Common Sense Advice

My new book, “Creating Magic…10 Common Sense Leadership Strategies From a Life at Disney, ” is on the market now and has many commons sense leadership strategies for you to improve you business and personal life. If you have time to to www.Amazon.Com and write a review on my book….Remember common sense is not always common practice.

Common Sense Advice


  1. Plan your day before you start.
  2. In your plan, focus on people as well as things and initiatives.
  3. Be available to people.
  4. Listen!
  5. Tell people how much you appreciate them—often!
  6. Give your direct reports candid honest feedback so they can develop.
  7. Take the time to hire right.
  8. Be clear about your expectations for performance.
  9. Be a strong advocate for diversity.  Respect, Appreciate, and Value Everyone . . . and talk about it!!
  10. Involve your team in the work.
  11. Pay attention to how you are perceived—it’s your reputation!
  12. Make sure your team sees and hears from you often.
  13. Teach your team how to do it.
  14. Walk in their shoes—Spend time in their workplace!
  15. Give as much authority as possible to everyone.
  16. Deal with non-performers.
  17. Pay attention to the high performers.
  18. Set the example—24 hours a day/7 days a week/365 days a year!
  19. Walk your area of responsibility:  coaching, thanking, teaching, and inspiring.
  20. Be GREAT!!
  1. Hey Lee, Congrats on your book. My copy arrived in the mail a few days ago and I dropped everything to read it. Simply terrific. I have a couple cassette tapes you did for Disney (bought them on eBay) and they are now prized possessions too. Not only are your ideas applicable to the work place, they are valuable in all areas of life. You are making huge contribution to my life and the lives of my family. Thanks! P.S. We want an autographed picture!

  2. Lee – Just finished your book and all I can say is wow! This one isn’t going on the bookshelf – it’s going on my desk. As a Disney Institute grad (Approach to Leadership Excellence), I am tickled pink that you were able to so wonderfully capture the essence of the leadership magic in your book. Outstanding job – thank you for your contributions to Disney and to the world of leadership! God Bless…

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