Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Corporate analysis is SUCH a cool class. it's really amazing to see where the Walt Disney Company started out and how it's progressed and grown. It's unreal, in just over 75 years it's grown to such a globally dominating force. One of the things I find really interesting is how the company as an entity has had to grow and change not only in response to the economy but also in response to the cast members. This is a MASSIVE company. There are so many facets to it. There are entire departments devoted to things like developing and maintaining the Disney Look, cast housing, costuming, and the list goes on and on and on!! Something else that I am experiencing currently is how Disney deals with difficult cast members in the housing side of things. Conflict resolution is something that can be very difficult especially when you have thousands of cast members living in close quarters. I live in a 3 bedroom apartment with 5 other girls. 3 rooms and 3 bathrooms. 4 of my housemates are amazing and wonderful and I love them. We have one that's a little bit off, without going into unnecessary detail, our difficulties with our one roommate have escalated and I had to call the housing program people today to arrange a meeting. It's really cool, they have a whole department that deals with housing issues and they were very understanding. They've scheduled a meeting for us on Thursday and hopefully we will be able to figure something out. When there's a problem in your home it affects all of the your life outside the home and no one should have to feel uncomfortable in their home. When you have thousands of strangers living in housing complexes together, things are bound to go wrong. It will be very interesting to see what the housing meeting is like and what they suggest for us to be able to solve our conflict. This kind of situation is really important to acknowledge, I think. We all tend to want to gloss over the uncomfortable things and focus on the happy shiny things. This is nice most of the time but we also have to understand and admit that things do go wrong from time to time and we need to be able to deal with them productively.