Leadership Life Stories

Hosted ByJ.B. Adams

Summary

In this series, host J.B. Adams brings you conversations with those who lead through their service to others. With the belief that a leader is anyone who influences change, this show seeks to understand not just what leaders do, but who they are, and how they can be effective in a rapidly changing world. Listen for key insights and advice from genuine servant leaders.


All Episodes

Deloria Nelson Part 2: The Inclusion Illusion

Season Two of Leadership Life Stories examines Disney leadership as The Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida celebrates its 50th anniversary.
In this episode, Part 2 of a two-part interview, hosts Rebecca Morgan and J.B. Adams welcome Deloria Nelson, former Disney leader in Human Resources, and current president of Authentic Culture & Engagement Solutions, Inc., where she energizes and engages workforce transformation as a coach and consultant, focusing on culture, diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Our guest describes the challenges associated with “the inclusion illusion” and what leaders can do to overcome it, how leaders can make a difference in the lives of the people around them, and building a culture of engagement through inclusion.

02:10 — Greatest adversity — the “inclusion illusion;” the difference between diversity and inclusion
17:06 — Greatest accomplishment — defining success, living authentically and helping people find their gifts
24:51 — Best leadership advice; building a culture of engagement

Resources
Authentic Culture & Engagement Solutions, Inc. — https://acesolutionsgroup.com
The Awesome Leader League — https://theawesomeleader.com/

Credits
Guest — Deloria Nelson https://www.linkedin.com/in/deloria-nelson-54822711
Host — Rebecca Morgan, https://www.linkedin.com/in/rebeccapmorgan/
Host — J.B. Adams, https://www.linkedin.com/in/adamslearning/
Production by Victor Media Group, Inc. — https://victormediagroup.co/
Creator — J.B. Adams
Executive Producer — Gerard Mitchell
Audio Design — Michael Orlowski
Mixing and Editing — Manni Simon

Deloria Nelson Part 1: Lead with Love

Season Two of Leadership Life Stories examines Disney leadership as The Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida celebrates its 50th anniversary.
In this episode, Part 1 of a two-part interview, hosts Rebecca Morgan and J.B. Adams welcome Deloria Nelson, former Disney leader in Human Resources, and current president of Authentic Culture & Engagement Solutions, Inc., where she energizes and engages workforce transformation as a coach and consultant, focusing on culture, diversity, equity, and inclusion. Our guest describes her leadership philosophy of “leading with love,” her experience working in employee relations and compliance, and her thoughts on Disney leadership.

03:04 — Leadership philosophy, “lead with love,” Disney leadership role model
12:17 — Self-Awareness Quiz
16:31 — Growing up as family mediator; discussion of HR investigations and treating people fairly
27:08 — Walt Disney World Insider Free Association
29:53 — Comparison of Disney leadership to leadership in other companies

Resources
Authentic Culture & Engagement Solutions, Inc. — https://acesolutionsgroup.com/
The Awesome Leader League — https://theawesomeleader.com/

Credits
Guest — Deloria Nelson https://www.linkedin.com/in/deloria-nelson-54822711
Host — Rebecca Morgan, https://www.linkedin.com/in/rebeccapmorgan/
Host — J.B. Adams, https://www.linkedin.com/in/adamslearning/
Production by Victor Media Group, Inc. — https://victormediagroup.co/
Creator — J.B. Adams
Executive Producer — Gerard Mitchell
Audio Design — Michael Orlowski
Mixing and Editing — Manni Simon

Patrick Brennan, Part 2: The Business of Creativity

Season Two of Leadership Life Stories examines Disney leadership as The Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida celebrates its 50th anniversary.
In this episode, Part 2 of a two-part interview, hosts Rebecca Morgan and J.B. Adams welcome Patrick Brennan, executive level leader who enjoyed a 32-year career at Walt Disney Imagineering, and contributed to the development of attractions at every Disney theme park location around the world. Our guest describes his leadership philosophy of serving as part of the team, his Disney leadership role model, his early years taking an interest in art and preparing to be a “starving artist,” and his perceptions of how Disney leadership changed over the years.

02:33 — Greatest accomplishment — leading field art direction in the construction of Critter Country at Tokyo Disneyland
17:14 — Greatest adversity — conflict resolution, balancing creative and business interests
29:18 — Best leadership advice; lessons from the early days of Pixar

Books
As an affiliate, Victor Media Group may earn from qualifying purchases.

The Last Lecture, Randy Pausch — https://tinyurl.com/cfsduuc4

The Pixar Touch: The Making of a Company, David A. Price — https://tinyurl.com/5ajsbejm

Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action, Simon Sinek — https://tinyurl.com/2a57nnxc

Resources
The Awesome Leader League — https://theawesomeleader.com/

Credits
Guest — Patrick Brennan, https://www.linkedin.com/in/patrick-brennan-b978b96/
Host — Rebecca Morgan, https://www.linkedin.com/in/rebeccapmorgan/
Host — J.B. Adams, https://www.linkedin.com/in/adamslearning/
Production by Victor Media Group, Inc. — https://victormediagroup.co/
Creator — J.B. Adams
Executive Producer — Gerard Mitchell
Audio Design — Michael Orlowski
Mixing and Editing — Manni Simon

Patrick Brennan, Part 1: From Starving Artist to Imagineer

Season Two of Leadership Life Stories examines Disney leadership as The Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida celebrates its 50th anniversary.
In this episode, Part 1 of a two-part interview, hosts Rebecca Morgan and J.B. Adams welcome Patrick Brennan, executive level leader who enjoyed a 32-year career at Walt Disney Imagineering, and contributed to the development of attractions at every Disney theme park location around the world. Our guest describes his leadership philosophy of serving as part of the team, his Disney leadership role model, his early years taking an interest in art and preparing to be a “starving artist,” and his perceptions of how Disney leadership changed over the years.

02:29 — Leadership philosophy, Disney leadership role models
11:05 — Self-Awareness Quiz
14:02 — Growing up with an interest in art, early role model, working at the zoo
22:50 — Walt Disney World Insider Free Association
26:28 — Disney leadership through the decades, explaining the “why,” trust and respect

As an affiliate, Victor Media Group may earn from qualifying purchases.
Books
Leaders Eat Last, Simon Sinek — https://tinyurl.com/49mrfwp3

Resources
The Awesome Leader League — https://theawesomeleader.com/

Credits
Guest — Patrick Brennan https://www.linkedin.com/in/patrick-brennan-b978b96/
Host — Rebecca Morgan, https://www.linkedin.com/in/rebeccapmorgan/
Host — J.B. Adams, https://www.linkedin.com/in/adamslearning/
Production by Victor Media Group, Inc. — https://victormediagroup.co/
Creator — J.B. Adams
Executive Producer — Gerard Mitchell
Audio Design — Michael Orlowski
Mixing and Editing — Manni Simon

Dave Vermeulen, Part 2: Cast First, Guest Always

Season Two of Leadership Life Stories examines Disney leadership as The Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida celebrates its 50th anniversary.
In this episode, Part 2 of a two-part interview, hosts Rebecca Morgan and J.B. Adams welcome Dave Vermeulen, 48-year Cast Member and former executive with leadership experience at every Disney theme park resort location around the world. Our guest describes his greatest accomplishments associated with recognizing talent, taking risks, and making people happy; shares learnings from greatest adversity regarding career challenges; and explains what is meant by “Cast First, Guest Always.”

02:23 — Greatest accomplishment — representing the company and its product, recognizing talent, and taking risks
16:27 — Greatest adversity — career challenges, showing loyalty in relationships
28:57 — Best leadership advice; “Cast First, Guest Always,” mentor relationships

Resources
The Awesome Leader League — https://theawesomeleader.com/

Credits
Guest — Dave Vermeulen, https://www.linkedin.com/in/dave-vermeulen-b56b90a/
Host — Rebecca Morgan, https://www.linkedin.com/in/rebeccapmorgan/
Host — J.B. Adams, https://www.linkedin.com/in/adamslearning/
Production by Victor Media Group, Inc. — https://victormediagroup.co/
Creator — J.B. Adams
Executive Producer — Gerard Mitchell
Audio Design — Michael Orlowski
Mixing and Editing — Manni Simon

Dave Vermeulen, Part 1: Know the Product

Season Two of Leadership Life Stories examines Disney leadership as The Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida celebrates its 50th anniversary.
In this episode, Part 1 of a two-part interview, hosts Rebecca Morgan and J.B. Adams welcome Dave Vermeulen, 48-year Cast Member and former executive with leadership experience at every Disney theme park resort location around the world. Our guest describes his leadership philosophy of knowing the product and serving as a role model, his Disney leadership role models, his early years growing up in Southern California and working at Disneyland in the 1960s, and his perceptions of how Disney leadership changed over the years.

02:29 — Leadership philosophy, Disney leadership role models
11:05 — Self-Awareness Quiz
14:02 — Growing up on a farm in Southern California, working at Disneyland
22:50 — Walt Disney World Insider Free Association
26:28 — Disney leadership through the decades, balancing focus on both results and people

Resources
The Awesome Leader League — https://theawesomeleader.com/

Credits
Guest — Dave Vermeulen, https://www.linkedin.com/in/dave-vermeulen-b56b90a/
Host — Rebecca Morgan, https://www.linkedin.com/in/rebeccapmorgan/
Host — J.B. Adams, https://www.linkedin.com/in/adamslearning/
Production by Victor Media Group, Inc. — https://victormediagroup.co/
Creator — J.B. Adams
Executive Producer — Gerard Mitchell
Audio Design — Michael Orlowski
Mixing and Editing — Manni Simon

Valerie Oberle, Part 2: What It Means to Be First

Season Two of Leadership Life Stories examines Disney leadership as The Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida celebrates its 50th anniversary.
In this episode, Part 2 of a two-part interview, hosts Rebecca Morgan and J.B. Adams welcome Valerie Oberle, 27-year Cast Member, former Vice President of Disney University and the first woman executive at Walt Disney Parks & Resorts. Our guest describes the adversity of being first and how she dealt with it; the sense of accomplishment that can come from getting employees involved in the development and execution of new business ideas; and her best business and career advice.

02:36 — The adversity of being the first woman executive in Walt Disney Parks organization
17:52 — Involving Cast Members in creating new revenue generating products
30:06 — Best advice for leaders and closing comments

Resources
The Awesome Leader League — https://theawesomeleader.com/

Credits
Guest — Valerie Oberle, https://www.linkedin.com/in/valerie-oberle-657037180/
Host — Rebecca Morgan, https://www.linkedin.com/in/rebeccapmorgan/
Host — J.B. Adams, https://www.linkedin.com/in/adamslearning/
Production by Victor Media Group, Inc. — https://victormediagroup.co/
Creator — J.B. Adams
Executive Producer — Gerard Mitchell
Audio Design — Michael Orlowski
Mixing and Editing — Manni Simon

Valerie Oberle, Part 1: Finding Treasure in People

Season Two of Leadership Life Stories examines Disney leadership as The Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida celebrates its 50th anniversary.
In this episode, Part 1 of a two-part interview, hosts Rebecca Morgan and J.B. Adams welcome Valerie Oberle, 27-year Cast Member, former Vice President of Disney University and the first woman executive at Walt Disney Parks & Resorts. Our guest describes her leadership philosophy of finding treasure in people, how she found her way to Disney, her perceptions of how Disney Parks leadership has changed over time, and how to build a culture of high engagement.

02:41 — Leadership philosophy, being a barrier breaker, guest’s role model
13:25 — The Self Awareness Quiz
17:56 — Backstory and finding her way to Disney
25:42 — WDW Insider Free Association
28:26 — Perceptions of Disney leadership through the decades

Resources
The Awesome Leader League — https://theawesomeleader.com/

Credits
Guest — Valerie Oberle, https://www.linkedin.com/in/valerie-oberle-657037180/
Host — Rebecca Morgan, https://www.linkedin.com/in/rebeccapmorgan/
Host — J.B. Adams, https://www.linkedin.com/in/adamslearning/
Production by Victor Media Group, Inc. — https://victormediagroup.co/
Creator — J.B. Adams
Executive Producer — Gerard Mitchell
Audio Design — Michael Orlowski
Mixing and Editing — Manni Simon

Meet the Hosts: Rebecca Morgan & J.B. Adams

Season Two of Leadership Life Stories examines Disney leadership as The Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida celebrates its 50th anniversary.
In this episode, hosts Rebecca Morgan and J.B. Adams introduce themselves to listeners, discuss their leadership philosophies, and consider the impact that The Walt Disney Company has had on the leisure and entertainment industry as well as on their own careers as leadership consultants. Is Disney leadership a big deal? Tune in, listen, and decide for yourself.

03:09 — Leadership philosophies and why Disney leadership is a big deal
07:08 — The Self Awareness Quiz; hosts share backstories
18:56 — WDW Insider Free Association; Disney leadership through the decades
23:00 — The greatest accomplishment; hosts define success
25:27 — Hosts share their greatest adversity stories
32:19 — Leader’s best advice, hosts introduce each other

Resources
The Awesome Leader League — https://theawesomeleader.com/

Credits
Host — Rebecca Morgan, https://www.linkedin.com/in/rebeccapmorgan/
Host — J.B. Adams, https://www.linkedin.com/in/adamslearning/
Production by Victor Media Group, Inc. — https://victormediagroup.co/
Creator — J.B. Adams
Executive Producer — Gerard Mitchell
Audio Design — Michael Orlowski
Mixing and Editing — Manni Simon

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