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June 28, 2019, New York, USA
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Amy Jo Esser - Are You the Best Leader You Can Be?
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Amy Jo Esser
Director of Quality at ProAssurance

Amy Jo Esser is an enthusiastic self-confessed conference and learning addict. She feels like a kid in a candy store at conferences. She has enjoyed learning at conferences from the beginning of her career through today. Amy Jo believes the time is now to start giving back at conferences for all the lessons she has learned along her career journey. Her career began over 30 years ago as a programmer and has moved through various roles including systems analyst, project manager, and automation tester to her current role as Director of Quality at ProAssurance. Amy Jo loves her “work”, growing as a leader and has a passion for serving her team of managers and testers so that they can serve their customers by providing them with the best information to do their jobs successfully.

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We are all leaders. At minimum we must lead ourselves every single day. In addition, many of us have teams that we lead and serve. Have you ever stopped to analyze yourself to determine if you are the BEST leader you can be?

Many of the great leaders outside the testing arena that Amy Jo has had the joy to learn from in person, online courses, through books and podcasts include John C. Maxwell, Tony Robbins, Mel Robbins, Brendon Burchard, Michael and Megan Hyatt, and Rachel Hollis to name a few. In addition, Amy Jo has learned and continues to learn from many leaders in our testing community, including the great late Jerry Weinberg, James Bach, Michael Bolton and Anna Royzman. All of these leaders have shared ways to be the best leaders we can be.

Leadership areas along with tactical take-a-ways that will be covered in this talk to assist you in becoming the best leader are: Win the Morning, Win the Day!; The Continuous Learning and Growing We all MUST Do; Embrace and Face Your Fears; Be the Best You!; and Favorite Leadership Books, Blogs and Podcasts.

00:06 How did I not get into the cheerleader team?

03:09 What to do next?

03:28 About practicing on a daily basis

06:08 How I landed in a testing career?

08:52 Are you the best leader you can be?

11:24 Get up early. Win your morning, win your day

12:44 Morning routing recommendations

13:54 15 minute micro start important. Make it simple starting out

14:29 Suggestions for finding an additional 15 minutes in the morning

15:59 It can be hard, it will be hard

17:29 Firewalk experience

19:09 Cold shower experience

22:19 One approach to conquering your biggest rear

23:44 Servant-Leader approach

25:04 Class exercise: What fear is keeping you from improving your leadership?

25:22 About public speaking fear versus failure

26:47 Curiosity, learning and growth traits of a great tester and leader

28:42 A few leadership books to read

32:12 Put in the time and do it right.

32:47 Plan: preparation, practice, and dedication.

35:37 Conclusion.

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Hey. 00:03 When I was in the 7th grade. 00:03 It was finally time for me to become a cheerleader. 00:06 I have been practicing jumps anв cartwheels and splits for years and I was so excited about doing that 00:10 groups dancing and cheerleading that I saw. 00:16 When my parents took us to the high school basketball games and I see all 00:16 high schoolers doing this wonderful stuff, 00:23 so I became obsessed about it. 00:26 And so now I was finally time for the cheerleading tryout meeting. 00:26

All my closest friends and some other friends, 00:33 all attended. 00:36 We learned what it was going to be like to 00:36 join the cheering squad a what requirements we had to do in order to make the team and then we have a couple of practices and we'd be learning out 00:39 how to do the school fight song and we would have to do a couple of fight cheers an a few other things. 00:49 So we had the practices and I was just having fun and I loved every moment of it. 00:56 Well. 02:05

One I know when I got out on that big gym floor all alone to do my solo cheer. 02:05 I was fair, timid, I wasn't through Z Astic. 02:13 This we needed to be and that was one of the bigger requirements. 02:17 And I realized too, that we did at school fight song. 02:20 I don't have any rhythm in my body and I knew we were all going to be doing it together as a team, 02:23 so I just figure I can kind of follow 02:29 along and watch the other cheerleaders. 02:31

And I'm sure that I just figured out. 02:34 I didn't know what I was doing and I was struggling to keep 02:36 up an I'm beaten. 02:39 And when I thought about it more too 02:39 I realize I didn't practice or prepare to be on that team. 02:43 As I just assumed I was going to be on the team. 02:47 Wow. 02:49 So I had a lot of work to do. 02:49 Step 2 02:49 was I needed to practice practice practice. 02:53 And I immediately started the next day. 02:56 I realize I need to practice in all the areas. 02:59

I had just practiced in the areas that I was good at and the parts 03:01 I was excited about for. 03:05 Being on that cheerleading team. 03:06 And so. 03:09 I decided I'm going to learn a couple of new skills 03:11 those other girls don't have. 03:14 So I taught myself to Chinese 03:14 splits and flips. 03:18 So every morning I get up and I'd start stretching in the hallway trying to get my flexibility out to learn how to do those 03:18 splits. 03:28

And I go outside and I like questions down an I taught myself how to do the flips. 03:28 And I convince my one friend to come and teach me that school fight song. 03:34 I look good enough to me, 03:39 so that I can learn to. 03:40 Practice it on my own and I practiced that thing relentlessly because this was the area that I knew it wasn't good at. 03:43 Even though I did enjoy that part I needed to become good at that. 03:51 But my vision was bigger than my fear. 03:55

So I went into that meeting as an 8th grader could and held up my head high and I took notes 03:58 at those trial meetings everything we needed to do. 04:04 And I went to those practices this time I was serious and I really practice. 04:07 Ask the questions that I needed to ask. 04:12 And then it was the day tryout, 04:15 I left everything on the gym floor. 04:17 I probably cheered more excitedly than they'd ever heard before and I was able to keep up with that school fights. 04:19

I could do it with my eyes closed and 04:25 I showcase my new skills and this time when I checked the list. 04:28 My name is on the list. 04:33 So who that was the most exciting moment of my life. 04:34 And I loved every moment of being that cheerleader that year and I continued to practice during cheerleading season for the next 9 months until it was time for high 04:39 school tryouts and JV tryouts. 04:49

Again 04:49 I went to the JV tryouts or it was high school tryouts, 04:52 an I left everything on the gym floor and also taught myself a new skill back walkover skill that no one else knows how to do. 04:57 At that time again when I checked the list 05:05 twice, my name was not on the list. 05:10 And as I'm standing there. 05:13 Taking this in my girlfriend comes running over did you see our name on the list? 05:15 No. 05:22 My name is not handled. 05:22 She's like you check the wrong list. 05:24

Our names on the bar city list like Oh my I was like. 05:26 and excited Ann had even considered that as a possibility because that hasn't happened before. 05:29 And so it was thrilling. 05:35 I loved my whole high school year years of being a cheerleader. 05:37 But I never stopped practicing I practiced every single day around each calendar year, 05:42 an I did enjoy all my years as being. 05:49 Cheerleader. 05:52 So early I'm a little slow in this clicker thing. 05:59

This is my first time doing using a clicker. 06:04 So still fairly early in my career as a developer I came across this book called see you at the Top by Zig Ziegler. 06:08 It was amazing I changed my mindset and then I saw zigging say concert. 06:15 I felt like a concert. 06:20 He was so amazing and I was just really excited about this new way of thinking and I then expanded into a couple other personal. 06:22 Development leaders and Brian Tracy. 06:33 Jim Rohn name, a few. 06:36 And. 06:40

No just learned a lot and let's just fully immersing myself into this. 06:40 And at the same time in my career my supervisor came to me and told me there were 6 of us. 06:47 Developers at the time he says, 06:53 we're going to a meeting room and we're going to come out of this meeting room. 06:55 One of you is going to be an automated tester. 06:59 OK, because we had this expensive piece of the rational robot sitting on the shelf and we're going to start using it. 07:02

So he went around the room developer once said no developer 2, 07:12 said No 3, said no for said no developer 5, 07:16 said note. 07:18 I was the last developer. 07:18 Oh, I swear man even though I love developing. 07:23 Because I had been immersed in this personal development and looking at things as an opportunity, 07:28 I decided to say yes. 07:34 And that changed my life. 07:35

Yeah, so I had to find a professional testing group in the area and I did, 07:39 and the very first event was they had a two-day seminar with James. 07:43 And so one of the things I took away from that seminar was James used to be a developer. 07:47 2 and he was talking about how he had become a tester and how much more intellectually challenging being a tester was and there was just. 07:56 So much more opportunity, so I'm like OK well. 08:04 That sounds good. 08:07

And then he also talked about, 08:07 he'd be at. 08:09 Talking at Star Conference Attesting Conference Oh, 08:09 OK, so I went and asked my boss if I could go to that. 08:14 He said yes and so after I went to that conference. 08:18 I was hooked. 08:22 This was going to be my career, 08:22 I was so excited. 08:25 I've loved every moment of being a tester through the years and that's led me into my current role an? 08:25 Leadership and now I have this awesome group of testers awesome managers. 08:33

And I want to be able to keep them and so I need to figure out how I can be the best. 08:38 The best leader I can be so that they want to stay in my staff. 08:43 So. 08:50 I started studying leadership and these are the 3. 08:50 Things that I'm going to talk to you about today. 08:56 I want you to imagine yourself doing them if you. 08:58 Aren't already doing them and will go through more detail so winning the morning winning the day. 09:01

It's so important to get up early and have yours? 09:07 One planned morning routines. 09:10 Then our embrace and face your fears. 09:10 Love this quote everything you ever wanted is on the other side of fear. 09:16 So we're going to talk about getting on the other side of fear. 09:19 And then the continuous learning and growing we all should do I would imagine most of us in this room. 09:22

Love to grow and learn because we're all here and then a final section on being the best and some additional ideas that. 09:28 How to help us incorporate these 3 items into our daily practice? 09:36 So I am curious how many of you have heard of any of these people Brendan Bouchard. 09:45 Michael Hyatt. 09:51 Rachel Hollis. 09:51 John Maxwell. 09:51 Mel Robbins. 09:57 And Bo Eason. 10:00 You may have heard of bullies him 'cause. 10:00 He's a football player and then in the previous years. 10:04

These are some of the other leaders that I've 10:07 studied and I've just learned about these 3 in the last 3 years 1 to 3 years, 10:09 7 different questions for you? 10:15 How many of you when you wake up in the morning 10:17 take your phone and you begin scrolling through it 10:20 and you're looking at yours. 10:23 Also, if you know your social account your email work or personal or you're looking at the news and now think about how many minutes you spend doing that. 10:25 So. 10:40

There are certain things that leaders that I follow do, 10:40 do in the morning and at first critical hour. 10:46 And certain things that they don't do well. 10:49 We can guess they don't do that. 10:52 Phone scrolling. 10:52 They avoid the 10:52 phone for the first hour like the plague. 10:55 So let's see. 11:01 So I've been reading about these. 11:06 Reasons why we need to get up and start your day early. 11:09 And 11:15 be you know, do some fruitful things for yourself. 11:18

Well, until approximately 2 years ago, 11:22 I or this person 11:24 would be excited every night having to get up early tomorrow is going to be the date tomorrow going today. 11:28 I'm going to start. 11:33 Yeah, 11:33 the morning would come and I'd hit that snooze alarm. 11:34 And I'd hit the snooze alarm again and I hit that snooze alarm. 11:38 Every 9 minutes for about an hour and a half until I finally bolted out of bed in time. 11:41 Get my workout in and get to work. 11:46

And then I came across Mel Robbins 5 second rule. 11:50 And that's what changed for me, 11:56 so her rule is and she used it to get herself out of bed and she's expanded it now, 11:58 but what you do is you can't as soon as your snooze alarm goes off you may immediately beginning counting? 12:03 54321 and then you're supposed to bolt outta bed like a rocket ship by the time you have one. 12:10

Or before you hit run one and that's because your brain doesn't have time to convince you to hit that snooze 12:17 sears alarm. 12:24 And so this is what has worked for me. 12:24 Let's see what this. 12:32 Yes, we have a problem. 12:38 What will go OK? 12:42 So listed here are some of those key ideas of morning routine recommendations that a lot of these leaders have talked about. 12:42

And I was going to cover a couple of am drinking water first thing in the morning, 12:53 The first 10 minutes it helps with what's called dehydration fatigue and that will also help regulate you to wake you up faster so that's an 12:59 easy thing to do in the first 15 minutes of your life in the morning and then our gratitude. 13:08 You've probably all read the studies or heard how important? 13:14

It is to think of grateful things and just be grateful and you can do that just think of some grateful things for you. 13:18 Things you're grateful for in the morning or you can Journal it out or you can go on John Gordon. 13:26 Is another person? 13:32 I follow and he talks about? 13:32 He does a grateful walk first thing in the morning? 13:34

But doing some of these things you could take time to read studying learning some air you want to grow in 13:38 such as becoming a leader. 13:43 And the moving yoga and workout. 13:46 That's my favorite. 13:47 That's my number one recommendation and will go into that a little bit further. 13:47 So the big thing that I want to stress is let's just start you just need to start with 15 minutes do it up micro start because 13:55 just picking one or two of the items. 14:03

Instead of trying to do a mall because chances are you won't do them all you can then add to it and this comes from. 14:05 Personal experience and I just picked what I thought was maybe a couple of the easiest. 14:11 Once to do and you can start with small amounts of time and again, 14:16 you can expand on it. 14:22 So here are some suggestions for finding that 15 minutes. 14:25

If you happen to scroll on your Phone 15 minutes in 14:29 evening looking at social media apps and getting stuck into like the cutest cat. 14:32 Picture or something maybe you can stop that or if you watch TV just record that show so you can get about 15 minutes. 14:37 Earlier, if you don't have 15 minutes to give or if you're one of those people that do scroll. 14:44 First thing in the morning and you thought oh I scroll for at least 15 minutes. 14:50

Well, there, you have your 15 minutes. 14:54 You don't even have to change anything as far as giving up time. 14:56 So a healthy person has 1000 wishes in a six-person has one so 23 years ago, 15:02 I made a decision. 15:07 It became a zealot for working out after attending a Tony Robbins 15:07 Conference. 15:16 It was attending a conference. 15:16

He talked about one of the days was on health and basically, the Gist of it is if you don't have your health you don't have 15:18 much else because if you're unhealthy or you're not feeling well, 15:25 you're not much help to others that you might. 15:29 You could be or you're not helping much help yourself and when you're sick? 15:33 What's the one thing you think about. 15:36 Only think about getting well right. 15:38

So that's when I get that seminar developed my morning must and my morning must be to do the 15:44 workout. 15:51 So even when I was a professional snoozer, 15:57 I did this morning must. 16:00 I asked my hand with it can be hard and it will be hard just like exercising in the 16:02 getting for me with hard and getting up was hard, 16:08 but I just after completing these items. 16:12 It felt so much better than hitting the snooze button. 16:15 Just hard. 16:20 So you can do it. 16:23

If I can do it, 16:23 you can do it, too. 16:24 And a couple more notes on this for the exercising which is the big one that you really think is important to do. 16:26 If you just start exercising for 5 minutes. 16:34 5 minutes, once you get into those 5 minutes, exercise usually becomes easier and easier so just tell yourself, 16:37 you're going to 5 minutes. 16:43 6 minutes and you should be good, 16:44 there and that's the same thing with even getting up. 16:46

You know, I would bolt out of bed like 16:48 rocketship thing, but it still was hard, 16:50 but you know you get through those first 5 minutes. 16:52 You drink your water. 16:55 You may be just doing a little walk. 16:55 Brush your teeth.Then you're up. 16:58 Whoops did I go backward. 17:05 Yeah, this thing upside down. 17:09 OK, so now we're going to talk about facing your fears embracing the suck as they call it. 17:15 You are going to do what are you crazy? 17:23

My husband, said to me as I had just told him as I'm walking out the door and I'm going to a weekend seminar that I might be walking across 17:27 15 feet of hot coals. 17:35 As I was shutting the door, 17:37 he's like shouting remember you have a 6-year-old daughter at home. 17:39 And then there was standing in front of 15 feet of hot coals with no more time to think. 17:42 I could only. 17:51

I had to take action so I walked across those hot coals as I had been taught deliberately saying. 17:51 Cool, math, cool, math, cool, 17:58 math until I did successfully make it off of those. 18:00 15 feet of heart calls and I actually went on, 18:03 and did it 2 more times. 18:06 I went to another weekend seminar where we walked across it. 18:07 And then that 10-day seminar went we had to walk across 40 feet of hot coals. 18:10

The point of doing that is to teach us that 18:15 if we can walk across hot coals and I'm facing another kind of fear. 18:22 I should just bring that to my mind, 18:24 if I could walk across hot coals. 18:26 I certainly can do this other thing that I 18:27 really feared to do. 18:30 I ask you to think about maybe a current fear that you've conquered and faced. 18:35 And you can do the same thing if some big fear face you can think about that when you're trying to do some. 18:41

Current fear that you're trying to face you can maybe help you with that. 18:47 So there's a fear failure and that's a bigger one like. 18:58 Public speaking. 19:02 Where there is another thing called fear of discomfort and that's not as dramatic as a fear failure, 19:02 but it's? 19:10 Certainly, something that we 19:10 Most of us face even daily or fairly often. 19:13 So my favorite time vacation part of vacation time was always pool time. 19:17

And it would take me 45 minutes to an hour or longer to get into the pool. 19:24 And I was definitely. 19:29 I'm definitely like this girl. 19:29 I'm an inch by inch by integral. 19:32 I didn't tell him. 19:34 Matter how many people different people every once they just jump in and do it. 19:34 Couldn't do it, I could not get over that fear of discomfort of just jumping into the water straight? 19:39 And then a couple of years ago, 19:46 I was taking online. 19:47

Mel Robbins Course, she was talking about this fear of discomfort thing. 19:49 And that you need to, 19:53 it's important to try to do it. 19:54 Before, you go to work figure out some fear that you have conquered before you get to work. 19:56 Because then that helps you in your workday. 20:01 You might have another thing you're going to face in like well, 20:03 I've already faced this one thing. 20:05 I certainly can face this discomfort. 20:06 And she gave us several ideas or said. 20:10

We could come up with one of our own well her. 20:12 One of her ideas was taking a cold shower. 20:15 Well, I knew I couldn't take a cold shower, 20:18 but I assign myself a task that I could stay in the shower and we had 2 months to do this, 20:21 I could stay in the shower for 60 seconds. 20:26 Cold shower at the end. 20:29 So yeah, it took me, 20:30 I did one second per day till 60 seconds. 20:32 That's how I did it. 20:36

And I actually still practice this to this day and it still many times it's hard to convince your brain. 20:39 I said, do it, but once you've done that you're just kind of training your brain. 20:45 Hey, I'm in control of this. 20:50 So the other thing uh. 20:54 Fears facing your fears are especially if you're thinking about failure. 20:56 You just need to change your mindset on failure. 21:00 Thinking of any time you feel it's real. 21:03 It's a learning opportunity. 21:03

You've just figured out one way to do it. 21:07 Not to do it and the next time you might need to do it differently and you can keep learning. 21:09 That way. 21:14 And same with fear of discomfort like at work, 21:21 so as testers and test leaders often we have to present that bad news. 21:24 No one wants to hear. 21:30 An you know it takes practice doing it verbally. 21:32 Try to do a verbally versus trying to send an email. 21:37

That yeah, you're the product isn't good quality or we're going to be late because we still have to do these kinds of tests or? 21:40 Here are the rest so that's one way to practice a fear of discomfort at work. 21:46 So Louis howls from the school of greatness. 21:53 Talks about, he's had so many fears and how he finally determine how he was going to get over his fear says he's just going to take a few at 21:56 a time. 22:03

And he's going to work on that fear until it gets over that and then it'll take us next. 22:03 Fear and he talked about his fear of talking to girls. 22:08 And so he decided he would talk to a different girl every single day and it didn't matter whether the girl rejected him or not so he said. 22:12 Have plenty of rejections girl and talk to him, 22:23 but he had a lot of good conversations, 22:25 too, and he did it until he actually just got. 22:27 Over. 22:30

They never bother me again get nervous whenever he needed to talk to a girl so that's one way of. 22:30 Also, facing some kind of fear. 22:37 So get comfortable with the uncomfortable and that's where you're going to go grow to do it afraid that's my mantra, 22:42 I made this. 22:49 My monitor for 2019, 22:49 maybe some of you may want to join me for the rest of the year. 22:51 My biggest fear of all time is what I'm doing right now public speaking. 22:57

This is only the second time I've ever. 23:03 Can I talk and I've listened to leaders over the years and different speakers. 23:06 And these professional development leaders. 23:14 I've listened to and they all talk about that. 23:16 They've had the fear of stage fright or doing presentations. 23:19 And sometimes they say it never goes away, 23:23 but they said. 23:26 You just need to jump in and take. 23:26 Action and just do it. 23:29 An then keep repeating and doing it. 23:31

And so that's what I'm doing here today so. 23:34 You're all lucky. 23:37 Thanks for being my audience right. 23:41 But as leaders, I believe we should all have a mind. 23:44 A servant mindset. 23:48 I think this can help us when we're afraid because this means when you're thinking more about the other person you're serving. 23:48 Then yourself and you're not just sitting in fear of doing it, 23:56 so that's how I decided to approach the audience. 24:00 Now I'm. 24:03

Serving you as my audience and so I'm trying to help give something to you and that's the same for us when we're. 24:03 Working think of your team or your coworkers or your boss. 24:11 All these people need you to show up and be your best self. 24:15 And if you do that, 24:19 then you can be a servant leader to them and when you're concentrating on them. 24:21 I really kind of can take away the discomfort or anything. 24:26

You might be feeling because you're more concerned about what's going on with? 24:28 Whoever you're working with. 24:33 OK so we're doing other class exercise and we don't have time to do all of this. 24:39 I want you to think of one. 24:43 Fear that's holding you back it could be small or big that from being the best leader you can be or it can be a different kind of fear 2. 24:45 Ann. 24:53 We're going to talk about why. 24:53 To think about why it's important to overcome. 24:57

And I'm going to share how I did one of these items again. 25:00 You can get. 25:03 These slides later and go through all of it as an exercise for yourself if you'd like. 25:03 Pamela share with you what I did for this talk an I wrote down what would happen if my. 25:08 True and how I would handle it. 25:15 So. 25:19 I said I pay to fail, 25:19 I could fail, but I'm gonna look at it as a learning opportunity. 25:21 I'm hoping I will get. 25:25 Great feedback I might get a lot of negative feedback. 25:27

Hopefully, I'll get some positive feedback and some constructive feedback. 25:30 It doesn't matter what kind of feedback I get I would love to get feedback so that I can improve for my next talk. 25:34 That may be ridiculed. 25:41 I am the Queen of embarrassing myself. 25:41 I mean, I do it more than probably way more than the average person. 25:46 And so I have today live through all of it and hopefully, I'll live through today, 25:51 too so. 25:57

So writing it down helps that make it like OK well at least you kind of figured out how you're going to deal with it. 25:58 So. 30 seconds Share your fear with your neighbor. 26:06 You don't want to share with a neighbor that you know to share with someone else. 26:11 But. 26:16 This could be discomforting for some of you. 26:18 I know some people might get trembling of the hard. 26:20 I don't want to. 26:23

Speak so we're going to make you do the exercise of doing the fear of discomfort so just take 30 seconds and. 26:23 Share a fear that comes to mind when I get over it. 26:30 And why it's important so this next part is probably going to be the easiest part for all of you. 26:33 To do the continuous learning and growing that we must do an I love this quote the moment, 26:38 you start to stop learning you stop bleeding. 26:43

So as testers we have the advantage of being curious by nature and this is one of the main things that I think makes us good at ours. 26:47 Craft a probably why. 26:55 We are curious because we also like to learn. 26:55 And there's always something new to learn about the software to learn a new skill set as a tester. 27:03 And because we like all this, 27:08 this can easily transfer into being leaders in learning about leadership too. 27:10 An I would venture that again. 27:16

Most of you are not all of you in this room want to learn. 27:18 You want to become better leaders because that's why you chose this conference testing leadership conference. 27:22 So Jerry Weinberg, many of you know, 27:31 Jerry and I lost in this past October. 27:34 He's a role model for many of us. 27:37 He's left a lot of books and articles out there for you to read if you haven't heard of him. 27:40

I was fortunate enough to be able to attend Jerry's problem, 27:46 solving leadership a few years back with 27:50 Esther Derby, one of the biggest lessons, 27:52 I took away from that conference. 27:56 Is that if he wanted to learn something he said he decided I'm alert on this topic and then I'm going to write on it, 27:58 and then I'm going to. 28:04 Verbally share it and that way it would sink in better so. 28:05

I want to run leadership and so I figured this is the best way to learn so I've taken all. 28:09 Many of the notes that I have had on leadership from these conferences. 28:16 I read tended and then I had to write about it. 28:20 But the speech together nonverbally sharing it so hopefully, 28:23 I'm learning it better. 28:27 And there's a quick quote that I like and again. 28:31 That's why I'm doing it. 28:33

We teach best what we most need to learn and this is actually called by James box that is 28:34 Richard Bach. 28:38 What? 28:42 OK, so in Carol S Dweck's a book titled Mindset, 28:42 the new psychology of success book as she discusses the importance of. 28:50 Growth mindset and She also discusses you could have a fixed mindset and if you do you can change that into a growth mindset but it's? 28:54 So important to have a growth mindset. 29:04

John C Maxwell, who I referred to earlier he's written over 100 Bucks 82 of the books have been on leadership. 29:07 Then. 29:14 They have been described as the number one leadership expert in the world. 29:14 Um. 29:19 And he's written a couple of books on growth, 29:19 although there is a theme. 29:23 I haven't read all his books at. 29:24 By any means, but it seems in most of the books that he writes. 29:25 He has some portion talking about growth and how important that is. 29:30

So as a most recent book called Leadership Chapter 3 goals to growth. 29:35 The personal development shift, he covers why it's so much more important to have uh? 29:39 Growth plan then goals because he said. 29:45 If you have a growth plan your goals are going to follow along with you. 29:47 And then the 15 refutable laws of growth, 29:51 if you don't read that book and become excited about growth. 29:53 There might, not happen. 29:59 So James Bach. 30:05 As most of you know, 30:05 too. 30:10

He's definitely focused on growth and learning and if you don't know. 30:10 James is a back story. 30:15 He's actually a high school dropout. 30:15 He started on his growth journey from day one. 30:18 He's also one of the most well-known testers Anne. 30:21 Self-educated highly paid testers in our community. 30:25 He's written this book up there called the secrets of a Buccaneers Scholar. 30:30

How self-education in pursuit of passion can lead to a lifetime of success and the themes of his book are is the focuses on self-education. 30:36 Creating your learning curriculum. 30:46 We also happen to discuss how he overcomes his fear in this book by discovering his passion his why. 30:48 Which has been bigger than his fear? 30:55 So I encourage you to look into this book and Chapter 11, 30:58 he specifically has a chat. 31:03

I called treasure map the power of the personal syllabus. 31:06 If any of you need ideas and how to come up with their own growth syllabus and there's a lot of good information in that book. 31:10 So it's a wrap up this section. 31:18 Random Bichard is state leaders are always students first just as experts are students 1st we don't stop learning. 31:20 And again, it must be part of our growth mindset and it's exciting. 31:27 To be learning and growing. 31:31 South. 31:34

Just take a couple of minutes. 31:34 No couple minutes a couple seconds since we're short on time. 31:37 Just think about what might be your first idea you might want to start in. 31:40 For your growth plan, it can be just getting James's book and reading through that and learning some. 31:45 Ideas on how to test better and things you might want to study for testing and how you might want to grow. 31:52 Cell. 32:00

The other thing that I learned at the juries course problem-solving course was an example. 32:00 He shared that I've never forgotten and it had to do with him writing books. 32:07 And he talked about what if he had. 32:12 Not one of the senses in the book and he emphasized one sentence was confusing to the reader and haul unfair that would be to the multitude of people who 32:16 bought his book. 32:25

They were just confused by the one sense and what he stressed was it's so important to keep working that sentence and redoing it until you get 32:25 it right. 32:34 And for me, that became a metaphor for life to that, 32:34 we must be willing to redo and redo something until we can actually. 32:37 Get it right. 32:41 So developing a plan and practice and preparation. 32:47 Is it so important? 32:51 For incorporating all of these things were talking about. 32:51

And I was at a recent seminar last year in Bo Eason was a speaker there and he challenged us to be the best person we can be. 32:57 And I love facing challenges as I believe that challenges or what makes us grow an actually that was the inspiration for the title of this speech. 33:06 Are you the best that you can be? 33:15 So he talked about, he had a plan in our vision at each night to become the best safety. 33:17

In the world is a football player and he continues to work that plan day after day from age 9. 33:24 He tried to get in colleges rejected him. 33:30 He kind of forced himself into this college. 33:33 I mean he kept coming back, 33:34 even though they didn't have anything for him and eventually they let him play on the. 33:36 The team and then he actually was a first-round draft for the Houston Oilers back in the 80s. 33:40 And one of the things that he did was. 33:46

He decided because he's small in nature, 33:48 and wasn't really designed to be a football player he still needs to do the extra practice. 33:50 So he would show up for practice, 33:56 2, 1/2 hours early before the actual practice started and he would say 2 and a half. 33:57 Hours after practice and he just did. 34:01 This this was part of his plan on becoming the best safety in the world. 34:03

And then he was traded to the 49ers and on the 40 Niner team was Jerry Rice and since we have from people from all over you might not be 34:07 familiar with football. 34:16 Hum or even hear you might not be familiar with football a Jerry Rice is the best NFL receiver. 34:16 All time. 34:23 And he still was time for the first practice of. 34:23 The 49ers and elbows on the getting out in the field to do his practice. 34:30

And Loan Behold Jerry Rice is already out in the field practicing and then he found out that Jerry Rice says. 34:35 2 1/2 or 3 hours after practice, 34:42 so he was even staying longer in coming earlier for practices than bowhead. 34:44 So definitely contribute to why he was one of the best receivers in the world. 34:50 Then Bo also notice during the actual practice every time Jerry received the football, 34:56 he would run it into the end zone 100 yards. 35:02

He continued to do that and he noticed none of the other receivers were doing that, 35:05 so he was curious and he asked Jerry. 35:09 Hey Gerry, why, why you always run into. 35:11 Football or into the end zone 'cause Jerry 7? 35:13 These hands catch a football this body always ends up in the end zone. 35:16 I love that I mean that's. 35:21 Such a cool. 35:23 Example of being the best then the messages. 35:23 We just need to be willing to put in the time to be the best. 35:28

So I wanted to think just put up here. 35:38 Some of the best leaders that have impacted me over the years and. 35:40 Anna just left she's one of them. 35:44 So I've learned I learned so many lessons back when I did make that 7th grade, 35:49 cheerleading team and many of these lessons. 35:55 If I would have made it. 35:58 I want them, I learned as early as I did the life skills. 35:59 And that I needed to become an 8th-grade year of varsity cheerleader as a freshman. 36:03

These are the same practices, 36:09 many of these leaders discuss. 36:11 Along with what I've shared here today. 36:13 And but what I found is I haven't consistently followed these practices throughout Mycareer and that's the area that I know need to work on. 36:19 So the final story. 36:29 I want to conclude with is something I heard John Maxwell talk about a conference this past December. 36:29 And he talked about the importance of consistency. 36:37 And he called it the rule of 5. 36:41

So he example, he gave was. 36:45 Cutting down a tree and he watches through his rule of 5, 36:49 so you have to have a goal. 36:52 You gotta know that you want to cut down a tree. 36:53 You gotta know what you want to accomplish. 36:55 Then you have to have the right tools. 36:57 He talked about if you're using a baseball bat towards that. 36:59

Reverse is using an ax which is 37:02 the proper tool, then he said stay focused on that same tree 'cause you might have a force of trees or many trees. 37:05 In your yard or wherever you're cutting that tree down and then you might want to go out and start shopping at the other trees, 37:11 but he said. 37:17 You gotta stay focused on that. 37:17 Primary goal and then you need to be consistent and that consistency compounds. 37:18 He says you only need to hit that. 37:24

Exit that tree 5 times a day and then you're done versus what some people do if you set a goal. 37:26 Myself included you might go and spend 8 to 12 hours on that goal or. 37:32 Hacking away at the tree for 12 hours and the next day. 37:38 You get up and you can't like move around and it's another day. 37:41 You can't move around and. 37:44 So you take a few days and then your gun whole again, 37:45 you go 6 hours and then pretty soon. 37:48

I'm so tired after 6 hours and then you just drop it. 37:51 So just 5 times a day. 37:54 So we had that tree and then he said. 37:55 Don't quit that tree will eventually fall down and just be patient. 37:57 And then he shared an example of the rule of 5 and how he writes books and as I shared, 38:02 he's written over $100 so. 38:08 He does this in the first hour. 38:10

This is what he does his first hour of every morning, 38:12 he reads whatever topic whatever bookies decides he's going to write about. 38:15 Read on that topic he thinks about it, 38:19 he files his information and he asked questions about the topic, 38:21 and then he writes and he says. 38:24 Doing these 5 essential things every day will change our lives. 38:26 So. 38:31

The best thing I'm being the best is you only have to be the best you can be were only in competition with ourselves. 38:31 No one else was unique so. 38:40 I love this quote. 38:42 Always dreaming shoot higher than you know you can do it don't bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors try to be better 38:42 than yourself. 38:50 William Faulkner, I think that's such a cool cold quote. 38:50

So just imagine yourself doing these things I discussed today, 38:57 winning the morning facing your fears and doing you. 39:02 Growth plan in doing them consistently and just think how much farther will be next year when we come to this. 39:05 Leadership conference. 39:13 So. 39:19 If you're interested I have my email or you can leave me a card. 39:19 I was thinking. 39:24 Maybe we can continue to talk about this, 39:24 if anybody is interested in like I am. 39:27

Protest leaders mastermind in the email want to consider can you continue with this. 39:29 So. 39:36 I challenge you to bake today, 39:36 the day that you draw the line in the sand that I am going to be the best leader I can be. 39:39 An really you can do it most of it's simple. 39:44 It's not easy, but we aren't most people. 39:48 Let's go be the best leaders we can be. 39:51 And here's just another thing on being the best. 39:56 And I have a couple of slides. 40:00

Different references and I have many, 40:04 many, many more pages of it. 40:06 So if you get in contact with me, 40:07 you get through this. 40:09 I have more to share. 40:09 Thank you. 40:11

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