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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February 25, 2021 36 min

We all have a purpose; we all have potential. 

Yet, as Andy Storch explains, to maximize this potential, we must first turn strategy into action. For instance, to better develop our career skills, we should engage our connections and reach out to those who excel in the fields we're pursuing. 

In Andy’s case, he has many strengths as an entrepreneur with industry exposure to sales, finance, and innovation; however, it's his ...

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When we consider personal branding, we often view it through a self-centered lens. In a world that preaches authenticity - to “be yourself” - applying the phrase can be difficult especially in the real world.

Yet, as Ray Edwards shares in this episode, if you’re an entrepreneur, either you control what you do or what you do controls you. If you want to build value around a skill, not only must you apply it within a specific lane bu...

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February 11, 2021 38 min

When we consider success, we often view it through the lens of achievement. We think of steps to improvement, promotion, advancement – anything that can lead to more money, power, and influence.

Yet, as Glenn Zweig, entrepreneur and podcaster, explains, our definition of success should be tethered to our idea of excellence. While we may perceive excellence differently, our experiences can unify our demonstration of it through trans...

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February 4, 2021 30 min

Be honest: You like money.

You like to make it; you like to spend it; you may even like to invest it. But what if I told you: You can have a love language with money without actually loving money?

As Ambus and I discuss in this episode, your relationship with money is central to your financial journey. You may want to control what you spend but this doesn’t mean you control your money. If you want to mature a money mindset, not onl...

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I’ll be honest: I’m not a fan of New Year’s resolutions.

While I understand why they exist, as I’ve discovered, it’s human nature to overcommit to large-scale changes and overlook the smaller ones we can set each day.

As Jody and I discuss in this episode, ‘tis the season for many people to lose motivation concerning the resolutions they set three weeks ago; however, if we can focus our goals on bite-sized improvements across multi...

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January 21, 2021 21 min

For most of us, the story of our talent doesn’t follow a linear pathway.

As my guest, David Fernandez, attests in this episode, our creativity is a product of experiences and journeys, sometimes detours. While we may not understand the tools we find along the way, we should still use them to capture legacy and honor past and future generations.

A man of multiple hats from international education to marketing, David shares his story...

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January 14, 2021 23 min

When we hear ‘success’, we tend to think about an increase in something positive, whether money, pleasure, or opportunities. I know when I was younger, my idea of success was often rooted in financial and positional gains.

However, as Jody and I discuss in this episode, success is more than a title fit with a loaded resume. Conversely, success is how we relate and give to one another. For in this life, everything is connected with ...

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January 7, 2021 30 min

As we step into 2021, anticipating change is only natural. Especially after a difficult 2020, most are hopeful for fresh opportunities and better things to come.

While resolutions are many this time of year, one I endorse is the power of differentiation. Rather than go with the flow and stay stuck in a routine, consider the ways you can connect with people without agenda. It could be as simple as responding to an e-mail, capitalizi...

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December 31, 2020 31 min

On this episode of ‘Come Rain or Shine’, guest, Katharine Manning, joins the show to discuss her background as a former attorney-advisor, the value of laser focus, and handling trauma in the marketplace.

As an expert in psychological safety and victim rights, Katharine brings unique experience to her current consulting projects and role of Blackbird DC president. Having advised the Justice Department in challenging domestic cases, ...

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December 24, 2020 29 min

On this episode of ‘Come Rain or Shine’, guest, Bretton Putter, joins the show to discuss his background and the importance of responsible recruiting.

As an expert on healthy corporate culture, Bretton has consulted many organizations concerning the impact of hiring on strong company culture and subsequent growth. With experience in recruiting, Bretton has helped businesses not only make appropriate hires but also in understanding ...

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December 17, 2020 23 min

For most of us, working from home has been a notable perk of 2020. Despite COVID-19’s impact on processes and procedures, I’m sure many would agree the adaptions have been worth the effort. However, while the increase in remote work has produced personal benefits, the same can’t be said about group communications.

As Jody and I discuss in this episode, there are many practical ways to bridge this divide. From home office modificati...

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December 10, 2020 16 min

No question the current hiring landscape is a real challenge. From differentiating your portfolio to selling your attitude, if you're a job seeker, you know how hard proving your intangibles can be.

As Jody and I discuss in this episode, if you’re a potential prospect, you must learn to change the rules of the game. Not only must you be creative in promoting your skills but also willing to find new ways to showcase your charact...

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Dr. Steve Yacovelli, the Gay Leadership Dude ™ joins me to discuss the all-important topic of diversity, inclusion, and belonging.

A Ph.D. in Instructional Technology and Distance Education, Dr. Yacovelli has a proven track record, including companies like Disney and IBM, and a stint as a professor at the University of Florida. In 2008, he embarked full-time on his current venture, Top Dog Learning Group. Top Dog focuses on helping...

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November 26, 2020 48 min

Today, on Come Rain or Shine, Jeff Steinberg, recording artist and motivational speaker, joins the show to discuss his testimony.

Born with no feet or hands, Jeff’s life message is two-fold:

1) Quit focusing on the handicap and start appreciating the gift.

2) We’re all a masterpiece in progress.

Applied to business leadership, Jeff notes working on purpose is not about striving but embracing challenges and leaving positive impacts....

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November 19, 2020 19 min

In an increasingly distant working world, standing out can be difficult. With much activity happening behind screens and closed doors, many people are struggling to engage interactively and think creatively.

As I discuss in this episode, there are still ways to differentiate yourself despite the pandemic’s effect on availability. For instance, while many can network in physical space, promotable leaders are adapting ahead of the cu...

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November 12, 2020 38 min

Kerri MacPherson, a former 20 year Disney cast member, joins me today to share her story. Originally from Melrose, MA, Kerri entered the wonderful world of Disney through the Disney University Program. Over the years, she found herself in many roles, from the Fellowship Ambassador program in Epcot to Disney cruise line reservation agent to the 2008 Walt Disney World Ambassador and membership manager of Club 33.

In all of her roles,...

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November 5, 2020 22 min

2020 has been an unprecedented year. Even those working for the most magical place on earth were not spared. In light of the 28,000 cast members that were recently let go, Jody and I want to address life after getting laid off.

As with most challenges, your attitude and the way you approach difficult times can make or break your situation. While this is a hard time for Disney, their loss has the potential to be a win for many other...

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October 29, 2020 34 min

Today, on the episode of ‘Come Rain or Shine’, Reggie Williams, ex-NFL linebacker, former Disney executive, and social reformer joins the show to discuss his new book, ‘Resilient by Nature’.

After accepting a position as Director of Sports Development for Walt Disney World Resort in 1993, Reggie has been reshaping the sports leadership landscape ever since. An athletic education advocate for today’s youth, Reggie remains involved w...

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October 22, 2020 21 min

We are tackling another listener question. Megan asked us about making the move into executive leadership. Jody and I are unpacking how to position yourself, the necessary characteristics, and what will set you apart.

In this episode, we give practical advice for making it to the “next” level. Did you know leaders have a shortlist? Today, we are explaining how to make sure you are on it. A leader recognizes the difference between s...

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October 15, 2020 16 min

For many people we work with, they don’t know where they stand. While most have a sense of what they do well, not all know what they can do better.

As Jody and I discuss in this episode, one of the lost arts in business today is candidacy. Although we value feedback, we’re often reluctant to give it, hence, why creative criticism and affirmation are worth discussion. Even though we may fear a compromise in harmony if we’re not enco...

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