032 | Creating Your Own Time Management Magic With Lee Cockerell

Creating Your Own Time Management Magic

In this episode, I sit down with former Executive Vice President of Operations for the Walt Disney World® Resort, Lee Cockerell, as he walks us through his journey of being farm boy and college drop-out to becoming a leader of 40,000 cast members at Disney. Lee goes on to share his strong stance on time-blocking and routines, the tools he uses to stay organized, and why he is adept at technology but continues to use a paper planner.

We also discuss the agreement Lee had in place that consistently kept him up to date on his people, processes, projects, and profits, the meaningful habit he learned during a time management seminar in 1980 that he still uses today, the number one problem business owners unknowingly have, and how his fear of failure sparks his curiosity and inspires him to learn every day.

This was an awesome discussion with Lee I hope you enjoy. Now let’s get to the straight talk!


What You'll Discover In This Episode:

  • Mickey-Approved Time Management Methods That Never Fail
  • Daily Rituals Lee Kept While Running Disney
  • ​The Meaning Behind “Touch Your People Before You Touch Your Work”
  • What You Can Do To Prevent Unnecessary Fires In Your Life
  • The Best Gift You Can Give Others You Want To See Succeed
  • So Much More!

Important Resources & Links From This Episode:


Creating Disney Magic Podcast

Book: Time Management Magic

About The Guest:

Lee Cockerell is the retired Executive Vice President of The Walt Disney World Resort a position he held for ten years. Before joining Disney to open the Disneyland Paris project Lee held executive positions with Hilton Hotels for 8 years and Marriott International for 17 years. Lee lives in Orlando Florida with his wife Priscilla. Lee's favorite past time is spending time with his three grandchildren, Jullian, Margot and Tristan.

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