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Product Details

  • Series: Disney Institute Book, A
  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Disney Editions; Rev Upd edition (November 8, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423145844
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423145844
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,690 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Ted Kinni has authored thirteen business books. He has ghostwritten seven books for Booz & Company, Prime Resource Group, The Walt Disney Company, LIF Group, and IMPAQ, Inc. He is also an active business journalist, whose articles and book reviews have appeared in a wide variety of periodicals, including cover stories in Harvard Management Update, Across the Board, Training, Selling Power, Quality Digest, and Corporate University Review.

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THEODORE KINNI is a business writer and editor. He has written, ghostwritten, or edited 20 business books on topics including: sales, marketing, customer experience, customer service and retention, personal accountability, leadership, human capital, and manufacturing. His books, including those written for clients such as The Walt Disney Company, Booz & Company, Prime Resource Group, LIF Group, and IMPAQ, Inc., have sold over 300,000 copies.

Ted ghostwrites and edits white papers and articles for the client-facing teams of global consulting firms, such as IBM and Booz & Company. His corporate work covers a broad range of thought leadership on topics such as healthcare reform, sustainability, and marketing, and on industries such as oil and gas, airlines, retail, etc.

Ted is a senior editor for strategy+business magazine, writing and editing articles, interviews, book reviews, and special sections, such as the award-winning annual Best Business Books section. He has been a contributing editor for IndustryWeek, Quality Digest, and Workforce Training News. His articles and reviews have appeared in a wide variety of business periodicals, including Harvard Management Update, The Conference Board Review, Training, and Selling Power.

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It is a insightful and easy read.
debbie p.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone in the hospitality industry, or any manager who wants to have a happy crew.
StinkoDeMayo
This is a great book for any organization that wants to improve it's customer service reputation.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Paul T. Smith on October 31, 2012
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As a former cast member of Walt Disney World, and one who has read widely on Walt Disney and his creative genius, I approached this book with high expectations. Would Theodore Kinni be able to capture the essence of the practical magic of WDW? He does! Cast members often speak of "pixie dust" falling upon them--either you have it or you don't. Those who do are happily driven by the principles referred to in this book. I spent countless hours in heat, humidity, and occasional raging thunder storms to help bring happiness to our guests. It was great fun to sneak up behind a harried father who was attempting to get his weary children to smile for the camera. A few quick mugs from me almost always brought the grins Dad was looking for. Offering helpful directions. Keeping a straight face when asked "interesing" guestions: "Is that real water?" "No, Ma'am, that's Disney water!"

A highlight of my life was walking through the Imagineering building in Burbank and witnessing first-hand the creative genius of the Disney organization. I learned to appreciate my own creativity --not to be afraid to dream and then to do!

So what of the Disney philosophy can be applied to other businesses? Easy. Whatever you do must be of the highest quality--and always with the customers' needs in mind. You "plus" it--giving more than is expected. Every contact made with your customer must be memorable. That person will walk away feeling as if he or she has just made a new friend--a friend who has made you feel valued and important. So, are you up to the challenge? If you are, your business and its culture will never be the same.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Yellow Bird on February 16, 2013
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I am a health care administrator and I liked the book so much I bought copies for all of my department managers. Within a week after giving the books, I started seeing the patient environment change for the better. A really good investment. Causes a person to think differently about how to create a desirable environment for care.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By L. K. Larson on May 8, 2012
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I could not stop reading this book. If every CEO, manager, owner and employee of every company read it and lived by Disney's rules, they would have happier employees and more customers. Well written, concise and excellent advise for everyone who is in any kind of business.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By BCrosby on March 25, 2014
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I purchased the Kindle version of this book on my way to vacation in Jamaica. I can honestly say that it held my interest throughout the length of my vacation. I no longer deal with the public in a customer service type capacity, but it allowed me to view certain ways I can raise my job performance in a manner that is better for myself and those around me, whether it be direct co-workers or others. The Disney Institute is a great organization and Walt Disney himself perfected the art of customer service. I wish more organizations could learn and use the ideals that the Walt Disney Company employs.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MMick on March 17, 2014
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I would highly recommend this book to any Disney fan. Serious Disney fan. Some of the reading is more business oriented. But the Disney way to approach operations etc. is very insightful.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By StinkoDeMayo on February 19, 2014
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I am a Hospitality Management student and I wish this book could be one of my class textbooks. The points made in this book are spot-on. I would highly recommend this book to anyone in the hospitality industry, or any manager who wants to have a happy crew.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By RAC on April 13, 2013
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There's a reason why every Disney enterprise succeeds. The world would be a delight if most businesses would adapt 90% of what is in this book. Sadly, most businesses will roll out excuse after excuse and declare that while it may be good for Disney, they either can't do it, or, they'll reconsider it for next year.

Disney deserves its success.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By R. McManus on June 25, 2012
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One of the better books out there on management. Far superior to the lamentable and self-absorbed "Creating Magic" by Lee Cockerell wherein every other word is me, mine, I. "Be Our Guest", also from Disney is a solid piece of writing and an easy read. Recommend this and "Setting the Table" by Danny Meyer which is the finest of them all.
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