As my family and I were walking through Disney World last week, we noticed a lot of construction going on. Come to find out, Fantasyland is getting a big face-lift. We could see what appeared to be another castle being built and some mammoth big top tents. We were told that it will be completed in 2012.
But this post is not about Disney World construction, it's about giving credit where credit is due. As we were racing to get from one side of the Magic Kingdom to the other, my wife said she saw the perfect sign for me. I'm sure I shot her some kind of momentary puzzled look without slowing my pace. I was focused on getting from point A (Frontierland) to point B (Tomorrowland) in the shortest time possible. It's tragic that I was at the wonderful world of Disney's Magic Kingdom and I couldn't stop and soak in my surroundings. Don't worry, I got better as the day went on. But let's get back to this sign that my wife spotted.
Clearly my wife knew this sign was more important than getting to Tomorrowland in record time. She was able to get me to look her right in the eye and this time she said "Honey, it talked about a project." I paused, processed the new information, did an about-face, and made a B-line for the sign. Yep, she was absolutely right. The sign was awesome. Too many times I get my blog post ideas from my wife and I never give her credit for them. The sign said
"When we go into that new project, we believe in it all the way. We have confidence in our ability to do it right."
- Walt Disney
So, let it be known, my wife gets full credit for spotting the sign and inspiring this post. Without her, it wouldn't have been. If you're leading a team or just a member of a team, don't forget to listen to others. You have to accept that some of the best ideas are going to come from them. When those awesome ideas come your way, don't forget to give them credit.