197 – Lee Cockerell: Former Executive VP of Operations for Walt Disney World

Lee Cockerell is the former Executive Vice President of Operations for the Walt Disney World® Resort. “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 the ESPN 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 was used to train and develop the 7000 leaders at Walt Disney World. Lee has held various executive positions in the hospitality and entertainment business with Hilton Hotels for 8 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, the Board of Trustees for The Culinary Institute of America (CIA), the board of the Production and Operations Management Society and the board of Reptilia a Canadian attractions and entertainment company. In 2005 Governor Bush appointed Lee to the Governor’s Commission on Volunteerism and Public Service for the state of Florida where he served as Chairman of the Board.

Lee’s Latest Book: Time Management Magic

Executive Time Management Secrets from a Life at Disney… During Lee Cockerell’s career at Disney as the Senior Operating Executive of Walt Disney World Resort, he led a team of 40,000 Cast Members (employees) and was responsible for the operations of 20 resort hotels, 4 theme parks, 2 water parks and the ESPN Sports Complex.

As you can imagine, Lee had to become a time management expert, first as a means of survival and then as a way to help others make the best use of their time. The time management secrets he developed have become one of his most requested corporate training lectures and are now available to you in this tell–all book.

196 – Drew Dudley: Founder & Chief Catalyst of Nuance Leadership Inc.

The former coordinator of one of the largest university leadership development programs in Canada, Drew Dudley nevertheless embraces the idea that “leadership cannot be taught. It can only be learned.”

“I’ve never thought of what I do as ‘teaching’ leadership,” says Drew.  “For me, it’s always been about trying to find a way to help others explore the concept – what it means to them, and to their communities.”

Drew has helped raise over $5 million as the Founder or Chair of several organizations dedicated to supporting scholarship funds, social entrepreneurship and charitable initiatives, including a record-breaking term as the National Chair of Canada’s largest fundraiser for post-secondary students, “Shinerama: Students Fighting Cystic Fibrosis”.

In Drew’s current role as the Founder and Chief Catalyst of Nuance Leadership Inc., he works with organizations around the world to empower people to increase their leadership capacity. His clients included some of the world’s most dynamic companies and organizations, including McDonald’s, Proctor & Gamble, JP Morgan Chase, and over 75 colleges and universities.

Drew has spoken to over 100,000 people on 5 continents, been featured on The Huffington PostRadio AmericaForbes.com, and TED.com, where his “TED talk” has been voted “one of the 15 most inspirational TED talks of all time” and viewed over a million times.

195 – Mindy Hall, PhD: President & CEO, Peak Development Consulting, Author of “Leading with Intention”

Mindy Hall, PhD is the President and CEO of Peak Development Consulting, LLC. Since founding the company 1996, she has worked with clients throughout North America, Europe, Africa, and Asia to create sustainable organization and leadership development solutions: helping leaders create solutions for today’s challenges, while also growing their capacity to lead future initiatives from within. Clients include leading pharmaceutical, biotechnology, technology, insurance, manufacturing, government, and nonprofit organizations, several of which are among the Fortune 50.

Mindy has over 25 years of experience in organization and leadership development. Prior to founding Peak Development, her corporate career spanned positions in the pharmaceutical and banking industries, including experience in global roles and as an expatriate in Paris. She began her career as the director of a nonprofit, 24-hour crisis center and has always been surprised how transferable the skills were from crisis center to corporate work.

She holds a PhD in Human and Organizational Systems from Fielding Graduate University, and her doctoral dissertation, “Deep Learning: A Case Study Exploration” was published in paperback in 2011. She also holds Master’s Degrees in both Organization Development and Human Resources Management.

Her newest book, Leading with Intention: Every Moment Is a Choice, challenges you to make a profound, deliberate mark on both your organization and the world around you. Informed by her experience working with leaders in Fortune 50 companies, biotech start-ups, financial services firms, and non-profit organizations, Leading with Intention provides real-life examples and practical tools for increasing your awareness and being more deliberate in your choices. It is available now for pre-order on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Mindy hosts the podcast Peak Development Radio, featuring great conversations and practical advice for making your organization stronger. Guests have included leaders from Johnson & Johnson, Starbucks, Novartis, Pfizer, Biogen Idec, and more. Episodes are available through peakdevelopment.comiTunes, and Stitcher radio on-demand.

She is a contributing columnist for Entrepreneur, and writes the Growing Your Organization blog, for leaders who know that growth isn’t solely about size; it encompasses culture, strategy, innovation, efficiency, leadership, teamwork, and more.

She counts herself fortunate to be doing work she loves with people she respects. Her philosophy can be summed up in eight simple words: “I want it to matter that we met.”

194 – Ken Blanchard: Chief Spiritual Officer & Servant Leadership Guru of The Ken Blanchard Companies

With a passion to turn every leader into a servant leader, Ken Blanchard shares his insightful and powerful message with audiences around the world through speeches, consulting services, and bestselling books. Universally characterized by his friends, colleagues, and clients as one of the most influential and compassionate leadership experts in the world, Ken is respected for his lifetime of groundbreaking research and thought leadership. In fact, few people have influenced the day-to-day management of people and companies more than Ken Blanchard.

When Ken speaks, he speaks from the heart with warmth and humor. No matter how large the audience, he is able to communicate with each person as if the two of them were alone and talking one on one. Ken is a sophisticated storyteller with a knack for making the seemingly complex easy to understand.

Dr. Ken Blanchard is the cofounder and Chief Spiritual Officer of The Ken Blanchard Companies, an international management training and consulting firm that he and his wife, Margie Blanchard, began in 1979 in San Diego, California. In addition to being a renowned speaker and consultant, Ken is a trustee emeritus of the Board of Trustees at his alma mater, Cornell University, and he also teaches students in the Master of Science in Executive Leadership Program at the University of San Diego.

Ken’s impact as an author is far reaching. His iconic 1982 classic, The One Minute Manager, coauthored with Spencer Johnson, has sold more than 13 million copies and remains on bestseller lists today. In the past three decades he has authored or coauthored 60 books whose combined sales total more than 21 million copies. His groundbreaking works—including Raving FansThe Secret, and Leading at a Higher Level, to name just a few—have been translated into more than 42 languages. In 2005 Ken was inducted into Amazon’s Hall of Fame as one of the top 25 bestselling authors of all time.

Ken has received many awards and honors for his contributions in the fields of management, leadership, and speaking. The National Speakers Association awarded him its highest honor, the Council of Peers Award of Excellence. He was inducted into the HRD Hall of Fame by Training magazine and Lakewood Conferences, and he received the golden Gavel Award from Toastmasters International. Ken also received the Thought Leadership Award for continued support of work-related learning and performance by ISA, The Association of Learning Providers.

About Ken’s Latest Book, “Refire! Don’t Retire”

There are over 40 million people aged sixty-two or older in the United States alone. This book shows them how to make the most of the second half of their lives—and will appeal to Refire-dont-retireother age groups as well.

Refire! Don’t Retire asks readers the all-important question: As you approach the remainder of your life, what are you going to do to make it joyful and meaningful?

Ken Blanchard and Morton Shaevitz point out that too many people see their later years as a time to endure rather than as an exciting opportunity. Both research and common sense confirm that people who embrace these years with gusto—rather than withdrawing or waiting for things to happen—consistently make the rest of their lives the best of their lives.

In the trademark Ken Blanchard style, the authors tell the compelling story of Larry and Janice Sparks, who discover how to see each day as an opportunity to enhance their relationships, stimulate their minds, revitalize their bodies, and grow spiritually. As they learn to refire and open up to new experiences, Larry and Janice rekindle passion in every area of their lives.

Readers will find humor, practical information, and profound wisdom in Refire! Don’t Retire. Best of all, they will be inspired to make all the years ahead truly worth living.