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.

Episodes

July 22, 2021 30 min

We all have ideas about success.

We think luxurious homes, stable incomes, dream jobs, stock options; the list goes on.

However, as Jody and I discuss in this episode, often our view of success is the byproduct of success rather than success itself. Dare we ask ourselves: How do we define success? What is the pathway to success in a given area? How do we create objectives for ourselves along the way?

Whatever situation you’re in, y...

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Left to our own devices, almost all of us are driven by independence. We work hard trying to make a living and ends meet. Little do we realize the small things that exhaust us to the point of disorientation.

However, as today’s guest, Ela Staniak, shares, if you want to own your presence, you have to first own your past and disfunction. As hard as you may work, you will never get far if you don’t develop connections and ask for sup...

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July 8, 2021 35 min

They say a good story only needs a good storyteller. 

If this is true, consider Chris Lindsley, today’s guest. 

A writer of many hats, Chris Lindsley has 35 years of experience serving as editor of a national sports magazine for kids, a consumer health newsletter, and a contributor to the Washington Post.

However, his best work is arguably his first book, Land of Fun: The Story of an Amusement Park for the Ages. As he shares in thi...

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July 1, 2021 21 min

When we consider the quality of our services, our expectation level can vary.

For instance, when someone says “very good” versus “excellent” job, generally we’re satisfied with either outcome; however, what if I told you “very good” and “poor” are the same because, in the end, they are not “excellent”?

Consider a 5-point scale. When evaluating quality control, the difference is more substantial than you think. As I learned at Disne...

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June 24, 2021 41 min

No question, words have a lot of power and potential. Especially in a recovering, post-COVID world, how and what we communicate is more imperative than ever.

Yet, as a renowned communications expert, Jill Schiefelbein, explains, knowing ‘what’ is only the beginning; no matter what you’re conveying or selling, your audience must understand the ‘why’ behind your words.

For instance, instead of speaking to drive results, speak to driv...

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June 17, 2021 16 min

As we’ve discussed in prior episodes, asking the right questions can make or break your business. 

What processes and products should we adapt? Who should we hire to handle these responsibilities? The list goes on and on. 

However, as I explain in this episode when we integrate root cause analysis, an interrogative technique developed by Sakichi Toyoda, into our communication practices, we ultimately address the white elephants in ...

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June 10, 2021 28 min

I know I’ve said it ad nauseam, but I’ll say it again: People who take the initiative create their luck. 

Take today’s special guest, Dave Alpern, for instance. After starting his career as an unpaid intern selling T-shirts for the Joe Gibbs Racing team, he now serves as president of what has become a multimillion-dollar organization with more than 500 employees.

As he explains, the difference between thriving and striving isn’t th...

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June 3, 2021 20 min

If you’re a regular listener, you know I love to talk about legacy.

Legacy in business, legacy in our families, legacy in our networks – no question, what we experience is often influenced by how we treat people; however, as Jody and I discuss in this episode, legacy is also inspired by the way our values reflect in our behaviors.

Accordingly, if you want to leave a lasting legacy, think about how the next generations will remember...

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When we talk about benefits, we often discuss security and tenure given most companies attempt to retain talent through personal investment. 

However, as Jody and I discuss in this episode, while personal care is valuable, the goal of benefits should be to improve culture first and foremost. For instance, don’t just provide a 401k match but tie the offering to learning and self-development. While options are essential, the delivery...

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May 20, 2021 28 min

As I often say on this podcast, if you want to advance, you can't stay idle. While baby steps are often the key to progress, if you don’t commit to knowing those steps, reaching, even knowing your goals, can be difficult.

However, as a former chef at The Walt Disney Company, Richard Smich, reminds us when you create your opportunities, you also create your success. In his case, adjusting from expert chef to rookie roof salesman...

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May 13, 2021 19 min

For most of us, our tendency at work is to focus on current or new opportunities. While the final chapter of our career may prompt a thought or two, seldom do we consider how our passions intersect retirement.

Yet, as former Vice President of Disney's Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World, Djuan Rivers, explains, when you know, you know. As hard as it can be to transition outside your occupation, following the peace into new seas...

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May 6, 2021 19 min

We all know to do a job well, you have to work hard; to achieve success, you not only have to exercise effort , but discipline and commitment.

However, as Jody and I discuss in this episode, the cost of leadership is next level in all these regards. For instance, to be a leader, one must be willing to build off their work ethic and integrate self-awareness into networking and team management. While it’s perfectly acceptable to thri...

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April 29, 2021 45 min

In this special episode, Steven Grant, Director of Architectural Studies in Themed Environments Integration at the University of Florida College of Design, Construction, and Planning, joins the show with students, Emily Page and Nick Karafilis, to discuss the program.

A 28-year veteran of Walt Disney Imagineering and the former president of the American Institute of Architects Orlando Chapter, Steven unpacks the inspiration behind ...

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April 22, 2021 42 min

As the chaos of COVID-19 winds down, many are slowly adjusting to normality. While some are still quarantined, for most, the relational aspects of work are becoming more relevant.

Yet, as this evolution occurs, there’s an essence of empathy we must not forsake. As today’s guest, Tina Berger, explains, people have to engage the vocational community freshly. Unlike a few years ago, the social awareness of 2020 has made premiums out o...

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April 15, 2021 41 min

When we discuss vocational leadership, many assume the term implies respect and honor. And to be fair, this should be the case no matter the endeavor.

However, as guest, Chip Huth, explains when leadership and respect are detached, the quality of our service is ultimately compromised. Whatever our job may be, we must be willing to put people above processes and procedures regardless of our bottom line.

As a Major with the Kansas Ci...

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April 8, 2021 21 min

Until recently, I would often quote executive presence without being able to define it. Like many, I understood what the term signified but struggled to describe it in conversation. However, after doing some homework, I can now explain executive presence in greater measure.

As Jody and I discuss in this episode, executive presence is the sum of credibility and relatability, a fusion of expert learning, listening, and communicating....

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April 1, 2021 20 min

If you’ve tuned into the show lately, you've likely noticed the theme of successful entrepreneurs creating their luck to be reoccurring.

Such premise has proven true for Savannah Turner, a soon-to-be high-school graduate who has already paved trails as a business owner and now venturer in the toy store industry. Having self-learned online and textile industries at an early age, Savannah shares her story about how she became an ...

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March 25, 2021 41 min

As recent guests have reminded us, our career trajectories don’t travel in straight lines. Sometimes, we know what we want to become as kids or young adults; other times, we think we know what we want and mature through humble beginnings.

Enter Fred Aebli - a former Marine Corps Veteran who has been fascinated with technology since watching Star Wars as a boy. With interests in electronics and computers, Fred spent much of his post...

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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Our paths to success don’t follow straight lines but evolve through unexpected twists and turns.  

Take today’s guest, Greg Spillane, for instance. A former Division I athlete and MBA graduate from the University of South California, the transformation from football player to serial entrepreneur and CEO of Fancy, a technology-based platform, featured many growing pains. However, by recalib...

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March 11, 2021 40 min

In business, leaders often take risks based on past experiences. From problem solving and performance to resourcing and communal engagement, the art of decision-making can be complex as markets adjust. 

However, as today's guest, Matt Gottesman, explains, sometimes you have to embrace the discomfort of being a frontrunner to find success. While hustle can establish a workable rhythm, it can only take you so far. Especially in t...

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