A Lesson from the House of Mouse
This summer, DECA Executive President Zack Schaja had the opportunity to visit Disney World to meet with executives and learn about one of DECA's newest partnerships. While meeting with executives, Zack noticed some trends that can be applied to careers. However, I believe that these same trends can be applied to our DECA chapters as well.
Zack says that as soon as you step foot on to Disney property, you can feel the positive atmosphere. The positive attitude is conducive of happy employees and happy guests. In our DECA chapters, instilling positivity will make members more inclined to participate in events, meetings, and activities. Having a positive attitude while working in an officer team will also make the role of a chapter officer even more enjoyable.
Zack also makes the point that Disney visitors dedicate their time and money towards a family vacation, and the Disney employees make it their top priority to result in satisfied customers. In a DECA chapter, catering to members’ wants and needs will ensure the goal of chapter involvement. When planning events or activities for the chapter, offer voting polls to all members rather than have a few officers make decisions. That way, there will be a better representation of the chapter’s likings.
Zack concluded with the idea that mentorship will serve as a support system and way to achieve professional goals. In a DECA chapter, mentoring younger members in competition preparation, chapter management, and membership recruitment will help carry on the traditions and practices for years to come. Pairing students as mentors will also allow members to network and meet new friends.
Disney’s vision of management makes for an incredibly successful company. Take these tips and apply them to your chapter to see how you can have a successful year in DECA!
Check out Zack’s Article at http://www.decadirect.org/June-2014/3-Magical-Career-Lessons-from-a-Mouse/ .
Follow Zack on Twitter @decazack .