Top 3 creativity and innovation priorities?

Disney Creativity Keynote Speaker
Most creative improvements happen on the front line. Small, low-cost to no-cost iterations that continuously improve things over time. Cast experience improvements. Customer experience improvements. Business-financial improvements. And of course, leadership improvements.

A leader and a direct report are paired and each has a Post-it note. The leader writes the top three creativity and innovation priorities she expects of her direct report. And the direct report writes the top three creativity and innovation priorities she thinks the leader expects from her.

What are the odds the lists match?

The entire point of clarity with expectations, priorities, and accountability comes down to scaling a winning formula. As employees become leaders, and as employees and leaders move around within an organization, the core mission, and the structure and processes to maintain and improve the mission are your cultural bedrock.

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The genesis story gets lost

mineral spring at Disney's Wilderness Lodge
In the rear of Disney’s Wilderness Lodge lobby, is this bubbling mineral hot spring, Silver Springs. The entire Resort was built around it, and because of it. It’s the genesis story. It’s essentially lost. What does one gain by never losing the origin story?

There are single thoughts that contain the essence of a whole volume, single sentences that have the beauties of a large work.

Joseph Joubert

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Project wind sprints

The extra inch (bottom left) traces back to 2011 when i began operationalizing the gift Kendal didn’t know he unwrapped.

Project wind sprints – a vision for how leaders (myself included) generally have contrasting (and reversed) priorities and outcomes during a project lifecycle.

We don’t sprint at the end, we sprint at the beginning. This is the best vision.

We don’t make compromises simply because bad planning means we’re running out of time. Also a great vision.

We eagerly highlight the challenges ahead, but spend no time casting blame after something fails. Perfect vision.

You cool with that?

You get that in real life we procrastinate the start, panic near the end, and scramble frantically to meet our deadline, right?

Be the change. Lead the great vision. Buck the herd mentality.

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Clarity for wills and will nots

Will:

  • Expect everyone’s best effort everyday
  • Expect easy, prompt access to top decision maker
  • Require one main contact
  • Behave intensely & intentionally
  • Have fun (non-negotiable)
  • Be flexible
  • Push all boundaries
  • Lean into discomfort and lean on Florence
  • Question everything
  • Challenge everything
  • Sniff out excuses
  • Dress casually
  • Be your greatest teacher
  • Answer questions with “it depends” or by asking a question, or both

Will not:

  • Give less than 110%
  • Accept status quo
  • Take notes in group mtgs
  • Produce training materials
  • Sugar-coat

While not exhaustive, these lists are the essence.

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Your blindspot, from an astute observer, is…

Barnes and Noble book store photo
Tryin’.

 

Barnes and Noble book store photo
Interesting title.

 

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Decent context.

 

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Edgy sells. Why? It’s rare, hence valuable.

 

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Edgy, but not quite edgy enough.

 

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How long does it take to come up with a title?

 

Barnes and Noble book store photo

 

Barnes and Noble book store photo
Can you imagine publishing a self-help or personal development book?

 

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There’s a ton of competition.

 

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Some get special, coveted placement.

 

Barnes and Noble book store photo
i promise i didn’t spend a single second looking for Disney books.

 

Your blindspot, from an astute observer, is…

Clarity.

What a gift.

The random opportunity was extraordinary.

 

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