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The Jody Maberry Show

The Jody Maberry Show explores the nature of business. Jody Maberry is a former Park Ranger who became the happiest podcaster on earth. With a mix of storytelling, lessons, and occasional guests, Jody gives you a look at the work he does with executives as he helps them build their brand.
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Dec 27, 2023

"Transformation should never end because if you have your best and brightest people thinking about how to continually make the experience better and better and better and better because it's never perfect."

Episode Highlights

04:12 Addressing consumer needs for personalization and simplification at Epcot.

08:31 Embrace new business approach to improve customer and employee experience.

10:12 Prioritizing accuracy over speed.

16:33 Continuous improvement is essential rather than achieving perfection.

17:32 Constant evolution essential for organizational success.

22:43 Balancing high expectations, competition, and constant delivery.

25:52 Embrace imperfection and be agile in journey.

29:39 Life teaches lessons, lead to inspire.

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Three Factors to Implement Change

Retired Disney COO Jim MacPhee joins for a conversation on the three factors crucial for successful change implementation. Jim brings insights from his time driving personalization and simplification for guests and staff within Disney. He emphasizes the importance of understanding audience needs and frontline employees if you want to stay on the path to success. The evidence in Disney's transformational projects result in high NPS scores and improved guest experiences is enough to show that Jim’s experience with this topic is invaluable.

Transformation is continual, not a finite project. Jim emphasizes the necessity of viewing transformation as an ongoing effort, not a project with a defined endpoint. This mindset shift is crucial for sustained success in driving organizational change.

Prioritize the customer and employee experience. The implementation of change should prioritize ensuring that customers love the changes, employees can deliver them, and the changes ultimately enhance the overall experience. By prioritizing these aspects, transformative efforts are more likely to yield high NPS scores and simplify the customer experience.

Another key to successful change implementation is being able to nspire and engage to drive exceptional experiences. In leadership, it is vital to engage and inspire others to deliver exceptional experiences. This approach is pivotal in ensuring that change implementation focuses on creating enjoyable experiences for consumers, ease of delivery for employees, and reliability for all stakeholders.

Jim's wealth of experience and insights provide valuable lessons. Make sure to listen to this episode in full if you are looking to drive meaningful change within your organization. And don't forget to check out Jim MacPhee's book "Engage, Inspire, Lead" for further inspiration and guidance around successful change implementation.  

Dec 20, 2023

"Be generous. Be gracious because you don't know what people are going through."

Episode Highlights

00:00 Daily podcast called "In the Front Row" offers guidance to child.

03:23 Removing bandage reveals stitches and scar, yet emotional bandages are hidden.

06:43 Podcast message helping students and families globally; available on all platforms.

In The Front Row Podcast

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Delivering Daily Ideas

Over 100 episodes ago I started a unique daily podcast called "In the Front Row.” It was initially started for my son as he left for his freshman year of college. What began as a personal endeavor has since evolved into a global platform touching the lives of students, parents, and individuals around the world.

The power of consistent, heartfelt messages can have a profound impact, guiding and influencing loved ones through daily affirmations and life lessons. What is neat is seeing how much it has expanded beyond its initial purpose. It resonates with people around the globe. There is nothing better than hearing how it prompts positive change in the lives of students, parents, and individuals.

If you know a student, whether in high school or college, consider sharing "In the Front Row" podcast. It is a simple way to help inspire and guide them through the challenges of academic life and beyond. In fact, it is a great way for you to also start your day with a daily dose of inspiration and wisdom.

Thank you for being a part of the podcast community. I appreciate your support and hope that "In the Front Row" enriches your life and the lives of those you share it with. New episodes of Jody Mayberry Show are on their way with more valuable discussions.

Nov 8, 2023

"Let's embrace disconnection and just take a moment to appreciate what you see."

Episode Highlights

[00:01:55] How hiking and disconnecting connects you with work

[00:03:26] Valuable habit of taking breaks and brainstorming with a partner.

[00:09:20] Life is ongoing work. Embrace different perspectives for creativity.

[00:10:04] Getting away from distractions in nature sparks fresh ideas for Dan, who anticipates creating new content based on the experience with his companion.

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Go Outside for Fresh Ideas

Nature can transform your creativity and recharge your mind. While Dan Cockerell and were sitting trailside at Bryce Canyon National Park we decided to record a podcast episode. This conversation  business strategies to the magic of disconnecting from the digital connectivity to immerse oneself in the beauty of national parks. Why knew a simple hike could spark a whole new perspective on work and life?

Dan's pursuit to unplug and escape into the wilderness was not only refreshing but also a catalyst for a fresh wave of creativity. Hiking can be a breeding ground for innovative ideas and concepts. A good hike is a powerful mental cleanse, too. he stillness of nature allowed Dan and I to reflect on their brainstorming sessions and business plans.

Nature has the incredible ability to shape new connections and fuel brainstorming sessions. If you've been wary of taking a deep dive into nature, these insights should be reason enough to lace up your hiking boots and hit the trails. After all, the magic of hiking, unplugging, and embracing nature's serenity could hold the key to unlocking your next big idea.

Embrace the great outdoors a little more. Who knows? Your next big breakthrough could be waiting for you atop that mountain peak or hidden along a forest trail.

Nov 1, 2023

“I’m more knowledgeable and think about things different now because of all the people I've had the chance to interview."

Episode Highlights

[00:00:59] Impacts of disruptive innovation such as drones in parks.

[00:05:03] Being a Park Ranger is not just about nature, it involves dirty work and dealing with difficult people, and yet is still a fabulous job.

[00:07:11] Theme parks are fun, but nature is truly spectacular.

[00:10:16] Be mindful and promote a hospitality mentality.

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Learning From the People You Interview

There have been many incredible learning opportunities that have come from podcasting. Each lesson has started with a conversation full of meaningful questions. In this episode, Josh Liebman, author of The Hospitality Mentality, returns to ask me three thought-provoking questions. We dive into the world of podcasting, park ranger experiences, and learning from the people you interview.

The first thing Josh asked me was about learning opportunities that come from hosting a podcast. The lessons from podcast guests are invaluable. For example, a conversation with the director of South Carolina State Parks still stands out to me. He opened my eyes to the concept of disruptive innovation. It draws parallels between drones and other inventions that have impacted the park industry. That conversation was a great eye opener and reminder that we should always be open to new ideas and perspectives.

Next, we talk about my favorite places to drive. The best drive can leave you in awe. This question made me recall a drive through the mountains of North Carolina, surrounded by vibrant autumn colors. It's a reminder to take the time to appreciate and experience the natural beauty that surrounds us.

Finally, we had to debunk some myths of being a park ranger. There is a misconception that this job is all about hugging trees and communing with nature. While it certainly has its rewarding moments, being a park ranger can also be incredibly challenging and messy. No matter how idyllic a profession may seem, there are always behind-the-scenes realities to consider.

Make sure to listen to the full episode for more on the importance of learning from the people we interview. Even if you are not hosting a podcast, there are many things you can learn from the people around you. Just start asking questions.

 

Oct 25, 2023

"The most important thing is the conversation that you're having with your guest. It is way more qualitative than it is quantitative."

Episode Highlights

[00:01:59] Discovering the efforts of running a complex amusement park and creating a seamless guest experience

[00:04:08] Utilizing formal education and experience to help elevate guest experiences.

[00:07:37] Impact of Ron Logan, Disney legend and professor.

[00:14:54] Guest enthusiasm should not exceed employee enthusiasm.

[00:20:14] Stepping stones to success and fulfillment.

[00:25:12] A Hospitality Mentality Book; best way to start is by building a service culture.

Connect with Josh

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http://www.attractionpros.com/

http://attractionpros.com/category/podcast/

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The Hospitality Mentality

Josh Liebman has been immersed in the world of hospitality, tourism, and attraction spaces for over 18 years. He brings his vast experience and expertise for a conversation around creating raving fans through your guest experience and this new book, The Hospitality Mentality. Josh has seen it all, starting from his early days working as a ride operator at the prestigious Cedar Point amusement park, and is here to shed light on the power of hospitality in any field.

Josh has used his vast experience to build customer service training programs. As demand for Josh's expertise grew, he saw an opportunity to have a macro impact on his industry. So, instead of working for one park at a time, he started consulting for many, helping implement his ideas and elevating guest experiences across the board.

Applying the principles of exceptional customer service and guest experience can have a transformative impact, even in unexpected industries like child support call centers. By adopting a mindset that values empathy, responsiveness, and resolution, leaders can create positive outcomes and build strong relationships. As early as chapter one of Josh's upcoming book, he highlights the importance of getting rid of customers and focusing on building a service culture.

One essential aspect of a hospitality mentality is effectively resolving service failures and complaints. Josh emphasizes the significance of embracing these situations as opportunities to build trust, demonstrate genuine care, and turn a negative experience into a positive one. By nurturing a culture that prioritizes outstanding service, organizations can create an environment where employees are motivated to exceed expectations and deliver memorable experiences to clients or customers.

Make sure to listen to the full conversation with Josh Liebman for even more on the power of a hospitality mentality and its potential to transform industries.. Remember, a little bit of hospitality can go a long way in making a difference.

Oct 18, 2023

“Quit goofing around and start working on your own stuff."

Episode Highlights

[00:02:05] Cockrell Academy and unfinished book project.

[00:03:59] Prioritizing personal projects over client work.

[00:07:09] Email works for words of encouragement and accountability.

[00:10:55] rite a standalone book before pursuing a series

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Why Won't Jody Maberry Finish Writing His Book?

In our previous episode, Lauren Gaggioli joined for a conversation about the value of understanding SEO. And guess what? She's back again, this time to ask me three questions the challenges of entrepreneurship and personal projects. Her questions lead to a reflective conversation about the struggles of maintaining focus, prioritizing tasks, and the importance of pushing ourselves to achieve our goals.

Three questions we address:

  1. What was the hardest season or project in my entrepreneurial journey?
  2. What is holding me back from finishing my book?
  3. Can people start emailing me for word counts again? 

As entrepreneurs, it can be easy to get caught up celebrating accomplishments. The reality is that it is in the valleys where the real growth happens and we all need to take time to share the challenges and obstacles we face. It is from these experiences that we can truly connect and learn from each other..

For example, I continue to struggle finishing my book, guilty of making excuses and prioritizing other tasks instead. Sometimes, we forget to amplify our own voices and need others to remind us of our worth. There is a lot of power of encouragement. Let's take a moment to uplift each other and show support for our fellow entrepreneurs, authors, and dreamers.

After you finish listen to this episode, send me an email with words of encouragement and support. It’s a great idea to hold myself accountable, keep him on track, and stay motivated. Your emails will serve as a reminder of the impact my work has on people and the importance of completing this book.

Thank you for your continued support. I can't wait to hear from you!

Oct 11, 2023

 "Not only had I figured out how to get them to the site, I'd figured out how to convert them to paying clients"

Episode Highlights

[00:01:39] How a boring topic turned out to be exciting and valuable

[00:06:00] SEO is important for websites to succeed in Google search; focus on key actions to be effective.

[00:10:00] Language matching is crucial for Google search. Using different language isolates users and hinders connection. Linguistic mirroring signals intent and empathy.

[00:12:06] Lee's website had a search problem with traffic. Visitors should enter through specific pages, not the homepage. The user experience needed improvement.

[00:15:53] Highly recommend new free course on DIY website audit, uncover hidden issues and improve user experience.

[00:19:37] The real magic happens when someone hits your optimized sales page. 1% statistically convert and you make money off strangers. Cracking online sales funnel; building community.

[00:23:48] Each page is a sales page for a trail guide. You can sell individual guides or bundle them together.

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While SEO may sound dull and technical, understanding search engine optimization basics can make a tremendous impact on your online presence. However, Lauren Gaggioli, joins to explain why it is essential for getting your content discovered by the right audience and driving organic traffic to your website.

Lauren stumbled upon SEO while trying to solve her own problems in the world of education. As she dug deeper into the subject, she realized its immense potential for solopreneurs and small businesses like hers. Lauren's passion and expertise eventually led her to conduct a website audit for Lee Cockrell, revealing the power and limitations of consistent good content in the SEO realm. That was when I knew I needed to have her on the show. 

SEO provides an incredible opportunity for small businesses to compete and thrive in the online space. With a little bit of effort and the right strategies, you can leverage it to reach your target audience and connect with potential customers. Creating good content consistently is crucial, but it's not enough on its own. By combining a strong content strategy with SEO principles, you can maximize the visibility and reach of your content, ensuring that it reaches the right people at the right time.

If you've ever found SEO to be boring or overwhelming, this episode will change your perspective. Take a listen to our conversation around SEO and uncover its secrets to success. Get ready to take your online presence to new heights with the magic of search engine optimization.

Oct 4, 2023

Valerie Cockerll returns to turn the tables and ask me three questions. She came prepared with questions that really challenged me to reflect on some of my own experiences. The conversion ends discussing the impact of our mom's teachings and how they have influenced the approach to our careerers. This is a great one that really hits on the impact of meaningful relationships and making a long term investment in others.

Some of the key takeaways from this episode:

  • Prepare with Purpose: Women often come more prepared for interviews, knowing exactly what they want to convey. As professionals, it's essential to approach opportunities with a clear understanding of what we want to communicate.
  • Think Long Term: Just like raising children, building relationships and investing in others requires a long-term perspective. The effort and consistency put into nurturing connections will eventually pay off and yield positive results.
  •  Lead by Example: Role modeling plays a crucial role in shaping the behaviors and values of others, whether they are your children or colleagues. By demonstrating positive traits, you inspire and influence those around you to follow suit.

In a world that often focuses on short-term gains and instant gratification, it's important to take a step back and consider the value of investing in others. Whether it's in the workplace, personal relationships, or even within our families, the act of investing in others has the power to create a brighter future for everyone involved.

This episode reminds us all of the significance of investing in others, not just for personal growth but also for the collective betterment of society. Take a listen and consider how you can make a positive and lasting impact in the lives of those around you.

Connect with Valerie:

Order the book - Manage Like a Mother

Email - valerie@cockerellconsulting.com.

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Episode Highlights

[00:01:28] Women come more prepared for interviews.

[00:04:45] Parenting is a rewarding investment; kids mimic good behavior.

[00:08:00] Genuine interest, empathy, and understanding in work.

[00:11:22] Finding purpose during the pandemic.

[00:14:24] Never take anything for granted; everlasting appreciation.

[00:16:27] "Book: Manage Like a Mother” offers leadership lessons

 

Sep 27, 2023

"By virtue of being a kid and on the receiving end of mothering, you have learned you know what works and what doesn't work." - Valerie Cockerell

This conversation brought me an all new perspective around the ways that motherhood can serve as a powerful foundation for effective leadership in any organization. Valerie Cockerell is joining to discuss her new book, "Manage Like a Mother," where she explores the intersection of motherhood and leadership. Valerie's message is simple yet impactful: leaders should manage like a mother.

Valerie Cockerell is a French American former Disney leader who was part of the opening team of Disneyland Paris. She pursued her career at Walt Disney World in Orlando Florida and facilitated programs for the Disney Institute. She is now a consultant in Leadership and Customer service excellence for organizations around the world. Today, she is the proud mother of 3 and lives near Boulder, Colorado. 

During our conversation, Valerie shares her goal of encouraging men to become advocates for women by reflecting on the impact of their own mothers. She draws parallels between the instinctive thinking and planning that mothers do for their children's futures and the long-term vision that leaders should have for their organizations. There is also value in the different approaches and strengths that women bring to the table. 

Many organizations recognize the need for diverse skills and perspectives in leadership roles. Valerie does a great job of explaining that while there are imperfections of mothers, the lessons we take away - good and bad - provide value. By recognizing the unique contributions that mothers make, she hopes to bridge the gender gap in the workplace and inspire men to support and advocate for women. Valerie encourages organizations to shift their focus from experience to a skills-based approach, providing women with a fair chance to compete on an equal basis.

This is a great episode full of thought-provoking insight that challenges traditional notions of leadership. Valeries common-sense approch make it easy to embrace the unique skills and perspectives that mothers bring to the table.
 

Connect with Valerie

Order the book - Manage Like a Mother
 

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Episode Highlights

[00:02:33] Women rely on love, anticipate danger, notice details.

[00:06:23] Diversity in skills important; men value it.

[00:07:17] Mothers aren't always perfect, but they teach valuable lessons.

[00:10:35] Mothers' instinct can be transferred to leaders.

[00:15:02] Men supporting women in the workplace.

[00:18:54] Managing like a mother, teaching with workshops.

[00:22:59] Underestimated contribution of women in workplace.

[00:25:27] Be cautious of deliberate competence, strategic incompetence.

[00:28:33] Get men to advocate for women.

Sep 20, 2023

"Data can be turned into a story. When you present numbers without a story, people just glaze over."— Alice Fairfax

As is customary on the show, Alice Fairfax returns to ask three unscripted questions. Considering she is the author of "Tell Your Story: Tools to Take You from a Tweet to a TED Talk,” it makes sense that her questions would dive deeper into of storytelling. Much of our conversation revolves around the importance of learned and earned stories. Both play a significant role in connecting with audiences on a universal and specific level.

Alice makes an interesting connection between inviting an audience into a story and the significance of telling a good story. It is important to recognize the distinction between learned stories, which focus on information provided by companies, and earned stories, which are born out of personal experiences consumers have with a brand. When I think about my experience as a park ranger I feel that learned stories are like the informative signs, brochures, and videos encountered at parks. On the other hand, earned stories, exemplified by experiences at Disney parks, are the stories people go home and tell because they personally interacted with the brand. For a story to be remarkable, it needs to be both universal and specific. If a learned story lacks these vital elements, people are unlikely to relate to it or remember it, and therefore, they won't share it.

For businesses to truly connect with their customers they need to know the importance of understanding both learned and earned stories. It is not to say it’s easy. There are challenges faced by businesses like drug stores, where earned stories may be harder to create. In those situations it is best to focus on delivering outstanding learned stories that are both universal and specific.

Ultimately, Alice's story formula, which focuses on making stories relatable and engaging, perfectly complements the concept of learned and earned stories. There is no denying the power of storytelling and how businesses can effectively connect with their audience through learned and earned stories. By offering memorable and remarkable experiences, brands can foster deep connections and inspire customers to share their stories, creating a lasting impact. Storytelling plays a fundamental role in engaging audiences and creating meaningful connections.

Connect with Alice

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Order the book Tell Your Story

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About Jody - https://jodymaberry.com/about-jody-maberry/

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Episode Highlights

[00:02:22] Businesses should offer universal or specific stories to be remarkable.

[00:04:23] Understanding and utilizing learned and earned stories

[00:09:13] Developing a storytelling formula.

[00:12:33] Disney and national parks both rely on storytelling to engage visitors.

[00:15:38] Universal and specific elements create memorable experiences.

Sep 13, 2023

In business, we are telling a story whether we know it or not. Evaluate what story you are telling and how you want people to participate. Own that story and create an incredible experience that exceeds expectations. - Alice Fairfax

In this episode I welcome Alice Fairfax, author of the book Tell Your Story, to share her expertise on the importance of storytelling in creating memorable experiences. With over 20 years of experience as an actor and storyteller at Disney, Alice understands the power of storytelling to captivate audiences and engage customers. We dive into many of the ways it can be used to create memorable and engaging experiences.

Her journey into storytelling began with listening to tales from her father during long cross-country drives. Alice Fairfax's journey into storytelling began with listening to tales from her father during long cross-country drives. She was just a child then, but the stories of the wild west, woven by her father, left a lasting impression.

Throughout our conversation, Alice emphasizes the need for businesses to recognize that they are telling a story, whether they realize it or not. She provides examples of how framing a message as an invitation rather than a demand can enhance the overall narrative and make customers feel special. Alice discusses the role of leaders as storytellers, highlighting the impact of authentic and personal stories on inspiring and motivating teams.

Alice's book, Tell Your Story, is focused around the Story Formula, a tool to help craft compelling narratives. By incorporating universality and specificity into stories, individuals and organizations can create connections that resonate with audiences. This is such a great tool for anyone that is wanting to enhance customer engagement and create lasting connections through memorable experiences.

This is a great conversation around the art of audience engagement. Make sure to take a listen and share this episode with anyone that is looking for more wants to make your audience, or customers, a part of the story.

Connect with Alice

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Order the book Tell Your Story

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About Jody - https://jodymaberry.com/about-jody-maberry/

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LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/jodymaberry/

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Episode Highlights 

00:00:48 - Alice's Disney Career

00:03:20 - Learning to Tell a Great Story

00:06:07 - Engaging the Audience

00:12:23 - The Power of Invitation

00:14:39 - Importance of Communicating and Owning the Story

00:16:55 - The Power of Inviting Guests into a Story

00:19:42 - The Impact of Leadership and Storytelling

00:22:08 - Transition from Disney to Becoming an Author

00:24:53 - The Story Formula for Compelling Stories

 

Sep 6, 2023

Start with a mirror - true leadership begins with self-reflection. - Mike Simmons

During my recent trip to Alaska I was intrigued by the innovative sales tactics used in high-end jewelry stores on the cruise. It only make sense to welcome Mike Simmons back to use his sales expertise to break down this tactic. His expertise in simplifying problem-solving and decision-making makes him the perfect person to talk about my observations on selling.

Thankfully Mike has familiarity with the sales strategies based on his own experience on a cruise. The tactics used onboard are a perfect example of the importance of designing experiences to engage customers and gather feedback. They had well-orchestrated incentives and engaging experiences that keep people coming back for more throughout the sailing.

The same principles used by the jewelry store sales team can be applied to simplify and streamline decision-making processes in business. Their meticulous attention to detail, strategic incentives, and structured sales approach highlights the power of isolating variables and taking action to achieve results. As Mike says, it is important to achieve results rather than just focus on execution.

If you're a professional trying to to simplify problem-solving and decision-making, this episode is full of valuable insights and practical tips from Mike's experiences. Tune in to learn how to isolate variables, take action, and streamline your decision-making process to achieve the results you desire.

Connect with Mike Simmons

Find My Catalyst Podcast

Mike Simmons on LinkedIn

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Episode Highlights

00:00:28 - Alaska Experience

00:06:28 - Building Sales into the Experience

00:09:21 - Scavenger Hunts and Trade Shows

00:11:33 - Scarcity and Urgency

00:12:41 - Additional Purchasing Options

00:14:20 - The Power of Copywriting

00:15:34 - Becoming an Extension of the Sales Team

00:16:46 - The Value of Scripts

00:18:32 - Making it Easy to Pay,

00:21:44 - Creating Your Own Laboratory

00:27:56 - The Need for Leadership and Culture Building

00:28:51 - Shifting the Focus to "Axe"

00:29:59 - Simplifying Approach and Embracing Continuous Learning

00:31:40 - Positive Feedback and Excitement for the Future

Aug 29, 2023

Good leaders understand who they are, what they do, and they ask for what they want. - Jody Maberry

In this episode of The Jody Mayberry Show, I had the pleasure of welcoming back Jim McPhee, the retired senior vice president of Operations and chief operating officer of Walt Disney World Resort. This time Jim asks me questions, which leads to a discussion about the qualities of effective leaders.

Throughout my career, I've had the opportunity to speak with numerous leaders. There are three common themes among them.

  1. Great leaders know who they are and have confidence in themselves and their abilities. This self-awareness is crucial for effective leadership.
  2. Good leaders have a clear understanding of their role and know how to accomplish their goals. This clarity enables them to help others do the same.
  3. Leaders who ask for what they want are more likely to achieve their goals and empower others to do the same.

During our conversation, I shared a personal anecdote about the impact my work has had on others. Hearing from an individual who learned they could be a leader and take control of their own career was a profound moment for me. It reinforced the importance of asking meaningful questions and facilitating the sharing of impactful stories and insights.

Jim asks me about the biggest threat to the industry or the world today. That question makes me think about the lack of engagement I observed during the uncertain times of 2020. When people stop engaging with each other, divisions arise, and societies can break down. Addressing this lack of engagement is crucial for maintaining a healthy society.

If you're an aspiring or current leader looking to enhance your leadership abilities, this episode is a must-listen. It highlights the qualities that make leaders effective, and how implementing them can make. a positive difference in your life and the lives of others.

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Episode Highlights

00:01:18 - Key Traits of Great Leaders

00:03:30 - Lack of Clarity as a Threat

00:05:31 - Finding Joy and Satisfaction

00:08:28 - The Biggest Threat to the World

00:10:01 - Jim's Future Endeavors

Aug 23, 2023

Relationships matter. They are finite, and you need to take advantage of them in a good way for as long as they're offered to you. - Jim MacPhee

Jim MacPhee is a former executive leader with Disney who joins to share some of his lessons on becoming an inspirational leader throughout his 43 year career. His experiences range from starting as a boat driver and retiring as the COO/Senior Vice President of Walt Disney World. We spend a lot of time discussing the impact of building relationships and creating positive experiences. He emphasizes the fact that effective leaders make people feel valued. Throughout his career at Disney, Jim discovered that true engagement involves looking people in the eye, asking about their lives, and listening to their responses. He believes that caring leadership fueled by authentic engagement can turn average performances into extraordinary ones.

Making emotional connections and making people feel valued contribute to the overall success and reputation of an organization. This is echoed in Jim's philosophy of inspirational leadership, which is rooted in engaging, inspiring, and leading others. True engagement involves making eye contact, smiling, and showing appreciation to everyone in the organization. He shares how he made people feel valued throughout his career. I love when he says that the true measure of an experience is how an organization or individual makes someone feel. This is also why he encourages leaders to spend time engaging with frontline employees. They often hold valuable insights and play a crucial role in shaping the customer experience.

This episode is a wonderful conversation with valuable insights around improving leadership skills and enhancing customer and employee engagement. The experiences Jim shared showecase the power of relationships and what set the stage for his successful leadership style.

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Episode Highlight

00:02:48 - The Window on Main Street

00:05:27 - Building Meaningful Relationships at Work

00:08:23 - Fly Fishing and Finding Joy in Retirement

00:10:57 - Embracing a Student Mindset

00:13:31 - Introduction to Disney and Epcot

00:14:35 - The Epcot Center Preview Center

00:16:01 - The Importance of Curiosity and New Challenges

00:18:22 - The Power of Relationships and Understanding

00:21:36 - Engage, Inspire, Lead

00:27:29 - Importance of Personal Connection

00:28:45 - The Value of Frontline Employee

00:29:01 - Challenges for Leaders

Aug 16, 2023
 

"A podcast lets people see your work, it lets people hear your work. And when people can see and hear your work, they can connect with you on such a deeper level." - Jody Maberry

There are some incredible benefits of starting a podcast for your business. I know firsthand just how powerful podcasting can be for growing your visibility and establishing yourself as an expert in your industry. I used to have my doubts about podcasting. I didn't like the sound of my own voice, and I wasn't sure if anyone would even listen. But boy, was I wrong!

Once you are able to push past insecurities and start your own podcast, amazing things start to happen. By consistently talking about your product or service, you become the go-to expert in your field. People start to trust you and see you as an authority in your industry. And you know what that meant? It meant more clients, more opportunities, and more growth for your business.

Podcasting is not just about credibility and expertise. Podcasting also allows you to connect with your audience on a personal level. Your listeners get to know who you are and what you stand for. They become familiar with your voice and your personality, and that creates a deep sense of trust and loyalty.

If have been looking to take your business to the next level, I highly recommend starting a podcast. It's a powerful tool that can help you showcase your unique approach, answer frequently asked questions, and build a personal connection with your audience. Don't let fear hold you back. Take a leap of faith and start podcasting today.

 

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Episode Highlights

00:01:14 - Story of Kevin Jury

00:03:05 - Podcasting and Personal Branding

00:06:07 - Jody's Journey into Podcasting

00:09:21 - Three Reasons to Start a Podcast

00:16:35 - The Power of a Podcast

00:18:15 - Cutting Out the Introductory Phase

00:20:26 - Becoming the Expert

00:22:53 - Unique Approach in Your Industry

00:27:17 - Overcoming Podcasting Challenges

00:33:19 - The Power of Talking About Your Product

00:34:15 - The Importance of Differentiation

00:35:23 - Overcoming Self-Doubt

00:36:32 - Impact of Podcasting

00:39:02 - Be Willing to Stand Out

Aug 9, 2023

"Don't ever say no for somebody else. Give them the chance to say no for themselves."

Recently, I was invited by Church on the Rock in St. Charles, Missouri, to speak at their Marketplace ministry event. While I was there, they asked me to sit in and record an episode of their Leadership Lifter podcast. The tables were turned. This time Pastor David Blunt had me on a podcast as the guest. The conversation was so good that I wanted to share it with you as an episode of The Jody Maberry Show.

During our conversation I revisited my journey from Illinois to Washington State. It was fun remembering stories of my past as a park ranger and my transition into podcasting. It made me realize how much of my own story was shaped by the very topic we discussed - the power of staff, service, and stories in setting an organization apart.

An important lesson I've learned over the years is that those are the only three ways to stand out. Having spent several years as a park ranger, I've seen firsthand the impact of staff, service, and stories on the visitor experience. Every park has trees and trails, but it's the human element - the interactions with park staff, the level of service provided, and the stories visitors take home - that truly differentiates one park from another. This concept holds true for any organization, reminding us that it's people's experiences that truly set us apart.

If you're looking to differentiate your organization in the service industry and attract more customers, this episode is a must-listen. The practical tips and real-life examples will inspire you to focus on your staff, provide exceptional service, and leverage the power of storytelling.

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Aug 2, 2023
 

"There is no work-life balance, just life. Prioritize what's important and put your energy where it needs to be." 

The conversation during the last episode really hit home on something that is near and dear to my heart. Chris Neema and Michael McGreevey highlighted the importance of nurturing relationships within the family. We had a candid discussion about parenting, relationships, and the transition that happens when our children leave home.

During the episode, Chris and Michael asked me some thought-provoking questions that have stuck with me. We discussed the challenges couples face when their children grow up and leave home, as well as the need to redefine our relationships and individual identities. It really struck a chord with me because my son recently graduated high school and is going away to college. This has been a major transition for our family, and it has made me realize the opportunity to focus more on building a deeper relationship with my daughter.

We also touched on the differences in parenting approaches between spouses. It can be challenging when we have different beliefs and philosophies, but it's important to address those differences and find a common ground. We shared some personal stories and insights that I think many parents will find relatable.

Throughout the episode, we emphasized the significance of spending quality time with our spouse and each child individually. It's crucial to prioritize these relationships and make intentional efforts to strengthen them. The conversation was full of practical tips and advice that have helped us in our own journeys as parents.

If you are a parent who wants to nurture stronger family relationships, I highly recommend listening to this episode. It's filled with relatable stories, valuable insights, and actionable tips that will resonate with you. It's time to prioritize what truly matters - our family.

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Episode Highlights

00:01:06 - Chris's question - Leading Family through Transition

00:03:16 - Michael's question - Parenting Differences

00:06:06 - Lee Cockerell's Advice on Parenting

00:09:20 - Challenges in Empty Nest Season

00:10:50 - Taking Time for Dates

Jul 26, 2023

 

Chris Niemeyer and Michael McGreevy found themselves in a predicament faced by many men; How to excel at work without neglecting their responsibilities at home? It was a balancing act that seemed to demand all or nothing. However, instead of succumbing to the notion of incompatibility between the two, they decided to challenge it.

Their paths intersected during a meet at Dan Miller's mastermind group. There, they discovered a shared struggle and a shared belief - it is possible to be a devoted family man and a successful businessman. Chris, has a keen business acumen, with a knack for setting up supportive frameworks for entrepreneurs. Meanwhile his Pacific Northwest heart cherishes family time. This makes him adept at realizing the importance of balance in a working professional's life. Similarly, Michael, a proud Buffalo native, brings extensive experience in business and an even greater dedication to his family, understands the want to excel in both walks of life. Thus, The Forge was born, a community aimed at supporting men in their dual journey of family and work.

The Forge has become a haven for men to express their struggles, share their victories, and learn from each other, all in the pursuit of a harmonious balance between family and work. The idea was sprung from seeing a need for companionship and support for men navigating the tightrope walk between work and family. Their collective mission with The Forge is to help men enjoy fulfilling relationships with their families whilst also thriving professionally.

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Website  https://theforgealliance.com

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/theforgealliance

LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/company/the-forge-alliance

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/theforgealliance/

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Episode Highlights

00:03:47 - Balancing Work and Family

00:07:45 - Impact of The Forge

00:09:08 - Personal Strategies for Balancing Work and Family

00:11:14 - Practical Steps and Cadence of The Forge

00:13:06 - Investing in Kids While Getting Business Stuff Done

00:15:22 - Balancing Career Success and Family Commitments

00:19:56 - Providing for Family Beyond Financial Support

00:21:15 - Results and Impact of The Forge

00:24:17 - Recognizing and Celebrating the Work Done at Home

Jul 19, 2023

"Often it's up to you to make the decision that changes your own life."

Ray Edwards was a copywriter and marketer at the top of his game. But in 2011, his life took an unexpected turn when he was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. As the disease progressed, he found himself in constant pain, unable to walk, and even contemplating suicide. Despite trying various treatments, nothing seemed to work.

After much reflection he found himself considering that key to living well, even with his circumstances, was to change his mindset. He realized that he had the power within himself to change his mindset and live a fulfilling life despite his diagnosis. Drawing upon his skills as a persuader, Ray crafted a raw, compelling sales letter to himself, outlining the reasons to live and the purpose he could find in his life. The letter was the catalyst for him to undergo a transformative brain surgery called Deep Brain Stimulation. The surgery improved his symptoms significantly, and he was able to once again enjoy life.

Ray's story serves as a powerful testament to the importance of living with intention and finding purpose in even the most challenging situations. Intentional living can transform even the most challenging situations. Take a listen to our conversation to get a glimpse into how he guides others on their own journey to live a meaningful life aligned with their values. His passionate advocacy for intentional living makes him a truly inspiring guest.

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Episode Highlights

00:03:35 - The Sales Letter That Saved Ray's Life

00:08:03 - Deep Brain Stimulation

00:09:30 - Making a Change

00:12:32 - Starting from a Place of Strength and Happiness

00:14:10 - Change Through Education, Experience, and Exposure

00:16:15 - Self-Awareness and Doing Your Best

00:18:04 - Remembering Your Mortality

00:23:46 - Writing the Story of Your Life

00:25:06 - Your Life is a Story

00:26:37 - Vulnerability in the Book

00:27:25 - Making a Change

00:28:07 - Gratitude and Closing

Jul 12, 2023

"You become the average of the five people you spend the most intentional time with."

Ray Edwards is a well-respected copywriter and author who is known for his expertise in creating powerful biographical narratives for entrepreneurs. His recent participation in the Creating Magic Mastermind event has added another feather to his cap. The mastermind events with Lee Cockerell in Orlando Florida are always a wonderful time. The days were full of invaluable insights from participants of many different industries and walks of life.

It was clear that Ray's depth of knowledge and empathetic approach were greatly appreciated by all in attendance at the event. It only made sense to then invite him to the podcast for a conversation so he can further share his experience. During our conversation, Ray shares how he has transformed his personal and professional growth by attending the Creating Magic Mastermind event.

In this episode, you will:

  • Explore takeaways from the Creating Magic Mastermind event and how they can change your life

  • Learn how mentors can contribute to your personal and professional journey

  • Understand the significance of cultivating a community for authentic connections

  • Adopt the skill of incorporating feedback to enhance your capabilities

  • Combine introspection and practical implementation for optimum growth

Take a listen to hear Ray's perspective on the impact of attending events such as Creating Magic Masterminds. If you aren't able to attend one in person, consider expanding your peer group by joining a virtual Mastermind group or community.

Make sure to share this episode with anyone else that is considering attending an event like Creating Magic Masterminds so they can discover the impact they will have on your personal and professional growth.

 
 
 

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Episode Highlights

00:03:40 - The Group Where You Find the Gold

00:09:02 - Exceed Expectations and Good People Will Reward You

00:11:59 - Carl Holtz

00:13:11 - The Importance of Believing in Your Solution

00:16:42 - The Motivation to Get Out of Pain

00:19:38 - Understanding the Roots of Our Behaviors

00:21:11 - Disney's Success is in its Clarity

00:26:21 - The Importance of Community

00:27:12 - The Power of Correction

00:28:22 - The Value of Introspection

00:29:20 - Prospection

00:30:23 - Creating Impact

Jul 5, 2023
 

"Being an author takes you places that you don't expect to get."

David Hancock, founder of Morgan James Publishing, and Karen Anderson, associate publisher, are the dynamic duo of the publishing world. Their passion is helping authors create transformative, engaging books. During our conversation we talk about their collaborated to launch Magic Press, a publishing imprint that focuses on authors with a background in theme parks and magical experiences. Both of them have worked closely with many authors to share their expertise and stories. They are an incredibly valuable resource for aspiring entrepreneurs and writers looking to make an impact through the written word.

In this episode, you will be able to:

  • Uncover the advantages of writing a book for business-minded individuals
  • Examine the domino effect an author's written work has on their professional standing and influence
  • Dive into the world of storytelling and its profound effect on a reader's psyche
  • Investigate Magic Press's unique dedication to authors inspired by theme park experiences.
  • Get the inside scoop on the resources and support provided by Magic Press to aspiring authors

Magic Press, the imprint of Morgan James Publishing, was created to showcase the unique stories of entrepreneurs and authors. Make sure to listen to this episode as we discuss the power of writing a book and how Magic Press supports authors in the writing and publishing process. 

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David Hancock 

Karen Anderson

Morgan James Publishing website

Morgan James Radio Podcast

Morgan James Publishing Twitter

Morgan James Publishing LinkedIn

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Episode Highlights

00:02:48 - What is Magic Press?

00:07:53 - Why Write a Book at the End of Your Career?

00:11:59 - The Power of Storytelling

00:14:59 - The Power of a Book

00:17:22 - Overcoming Writing Obstacles

00:18:39 - The Magic of a Book

00:20:23 - Magic Press and the Book Publishing Process

00:21:59 - The Power of Publishing with Magic Press

Jun 28, 2023

"You've got to work hard to be ready when the lucky break happens."

Last episode, Jerry Dugan joined to share about his passion for servant leadership and the lessons he's learned in his career. As we do on The Jody Maberry show, when we have a guest, that guest comes back the very next episode to ask me three questions. These questions are not prompted by me or influenced by me. He really came up with some good ones. 
Jerry's three questions are:

  1. What lessons from your park ranger days would you say still carry over today to being a servant leader?
  2. What is the rut you help people get out of? 
  3. How would that person go about getting that first gig?

He even manages to sneak in a fourth question about Bigfoot.
As Jerry asked each question it led to interesting discussions about how our experiences can shape us into better leaders who prioritize serving others. Not only by leading, but also genuinely caring for those we lead. Many people that transition from public service to entrepreneurship find it challenging to promote themselves. It often goes against the very core of servant leadership.

Take a listen to hear my thoughts on authentic public service with the extraordinary servant leader, Jerry Dugan. We explore how my experiences as a park ranger have shaped my leadership skills and goals.

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https://beyondtherut.com/

Podcast Beyond the Rut

Book Beyond the Rut

Audiobook Beyond the Rut

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 Episode Highlights

00:01:14 - Lessons from Being a Park Ranger

00:04:20 - Getting Out of a Rut

00:07:57 - Getting the First Speaking Gig

00:12:24 - Is Bigfoot Real?

00:14:18 - Movie Recommendation

00:14:23 - Fun End of Show

00:14:38 - Not Everyone Will Hear It

Jun 21, 2023

“Our ruts are really not that deep. They're not that hard to climb out of.”

Jerry Dugan never expected that a simple conversation about Nutella would lead him on a journey of personal growth and self-discovery. He is a compassionate speaker and author who aims to empower men in their thirties and forties to shatter the barriers keeping them from realizing their full potential.

As an avid podcast listener, he found himself drawn to the stories of others and the lessons they had to share. During a New Years resolution jog on New Year's Day he realized he wanted to inspire others as well. This led to the creation of a father-son podcast that would ultimately change his life. He realized that through his podcast, Beyond the Rut, he was inadvertently inspiring himself by showing up every week to talk about something that mattered.

As the years passed, Jerry noticed that he was stuck in a rut in his personal and professional life. It was time for a change. Through introspection and the support of his family, Jerry made the decision to leave his corporate job. He spent time writing a book that captured all that he had learned to help others break free from their ruts. The podcast evolved from a men's ministry to a place where people share their stories and practical advice on how to get out of ruts in their lives. He now has a renewed sense of purpose and fulfillment after recognizing the importance of seizing the moment and taking the necessary steps towards personal growth.

Jerry's podcast and book, Beyond the Rut, have given him a wealth of experience in guiding others towards personal breakthroughs and growth. Make sure to connect with Jerry, especially if you are looking for meaningful inspiration as you navigate changes in your family, career, and personal well-being.

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https://beyondtherut.com/

Podcast Beyond the Rut

Book Beyond the Rut

Audiobook Beyond the Rut

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Episode Highlights

00:07:42 - Beyond the Rut

00:09:43 - Three Steps to Get Out of a Rut

00:11:33 - Jerry's Crucible Moment

00:12:39 - The Power of a Single Hashtag

00:14:05 - Getting Out of a Rut

00:16:01 - The Danger of Deferring Dreams

00:18:26 - KFC and Colonel Sanders

00:22:38 - Personal Stories in Jerry's Book

00:25:51 - Jerry's Vision for His Family

00:27:02 - Achieving Goals

00:28:06 - Jerry's Legacy

00:28:47 - Beyond the Rut

00:29:46 - Getting in a Rut

Jun 14, 2023

"Are Lee and Dan Cockerell really like that everywhere? That's right, they are."

Author and speaker known as Dr. Disneyland, Jeff Barnes, returns to the Jody Mayberry Show to ask me three questions. He hit it out of the park with his questions, including my childhood inspiration to become a park ranger. We also get into some of the experiences I've had with former Disney executives, Lee Cockerel and Dan Cockerell.

As a kid I can remember going on family vacations and admiring the hats and uniforms of park rangers. The more I learned about them and their dedication to protecting the parks, I became even more interested in becoming a ranger. In a similar sense, the more I got to know Dan and Lee Cockerell, my understanding and appreciation for the Cockerell legacy grew. Their lessons gave me a unique determination to excel in the new direction of my career.

One of my favorite memories with Lee Cockerell came during a recent visit to Hollywood Studios. It was the first time we had gone to a park together after working together for nine years. Lee had never been to Galaxy's Edge before, and it was amazing to experience the ride together. Lee and Dan have been great examples of pursuing new opportunities, while cherishing where you've been and what you've done. For me, that includes the fond memories of the parks and park rangers that ignited my dreams in the first place.

Connect with Jeff

Website: https://thewisdomofwalt.com/

Book: The Wisdom of Walt

Instagram: www.instagram.com/drdisneyland

Facebook: www.facebook.com/thewisdomofwalt

LinkedIn: Jeffrey Barnes

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Episode Highlights

00:00:03 - What Inspired Jody to Become a Park Ranger?

00:03:34 - Jody's Experience with Contrasting Climates

00:05:06 - Jody's Favorite Memory with Lee Cockerell

00:08:02 - Jeff's Favorite Memory with Lee Cockerell

00:12:24 - Dan Cockerell's Unique Approach

00:14:50 - Mini Golf Rematch with Jeff Barnes

Jun 7, 2023

 

"Every great story requires conflict."

Jeff Barnes had an underwhelming first experience at Disneyland. So much so that it sparked his curiosity about why people loved the park so much. His insatiable curiosity led him to research Walt Disney's life and the adversity he faced. It was through this research that Jeff discovered Walt's desire to be remembered as a storyteller and the importance of overcoming adversity in achieving success. This realization drove Jeff to create a course that uses Disney's stories to inspire and motivate students to face their own challenges and achieve their dreams.

Jeff's journey took a dramatic turn when he was diagnosed with a life-threatening brain tumor immediately after starting the course. Rather than giving in to fear, Jeff chose to delay surgery and continue teaching the class. Throughout our conversation Jeff shares about the moments of resiliency he had learned from Walt Disney and how that ultimately shaped his success. His experience with the brain tumor gave him the courage to finally write his long-dreamed-of book about Disneyland. Now, as an author, speaker, and blogger, Jeff continues to use Disney's lessons and creativity to inspire and motivate people to embrace adversity and live their best lives.

In this episode, you will be able to:

  • Discover Jeff Barnes' intriguing transformation from professor to Disney entrepreneur
  • Gain valuable insights on the crucial role self-belief and resiliency play in achieving success
  • Delve into Jeff's captivating book, Wednesdays with Walt, and his exceptional presentation style
  • Absorb inspiring lessons from Walt to spark creativity and motivation within yourself
  • Find out how signing up for Jeff's email list and joining Phoenix Club will enrich your experience

Jeff's approach of using Walt Disney's lessons and creativity to inspire and motivate people to achieve their dreams inspiring to anyone who feels stuck and hopeless. The conversation highlights the importance of appreciating life and pursuing our dreams with a sense of urgency and determination. Ultimately, Jeff reminds us all why we should never give up no matter how difficult the challenges may seem.

Connect with Jeff

Website: https://thewisdomofwalt.com/

Book: The Wisdom of Walt

Instagram: www.instagram.com/drdisneyland

Facebook: www.facebook.com/thewisdomofwalt

LinkedIn: Jeffrey Barnes

Connect with Jody

www.jodymaberry.com

About Jody - https://jodymaberry.com/about-jody-maberry/

Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/sugarjmaberry

LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/jodymaberry/

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/sugarjmaberry/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/jodymaberry

Episode Highlights

00:04:15 - Why Walt Disney?

00:09:33 - The Wisdom of Walt

00:12:30 - Facing Adversity

00:14:59 - Overcoming Obstacles

00:15:38 - Overcoming Obstacles

00:18:27 - Transitioning to Entrepreneurship

00:23:38 - Wednesdays with Walt

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