Mickey’s 10 Commandments

martysklar-700x315Recently I listened to a talk from Marty Sklar at Seeds Conference 2013. He spoke on Mickey’s 10 Commandments that are hung on the Imagineers office doors. In the talk he not only share the 10 commandments but shared all 40. I thought they were really good, so decided to share with the rest of you!


Mickey’s 10 Commandments

1. Know your Audience
2. Wear your guest’s shoes
3. Organize the flow of people and ideas
4. Create a weenie
5. Communicate with visual literacy
6. Avoid overload
7. Tell one story at a time
8. Avoid contradiction
9. For every ounce of treatment, provide a ton of fun
10. Keep it up

Marty Sklar continues with

11. Create and maintain a climate of trust
12. Be responsive and make decisions – that’s what leaders do!
13. Empower your teammates – it takes many hands to bake success
14. Create opportunities for new birds to fly
15. Remember: Experience is NOT a negative
16. Make sure yours in not the only voice you are listening to
17. Celebrate diversity and different points of view
18. Never rest on your laurels – the next at bat is your most important
19. Take a chance – support risk taking
20. Provide plenty of blank paper
21. Be optimistic – if you are not positive, who will be?
22. Courage and confidence are major cross streets on the road to success
23. Make curiosity your search engine
24. Learn to love your next assignment – be passionate about whatever you do
25. Provide time to explore – but deadlines are great motivation and discipline
26. Take time to teach – mentors are mensches
27. Forget the politics – its not an election
28. Traditions are important – but change is the great dynamic
29. Team and work are four letter words – but together they spell “winner”
30. Remember: the last three letters of trend are END!
31. Speak up! Great teammates raise issues before decisions are made!
32. Never be afraid to ask questions. That’s how we learn our parts – on stage and backstage
33. Make your experience count – that’s why you’re on a the team)
34. Help the rookies succeed – you were “new” once too
35. Understand your role – everyone has a job to do
36. Never fear failure – winners sometimes fail too!
37. But – know when to “take a change” (and always let your leaders know you are doing it)
38. Play by the rules. If you disagree, work to change them after the game
39. Share the joy of success – you didn’t do it all by yourself
40. Support your teammates – at Disney, there’s only one name on the door

Also, here is Walt Disney’s Four C’s

“Somehow I can’t believe there are many heights that can’t be scaled by a man who knows the secret of making dreams come true. This special secret can be summarized in Four C’s , they are Curiosity, Confidence, Courage, and Constancy, and the greatest of these is Confidence. When you believe a thing, believe in it all the way. Have confidence in your ability to do it right, and work hard to do the best possible job!”

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