, good things would automatically happen. Yet, as I now know, what you plan for is rarely what occurs. If our pursuit of opportunities is chained to our expectations of them, chances are you won’t get far wit...

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June 3, 2020 28 min

Cynthia Blackwell of Cynthia Blackwell Consulting joins in to discuss her corporate story and current work.

 

As a business coach, mentor, and keynote speaker, Cynthia has the unique ability to fuse life and spark ideas with creative business savvy. Tagged “The Rain-Maker” by colleagues and clients, Cynthia’s relational approach to people and processes are not only essential for growth but cultural transformation. In her mind, good...

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When we talk about the coronavirus, we often talk about the negatives and negatives alone. Health concerns, economic trends, first-world convenience issues – clearly it’s been a hindrance for many. But the virus has also brought with it some silver linings and surprises. 

 

For instance, I’ve noticed many furloughed entrepreneurs diversifying their portfolios, developing new products and processes as side gigs to their day jobs. Wh...

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May 21, 2020 17 min

In trying times, often the best ideas are the most creative. With many companies suffering due to current health and economic issues, entrepreneurs and business leaders around the world are having to think outside the box to make ends meet.

 

One of these leaders I’ve had the privilege of conversing with recently is an innovator employed by the University of Buffalo. In our discussion, we talked about the difference between virtual...

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