Keynote Topics > Change / Innovation / Creativity


Create A Culture of “Yes, If”

How do creative people keep the magic going? How do they push through even when bogged down with fatigue, self-doubt, and good old-fashioned writer’s block? Here’s the answerThey don’t focus on the “No, Because.” Creative people focus on the “Yes, If.” Disney’s former chief of Imagineering, Marty Sklardescribes how he learned—and repeatedly used— “Yes, If” during his 54-year career:
“Walt (Disney) was eternally curious and optimistic … he constantly challenged us to develop new ideas. Frankly, many of his ideas left us wondering, ‘how are we going to do that?’ But, coming up with excuses for why we couldn’t do something was never an option, so we always approached Walt with ‘yes if’ … never ‘no because’.”
Even the best and brightest Disney Imagineers must confront self-doubt. Are you and your team ready to channel this time-proven strategy to break down creativity barriersWhich doors will open to you when you   adopt the “Yes, If approach?
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STEPHEN CANNON, President and Chief Executive Officer, Mercedes-Benz USA

Walt had one foot in the past and one foot in the future.

Marty Sklar, Retired Vice Chairman, Walt Disney Imagineering

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Learning Points

All presentations are customized. Needs assessment time with Doug is included with every project. Great attention to organizational challenges and/or mission is considered when designing a client’s program. Presentations may be a one-hour keynote or up to three hours in a workshop format. Leadership and teamwork programs may contain any of the following learning modules.

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    From Silos to Synergy: Harnessing Creative Tension

    How Disney University ignited collaboration, creativity and profits via executive development.

  • Change Or Perish

    Change or Perish: Take a Ride on the S-Curve

    Contrarian thinkers. Brutal Honesty. “Pot stirrers.” Constantly-evolving organizations embrace these innovation imperatives. Does yours?

  • Manage What Matters

    The Honeymoon Will End: Cinderella Castle and Culture Change

    Even the best fail … a crisis management lesson from Walt Disney World.

  • Creativity Is Free Trans

    Budgets Are Tight, Creativity is Free

    Prescription for a ‘no-excuses’ culture.

  • Arthritis of the Imagination: Eliminating the #1 Creativity Killer

    Success leads to complacency. Market leaders know how to conquer “cirrhosis of the enthusiasm.”

  • Magic Of Imagine

    The Magic of Imagine: Unleashing Your Creativity

    Seven absolutes for getting out of the rut.

  •  Leverage Traditions

    One Foot in the Past, One Foot in the Future: Leveraging Your Traditions

    The surprising truth about balancing legacy with current and future needs.

  • Dont Blame The Branch

    Even Monkeys Fall From Trees – Don’t Blame the Branch

    Failure happens. Every organization and leader eventually suffers a humiliating setback or defeat. The most resilient bounce back and share two cultural traits: ferocity and humility.

  •  Best Is Never The Best

    The Best is Never the Best – Eliminating “Good Enough.”

    Walt Disney’s first Audio-Animatronic figure was a failure. Learn how Walt transformed this catastrophe into a force still driving The Walt Disney Company.

  • Yes If

    “YES, IF!” – No Excuses Leadership

    Demand a “Yes If” culture. Learn how Walt Disney created breakthrough technology and unparalleled standards with a no excuses leadership style.

  • Get Unstuck

    Beyond Stuck in the Middle Seat™ – Welcome Change and Take Control

    What’s the worst place in an airplane? The middle seat! Why? You’re literally stuck in a rotten place, possibly for a long time, and you can’t do anything about it. Or can you? Doug uses the middle seat as a metaphor for what happens to all of us in life. How do you deal with unfortunate situations? When in a situation that you “can’t control,” what options do you actually have?

  • Mental Toughness Switch

    Mental Toughness in a Challenging Economy

    “Do more with less.” “Connected to the office 24-7.” “Cutthroat competition.” These realities are here to stay and can lead to catastrophic burnout and turnover. How do you and your team cope? What can you do to create sustained energy and creativity?

  • So Good

    “We’re sooo good!” The Slippery Slope of Success

    “If we make it, they buy it!” This statement reflects an attitude that can quickly open the door to your competitors. How do you handle your hard-earned marketplace success and name recognition?

  • Attitude

    “Whaaa” – This Isn’t Fair! Beware of the “Victim Mentality”

    Competition is fierce, markets are eroding, bosses are demanding and employees are complaining. These are the perfect conditions for creating “victims” in an organization. Recognize it. Eliminate it.

  • Lessons from Disney U – From the Love Bug to Lion King

    How did Disney reinvent itself … twice?! Disney was stuck in a rut making more Love Bug movies while the competition was making ET. How did Disney turn itself around?

  • Dreamers And Doers

    Dreamer or Doer? It’s All About Balance.

    Art and Science, Maintenance and Risk-Taking, Short-Term and Long-Term, Expertise and Empathy. All of these represent balances that must be attained. How balanced is your team? And, how deep is your bench?

  • Harnessing Diversity

    The Globe is Shrinking, Is Your Market Expanding?

    Backyard globalization is upon us. How is your company tapping into the ever-growing cultural diversity in which you operate? In this segment, learn how some of the world’s most effective teams have leveraged diversity of language, culture and generations to crush their competitors.