Leaders listen

By Stuart Crainer and Des Dearlove

‘I hope we never lose sight of one fact … that this was all started by a mouse,’ Walt Disney was fond of saying in his later years. The origins of Disney’s mousey inspiration are told in myriad variations. At one time it was reputed that in his early career he befriended a family of mice in his office. Their regular appearances on his drawing board proved inspirational. Nice story.

Alternatively, the Daily Sketch reported in 1938 that ‘On his way back to Hollywood in an upper berth he could not sleep . . .

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