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From: Glen Wheaton
Date: 11-06-2014 14:48:00 pm

Subject: How Did Walt Disney's Management Style Shape Disney Companies


How Did Walt Disney's Management Style Shape Disney Companies

By Glen Wheaton

Anyone who has had extensive contact with the vast array of Disney entertainment products knows that there is a common theme through all of them. The Disney brand has been a long-running part of the culture of Disney products, and most of this culture was developed by its founder, Walt Disney. Like most people whose businesses have flourished over decades, its founder had wide-ranging talents in many areas.

Probably the first quality that you would think with Walt Disney is his ability to innovate, and that is pretty obvious. But one that really intrigued me is his leadership skills. He was not one to praise, as he felt that the work that his people produced should be praise enough it was done well. But he did have a way of getting a little bit more out of people. For instance, if someone presented him with a project, he would make note that it was interesting but then say something like, "now what if... " His people would leave more inspired than when they came in.

He was always looking for people who would take chances. This culture never pigeonholed anyone, but his philosophy was that you never know what talents a person has if you never give them a chance. He was not particularly interested in the certification that an employee brought to Disney. He was more interested in people who could teach themselves how to do things.

That quality to take an idea and make it even better was a great leadership skill. He had an uncanny way of focusing on the solution to problems, rather than playing the problem. And as mentioned earlier, he wasn't one for high praise, as his employees normally found out if you like your idea secondhand from someone else.

It's probably safe to say that Walt Disney was not a financially skilled person by any means. He had other people to do that. He was more interested in the audience experience. He completely new who his audience was and how to talk with them, and like great innovators throughout history anticipated their needs before the audience did. The motto was, "just do something people will like".

It is always interesting to be able to look inside the head of people who accomplished great things. There are of course many different management styles, but it seems to me that Walt Disney was the leader that you would really like to work for. And his legacy and all forms of entertainment will probably live forever.

If you are planning a vacation to this spectacular area, our? article ?on Orlando will give you some interesting information on Disney World. You can find more about Florida on our site? ?and we welcome you to take a look. Glen Wheaton is an avid traveler and writer living in Chicago.

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