Surrender helps even in small details

selfie stick
Purchased at Apple Store in Maryland yesterday but it accidentally got shipped home. Neither i nor the Apple employee could figure out how to cancel it.

Surrender helps even in small details. Didn’t need to purchase a selfie stick yesterday, but the idea of having one to improve my business videos intrigues me. So in the moment, i made a decision to buy on the spot rather than wait and debate it’s value.

Because it’s small, i knew it would fit in my backpack for the flight home. And, i could experiment with it today on our college visit.

Inadvertently, the purchase was shipped, so i couldn’t leave the store with it.

The quickest solve for this was simply to accept it and let it go.

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You can observe a lot by watching

College dormitory corner room
This open-windowed corner dorm room caught my eye from the dining hall last night. The higher (3rd floor) view and the rare, additional window make it a prized location for an over-focused student. Th fact that you gain (unauthorized) roof access is also appealing for the right college student.

You can observe a lot by watching.

Watching is more difficult, and perhaps dormant when our devices supersede our desire to grow and interact with our surroundings.

From my experience, college is the single most important opportunity to interact with your life.

Why?

Because you only cross this threshold between teenage years and early twenties once, and then it’s gone forever.

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This increases with aging

Purpose Disney speaker jeff
The wow factor. Aging poorly or aging well – both are full of surprises.

The only two things we do with greater frequency in middle-age are urinate and attend funerals. – Fred Shoenberg

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Leadership accountability challenges

Disney intersection east side
On our (Disney) Eastern border, we head North toward Magic Kingdom to go home.

Leadership accountability challenges are common.

Why?

Lack of clarity.

If i asked you and your boss to each grab a post-it note and privately write down your top three work priorities, would your list match your boss’s?

What if the two post-it note lists matched?

What’s to gain?

What if they don’t match?

What’s to lose?

Finally, do you have company-wide standard buckets of focus? For example, at Disney, we have Employee, Customer, and Business buckets. Everyone is crystal clear on this.

Additionally, we have a second level of company-wide leadership standard buckets: Technical, managerial, and behavioral accountabilities. How well do you perform your responsibilities? How well do you manage time, money, and resources? And how well do you demonstrate the desired leadership behaviors.

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