Lee Cockerell, VP of Disney World Resort (Retired),
Talks about Management and Leadership Strategies
"As the Senior Operating
Executive for ten years Lee led a team of 40,000 Cast Members and
was responsible for the operations of 20 resort hotels, 4 theme
parks, 2 water parks, a shopping & entertainment village
and a sports and recreation complex in addition to the ancillary
operations which supported the number one vacation destination in
the world.” One of Lee’s major and lasting legacies was the
creation of Disney Great Leader Strategies which continues on as
the primary resource for developing the 7000 leaders at Walt Disney
Lee has held various executive positions in the hospitality and
entertainment business with Hilton Hotels for eight years and the
Marriott Corporation for 17 years before joining Disney in 1990 to
open the Disneyland Paris project. Lee has served as Chairman of
the Board of Heart of Florida United Way. He currently serves on
the Board of Trustees for The Culinary Institute of America (CIA).
In 2005 Governor Bush appointed Lee to the Governor’s Commission on
Volunteerism and Public Service for the state of Florida.
He is now dedicating his
time to public speaking, authoring a book on leadership, management
and service excellence which was published in 2008 and is now
available in ten languages. Lee also performs leadership and
service excellence consulting for organizations as well as the
Lee has received the following awards; 2002 Golden Chain Award
for Outstanding leadership and business performance from the
Multi-Unit Foodservice Operations Association (MUFSO).
2003 Silver Plate
for Outstanding Operator in the foodservice
industry from the International Foodservice Manufacturers
Association (IFMA). 2006
Excellence In Production Operations Management and
(POMS) from the Productions and
Operations Management Society (POMS).
JW Najarian and Bob Schecter of CREPIG
also have a
business, finance and Lifestyle Blog at www.NetworkingFool.com
Recently JW and Bob got the chance to speak with Lee Cockerell
about the Disney Management and Leadership philosophy and how Lee
used these strategies to run one of the most success businesses in
- How do you become VP of Operations for one the the best known
and happiest places on earth?
- How do you manage without micromanaging?
- Can leadership and management techniques used to support over
40,000 scale for small business?
- What is R.A.V.E.?
- How do you manage managers
- How Time Management changed his life.
- Leadership for children
- How to set up community.
- And Much, Much More
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