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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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Topic: IT

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

And then it came time for the tryouts. 01:02 And after the tryouts, it was time to find out who earned the coveted spots 01:04 I'm at the cheerleading team. 01:08 And I checked the list. 01:08 Twice. 01:12 And my name was not on the list. 01:12 I was crushed. 01:18 I did notice all my closest friends, 01:18 names are on the list. 01:22 Surely there must have been a mistake right surely. 01:24 No mistake. 01:28 Name wasn't there. 01:28

And then I found myself at the 7th-grade basketball game sitting up in the stands, 01:32 which it felt like I was all alone because I was watching 01:37 all my closest friends, partaking in my dream. 01:40 This was my dream. 01:40 And then something triggered in my head that this was not going to happen next year. 01:45 Next year 01:45 I was going to be 01:50 on the floor during those times and being a cheerleader. 01:50

Realize some I need to go home and make a plan so the first step of the plan was figure out why didn't I make that team. 01:57

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