DnD Stories - Overcoming Adversity Stories

Hey, what's up heroes? So, when you put out a new video every week, you never know where your next topic's coming from. This week's topic is actually from a Dungeons & Dragons session. So, I'm gonna give you three tips on how to overcome impossible odds inspired by a session where my group had to infiltrate a goblin kingdom, assassinate the king, and rescue a prisoner. So, if you'll stick around to the end, I'll tell you a little bit more about that story and give you a special bonus tip that's gonna put it all together for you. 

All right, so how do you overcome impossible odds? The first thing is you have to be prepared. You can't wait for the moment to arrive, you have to do everything in your power, everything you have control over, to get ready for that moment. The next thing is to be patient 'cause no matter how bad you want that moment to come, sometimes it is out of your control. So all you can do is be prepared, be patient, and wait for the moment to arrive. Keep your eyes out for that opportunity. And then the third thing to do is to attack. When that opportunity comes, you gotta jump on it. You can't be indecisive, you can't wait. You've gotta be ready to take action.

All right. So, back to that goblin story. My group had got some potions that would turn us in to goblins for three hours, so we were on the clock and it was looking like we were gonna fail. We had 30 minutes left. Even our Dungeon Master, he saw no way we're gonna get through this. And then that moment arrived. I'd been hidden for the better part of an hour, my character had been, and a door opened to the throne room. I rushed in, I was able to assassinate the king, I cast a spell to disguise myself as the king, and then walked out and ordered that we take the prisoners out of the kingdom, out into the woods to murder them, basically, 'cause they were causing problems. 

Of course, the prisoners were the ones who were trying to escape. The people taking them out were actually all the goblins in my group. And so, out of nowhere, we're totally desperate and then that moment came, we took the opportunity, and we were able to succeed, even though when we started, we saw no possible way it could work out. So, sometimes you just have to wait and you have to watch and you have to find that time when you can act and make everything you're trying to do work. All right, so that's my tip for the week and my little D&D story. 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 will see you in the next video. 

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Starting a Movement - Leadership Videos Youtube

Hey, what's up, heroes? If you ever had something you want to change but you couldn't figure out how to convince people to do it, this week, I'm going to be talking about how to start a movement, so make sure you stick around and check that out. Hi, my name is Roman Ryder. 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 week and you don't want to miss out. 

Have you ever heard the saying winning the hearts and minds? What if you had to choose out of the two? You had two win either the hearts or the minds. How would you choose? Which would you choose? All right, the hearts is where you want to start a movement. The minds, some people, they want to see the data, they want to analyze the numbers. They’re going to take a while to make a decision and decide if this is something they want to be a part of but the people that are driven by their hearts, people like me who follow their intuition and make gut decisions and just somehow know that’s the right thing to do, those are the people you’re trying to find to start a movement. 

If you've ever watched my channel, you've probably heard me say do and say what you believe. Well, if there’s something you want to change and you do and say what you believe and you’re doing it passionately, you’re going to find people are going to be like, “Yeah, that’s right. We should change that. How can I help you?” Those are the people you want to find. Those are the early adopters, the people that are driven by their hearts, the people that can become a part of your movement and take it from something that you want to change into something that we want to change, and turn it into something great.

That’s my little two cents for this week about how to start a movement and win over the hearts of the people that will help you make your dream into a reality. If you like this video, please hit the like button below, share 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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Gemba Walks - Six Sigma Youtube

What's up, heroes? This week, we're going to be talking about Gemba Walks, so make sure you stick around and check that out. 

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All right. So what is Gemba? Gemba simply means "the real place." It's the place where the work is happening. So it's important that you get out and you talk to people because the people that are out there close to the problems understand them best, and they probably have some good solutions for you. 

But I don't do Gemba Walks like most people do. I don't use a card or a form. I'm not specifically asking people about equipment issues. I just get out and I talk to people. So, one, I'm finding out what's going on in their lives, what's going on in their work, and just keeping up with them and showing them I care. But, two, they often grab me and pull me aside. "Hey, can you come take a look at this issue?" Because they know I will listen to them and I will do something about it. And that's important that you actually do something, and go back and tell them what you did about it, even if it's just investigating it for them and telling them what you find out.

So, like I said, the people closest to problems understand them best. They're going to give you ideas. If you don't know about it, you can't fix it, so you've got to get out there and find out what's happening. It's just an awesome way to really connect with your team and to show them you care.

I've had people over the years question, "Well, you're really good at the people thing, but you don't seem to care about the equipment." Well, talking about equipment doesn't excite anybody. You're not going to inspire anybody by talking about how efficient your turbine is. It's okay to be into your equipment and to understand it and to try and get the best performance out of it, but it's not what you talk to people about when you go out in the field. So, there's a difference there.

What I say is you can question my methods, but you can't question my results, because over the years I've had world class results, and the numbers speak for themselves. So, my advice to you is just go out there, do you, connect with people. That makes all the difference in your business and your company, and the results will come.

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Culture and Organizational Change

Hey, what's up, heroes? It's 2018, and I am back. And this week, I'm gonna be talking about how to change your culture. And, stick around 'til the end, I'll give you a little update on what I been up to in the last couple weeks.

Hi my name's 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 on subscribe. I put out new videos every week, and you don't want to miss out. All right, so how do you change your culture? The first thing is to do and say what you believe. So, you got to get out there, and you got to tell people what you're all about. You want to make this message super simple, so they can easily repeat it. And that way, you start to get consistent results, so even if you're not around to make a decision, they're gonna do and say what you believe because you've consistently and persistently got out there and told them what you believe.

All right, the other thing is that actions speaks louder than words. So, they're gonna be watching you very closely. So, you need to make sure you're ... once again, you're consistently doing what you believe. So, you can't just talk about it, you got to back it up with your actions. Sometimes that's gonna be painful, but you got to do it. You got to show them that you're all about this change that you want.

All right, so what's next? Well, you have to back them up. So, no matter what happens, if they're out there doing what you believe, then you need to have their backs, you need to show them that you're gonna support them, that you're gonna take responsibility when things don't go right, because they were trying to do the right thing. And along the same lines, you want to recognize behaviors you want and you want to coach the behaviors you don't want. So, when they trust you and they know that you've got their backs, they're gonna be more comfortable, they're gonna perform better, and they're gonna go out there and do their best for you.

All right, so the other thing is that this isn't gonna happen overnight. So, once again, consistent and persistent. You got to keep at it, you got to get out there and talk to people. You got to keep putting that simple message out there, that simple message they can remember when you're not around so they can do what you expect of them no matter what. You're empowering them to go out and do that, and things are gonna go great.

All right, so if you like this video, hit the like button below to share it with your friends, and don't forget to subscribe. Thanks for watching, and I'll see you in the next video. But, for all of you geeks, stick around for a couple more minutes, I'll tell you what I've been up to the last couple weeks.

So, first of all, I've been playing tons of Dungeons and Dragons. That's something I haven't done really consistently since the '80s. I've got a character I'm absolutely loving. I've got a level seven arcane trickster rogue, I cast all illusion spells, he's using range attacks with the bow, lots of sneak attack damage, very stealthy, very fun. The other thing is, I've actually started designing my first adventure. Kind of started out, I was painting miniatures for the first time ever. Painted a couple of miniatures, did one of my rogue. Really liked it, they came out pretty good, so I kind of went on a miniature buying spree, got some more paints, started writing up some stories to go with his, and drawing out some dungeons. And so, I've been totally geeking out with Dungeons and Dragons.

The other thing is, it's been playing little bit of WOW. I'm up to level 55 on a night elf hunter. Having good fun with that, doing the beast master thing. And that's pretty much it, I just kind of been geeking out in my little fantasy world, so if that's your thing, very cool. I also have been watching a lot of Critical Role. So, if you haven't checked out Critical Role and you love Dungeons and Dragons, make sure you check out the Geek and Sundry channel and watch Critical Role. Matthew Mercer is an amazing dungeon master.

All right, so I hope you enjoyed this video. Make sure you connect with me on Facebook. I've got the hero mastermind, I'll put a link below. Love to talk to you there about leadership stuff, Dungeons and Dragons, whatever it is. Star Wars. Anything along those lines, I'm there for you, so I will see you over on Facebook. Thanks for watching, I'll see you next time. 

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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.

If you 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 your think tank or anything else you're working on. So make sure you click on that description and come check it out.

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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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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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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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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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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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Being a Great Leader - How to Be a Great Leader

I have a passion for people and I strive to create a workplace where people are excited to come to work each day knowing they have a great place to work and people that care about them, but I've been told that you can't teach leadership and that you can't teach people to do what I do. Well, today we're going to start to change that because today I'm going to give you five tips on how to be a great leader and make sure you stick around to the end because I'm going to give you a special bonus tip. My name is Roman Ryder, and on this channel, I teach you strategies for leadership and personal development. I put out a new video every Friday, so make sure you subscribe so you don't miss out.

Tip number one, great leaders have an inspiring vision. Do you know your WHY? WHY is that secret ingredient that takes people from, "I have to" to "I want to"? If you can figure out your WHY and you can express it with passion, you can inspire people, so do you know your WHY? Why do you get up and go to work? Is it just to get a paycheck or are you excited to go to work each day? Well, if you need help finding your WHY, you can look in the description below and I have a link to my free course. You can sign up and then watch a 15-minute video, and there's a free worksheet you can download. It'll actually help you figure out what your purpose is and then it'll help you turn that into a vision statement that will help you inspire your team or your organization, so make sure you check that out.

Tip number two is great leaders do and say what they believe. Now that you have a vision, you have to consistently and persistently do and say what you believe because trust me, people are watching and you don't want to be inconsistent, but when you persistently do and say what you believe, you'll start to build trust with your organization. There's going to be people that see it right away, and they're going to want to help you out and make your vision a reality. Some people are going to be watching closely and they're going to wait a while, but they're eventually going to see it as long as you're consistent, and they're going to want to become a part of your vision too and help you make your WHY into a reality. That's what creates a culture because then you get a whole group of people that are actively doing and saying what you believe, your vision that you've communicated to your organization and that's an amazing thing to see.

Tip number three is great leaders recognize the behavior they want. Now that you have a vision, you want to recognize the behaviors that are consistent with your vision and reinforce those. Gallup actually has been doing a survey for a number years and they determined that 7 out of 10 employees aren't engaged, so imagine if you had more than just three employees in your workforce that were engaged, and actively going out and trying to improve your organization, and not just showing up and collecting a paycheck. So how do you do that? Well, they determined that the number one question in their survey that determined if someone was engaged or not is, "Have I been praised or recognized in the last seven days?" 

What I often hear when I tell people this is that, "Why would I recognize somebody just for doing their job?" Well, if you don't recognize people for doing their job, it becomes a thankless task and they're going to start to ask themselves, "Why am I doing this? Nobody cares anyway," and soon that job is no longer going to be done anymore, so you want to recognize those behaviors that are consistent with your vision, and there's no such thing as too much recognition as long as it's sincere and deserved.

Tip number four is great leaders empower other leaders. You can't always be there and you can't make every decision, so you want to empower people that are capable of making decisions at all levels of your organization. That way, we have leaders from the top down through every level, and how do you do that? Well, you have a vision and that vision can help provide guidance. In my last organization, I simply said that we take care of people and keep them safe, so when I was at home asleep in my bed and somebody had to make a decision on the night shift, they knew to make a decision consistent with my vision of taking care of people and keeping them safe. By that way, I created a culture where we took care of people and kept them safe from the top down at every level. Everybody knew that's what we were doing and we had consistently awesome performance because of that.

Tip number five is great leaders focus on people. As I mentioned, in my last organization we always talked about taking care of people and keeping them safe, and by doing that, by taking care of people, we found that the people would take care of our business, so by taking care of people, we had world class performance, we had top notch safety, we had great production, we had great reliability. We pulled off three outages, turnarounds, whatever you want to call them, with record-setting times, so we were ahead of schedule, we were under budget and we had no employer contractor injuries, so by focusing on people we were actually able to get the awesome results that we wanted in all areas of our business.

All right, so now it's time for today's bonus tip, and that is simply to listen. If you don't know about it, you can't fix, so you have to cater and you have to talk to people. You have to find out what's giving them problems and you have to get those things fixed and you have to celebrate them. In that way, your group starts to see that you are not only saying things, but you are doing things. You are making things happen. You are making their life better and they're going to want to be a part of your team and they're going to want to help you succeed, so get out there and listen and get those problems fixed. If you liked this video, don't forget to 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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Confidence Tips - How to Gain Confidence in Yourself

Confidence is absolutely crucial to your success. Confidence gives you the ability to believe in yourself, and it gives you the ability to overcome your fears and get started, to stand up for yourself, to say no to the people and things that aren't serving your life, and yes to the things that are, so it's absolutely crucial that you have confidence. So this week I'm going to give you five tips on how to boost your confidence, and also make sure you stick around to the end. I'm going to give a bonus tip and a free tool you can use to boost your confidence every single day. I'm Roman Ryder, and on this channel I talk about strategies for leadership and personal development. I put out new videos every Friday, so make sure you subscribe so you don't miss out. Tip number one is to know your strengths. It's important that you know what you're good at and look for opportunities to use those strengths in everything you do so that you can really shine and be confident about what you're doing.

Now, if you don't know what you're good at, I've mentioned before there's a great book called StrengthsFinder 2.0, and I'll put a link for that in the description below, and it comes with a code that you enter and take a test online, and it'll help you identify your top five strengths, so that's a pretty awesome start. Also, I've got another free tool if you go, once again, the description below. I'll give you a link to my Find Your Why. It's a free 15-minute video course, and it actually comes with a worksheet that you can download and kind of work through brainstorming what you're good at, what are your skills and talents, what are you passionate about, because that'll really help you hone in on what you're good at and where you need to be focusing your strengths.

All right, so tip number two is to remember your wins. You want to surround yourself with things that make you feel confident, so that not only goes for work. It also goes for play, so at work, you can write down the things you accomplished. Maybe you finished a cool project. Maybe you got a new idea passed through and made a big change for your workplace. Anything you do, you want to write it down, and then you can bring those things back up to help you in your performance review, to help you shape out your résumé for future opportunities, and also, like I said, you want to remember things outside of work, too. Like I've got pictures in my office of me kayaking, and those things instantly bring me back to a place of confidence, because I had to overcome fears to do those things. So maybe you did a marathon. You can have your medal up in your office. Maybe you did a ropes course on vacation. Did you get a picture? Put that up in your office. Just keep yourself surrounded with things that make you feel strong and confident.

Tip number three is practice, practice, practice. I had to do a big presentation in front of a conference full of people. There were hundreds of people, including VPs from my company, there, and I practiced that presentation over, and over, and over again, because it was a TED-style presentation, if you're familiar with that. So it was basically 15 minutes with 11 slides, pretty much just pictures, so when I got up there, I had to know exactly what I was going to say, and I pretty much, even though I was nervous when I started out, I went into autopilot because I practiced so much that I knew exactly what I was going to do, and it went smooth as can be. So if you practice enough, you'll have confidence just knowing that you're super prepared for what it is you're about to do.

Tip number four is the strike a pose. So they have proven in multiple studies now that by striking power poses, you actually raise your testosterone level, in both men and women, and instantly feel more confident. So what's a power pose? Well, think of it like making yourself big, so it might be the kind of, the Wonder Woman pose, if you're familiar with that, with the hands on the hips, or a V, like you see somebody crossing the finish line of a big race, so these things where you're getting yourself big and posing and getting wide, it just makes you feel more confident. I feel more confident already, right? Just kidding, but have fun with it. Take a minute to kind of get yourself prepared. If you're walking into a big interview, maybe get off to where nobody can see you, and kind of pose and fire yourself up and get ready to go in there and show them who you are and what you're about.

All right, so tip number five is to model a real or fictional character that you admire, so maybe you really look up to Steve Jobs, and you're in a high-pressure situation and think, "Hey, what would Steve Jobs do in this situation?" Or maybe you're a fan of Batman, like myself, and you're not feeling really confident, but you're like, "Hey, I can be like Batman. What would Batman do in this situation? Or what would Bruce Wayne, the billionaire, do in this situation?" So by modeling how they would react in that situation you're in, you take a more confident role by just modeling the behaviors of somebody you look up to.

All right, so now it's time for this week's bonus, and that is positive reinforcement. Every day, I start my day by looking in the mirror, and I have posted there of what I call The Fearless Manifesto, and it's a series of positive statements that I read out loud both at morning and at night, and it kind of instantly puts me in a little more positive mood and kind of gives me a more confident approach to my day. And I've also taken that and broken it down into alarms that I put in my smartphone, so throughout the day, I'm getting these little reminders to kind of keep me on track and keep me confident and being my best self. I'm going to put a link in the description below, and you can actually go to my website and download that for free, so a very cool little bonus for you there. If you like this video, hit the like button below, share with your friends, and be sure to subscribe. Thanks for watching, and I'll see you in the next video.
 

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Fight Fear - How to Conquer Your Fears

Fear is the number one reason people fail to take action and achieve their dreams. This week I'm going to give you four tips on how to conquer your fears and be an action hero. 

My name's Roman Ryder and on this channel, I talk to you about fearless strategies for leadership and personal development. Before we talk about conquering your fears, if you're new to my channel make sure you click below and subscribe and also make sure you stick around till the end for an awesome bonus tip. 

Tip number one is to Identify It. It's not enough to know that you're afraid. You really need to dig deep and figure out exactly what it is you're afraid of because until you know exactly what that thing is that's making you afraid, you can't really do anything about it and address it to overcome that fear. 

They say that nearly one in three Americans has a fear of flying. They're either anxious to fly or afraid to fly, but if you dig deep and you find out why those people are actually afraid to fly you'll find it's quite a few different reasons. For instance, mechanical problems during flight, a flight during bad weather, flying at night, or flying over a body of water. That's what it means to really dig deep and figure out exactly what it is that you're afraid of. 

Alright. Tip number two is to Eliminate It. If we take a look at the previous example about a fear of flying, one of the reasons people are afraid to fly is flying at night so, a way to eliminate that would be to schedule their flight first thing in the morning. That way even if their flight's delayed they're still going to be flying during the day and they've eliminated that thing that's causing their fear. 

Tip number three is to Mitigate It. When I was kayaking the Grand Canyon I had to run a rapid called Lava Falls, which is the biggest rapid in the Grand Canyon. It's the one that has everybody nervous the whole time going up to it. To mitigate that, I had really great training before I went there. Also, I had really great safety gear. I had a good helmet. I had a good life jacket. We put safety in place. I had friends waiting downstream waiting on me in case something happened. They were there to keep me safe. By doing that, I was able to mitigate the risk and overcome my fears and take action because the things we regret are the things we don't do and if I hadn't run that rapid, I would've really regretted it. 

Tip number four is to Conquer It. Let's take this back to the workplace. If you've ever heard of impostor syndrome, I suffered from that greatly. I went from being hourly to a supervisor to a superintendent in less than a year and I went from supervising three people to managing three dozen people from a tiny little power plant to a huge power plant so, obviously, you can have impostor syndrome in a case like that. But, it ended up being an awesome experience and I had a lot of success in that position and if I hadn't pushed past my fears and taken that opportunity I would have missed out. 

Alright. Now, it's time for today's Bonus tip and that is if your why is bigger than your fear it's easy to conquer those fears and take action. If you look in the description below I have a link to my website for a free video course that will walk you through how to find your WHY. It also includes a free worksheet you can download. Make sure you check that out. 

If you liked this video, make sure you like it below, share with your friends and subscribe to my channel. Thanks for watching and I'll see you in the next video. 
 

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