Talking Point: The Disney Institute Blog

How to Create a “Winning” Organization

January 30, 2014 by Bruce Jones, Senior Programming Director, Disney Institute

With Super Sunday just around the corner, Disney Institute is happy to share leadership and fan experience advice from the Athletic Director of the University of Central Florida, Todd Stansbury. This year, the UCF Knights football team won the Fiesta Bowl in true “Cinderella Story” fashion. Following their victory parade held at Magic Kingdom park, we had the opportunity to chat about organizational strategy and vision. You can watch highlights from our exclusive conversation with Todd Stansbury here:

 How can you apply these insights to your organization?

We highlight 4 elements that can help create a “winning” organization:

  1. Vision – Stansbury shares that UCF Athletics “set the vision first.” At Disney Institute, we believe the vision sets the course for the entire organization and needs to be developed, and more importantly, shared, before evaluating any other area of your operations.
  1. Team Players – Stansbury believes having the right teammates on the football team contributed to its success. Note, he doesn’t mention having the most skilled players. Instead, he focuses on the element of teamwork and individuals who believed in the team’s vision. Organizations rise to the top when everyone believes in the overall vision. Recruiting and hiring employees that believe in the vision and values of your organization – and then exhibit the desired behaviors – is essential to the ongoing success of your business.
  1. Leaders – At Disney Institute, we believe everyone is a leader. Stansbury agrees with this belief and shares that beyond having the right players on his team, he also had innate leaders. Leaders take it upon themselves to build commitment to shared success. Job title or position does not matter. Leadership should be fostered within all roles and functions of your team.
  1. Loyal Fans– The fans are the heart and soul of the sports industry, just as your customers are central to the wellbeing of your organization. Stansbury discusses the momentum and support his team received from their loyal fanbase. Your employees, too, feel the motivation coming from loyal customers. However, loyalty is a two-way street, and, just as sports fans support their team through wins and losses, your team must look to turn customer service losses, or service recovery moments, into customer service wins.

 What is your organization’s game plan for winning?


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