Organize now for the end

Dana (left) and Christopher Reeve. Young Will just getting started. i met and hosted them four years later (and two years after Christopher’s accident) at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort.

Hospice nurses often list five emotional tasks for the end of life:

  1. thank you
  2. I love you
  3. please forgive me
  4. I forgive you
  5. goodbye.

Why wait until it’s literally a breath away from too late?

Yesterday Chapin and i spent an hour at the bank proactively arranging financial accounts more effectively. Cheryl was at Walt Disney World helping Mickey and the gang.

John F. Kennedy is credited with saying…

The time to fix the roof is when the sun is shining.

None of today’s posts are about being perfect, but every one of them is about being excellent.

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Avoiding home trauma

Spring Grove, PA
The apartment complex is just on the right.
Spring Grove, PA
One block down from the railroad tracks is my confirmation Church and the Paper Mill HQ.
Spring Grove, PA
If the shoe fits…The Paper Town Inn.
Spring Grove, PA
Next to the Paper Mill is where my Family is buried.
Spring Grove, PA
The Spring Grove Cemetary.
Spring Grove, PA Cemetary
My Dad’s (and stepmom’s) headstone.
Spring Grove, PA Cemetary
My Aunt’s headstone. Jennifer never married.
Spring Grove, PA Cemetary
My Grandparent’s headstone.
Spring Grove, PA Cemetary
More family…people i know nothing of.
Spring Grove, PA
Grew up here, age 5 – 23. My Mom still lives here.

The most organized people are the ones who are irrationally passionate about being organized.

Disorganized people (i was one) claim being organized is too difficult. Having been disorganized and organized, i have found that the effort is similar but the hope and freedom are polar opposites.

To be disorganized, for them, would be trauma to their home.

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RIP Herb Kelleher

Disney's Grand Floridian Resort
Last night, heading home from dinner at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa.

Inspired by this article…

20 Reasons Why Herb Kelleher Was One Of The Most Beloved Leaders Of Our Time

What you see in each bullet point is the author’s original attribute followed by (and separated with a -) my Disney-insight similarity. Herb was better than great because he did the basics brilliantly.

  1. Be interested – seek out Guest contact
  2. Be approachable – demonstrate appropriate body langauge at all times
  3. Look beyond titles and status – first name company, never go a day, or an hour, without your nametag
  4. Hire for attitude, train for success – we hire for attitude, not aptitude
  5. Put employees first, customers second – Cast first, the guest is always at the center of all we do
  6. Jettison tribalism and office politics – destroy silos, think ‘One Disney’
  7. Be yourself. Allow people to be themselves – everyone is a VIP, Very Individual Person
  8.  Be trustworthy – our (Disney’s) vision is to become the world’s most admired company
  9. Leave your ego at the door – great ideas can, and should, come from anywhere
  10. Be irreverent – balance timelessness with timeliness (maintain your heritage, and remember your heritage includes “impossible innovations’
  11. Be tough but not mean – aim for perfection, settle for excellence
  12. Don’t take yourself too seriously – Walt is famous for saying, laughter is no enemy to learning
  13. Spend time on what you value – actions speak louder than words
  14. Cultivate a warrior spirit – dog an idea until it’s done and done right (Walt)
  15.  Forget strategic planning – Guest Satisfaction Measurement (flipping the proverbial organizational pyramid upside down, allowing frontline Cast to change things that inhibit Guest and Cast Satisfaction)
  16. Managing the good times to protect the company in the bad times – balance the three-legged stool of Cast, Guest, and Business
  17. Be decisive, move with speed and agility – Walt said, “I believe in being an innovator.” Also, “80% and go”
  18. Culture is the boss – Michael Eisner said in 1984 when he became CEO, “The Disney Culture, and maintaining it, is my #1 priority.”
  19. Define the business as a cause – We create happiness (our Unifying Goal)
  20. Kelleher’s golden rule: it’s okay to break the rules – Walt said, “It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.”

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We owe it to ourselves to ask the tough questions

 

We owe it to ourselves to ask the tough questions.

Here’s one for starters:

Will i come alive before i die?

Bonus: Will i watch the trailer above, even though it’s Christmas Day?

 

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Am i prepared for my death?

 

Am i prepared for my death?

Are you prepared for yours?

 

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