100 episodes

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.

Come Rain or Shine Dan Cockerell

    • Management
    • 5.0, 5 Ratings

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.

    How Crisis Can Be The Catalyst to Change

    How Crisis Can Be The Catalyst to Change

    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 instance, professionals in their 20’s and 30’s are significantly influenced by social media, technology, and networking. As a result, they not only want to mature occupational skills but maintain relational connections through the course of their career.
    Chris also talks about crisis being the catalyst to change, why he’s known as the Millennial Whisperer, and tools of the trade he uses to redirect his focus.

    • 33 min
    How's the Culture in Your Kingdom

    How's the Culture in Your Kingdom

    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 the favorite Disney stories, most of which have aged well over time. It’s my hope people who read this book will be inspired in their occupational journeys by pulling from the insights I offer.

    • 15 min
    Creating Your Own Opportunities and Taking Initiative

    Creating Your Own Opportunities and Taking Initiative

    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.
    While pursuing placement for her mandatory work experience, Huda applied for a role with Wattpad only to propose a modified one to the CEO. Her boldness and perception paid off; she was hired as an Experience Designer (in addition to the actual job she applied for). Eventually, this led to her founding Dot Health. Dot Health is building a massive network that transacts patient-level health care via a digital transaction and seamlessly transfers data at any provider.
    Whether you are an engineer or a leader, designing principles must be in place as you enter a project. Constant iteration is imperative. Don’t wait for perfection. Continue to improve on your product rather than holding it until it’s ready. Providing an open window and getting people into the process will help you produce a better result. Real-time decisions will save an organization in the long run. If you are hiring or seeking to make a change – reverse engineer your desired end and partner with people that fill that goal.  Intrinsically motivated people to solve the problem that we are solving.
    When entering the workforce or seeking to grow in an organization, take ownership and initiative. Constantly ask for more and knock it out of the park. Confidence asks for more and builds up a reservoir of goodwill. You don't have to wait for more responsibility. Ask for it, own it, and back it up.
    Knowing your lane is key to making a difference. Whether as an employee, entrepreneur, or an activist, once you identify the impact you can and should make, you can champion it with power and weight.
     
    Resources
    Dot Health - https://www.dothealth.ca/
    Magical vacation planner 407-442-0257
     
    Connect with Huda
    https://www.hudaidrees.com/
    Twitter: @hidrees
    Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/hidrees/?originalSubdomain=ca
    Github: https://github.com/hidrees
    Email: huda@hudaidrees.com

    • 32 min
    Lessons From 100 Episodes

    Lessons From 100 Episodes

    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; the quality of our content has matured. And as a result, we're planning better, questioning better, and have been able to provide savvier solutions for our audience.
    As Jody points out, we've recorded at many locations, from Magical Vacation Planner Conference to Starbucks. Yet, while the settings may change, our goal remains the same: To capture the power of leadership and culture through creative interviewing and storytelling.

    • 22 min
    How Fear and Shame Effects Leaders

    How Fear and Shame Effects Leaders

    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 believes the best leaders are not only readers but guides who offer boundaries for others to journey within. Furthermore, they’re aware of the effects of fear and shame and help steer others away from them. With an acclaimed novel in ‘What the Night Sings' (2018), she hopes to capture this perspective with future works.
    For more information about Vesper, visit her website at http://www.vesperillustration.com.

    • 34 min
    Maintaining Culture With Remote Workers

    Maintaining Culture With Remote Workers

    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 culture must be defined and designed. Yes, Zoom calls have their place, but to preserve synergy, supervisors, and directors must realize the occasional virtual meeting is not enough. Even though it may seem like a low priority, how you replace happenstance matters. Whether setting a selective open-door policy via messaging or offering more collaborative opportunities, there are many ways to extend culture remotely.

    • 20 min

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If you are into making changes for the better at the organisation you’re committed to, this is a great listen. I think I have listened to each and every one and have really enjoyed them all. The even greater thing is, they keep getting better and better. Keep up the great work Dan and Jody.

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