#68: Getting Onstage at Work: Why You Need to Use this Metaphor

Have you ever thought about the role you play at work, and how you prepare for that?  Most people don’t think about it like that, but the reality is that we are all expected to conduct ourselves in a certain way (aka play a role) whether we have a job or own a company.  There are things we do at work that we don’t at home, behave within professional guidelines that differ from our more relaxed actions with friends or family.  The lack of defining what your off stage/on stage process is leads to us not fulfilling that role – especially when we don’t feel like it.  In today’s episode, I dive into Disney’s intriguing “Behind the Yellow Line ” experience. In their signature behind-the-scenes tour, they take guests backstage and pull back the curtain on their operation and experience, illustrating their “Behind the Yellow Line” concept. I explore the symbolic yellow line that separates the backstage from on-stage at Disney and how they use this concept to set the expectations for all their cast members. I am talking about the significance and responsibility of fully embracing and embodying one’s role, emphasizing its importance in delivering on a mission or vision. Drawing parallels to acting and method acting, this episode explores how to balance authenticity and expectation when it comes to playing a specific role to achieve expected outcomes. 

Here’s a quick look at what you can expect from today’s episode…

  • [2:34] Disney’s Behind the Yellow Line
  • [3:20] Disney’s Mission to Make People Happy
  • [4:56] Where is Your Yellow Line?
  • [6:35] Taking on Your Role
  • [9:24] My Hint to Where Your Yellow Line is

Episode Show Notes 

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