Legendary animator Floyd Norman has a blog (and a good website to boot). His post this weekend contrasts Walt Disney’s management style with the modern CEO.
Walt Disney kept his visits short. Well aware his very presence might affect the work being done. He gave the set the once over, chatted with the director and the cast, and then went on his way. Clearly, Walt had other things that needed his attention.
Today, most busy executives seem tied to a schedule. They have to be here — or there — at a certain time. Walt’s schedule appeared to be his own. He ambled about his kingdom devoting as much time to each project as he felt was needed
And yet, Walt managed to get things done very well. Imagine that.