Book Review: Creating Magic

I picked this book up as soon as I saw it in the book store.  Though I haven’t been to Disney World since I was 7, I’ve heard enough about how they run things to recognize that I need to read it. The book is by Lee Cockerell who was the Executive Vice President of Operations for Disney for over ten years.

This is one of the most practical leadership books I’ve ever read. Lee provides a ton of examples of how they’ve implemented the principles he teaches at Disney. I know I’m going to change a lot of things I do in my role as a result of this book. If you’re a leader – you need to read this book and make a list of things to implement with your ministry, organization, or personal life.

Key Takeaway: “It’s not the magic that makes it work; it’s the way we work that makes it magic.”

Final Grade: 9/10     Buy it here!


Here are the 10 Strategies Lee Covers in the Book:

  • Remember, Everyone is Important
  • Break the Mold
  • Make Your People Your Brand
  • Create Magic through Training
  • Eliminate Hassles
  • Learn the Truth
  • Burn the Free Fuel
  • Stay Ahead of the Pack
  • Be Careful What You Do and Say
  • Develop Character

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