Dan Cockerell made an extensive career at The Walt Disney Company that spanned 19 different positions, including vice president of Magic Kingdom® Theme Park. After 26 years, Dan retired to start a consulting and speaking business teaching business leaders how to be more malleable, adaptable, and innovative, so they can let the sun shine in their organization’s culture. In this episode, you’re going to learn about the power of staying on message, the No. 1 mistake most companies make that lead to their downfall and more.
Dan Cockerell started his Disney career directing cars in the parking lot. But when he left 26 years later to pursue an entrepreneurial journey of his own, he was in charge of the entire daily operations of the happiest place on earth.
I invited Dan on the podcast to help us understand how the hospitality industry has responded to Covid overall.
You’re going to learn about the power of staying on message, the secret to hiring and training a world class team, when attitude trumps skills, the No. 1 mistake most companies make that lead to their downfall, how to handle an increasingly competitive marketplace, and the value of trust.
Plus, stick around to the very end, when I asked Dan to tell me ONE thing that even Disney superfans wouldn’t know about the Magic Kingdom. And boy did he deliver.
This was a huge honor. As you know, my wife Lindsey and I are Disney superfans. Getting to spend an hour chatting with one of the most senior people at our favorite place on earth was truly surreal. Dan was super gracious and very generous, which made it even better.
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