|"In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun." - Mary Poppins|
My biggest take-away from the program is that creativity and innovation are outputs of a team. The greater the team, the greater the results. Disney’s process and principles allows them to create one incredible mega-team across their business divisions and keep them consistently delivering on their mission to create happiness for millions of people around the world.
So now that I’m back in DC, how can I apply the lessons learned from the workshop this past week to my own life? As a project manager, I work with small teams all the time though we often don’t approach it that way. Usually the relationship is more client-vendor than team, which works against us in the project as it makes it harder to establish trust. I’m going to go back to my team of coworkers and suggest we alter our approach and language to treat project groups more as teams and apply the Disney principles as team leaders. For every project, I’d like to make sure there is a clear vision that everyone understands and is on board with, bring a diverse set of people to the table, make sure each team member has the education and training necessary to handle the work, establish boundaries for us to work within and create a supportive culture of trust and respect.
The other take-away I’m looking forward to applying is regarding my own leadership strengths and weaknesses. I had a few moments on the trip after our workshop with Leah where I realized I’m naturally more comfortable being a servant leader, and I’d like to work on learning and practicing other leadership styles to balance out and improve my own abilities.