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Why Disney Doesn’t Micromanage, It Overmanages

August 20, 2013 by Bruce Jones, Senior Programming Director, Disney Institute

"People can feel perfection." That’s one reason Disney Imagineers like John Hench say attention to detail and exceeding Guests’ expectations is so important. It’s also why we overmanage.

It’s important to point out that we do not micromanage our operations. Overmanaging is very different from micromanaging in that the intent is extremely positive; it is a character trait of our leaders.

Overmanaging is also a driver of consistent business results and an effect of the alignment of an organization’s values and vision. The goal: be intentional where others are unintentional — overmanaging the things most companies ignore or undermanage is what differentiates you. Consider the detail that goes into Disneys manhole covers, something that the majority of Guests won’t ever notice.

What Do We Mean by Overmanage?

- Think about your challenge or goal differently and to a greater degree.
- Pay extraordinary attention to the details.
- View what is “typical” or “corporate best practices” as a baseline as opposed to an acceptable standard.

Tell us your story — when have the little details, the overmanaging of a process or experience, made all the difference?

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