Be the Coffee Bean - Lead Before You're a Leader

Hey, what's up heroes? Another week has passed. I'm now 30 videos into this channel so there's plenty of great stuff out there for you. This week I'm going to talk about how to lead when you're not in a leadership position, so make sure you stick around and check that out.

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I was thinking back to some stories that really were big life changers for me. The first one is a story of the coffee bean. If you've ever heard that it's basically if you take a pot of boiling water and you put a egg in the water the egg's going to get hard. If you put a potato in the water the potato is going to get soft. But if you put a coffee bean in the water the coffee bean will change the color of the water, so it's going to change the water. You want to be the coffee bean. 

That's a great story. I love that. It's just kind of a simple reminder. I remember having "Be the coffee bean!" written on my whiteboard back in the day.

That brings me to another similar story. If you've ever seen Steve Jobs' Stanford commencement speech, it's amazing. I'm going to link to that video in the description below. Steve Jobs talks about basically everything that's out there was put in place by people no smarter than us. There's nothing we can't change. He also talks about doing great work. He says, "If you're going to spend a large portion of your life going to work every day, so why not do great work." By being the coffee bean and trying to make the changes in the world, changes in your job, changes in your company that you want to see and trying to do great work, you can be a leader while you're still not in that leadership position yet.

That's my message for this week. If you take a look in the description below I'm going to include a link to my Facebook group, The Hero of Mastermind. Please come, connect with me on there. I would love to answer your questions, help you out with whatever you're struggling with, or just get to know you better. Come connect on Facebook.

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First Time Manager Tips - How to Manage Your Former Peers

What's up heroes? This week, we're going to be talking about how to manage your former peers and also just how to deal with those changing relationships in your workplace when you get promoted. Make sure you stick around in the end for a bonus.

Hi, I'm Roman Ryder, and on this channel, I'll help you unlock your powers and be the hero of your story. If you're new to my channel, make sure you click below and subscribe. I put out new videos every week, and you don't want to miss out. First thing to consider is managing your peers. This is pretty tricky. One, these people may be your friends, you know, you previously were working with. You have to start to kind of create some boundaries there between you and them. 

It should be a little bit uncomfortable. You don't want to be too buddy-buddy with them, because one, you want to be their boss. Two, they need you to be their boss. You can't be their friend. You need to be their boss. Okay. Two, you may have interviewed against some of these people. They're watching you to see what you're going to do in this position, to see if you actually deserve it. Hopefully, everybody that was your peer thinks you deserve it. They've worked with you, and hopefully they have high thoughts of you, and kind of understand why you were hired to fill that position.

You're going to have to go out there and show them you're capable of doing this. How do you do that? One thing you can do is start to fix some problems. You know what the problems are. You have a huge advantage, because you just came from there. You understand the issues they're dealing with, so you can look for some quick fixes, some quick wins to help them out and make their jobs a little better. They're going to appreciate that you're in that position, and you're helping them out and making things better. The other thing you can do is to ask them what the problems are, because they may have things that you don't know about that are specifically affecting them in their role.

If you take a long in the link above and the description below, I'll link back to my video from a few weeks ago on how to deal with your first 90 days in a new supervisor or management role. There's some great stuff in there that'll help you out and help them get adjusted to you being their new boss.

The next thing to consider is your new peers. You were working for them, right? One, you've got to learn from them, and two, you've got to become one of them. You can't let them talk down to you or try to give you silence. They should be going to the people that now work for you. You need to kind of stand up for yourself and kind of still walk that line, where you're learning but you're establishing yourself as one of their peers now. 

Something you can do to help with that is, they ask you to do something, just delegate that down to somebody. Show them that you're a boss capable of delegating, and you're not going to do those medial tasks anymore. Another thing you can do is just to show them that you're there to make a difference, so you can find out what pains they have. You're filling this position now. Hopefully there's some opportunities for you there to grow and to help them and make their job a little better. Figure out what you can do to make a difference at your new level, and help out your new peers.

Alright, now the other thing you got to consider is your new boss. The person you're now working for was two levels above you, so you've got to also change their view of you and show them you're capable of doing this job. Make sure you're standing up for yourself, you're acting at the level you're at. Don't let them kind of assign stuff to you that should be going below. Do as I said before, delegate that and tell them you're delegating it. Just kind of make your new role work for you, so that you're getting established in this new position at this new level, and people are seeing you that way.

Alright, so this week's bonus is to just go in there and make a difference. You can't really stand out just by maintaining the status quo, so you were promoted to this position for a reason. Show them why you were promoted. Look for the big wins you can have, the big changes you can make. The things that bothered you when you were in your previous role. Go out there and make a big difference. Show them why they promoted you, and show them that you're the best person to fill this job. 

Alright, so if you take a look in the description below, I'm going to include the link to my new Facebook group, the Hero Mastermind. I'd love to connect with you on there and help you with whatever you're working on in your career. Hit me up on there.

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Leadership and Development - How to Get Promoted to Manager

I've always said you have to be before you become. So this week I'm gonna give you some tips and help you figure out how to be a leader and to land that role that you really want. And make sure you stick around the end for a special bonus.

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Alright, so tip number one is to Dress For Success. So, basically, you always want to try to dress one level above the current role you're in if that's feasible. Sometimes you're gonna be in a role that maybe it's not feasible to wear a tie to work every day, but I know for me, I was a supervisor, but I was still out in the field and getting dirty, and I would go to, whether it be sales or places like Sam's or Costco. I would basically just try to get my clothes as cheap as possible, so I got stuff that looked fairly nice, but I could go out in the field and tear it up, and it wasn't the end of the world. So basically, dress for the job you want, and that doesn't mean dress as Batman. Because somebody recommended that to me when I mentioned that. So anyway, dress for success.

Alright, tip number two is Seize Opportunities. So basically you want to look for any opportunities to do special projects, especially if it's projects that are gonna get you visible outside your workplace, maybe to be on a team, especially if you can lead that team, because then you're showing you're able to lead a group already, so you're 'being before you become' the actual leader. Also if you don't have many opportunities like that, sometimes it's just a matter of finding something that you're really passionate about, that maybe nobody else is working on, and you start working on that thing and start drawing attention and getting backing for it. So you basically build your own project to improve something that you're passionate about at work. 

Alright, tip number three is to Step Up. So look for any opportunities you can to fill that role that you want. I know for me, personally, I looked for opportunities to step up and fill the supervisor role, whether the supervisor was leaving for the day, or going on vacation, or whatever the case may be. Same thing if you're looking to move into a management role. I can remember one time I was filling in for my superintendent and also for my plant manager at the time. One was out of the country and one was out of the state. So those are good opportunity to go and get in that role and make some calls, get the feel for what it's like, and you can also include that when you're looking for that role, say, "Hey, I've done this job before."

That brings me to this week's bonus, and that is to make your Resume Fit The Job. That means actually doing the things that that job requires. So look for every opportunity you can to get involved in things that are gonna be part of that role. So when they're reading your résumé, when they're interviewing you, they're thinking, 'wow, this person is already doing this job.' So for me, that was doing things like getting involved in budget meetings and doing different projects and things that would be required of me when I've moved up into that new role that I wanted, so I did everything I possibly could to already know that role before I moved into it.

Alright, if you take a look at the description below, I've included a link to my Facebook group, the Hero Mastermind. I would love to connect with you on there and help you with whatever it is you need to help you move into that leadership role you want.

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Kaizen Six Sigma - Company Improvement Suggestions (2 of 2)

This week, I'm gonna be sharing some tools that'll help you prioritize and track your continuous improvement projects to completion. Now if you missed out on last week's video on how to set up a very simple continuous improvement program, I'm gonna put a link above and in the description below. So make sure you go back and check that out. As you can see, it's Monday night football, so Go Hawks!

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All right, so the first thing I want you to do is to think about what are the two most important factors for your business? For some in the industries I've worked in, it's been safety and reliability or safety and productivity. For you, it could be something like sales and maybe customer service. So figure out what those two most important priorities are for your business. Now the next thing I want you to do is to take a sheet of paper or a wipe board or whatever it is and draw four quadrants. Put two axis on it with those two most important things with the arrows going up and arrows going across. Now you're gonna take all your stickies out of your think tank and you're gonna start putting them in those four quadrants. Now you want an even better way to do this? Get your employees to take all the stickies out of the think tank and put them in the four quadrants so that way, they're telling you what they think is the most important, what effects both safety and reliability or sales and customer service, whatever it is, how high it ranks on those charts. 

So that's a great way to get everybody once again involved and help them to decide what you're gonna work on for continuous improvement projects. Now a good way to do this is to do it in some sort of set monthly meeting. I used to use my monthly safety meeting because as I mentioned, safety was one of my highest priorities. So that way, it just kind of worked right in with the safety theme we were already doing. All right, so then now you have all those in four quadrants, I'm gonna give you a little bonus. If you go back and look at my Pareto Priciple video, I'll include a link above and below, I actually give you another way to do four quadrants with impact and ease. So you can take those things out of your quadrants we just set up, move them over to that impact and ease. It's gonna help you drill down even further and decide what's really important. What's gonna have the biggest impact? How easy is it? Could you knock it out right now today? Can you knock it out this week? Is it gonna take some more time? 

Are you gonna have to do a project or whatever it is? All right, so now you have all these things prioritized, basically what you want to do now is put them into some sort of spreadsheet. That way, you can start tracking them and you can see where they fall in the priorities. The other thing you can do is I've used a big white board in a central location. You can track them on there. What you want to do is figure out what is your normal work process for getting these things resolved. So it's typically something like you put in a work request. You order parts and maybe you do a project, like a capital project or submit it to engineering. Whatever it is, you're gonna have some steps that you go through for your business to move these things from an idea to completion. So list all those ideas on that white board. Put the different steps. Same thing with your spreadsheet and then assign a name that's responsible for getting it done, one of your supervisors or somebody else in your organization. Give a name next to that. Give a date that it's due.

Now it's in a central location. Everybody can go look at it every day of the week. They can see all of the different projects you're working on, where they're at and the steps to get them done, who's responsible for it, and what's the due date. All right, so this is a really great way to get everybody involved from the beginning when they're first dropping their ideas in their think tank, all the way to the end when the project's completed. They're involved in every step of the way. 

If you take a look in the description below, I've included a link to my Facebook group, the Hero Mastermind. I'd love to connect with you on there and help you with your think tank or your tracking program or whatever it is you need help with. So make sure you check that out.

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Kaizen Six Sigma - Company Improvement Suggestions (1 of 2)

Hey heroes. This week we're gonna be talking about the Japanese word "kaizen." Now this word simply means "change for the better." It wasn't about making changes at the company. Initially, it was about making changes for the people, so to try and make their jobs better. But what they found was as they made all these small changes, it made things better for their people. The company became more reliable and more profits, safer, and just all around better, so basically if you get the people closest to their problems involved, they're gonna understand them best and they're gonna bring you the best solutions. So this week, I'm gonna help you figure out how to get those people involved and get solutions. Make sure you stick around to the end because I'm gonna give a sweet bonus.

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All right, so my second day as a supervisor, I ran out to Walmart and I picked up a goldfish kit. I came back to my plant and I put this together and I wrote it on the side of the goldfish bowl, "Drop your ideas in the think tank." People thought I'd completely lost my mind, but within a matter of a short time, we had dozens of ideas in improving the safety and reliability of the plant. My simple little fish bowl was being presented in front of all the plant managers and all the vice-presidents at a big corporate meeting. So this week, I'm gonna help you figure out how to set up your own think tank. Make sure you stick around to the end.

All right, so first thing you need to do is get yourself some sort of clear container and why do I say a clear container? Well, because if you have a dark container that you can't access, I've seen places that use a black lock box, you're gonna find out all the negative stuff people will not want to tell you. They're just gonna drop all that mess in there and you're not gonna get any good ideas. Now as I always say, if you don't know about the problems, you can't fix them. But this isn't the place where you're gonna find out about the problems. This is where you're trying to find out ideas and solutions to problems. So get you some sort of clear container. As I mentioned, I used a glass fish tank the first time. After I did that, I wasn't that wild about it. So I actually used a plastic container next time and if you stick around until the end, my bonus is gonna give you a great suggestion on where to get a container that will work well for that. 

All right, so the next thing you need to do is put that container in a very high traffic, visible location. So you want it someplace where people are always at, where maybe meetings are going on, that type of thing. You want to get this thing visible because you want people to see the ideas that are in there. You want people to see it there when they have an idea and be able to easily write it down. I even recommended people from outside my plant that were visiting if they had a good idea, I had them write it down and drop it in my think tank as well. So it's a great place to just capture ideas when people are having good discussions and ideas come up. All right, so the next thing you need to do is you're probably gonna have to push to get this thing started. So as I mentioned before, put it someplace where you're meeting a lot, where you're talking a lot. People come up with good ideas, say, "Hey, why don't you write that down and drop it in the think tank?" 

Now you may actually have to do it yourself the first couple of time, but once people start seeing the ideas get in there, you'll walk in and you'll catch people digging through and seeing what's in there and maybe adding their own idea that goes with something or maybe writing a little something extra on a sticky that's already in there. So you just gotta kinda get it going. Once you get it going, you're gonna start that flow and you're gonna start to get lots of great ideas coming in. Then next week, I'm gonna show you how to prioritize those ideas and how to track those ideas to keep everybody involved and see them through. So make sure you tune in next week to see that.

All right, so now it's time for that sweet bonus and that is you can go to someplace like Sam's and Costco and you can get a huge container of candy. That, one, gives you your huge plastic container to use to capture all these great ideas and, two, you've got candy now. So what do you do with this candy? Well, first of all, you can put some on your desk in a container where people can come in. They can grab some candy. This is a chance for you to talk to them and find out what's going on in their lives, what's going on at work, and just kind of reinforce that open door policy. It invites people into your office. Two, if you get a hard candy, you can stuff your pockets full of candy and you can go take a walk and you can just use that as an ice breaker to walk up to people. "Hey, have a piece of candy. What are you working on?" How's your day going?" Whatever it may be. It's a great way to just kind of say, "Hey, good job. Thanks. I appreciate what you're working on and here's a piece of candy." So it's just a great way to get out and meet people.

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Leading and Communicating - Unpopular Decisions at Work

What's up, heroes? This week we're going to be talking about how to deal with unpopular decisions, whether it be a decision you make or a decision somebody else makes that you have to enforce so make sure you stick around and check that out. 

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All right, so in interviews the question often comes up, how do you deal with an unpopular decision? All right, so first of all the key to this is just communicate. Sometimes you're going to have to make a decision that people aren't going to like so the best thing you can do is just tell people who you made that decision. I've ran across this a lot. Sometimes people just don't understand all the ins and outs of decision making at a managerial level so they may not understand budget concerns or the need to look at how you're spending the money whether it be an operations budget, maintenance budget, capital spending where you might have to do a capital project.

There's a lot that goes into these decisions that the average person at your job probably doesn't understand. Give them the benefit of the doubt that they are actually interested and they want to figure this out and tell them exactly how you made the decision, all the factors you weighed and why you did what you did. When they understand that they're probably going to buy in or the worst case they'll at least feel like you're keeping them involved in part of the process so they're going to feel a little better about your decision.

The other thing is when you communicate how you make your decisions you're also developing your future leaders. Now, these people that are coming up behind you are going to understand how your thought process works, how you come to the decisions you make, and you're grooming them to take your spot in the future. As I mentioned, it's not always going to be your decisions. Sometimes there's going to be a decision made above you that you're going to have to communicate down to your organization that's not going to be popular. What do you do in those cases?

Well, first of all you have the right to express your opinion up the chain of command. Let your boss know what you think about the decision, let him know what your concerns are, give him your thoughts on it, and then you own those decisions. You don't pass the buck and say, "Hey, my boss told me we have to do this." No, you absolutely own that, "This is what we're doing, this is the direction we're going." You get everybody on board for that decision. Just like before, you communicate it, you let them know the why the decision was made and you move forward.

All right, so you take a look at the description below, I've included a link to my Hero Mastermind Group on Facebook, I'd love to connect with you on there. Plus, it's a great place for you to go connect with other people that are on the journey to become the hero of their story. If you like this video hit the like button below and share it with your friends and don't forget to subscribe. Thanks for watching and I'll see you in the next video.

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Employee Discipline Policy - Coaching Employees to Improve Performance

If you've ever interviewed for a supervisory position you probably heard the question, "Tell me about a time when you had to deal with an employee with performance issues.". Well, this week I'm gonna give you my methods for coaching and disciplining employees.

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All right so the first thing you need to do is figure out what your company's policies and procedures are. The way you coach and discipline is gonna vary whether you're dealing with the hourly or salary employee or if that hourly employee is union or non-union. You need to make sure you're familiar with all the applicable policies, figure out exactly what the expectation was for your employee, where the gaps lie so you know what to talk to them about, and how to get them to where you need them to be

All right so the next thing to consider is whether you're gonna do coaching or actually discipline. For me in most cases you can start with the coaching and that could be informal coaching just having a conversation with them and telling them, "Hey, I've noticed this and this is what I need to get out of you," or it could be a more formal coaching session where you document everything you talk about and you come up with a formal plan to kind of remediate whatever the problem is to get them to the point where you need them to be. 

Now for me personally I think the best way to do that is to tell them what the problem is, tell them what you need them to do, and then ask them to come up with a plan of how to get them there so that way you've got their buy-in right off the back because it's their ideas, it's their suggestions for the remediation plan. Then you gotta make sure you absolutely meet with them on a regular basis to track their progress and make sure they're getting what they need and they're progressing along the path to be the employee you need them to be.

Now as far as more formal forms of discipline to me it really comes down to one, either I've already tried maybe some informal and formal coaching and it's just not working or two, they have gone out of their way to do the wrong thing. They knew the rules, they knew the procedures, whatever the case may be they made a conscious decision to break the rules and to me, that's where formal discipline comes in, and even more so if they lied about it. To me integrity is absolutely a must, I have to be able to trust my employees so if they lie to me about what happened and I can't trust them well that's a huge issue and that's where I'm gonna start looking into a more formal form of discipline.

With all that said the best way to deal with employee performance problems is not to have them in the first place. You want to be proactive, you want to tell people what your expectations are, and then give them a good place to work so they're excited to come to work and they're gonna do their best for you every day.

All right, so check out the description below, there's a link to my Facebook group The Hero Mastermind. If you've enjoyed this video please come over there and connect with me, I'd like to talk more about how I can help you and you can also connect with other like-minded people that are on their journeys to become the hero of their story.

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30 60 90 Day Plan for New Managers

All right, this week, I'm going to be talking about my strategies I use in my first 90 days as a leader in a new role, whether it be promoting within the same company or be changing companies, you're gonna learn a lot today that you can use for that. Also, if you're not in a leadership role, the things I'm going to be teaching you, you can use it in your business, you can use it in your life so make sure you stick around and watch.

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All right, so your first 30 days. If you're new in the role, first 30 days is all about communication. First of all, you got to get out and talk to all your people but most importantly, in that first 30 days, you need to sit down with your direct reports, whether it be supervisors, engineers, whatever it is that you do. You need to talk to your direct reports and you're gonna use something here. This is one for you people that aren't leaders that you're gonna love. It's called either the FORD Technique or the FORM Technique, so F is for family, O is for occupation, R is for recreation, and D is is for dreams or M is for money, depending on which way you learned it. So anyway, so you want to ask them questions along those lines and get to know them. Take lots of notes, if they give you birthdays, that type of thing, wives names, all that kind of stuff. For me, I like to put it in my cell phone. It's in my calendar. 

I never miss anybody's birthday, even people that worked for me in the past because those relationships you build are important. They're gonna be a part of your life, part of your work family. So you want to keep in touch with them and keep track of those things. Now the next thing I like to do is kind of a mini version of a SWOT. I'll get to what a SWOT is later, but we're gonna concentrate right now on the S and the W, strengths and weaknesses. So you want to find out what they consider their strengths are and what they consider their weaknesses are. Here's the thing. You don't want to try and fix their weaknesses. What you're looking for is what they enjoy and what they feel they're strong at. Down the road, you're gonna be trying to find ways to use those strengths to your advantage, to put them in roles that they enjoy, that they excel at and will help your organization the most. All right, so once you get those things done, you're starting to get a feel for what's going on. You've been talking to everybody. 

Now, remember one thing is that perception is reality, so for all these people you're talking to, whatever their perception is, that's reality. But it's not necessarily your organization's reality. So keep that in mind. You want to take into consideration what they're telling you. Down the road, you might want to consider addressing it in some way, but it may not be totally a truth. It may just be kind of their truth, so you may shift some things around to kind of get rid of that perception. But it may just not be the true case. It may just kind of be what your organization considers as true. So that's kind of vague, but I don't want to go any into any details and some of the situations I've come across in the past because I don't want to hurt anybody's feelings or anything like that. So anyway, so keep that in mind, so you're 30 days in. What do you do? You need to make a small change. Some people like change. Some people don't. Most people don't, but it's important about 30 days in to make some sort of change. Let everybody know you're there. 

People are expecting you to make some changes, so if you don't make changes and they're not happy with the current organization, they're gonna be like, "Hey, what's going on? We're waiting for this new guy to do something, this new lady to do something." So go ahead and make some sort of change, especially if you can address something that you've heard multiple people complaining about in that first 30 days because that can be a quick win. It's gonna make you look good. It's gonna make everybody feel better about you being there and taking over their team, their organization. So now let's get onto the next 60 days, so obviously continue to communicate. I go out on a daily basis and I talk to people because if you don't know what's wrong, you can't fix it. But in that first 60 days, you need to start really digging in to all the things you're hearing. So if you're hearing people complain about this, that, and the other, if you're seeing some issues possibly, this is your time to start gathering facts, start asking the harder questions about those things. 

Take lots of notes, once again because you're gonna need them later and start to really dig in and find out what the current situation is, what's fiction, what's fact, what's the reality of this organization, and you're gonna start to kind of figure out where you want to head. Maybe at that 60 day part point, if there's anything else that comes up that you really feel like you need to address and change, go ahead and make another small change or two. You don't want to do anything just drastic yet because you don't necessarily have your team's buy-in yet. So you want to get them on board. All right, so now onward to the 90-day point. Okay, so now it's time to really sit down with your team and go into that SWOT that I talked about before. So you're looking at strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats. I give everybody a pad of stickies. If you can get one of those big sticky sheets or wipe board or whatever you have to do, split it up into four quadrants, S, W, O, T. 

Tell everybody to write down everything they can think of on the stickies and put it where it goes, whether it be a strength, a weakness, an opportunity, or threat. Then you want to try and figure out how you can turn those weaknesses into strengths, how you can turn those threats into opportunities and start to identify where your organization is going. You can also take those if you watch my Pareto Principle a couple weeks ago. Go back and look at that video. I talk about how to do impact versus ease. You can take some of those things and throw them on the Impact, Ease and start to figure out kind of maybe your top 10 things you wanna to knock out this year kind of deal. The remainder of the year or whatever point you're at.

All right, also another great thing to talk about with your team is what your mission's gonna be for your organization. If you need help with that, if you go to my website, romanryder.com, there's a free course there for finding your Why. I actually teach you how to kind of use that to find your organization's why and to make a vision or a mission statement.

All right, so now, you should have a pretty good idea of who's in your organization, what their strengths and weaknesses are, get an idea of what people's concerns are in your organization, where the opportunities are. You identified those strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. Maybe you've made some top 10 goals for the year and hopefully you've got a mission or vision statement. You've got your team's buy in. That's what's most important, right? Because you have to get people behind you because you can't do it by yourself. This is a team effort. It take everybody to win, so now you're ready to get rolling and you're through your first 90 days.

So if this sounds good to you, one thing you can do is look in the description below. I'm including a link to my new Facebook group called The Hero Mastermind. This is gonna be an awesome place for us to connect online and also for you to connect with other people that have the same kind of interests as you as far as, hopefully, some people are into the same kind of pop culture stuff as we are and also people that are looking to be the bard or the hero of their workplace. I just want to connect with y'all and find out what y'all need, how I can help you and help you grow and go along your journey to become a hero. So if you liked this video, hit the Like button below. Share it with your friends and don't forget to subscribe. Thanks for watching and I'll see you in the next video.

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Life Defining Moments - As You Wish Princess Bride

In everyone's life, there are defining moments. Those are the moments where you make a pivotal decision that forever changed your life. For me, one of the defining events of my life was kayaking the Grand Canyon. But the defining moment came on the second day when I was sitting on the side of the river in my kayak, scared to death, and I made a decision to paddle back out into the current. Because if I hadn't paddled back out at that point, I knew that I would not continue down the Grand Canyon. 

As you wish. 

This week I'm gonna give you three tips on how to take action in your defining moments. Make sure you stick around to the end, because this week is the 30th anniversary of Princess Bride, so I'm gonna have a bonus tip that is inspired by the movie The Princess Bride. 

Inconceivable!

You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means. 

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True, but that's hardly common knowledge, is it? Thank you. 

Tip number one is to imagine it. So, you want to actually see yourself completing each of the steps in the task you're trying to do. And you want to see yourself successfully accomplishing that thing. In your mind, you want to picture exactly what it's like to have that positive outcome that you're after. 

Woo hoo hoo, look who knows so much, huh. 

Tip number two is to feel it. It's not enough just to imagine a positive outcome, you have to actually feel what it's like to achieve that positive outcome. For me, what I'll do is I'll sit there and I'll imagine it in my mind with my eyes closed until I feel that big grin on my face then I know I'm in that moment and I have achieved my goal. 

Truly, you have a dizzying intellect. 

Wait till I get going. 

Tip number three is to define it. In the movie Tin Cup, Kevin Costner's character says, "When a defining moment comes along, you define the moment or the moment defines you." This is your moment, so you have to make the decision, take action, and define that moment and get the outcome you want. 

Bye-bye boys. 

Have fun storming the castle.

Think it'll work? 

It would take a miracle. 

This week's bonus is to have fun. Life is short but sweet, so you might as well cherish every moment. If you're facing impossible odds, you might as well have fun, face them with a big smile on your face, and go out there and define your life. 

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The Pareto Principle - How to Improve Productivity

Do you ever feel like you're just always busy, and you just don't have enough time to get everything done? Well this week I'm gonna give you three tips to help you be more productive, and make sure you stick around the end for a special bonus tip.

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Tip number one is to identify the task. So the way I like to do this is to get a pad of sticky notes, and I just write down everything I can think of. So I think about what I do daily, what I do weekly, and what I do monthly, and I just write it all down, take a good 5 or 10 minutes to just write everything you can possibly think of.

Tip number two is to prioritize the task. So the way I like to do this is to take a piece of paper, or a whiteboard, or whatever you have available, and split it up into four quadrants. And as you go up higher it's gonna be a higher impact, and as you go across it's gonna be a higher ease, and you're gonna take all those sticky notes and you're gonna put them in those four quadrants on that chart. And then you're gonna identify the things that are really highly impactful that you can do.

So, if you've ever heard of the Pareto principle, well, this kind of goes with that, or the 80/20 rule. So basically, what that says is that 20% of the things you're doing are gonna have 80% of your productivity. So as you start to put these things in your chart, you'll see those things up top, with the high impact, are gonna be more of the things that fall in that 20% that are getting you 80% of your results. So that's where you'll wanna focus your time and effort.

Tip number three is to apply the four Ds. All right, so the four Ds are: to do it, to delegate it, to defer it, or delete it. So those things that are in the first quadrant, the high impact, high ease, go ahead and just knock those things out. They're easy for you, they're gonna have a big impact; those are the things you wanna do, whether it'd be doing them daily, weekly, monthly, whatever it is, that's where you're gonna focus your time, that's where you're gonna get your 20% that are giving you 80% of the results.

All right, those things that are high impact, low ease, now you really have to think about those. Is it in your strength and passion to do those things? If not, you probably don't wanna waste your time, so go ahead and delegate those. And that means, whether we're finding somebody else to do it, or paying somebody else to do it, whatever you have to do, because your time is worth more than that, so don't waste your time there, get somebody else to do it.

Now, those other two quadrants, the ones that are low impact, that's where deferring and deleting come in. So just either put it off for later, or just totally get it out of your mind and get rid of it off your list. Don't do it anymore, it's a waste of your time.

This week's bonus is clarity, because when you really know what you want, it's easy to decide what you need to say yes to, and what you need to say no to.

And I have a simple question I use for that, and I just ask, "Is this moving me closer to my goal?" If that answer is no, then that's not something I need to be doing.

If you take a look in the description below, I've included a link to my Facebook group, called The Hero Mastermind. That's a great place for you to go connect with other like-minded people, that love geeky stuff and are also on their journey to become a hero.

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Hack Freedom - The Matrix Red or Blue Pill

Put on your sunglasses, because this week we're plugging into the Matrix. I will be giving you five tips on how to hack your freedom and be the one. So buckle your seatbelt, Dorothy, because Kansas is going bye-bye.

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Tip number one is take the pill. One of the most famous scenes in the Matrix is where Morpheus offers Neo the choice of the blue pill or the red pill. 

You take the red pill you stay in wonderland, and I show you how deep the rabbit goes.

And of course he chooses the red pill, and he goes further down the rabbit hole. Well, the red pill is really about freedom, and that's kind of the underlying theme of this whole movie. Is that you have freedom of choice, and your fate is not set. When you have opportunities presented to you make sure you choose freedom. Choose that opportunity, and go after it, because like Agent Smith says, there are billions of people in this world living completely oblivious, and they're oblivious to all the opportunities that surround them, and their opportunities to seize their freedom.

Tip number two is to load the software. Just like Neo needed to learn things in the Matrix, there are things you need to learn as well. Just like Neo, you can load the software. So you need to figure out where you're at, and where you want to be, and what you need to learn to get there. So whether it be to advance your career, or get the next promotion, or to start a business, or to take your business to the next level. Whatever it is the knowledge is out there, you just have to load the programs and learn it. 

Tip number three is fight the agents. Morpheus tells Neo that everyone is part of the system, and they want to protect the system, and anyone can be an agent. Well, an agent is those people that are telling you that you can't do it. They're the ones telling you that you can't get that promotion you want, you can't start the business, you can't get out of your job. Whatever it is, you have to keep fighting those agents and not let them tell you that you can't do it.

Tip number four is to shape the world. The Matrix is a world that is pulled over your eyes to hide the truth. The truth is that you can make it anything you want it to be. So just like in the Matrix the rules can be bent or broken. Now one of my favorite quotes is from Steve Jobs, and it was a game changer for me. He said, "That once you realize that everything around you is made up by people that are no smarter than yourself, then you can change it." So go out and shape your world.

Tip number five is believe you're the one. You can't just think you're the one, you have to know you're the one. I can show you the door, but you have to walk through it. You have to be willing to hack your freedom. The Matrix doesn't define Neo, and this world doesn't define you. Whatever happened in your past doesn't define who you are today. Don't let it hold you back. Go out and get the things you want, hack your freedom, and be the one. 

I'm going to include a link in the description below to my Facebook group called the Hero Mastermind. It's a great place for you to go and connect with other people that are on their journey to be the one. 

A world where anything is possible. 

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Influence and Persuasion - Jedi Mind Tricks Star Wars

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, a young Jedi Knight tried to use a mind trick on a Hutt.

If you're wondering what to do when your Jedi mind trick fails, then this is the video for you. This week, I'll be giving you three tips for influence and persuasion, and make sure you stick around to the end for a bonus. On this channel, I help you unlock your powers and be the hero of your story. If you're new to my channel, make sure you click below and subscribe. I put out new videos every Friday, and you don't want to miss out.

Tip number one is confidence. If you don't believe, then why should anybody else? You have to absolutely believe in yourself and believe in your cause. If you look in the description below, I'm going to include a link to my video on how to find your WHY, because when you know your WHY, you can be absolutely confident. The next time you're trying to get your X-wing fighter out of a swamp in the Dagobah system, remember, be confident.

Tip number two is to understand. You have to absolutely understand the person or group that you're trying to influence. You have to get inside their head and figure out what it is they want and then tell them why they should care and how it's going to make their life better. Once you can do that, it'll be easier to win them over to your cause.

Tip number three is storytelling. The only thing more powerful than telling people how it's going to change their lives is, actually show people how it's going to change their lives. Look for an example of an early win where your cause has helped someone, and then share that story like crazy. I mean, jump on that thing and ride it like a stolen speeder bike through the Endor forest.

All right, so now it's time for this week's bonus, and that is knowledge. You need to be the absolute expert on whatever your cause is, so that way you can not only answer the questions that people are asking you, but you can also answer the questions they're thinking about, so you can eliminate their objections and bring them over to your cause.

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Top 10 Live Instagram August 2017

Alright, so last month I went live every single day on Instagram. This week I'm gonna be bringing you my top 10 tips. Plus, stick around til the end for a special announcement. 

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Alright, so tip number one is Long Term Thinking. Don't give in to instant gratification and choose pleasure now, over the pleasure you'll achieve when you reach your long term goals.

Tip number two is to Make Every Minute Count. You want to live deliberately, and you want to choose to be completely in the moment and either focus on work, or focus on pleasure, or whatever it is you're doing at the time, but make every minute count.

Tip number three is 10x Goal Setting. This is something I learned from listening to Peter Diamandis. For instance, my Twitter goal for 90 days was 500 followers. I multiplied that times 10, so I had to really get creative and within two weeks I had over 500 followers. This is a great way to really step up your goals and make you think outside the box.

Tip number four is to Do Your Thing. Life is too short to worry about what other people think. You have to figure out how to be you and do your thing and make the most of your life.

Alright, so tip number five is to Attack Your Problems. One day I was listening to Dean Graziosi talk about leaning into your problems, and it reminded me of when I was kayaking the Grand Canyon. I learned to lean into the waves and attack the waves with my paddle. It kept me from getting flipped by the waves. It's kind of the same thing when you have problems in life. You don't want to lean away from your problems. You don't want to escape into a book, or movies, or games, or whatever it is you like to do for fun. You have to stay in reality, and you have to attack those problems and take care of them.

Tip number six is Return On Time. If you've ever heard of the Pareto principle, it says that 20% of the things you're doing are accounting for 80% of your results. You need to figure out what that 20 % is and focus your time there so you get the most return on your time investment.

Tip number seven is the Power Of Decisions. The decisions you make and actions you take, shape your life. You need to learn to make good decisions to get the results you want.

Tip number eight is Dealing With Trolls. Whether you're online or offline, you're gonna come across people who are just gonna try and get a reaction out of you. You have to just ignore them, ban them, mute them, do whatever you got to do to get them out of your life. Don't feed the trolls. This is my Easter egg for this week. For my fantasy followers, comment below and tell me how you keep trolls from regenerating?

Tip number nine is the Power Of Focus. Focus on what you can control, and let the rest go. You can consider all the outcomes, but the thing is, you don't want to be emotional about things that haven't happened yet. Just focus on what you can control.

Tip number ten is to Be A Hero. Both at work and at home those people are depending on you to protect them and take care of them, so be the hero that they need.

Alright, so that was my top ten tips from going live on Instagram last month. This month I'm gonna be going live on Facebook every single day. Check out the link in the description below, and you can follow me there and see what's going on in my life and hopefully get some more awesome tips like the ones you learned today.

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Leadership Mindset - Building Trust in the Workplace

When you win it's "we" or "they," when you fail it's "I." This is a huge shift in mindset and many leaders struggle with it. So this week I'm going to give you three tips on how to make this shift in your mindset, and make sure you stick around in the end 'cause I'm going to give you a special bonus.

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Tip Number One: is to take care of people. When people leave their house, to stay and go to work, their family is entrusting you as their leader to take care of them, and make sure they come home safe. So treat the people that work for you just like family and take care of them every day.

Tip Number Two: is to recognize people. When you become a leader it's no longer about making yourself look good, it's about making your team look good. If you look in the description below I'm going to include a link to my video on employee recognition and it includes some of my favorite ways to recognize people. So make sure you check that out.

Time Number Three: is to take responsibility. So no matter what happens, it's ultimately your responsibility as the leader of your team. So make sure you have your team's back and take responsibility, and when you do that they're going to recognize that and they're going to have your back as well.

All right, now it's time for today's bonus and that is trust. Because when you do these other three things, you will build trust, and trust is the most important factor for a team. When your team trusts you they will go above and beyond to make a difference, and to make your team successful. They are going to be more engaged, they're going to bring you their ideas, they're going to bring you concerns, and everything is just going to work better. So make sure you do these three things and build trust with your team.

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Managerial Decision Making Process - How to Make Good Decisions

I've had people tell me that I think and act faster than anyone they've ever met, and the reason is because I learned to make decisions at an early age. By the age of 25, I was supervising the engine room of a nuclear powered submarine and I had to be able to quickly figure out what was going on and make good decisions because people's lives depended on it. 

And this week I'm gonna give you four tips on how to make decisions and a special bonus, so make sure you stick around to the end.

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Tip number one is to get the facts. I always say that great leaders ask great questions. When you become a leader, you don't always want to be the smartest person in the room, but you do want to ask the best questions in the room so you can find out exactly what's going on and get all the facts.

Tip number two is to consider the consequences. You want to think about all the different possible outcomes from your decision and decide if it's a low consequence or a high consequence decision, and that way, you know the best way to move forward. 

Tip number three is to consider the timing. You need to decide if this is a decision that has to be made right now or if it can wait 'til later, because if it's a high-consequence decision, you may want to put it off until later or sleep on it or gather some more information.

Tip number four is to consider the players. Sometimes it's not your decision to make. I remember one time when an engineer and I got together and we decided to repair a pump, and it turned out the repair cost was way above my approval amount, so sometimes, it's not your decision to make, so make sure that you don't jump the gun, and consider everyone involved.

Alright, and this week's bonus is to find out if they already know. Sometimes, if you've done a good job with surrounding yourself with good people, they already know what to do. They just don't want to make that decision and take responsibility. So ask them: what do you think we should do? And find out if they already know.

I'm a visual person and I cannot resist the irony of making a decision tree for making decisions. So if you look in the description below, I'm going to include the link to that file, and when you download that file, you'll be the first to know about our free course I'm going to put together on how to make decisions, because I literally had pages of notes when I put together this video and I've got a lot more I'd like to share, so make sure you check that out.

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Millennial Workplace - What Millennials Want in the Workplace

Do you struggle to figure out how to inspire and engage your millennials? Well this week, I'm gonna be telling you what millennials want in the workplace. Make sure you stick around the end for a special bonus.

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The first things millennials want is a voice, so from day one, you need to be getting their ideas. They bring a really different perspective to the workplace. They look at things of how they can apply technology or how they can bring a social aspect to it. So they're gonna bring some really unique ideas and solutions that you need to capture.

The second thing millennials want is to learn and you need to let them learn and grow as fast as they possibly can. You don't want to use the status quo of how long it takes to learn a certain process. Get them involved. Let them go at their own pace. Let them learn and grow as much and as fast as they possibly can and keep them challenged and engaged with your team.

The next thing millennials want is to advance and they're gonna want to move up as fast as they possibly can. So don't look them from how long have they been with the company. Look at them from what skills and expertise they bring to the position.

I really identify with this because I remember as a kid taking karate and I moved up through white and yellow and green and purple belts and four months. Then they told me, "You can't move up again for six months. That's just the way it works." I hated it and that's how millennials feel. Just 'cause you think it always takes that long to move up, for them, if they have the skills and expertise, well, they're ready to go. If you don't move them up in your company or at least find the opportunity for them to learn and grow, they're gonna move out. 

All right and that brings us to my special bonus for this week and that is referral 'cause that's what they're gonna be looking for is they don't get what they need in the workplace. With no pensions, you're typically looking at three to five years for people who are moving, if not sooner than that nowadays. So you really have to figure out how to keep these millennials inspired and engaged. Give them the opportunities they need. Let them learn and grow. Let them advance at the pace that they're ready to do so and get them involved as being the next leaders in your company.

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Interview Tips and Tricks - How to CRUSH a Job Interview

Are you in the market for a new job? Well, this week I'm going to teach you how to absolutely own your job interview. Make sure you stick around till the end because I'm going to give you a bonus that will help you get the right job for you.

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Tip number one is to be prepared. I like to take some notes on my resume prior to the interview, and on that I'll put things like projects I've done, teams I've led, maybe some things from different jobs, different times in my life that aren't included in my resume, and also I like to include some stuff from outside of work like maybe charity work I've done or just different organizations I've been involved with. You never really know what's going to come up, and this way you have some sources to go to, to give you ideas.

Tip number two is to drive the interview. In this case, I want you to drive it like it's stolen. When they ask you a question, go ahead and write that question down, and while you're doing that, look at the notes you took in tip number one and then you're going to answer that question and you're going to steer towards one of those things that you wrote down that you really want to talk about. And you're going to talk until you can't talk anymore, or they tell you to shut up. In this way, you're going to get to cover all of the things that you want to make sure come out in the interview.

Tip number three is to turn the table. Not only are they interviewing you, you're also interviewing them. You want to make sure it's a good fit and you want to ask them the hard questions during the interview. So ask them what are the biggest threats for their organization, what are their challenges, what are the o pportunities for the role that you're interviewing for. The earlier you can bring that up, the better because you can use that in your answers to show them how you can solve their problems.

All right, so now it's time for today's bonus tip and that is to be yourself. You want to go in there and answer the questions honestly and show them exactly who you are and what you're about. So if they give you a job offer, you know that they know what you bring to the job and that you're a good fit for their organization. 

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Branding and Marketing Strategies - How to Brand a Business

Over the years, I've started a number of businesses including online, brick and mortar, and everything from a sole proprietorship to corporations. So this week I'm gonna be talking to you about how to brand and market a new business. Also, make sure you stick around to the end for a bonus tip that you don't want to miss.

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All right, so the first step is to pick a name and that's not as easy as it sounds, so you've got a bunch of different things to consider. You want to have a short and simple name. You want to have a name that describes what you do, so when you tell people your business name, they shouldn't have to guess what it is that you do. You also want to make sure it's available everywhere that you want to use it. That used to be pretty difficult. You have to go and you have to figure out is the domain name available? So your website. Is the different social medias you want to be on available? Also, you need to go to your Secretary of State's website if you're gonna start a business and look and see if that name's available in your state. So quite a few things to do. Along the lines of the name, you want to make sure it's short. You want to minimize the number of syllables for a dot com.

Speaking of which, you want a dot com. You don't want a dot net, a dot org, a dot info, whatever it is because if you think about it, dot com is built into your keyboard on your phone. It's built into your web browsers. You can hit control enter, I believe, and it automatically puts the dot com on what you're typing in the search bar. So if you don't have the dot com, you're missing out on traffic. So make sure you keep it short and simple. Make sure it's descriptive about what you do and make sure you get the dot com.

All right and that sounds like a lot of work, so I'm actually gonna put a link in the description below. I'm gonna have a free download. I'm gonna have the links to a website that will let you search for not only your domain name but all the major social media sites all at once. So that'll really speed up your time of finding the name you want and I'll also include the link to all 50 states for the secretary of state's site. You can go to their site and what you're looking for is usually something along the lines of a business search, a business entity search. So you can go in there and search your name of your business for both all your online use and for use in your state.

All right, so the next step's to actually reserve your name, so you've got your name picked out now. You have to get it reserved in all the places that you want it, so the first place I like to go is to reserve my domain name. For that, I used Squarespace most recently. I used to own a web design business. I know how to do web design, but for me, the simple drag and drop methods of building web pages these days is just too easy and simple. I like Squarespace. They actually give you a free one-year registration for a domain name when you set up your web hosting, so I went through them and that was a great choice for me. See what else is out there, but that's what I like.

Okay. The next step is your social media sites, so you want to have your @ whatever your business name is on all the major ones. So the big three are Facebook and Twitter and Instagram. Make sure you definitely get your name there. The other ones to consider, depending on your target audience is Snapchat. The younger people definitely gravitate towards Snapchat. And LinkedIn if you're doing a more business to business type company, so also it doesn't hurt to have your name reserved in other places. I don't use Snapchat, but I have it reserved 'cause you never know. When Facebook first started out, it was all college students and now my uncles and aunts and people's grandparents, people of all ages are on Facebook. So you never know how the social media world's gonna change. So go ahead and reserve it and any other major players and go ahead and have that ready to go.

The next step is to look at your state and/or city, so as I mentioned, you might want to go to your Secretary of State and that applies if you're starting something like an LLC, Limited Liability Company, or a corporation. You'll want to go through your state. For those, if you've never done it before, I'd recommend talking to either a CPA and/or attorney. If you're just doing a sole proprietorship, all you have to do is go down to your city hall and they can walk you through how to do that. It's pretty easy.

You can also convert that sole proprietorship over to an LLC or corporation later. I've actually done that with a business that I had that took off for me. Something I personally like that's now available in every state is a single member LLC. The reason I like that, it's very much like a sole proprietorship. So all your profits and losses are just basically added to your taxes just like a sole proprietorship. But you have an LLC. Looks better and sounds better and gives you a little extra protection more than just a sole proprietorship. So, that's something I personally like.

All right, so the next step is to get your logo. Personally, I've used BrandCrowd for my last couple logos. I really like it because you can go in and you can search and find different types of logo. My business is actually Fearless Strategy, LLC and I think I searched for "fearless" and a lion came up. I kind of like the idea of having a lion, so if you go to my website, you'll see my little lion logo that I bought on BrandCrowd. The different artists put their logos there and you can actually make them an offer. So you don't have to pay what they're asking unless you really, really want it. After they accept the offer, they'll go in and make any customization you want. In the download that I mentioned before that's gonna be in the description, I'm actually gonna include my logo guy, the guy I use. I love him. He is awesome and he's made all kinds of changes for me, never charged me extra, gave me every format I wanted. So I'm gonna include that in the download. He doesn't know this. I'm not getting any kickbacks or anything like that. I just think he's really good and I trust him, so I think he'll help you out if you're looking for a logo.

Also in that, I'm gonna include some stuff about colors and contrast. It's something I'm really interested in. I didn't realize how much I like marketing and advertising until I started messing around with it. I'm gonna include kinda the meanings of different colors, what they transmit as far as the meaning, emotion of your company. Then I'm also gonna include some contrast, like different colors that work well together. This is gonna actually help you out if you go on YouTube with your thumbnails or if you're gonna have a brick and mortar or even just your website. It'll help you have good colors that work together well and actually stand out and make your logo, your text easy to see and read. So make sure you check that out.

All right, so now it's time for today's bonus and that is an Employer Identification Number. If you're doing a sole proprietorship, you can just use your social security number. But if you're gonna do a Limited Liability Company or corporation, you're probably gonna want an Employer Identification Number. It's actually free. You can go onto the IRS's website and I think it's Monday through Friday from 7:00 AM 'til 10:00 PM is the only times you can do it. But it's free. You go in there and you request your Employer Identification Number. They give it to you. It's basically kinda like a social security number for a business and it allows you to do things like open your bank account. So it's something good to have and, like I mentioned, if you're gonna start a business like that, you may want to consider getting a CPA or an attorney. But no matter what you do, don't forget to look into that Employer Identification Number.

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Manage Your Time - Tips for Time Management

So you always hear people say that time is more valuable than money, yet as a society, we budget our money, we save our money, we invest our money, we put our money into savings accounts. We get financial advisors, so there's a whole series of businesses, industries, careers all built around money, yet not time, but time's more valuable than money, right?

Thinking about this, I thought about, well, what if we could budget time? So that's what I'm going to be talking about this week is how to budget your time. Make sure you stick around to the end for a special bonus.

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Tip number one is to track your time. We all have the same 24 hours in the day, and you have to figure out where your 24 hours is going, so the first tip is track your time. Just start writing down everything you do for about a week, that way you kind of get your work week built in, get your weekend built in. If you got some special stuff going on, you may want to go a little longer than a week, and then kind of start to figure out where your time is going.

Tip number two is to categorize your time. Now that you have a week of time to work with, we need to figure out where to put that time into different buckets. What I'm going to recommend is something based on the 50-20-30 method of budgeting your money, and it actually is 50% is fixed, and 20% is investment, and 30% is your personal money. Well, we're going to do it a little different, because if you do the math, your fixed, you have a job possibly, so eight hours a day. You have sleeping, hopefully seven to eight hours a day, so right there, you're already at about 60% of your time is invested just in fixed cost, your work, and your sleep.

We're going to try something a little different. We're going to do 60% for fixed, 15% for investing, or your future, your goals, that type of thing, and 25% for your personal time. So let's break down that 60-15-25. What does that look like in hours? Well, the 60% is your fixed, and that's about 100 hours a week, so that's pretty good. That's going to work, and sleeping, about 100 hours a week, so that leaves 68 hours that week.

The 25% that's your personal time is actually going to work out to about 40 hours a week, so that's pretty good. You can put quite a few things into 40 hours a week, things you need to take care of for yourself, whether it be watching Game of Thrones or reading a book, or whatever it is. You got 40 hours a week to do that.

The 15% you're investing, that's about 25 hours a week. I'm having to look down at my notes, so you got about 25 hours a week to invest in your future, in your goals, so that's actually quite a bit. One thing is, you can play with it. So what is investing for you? It could be reading, it could be going to the gym, it could be actually doing things that are making money, things that are actually putting time into your business making money, whatever that business is.

You get to play with these buckets. You get to decide what goes where. For one person reading, may be investing in themselves. For another, that may be personal. Depends on what you're reading, right? Depends on what your goals are. For me, say if I go on Twitter, and I'm doing things, I'm being social on Twitter. Well, I could consider that an investment in my business, 'cause I'm building my following hopefully on Twitter, or I could consider that personal, 'cause I just enjoy getting on there and socializing with people. That's the awesome thing about this. You get to decide what goes into those buckets.

Tip number three is to eliminate the time wasters. Now it's time to really take a hard look at all those things you put in those buckets and figure out. What's not moving you closer to your goals? It may be something in your personal bucket that's really not adding value to your life, maybe your time might be spent better hanging out with your family or going to visit friends, or whatever it is. You got to really figure out what it is that maybe isn't working for you. Maybe it's how you're investing your time.

Are the things you're doing really giving you a return on investment, or is this kind of a time waster? If I'm getting on Instagram and I'm posting all day, cool, but if I'm not getting followers and people aren't following through and going and checking out my videos, it's a time waster, right? I've got to figure out what's working for me and what's actually adding value and moving me closer to my goals.

Also, I want to work within my strengths. What are your strengths? What is your goal, your long-term goal? Think about that. You want to do things that are helping you move you forward. You want to do things that you enjoy and that you're good at, and if it doesn't fall into that category, then you need to figure out how you can get rid of it, whether that be a virtual assistant to do that, hiring somebody to go mowing your lawn 'cause that's not getting you any closer to what you want to do, or maybe you enjoy mowing your lawn, so that falls into your personal bucket because that's something you want to do.

You really need to take a hard look at this and just kind of eliminate those things that are kind of dabbling. They aren't really adding value, okay? Obviously, don't go too crazy. You still want to have some fun, but look for the time wasters. They're there, and like I said at the beginning, we all have the same 24 hours of the day, so you need to figure out the best way to use your 24 hours to get the best value out of your life.

Tip number four is to implement time savers. Now hopefully you've gotten rid of some of those things that are wasting your time. Now you need to figure out how to do the things that are left as efficiently as possible. I'm going to give you something called the four D's, and I actually learned this for email, and the four D's are to delete it, to delegate it, to do it, or defer it. We already kind of went through and deleted some things, right? We talked a little bit about to delegating it. If it's not something that you're really good at, if it's not something that's adding value, you can delegate it to somebody else to do.

To do it, if it takes you five minutes or less, go ahead and knock it out. Don't leave that hanging over your head, and to defer it, so if it's going to take you awhile and you need to plan something, you need to get some more information, whatever, then just defer it for later. You can use that for obviously anything in your life, not just your email, but speaking of your email, that's another place you can eliminate some wasted time.

Something I've done recently, after reading, I'm still actually reading it, The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss, and I'll link to that book on Amazon below. I started using his method of doing my email just twice a day, so at 10:00 and 4:00 I check my email, and then other than that, I've turned off all the alerts. I don't get alerts on my phone. I don't get alerts on my computer. I can do my work without getting interference, and just twice a day I go in and batch my email. I do it all at once.

Same thing with the videos. Today I'm shooting videos. I've got to set up lights, I've got to set up my camera, got to put the mic on, put on a decent shirt, so I'm doing a batch of videos. I'm shooting several videos at once to get the most out of my time, to be efficient.

So now it's time for today's bonus, and that is to have some fun, all right? When I first started my business, I was just going, going, going, and I finally just kind of burned myself out. You don't want to do that to yourself. You want to still give yourself some time to sleep, some time to have fun, some time to hang out with your family, whatever it is you need to do to recover and bring your best self to what you're doing every day. Make sure you do that and don't burn yourself out.

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Employee Rewards and Recognition - How to Recognize Employees

So a guy is out fishing and he sees a snake, and the snakes got a frog in his mouth. He decides to rescue the frog, but now the snake looks really sad, and the guy doesn't have anything to give him. He just has some bourbon. He puts a few drops of bourbon in the snake's mouth, and the snake swims off happy. Well, a few minutes pass and the snake comes back, and he's got two frogs in his mouth. The lesson is what gets rewarded gets done.

That story is from a book called The Greatest Management Principle in the World, by Michael LeBoeuf. It was a book that was really important to me. I think I read it back in like 1994 when it first came out, and I was a supervisor on a nuclear-powered submarine, and I learned a lot from that and was able to apply in my job. 

Obviously this week we're going to be talking about employee rewards and recognition. Make sure you stick around at the end for a special bonus.

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Alright, so tip number one is recognition needs to be timely. You don't want people wondering what they're being recognized for because it's been so long that they've forgotten and don't know what you're talking about. The longest I would ever recommend going is a week. I used to use that for one company I worked at that had a computer system for recognition. I'd keep a list on my desk of everything that happened that week, who did it, what they did, and at the end of the week I'd go in all at once and give everybody recognition. 

Now that doesn't mean that during the week I wasn't doing other things to recognize people as well. At the end of this video that's going to be the bonus I kind of alluded to. I'm going to give you some specific examples of my favorite ways to recognize people.

Tip number two is recognition needs to be specific. You don't want to just tell people hey great job. Well, great job of what? Try and make the recognition ... Give some specific examples. Also if you can tie it back to your values of your company, or your business to your vision, as I've talked about in the past. It's great to have a vision to kind of give people guidance, and then recognize the behaviors that are consistent with the vision. Make sure you give people specific examples so they know why they're being recognized in the first place.

Tip number three is recognition is meaningful. You want it to have meaning to the person, and each person is different, so you need to figure out what is meaningful to that person. For one person they may want to be recognized in front of a group. For another person that's introverted, that may be their worst nightmare, so that's not the most meaningful way to recognize them. They may want you to send a card to their home, so their family sees that they're doing a good job at work. Everybody's different, everybody gives different meanings to different recognitions, so you just kind of have to experiment, and know your people, and figure out what works best for each person.

Alright so now it's time for today's bonus, and that is I'm going to share some of my favorite ways to recognize employees. I'm going to use a cheat sheet for this because I have quite a few of them. Breakfast is always welcome. People love food, doughnuts, or if you're Louisiana like me kolaches are a favorite. Ice cream in the hot months of summer, people love ice cream. Can't go wrong with it. 

You can take people out to lunch. Something that some of my past groups are still talking is I came in on Christmas Eve day, took time away from my family, and brought sandwich trays. It was at a place that was 24 hours a day, so I brought four sandwich trays. One for Christmas Eve day, one for Christmas Eve night, one for Christmas Day, one for Christmas night, and people are still talking about that.

Alright. You can send cards as I mentioned. You can send them for birthdays, you can send them for holidays, you can send them for something good they did at work. You can also keep cards at work. I always kept a pack of cards at my desk, and I would just do some handwritten notes sometimes. It might be to an individual, it might be to a group. People posted those on bulletin boards and kept them for months and months. 

I've done things like fill my pockets up with candy, and just gone out in the field and walked around. When I saw people doing good things I went and handed them candy, or sometimes it was just a conversation starter to kind of find out what they were up to, and get to know them. You can invite somebody higher up your organization to come recognize somebody in a group setting, like in a meeting, or something, training, things like that. Bringing somebody that's really, them recognizing a person is going to blow them away, and be really meaningful to them. 

Let's see. Of course, like I mentioned, electronic. Electronic is not always the best way, but some companies do use that. Something I did is I always added nice pictures if you have that ability in your software. I've added some really cool like motivational type pictures. Do a really good write-up, as I mentioned be specific, and just really good detailed write-up, and then print it out. Not only was it on the electronic system, I printed it out and posted it in our workplace, so everybody saw who was getting recognized, and for what. That was a little more meaningful way to do that.

I think that's about it for today. If you have any questions about recognition hit me up. I've actually put together recognition programs for some companies in the past, and it's something I'm really passionate about, so I hope this video has helped you. If you liked this video please like it below, share it with your friends and make sure you subscribe. Thanks for watching, and I'll see you in the next video. 

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