Improve your leadership skills in less than ten miles! {S01E09}

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Harry Truman – “Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers”

Reading really does make you a better leader. In fact, reading just makes you better period, and that’s a fact – and a well-researched one at that (see https://michaelhyatt.com/science-readers-leaders.html).

And while most of us know this and believe in the important benefits of reading, very few of us know how to fit reading into our overwhelmingly busy schedule, so in today’s podcast, we’re going to discuss some tips as to how you can squeeze reading in and become a become a better leader.

All of us get distracted from and often disinterested in reading, so start by making of list of things that you want to learn – a hobby that you want to know more about, a series of fictional novels that you’ve always wanted to read, etc. Have fun! I keep a running list on Amazon of book titles that I am interested in reading someday. I will also take my phone out when I am at a bookstore or library and take pictures of interesting titles that jump out at me. Later these will go on my Amazon list. Also, don’t forget to record titles that friends and coworkers recommend. Oh, and magazines count!

Book are potable. And in today’s world, they are more portable that ever, so have a book or two with you at all times, or get a Kindle. Then, when you have some “in-between time” pull out one you’re books or your kindle. You’ve got lots of down time – doctor’s offices, soccer sidelines, etc. Keeping books in easy to reach places will help you keep up with this valuable habit. You don’t, and most likely won’t tackle an entire book in one sitting. In fact, I have books that have taken me years to finish. Some I finish in a week, while others just stay near my nightstand or in the family room where I’ll read 10 or 20 pages and then not return to it for months. The main things is to keep reading, and having books handy makes this much easier to accomplish.

Here’s where all excuses wither away completely. You can find almost every title out there in audio form. In fact, I listed to around 15 books per year in audio format. Most get listened to while I’m driving here or there – shorts burst of 10 minutes or ten miles or so. Audio books can go where print books can’t. Places like on a jog, the fitness center, the lawn mower, etc. They’re super fun to listen to. Some are dramatized and some are even read by the author. And of course, we would be remiss if we did not encourage you to listen to more podcasts – ours and others.

Well, there is a whole lot more to say about this subject, and believe me, this is not the last you’ll hear about books on the Royal Ranger Podcast, so LETS ALL GET BACK ON THE READING TRACK. At the very least, go sign up for an Audible account and started listening. You’ll find yourself swept along a path the will enrich your life more than words can say.

If you’re using Amazon digital books, don’t forget to always check for the Whispersync version of the digital book. The Whispersync add-on is only a few dollars more, and with this add-on, you’ll be able to either read or listen to the audio – and they’ll always be synced together. Amazing!

Also, don’t forget to use highlighting while you’re reading your digital books. Best of all, you can go and view all of these highlights at your Amazon account at kindle.amazon.com.

Thanks for listening!

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Help! I married a Royal Ranger Commander with special guest National Director Karl Fleig [SO1,EO8]

2014-06-28-karl-s-fleig A heartbreaking note at the Johnnie Barns Memorial

On Commander Karl’s first visit to Johnnie Barn’s memorial website he notices a unique feature.  A place where visitors could leave a note or comment.  The second one down said, “Thank you for starting a ministry that takes away our husbands from us.”  Since these are just show notes don’t miss read this.  Johnnie Barn’s and the ministry of Royal Rangers have poured into the lives of millions of boys and men.  But this note raised up a passion in Commander Karl’s heart to help commanders nurture their marriages and the relationships with their children.

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Balance and the priority structure

Balance only comes easy when the structure your standing on is solid.  God’s priority structure is critical in living life to the full and having a balanced marriage.

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That which you nurture thrives, that which you neglect dies.

Senior Commanders, you can play a key role here.  When bringing a new commander into your Outpost follow these simple steps:

Interview all new commanders and make sure they have had an open dialogue with there wife concerning their commitment level. Don’t set them up for failure.  If they are brand new to the ministry give them time to find their right seat on the bus.  Book (Good to Great) Require them to have one date night per month.  (What she wants to do) Require them to set aside three days a year, three times a year.

Men be intentional

Weeks can go by just about the time you blink.  If you don’t intentionally add your wife to your calendar she will never receive the romantic affection she so desires.  In the book, His Needs, Her Needs, 250,000 women said this was one of their top two needs.

There is nothing noble about neglecting your wife for the sake of ministry.  Marrying a Royal Ranger Commander should be at the top of the list of things your wife brags about.  A ranger family in one accord coming along side each other for strength and wisdom is an awesome thing.

Prepare early for a heavy ministry season.

The lead up to Pow Wow can be taxing.  Assisting with pass and review prep, building camp entrances, stocking the chuck wagon, and all the logistics of travel can take days away from your family.  Not to mention the four days for the event itself.  Let us give you a few idea:

Hide a small gift around the house for each day you will be gone then text her each day with a clue. Send a few cards in the mail that will arrive while your away. Send flowers.

Ministry should be fun.  God’s word say His yoke is easy and His burdens light.

God has called you, your Ranger family will protect you, the enemy will peruse you.

Put on the full armor of God that you might stand against the whiles of the devil.  Stepping out into the ranks of Royal Ranger Commander puts a target on your back.  The enemy will try to take you out of the fight.  Yes, there may be a season where it will be wise to take a short break from Rangers, but there will also be those times where being in Rangers IS putting your family first.

Stick together and pray for those that are facing difficulties.  One day you will be in their shoes and you will need them to remember you.  We often say, “I will be praying for you.”  Do you?

 

 

 

 

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Planning to Speak, Wear a watch, and here’s why! [SO1E07]

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If you’re a commander doing your weekly program or a ranger on the trail of advancement, then public speaking is in your future. Don’t worry, you’re not going to have to give the Gettysburg Address, but at some point, you will have to deliver a Wednesday night devotional if you want to receive one of your Bible merits. So, why is a watch essential gear for delivering a successful speech? Read on, and you’ll find out.

A lot goes in to preparing a good talk or speech, but one extremely critical aspect of preparation that is often left out is – TIME! In fact, poor time management can sabotage even the best of speeches. So, grab your watch, or something else to tell time with, and follow these helpful tips when preparing and delivering a speech.

Time yourself!

Don’t leave time management to chance. Whether you’ve been asked to speak for 5 minutes or 55 minutes, practice timing yourself delivering you talk ahead of time. Only then will you get a good feel for how your delivery will flow and if your speech will fit within the allotted time. Trust me, you don’t want to wing this. You’ll either realize too late that you don’t have enough material to fill the time, or you’ll realize too late that you have too much material, and everyone out in the audience will be looking at “their” watches.

Be on time!

I know this sounds obvious, and well it should, but how many good speeches have started to quickly unravel before they’ve even gotten started. Look, arrive 15 minutes early, and you’ll have time to relax, get to know the environment, find out where you should stand and when you should get up to speak, and so on. This 15-minute buffer will give you a clearer mind and a calmer heart as you step up to the microphone.

End on time!

We talk a lot about respect within the Ranger Outpost, and rightly so, and believe me, nothing demonstrates respect more than ending on time, especially when you’ve been invited to speak. Keep in mind, even if you’re the “keynote” speaker, you’re likely not the only item on the program or agenda. Every minute you go overtime, takes time away from something or someone else. If you end on time, not only will you demonstrate the proper respect, you will gain the respect of both the audience, other Ranger and the commanders.

Rangers are leaders in the making, and leaders will often find themselves called upon to speak. So, the next time you’re called upon to stand up and speak, remember to “wear a watch”, and don’t get tripped up simply because you didn’t watch the clock.

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THE PERFECT WEDNESDAY NIGHT [S01E06]

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Royal Ranger Podcast feel that the National Royal Ranger office has done a terrific job of creating meeting guides for each weekly meeting.  Many outposts meet on Wednesday night, but the online curriculum is suited for any day of the week.  Each of these meeting guides are carefully planned down to the minute, and are the best place to start to achieve the perfect Wednesday night.

Each weekly meeting guide begins with opening and is intended to be done in the classroom at each outpost level.  At our outpost we do this as a whole.  We feel this gives an opportunity for the entire outpost to connect and to keep any one outpost from feeling isolated.  This also gives out outpost an opportunity to share announcements in a way that keeps everyone on the same page.  Further, it gives the Senior Outpost Coordinator a chance to speak to the outpost and for the Outpost Chaplin to bring a short devotional that unifies us as one body of believers.  However, we do dismiss the RK’s just before Chaplin speaks so that he can cater the devotion to the older boys.

The meeting guides are setup in a way that brings out the four Gold Points , the four ways a boy grows.  (Spiritually, Mentally, Physically and Socially)  If you focus on accomplishing these four elements of the meeting guides you will have gone a long way to meeting the needs of your boys.
1.  Bible Merit — Spiritually
2.  Program Feature — Mentally
3.  Recreation — Physically
4.  Patrols — Socially

Delegate — It’s best if you can let your commanders take care of the weekly teaching.  This leave you available to handle all of the logistics. Plan B — Always be ready to move seamlessly to plan B.  Things happen but that doesn’t me the night has to unravel. Keep Time — It’s your job to keep the night moving and make small adjustments to make sure your staying on track. Stick to the plan — Spontaneity is never birthed out of chaos.

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THE ONLY TWO RULES YOU’LL EVER NEED [S01E05]

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Rule #1 – Respect.  Respect is the first of the two rules, and covers all of the decisions Rangers will make regarding people problems and property problems.

Question – is talking over your commander while he is giving instructions respectful. Question – is taking something that belongs to one of your fellow Ranger respectful. Question – is damaging church property on purpose respectful.

Note: If you answered yes to all three, please skip the rest of these notes and relisten to the podcast!

Rule #2 – Safety.  Safety covers everything else.

Question – is it safe for a Ranger to take a canoe down the Peace River by himself in the dark? Question – is it safe for a Ranger Kid to leave camp by himself?

Hint: “The answer to all of these questions is NO!”

By implementing these two rules at every Outpost level, boys learn quickly how to govern themselves.

 

First you have to get all of your leadership on board and maintain consistency throughout the Outpost.  At all of our event at OP 169 we have a start time.  Over the years we have adopted some sort of 5 minute warning or countdown preceding that start time.  Our boys know that when the time runs down, the music fades or whatever the cue that is their time to get quiet and listen for instructions.  If they are still restless the commander will simple ask, loud enough for everyone to here, “Rule number one”!  Usually 85% of the boys will respond, “Respect”!  The Commander will ask again, “Rule number one”?  99% of the boys will respond, “Respect”!  If there are new boys in the group it only take a couple of time before they get it.

 

Everyone has to be consistent with this.  Every classroom, every event, and every group gathering should be used an as opportunity to reinforce the two rules.  Remember there are only TWO rules.  Games don’t have rules they have instructions.  Merit lessons don’t have rules they have instructions.  For example, if we are taking a nighttime canoe trip there are just two rules.  Respect and safety.  There may be several instructions.  Following instructions falls under what rule?  Your right, respect and safety.

 

Rules without relationship breeds rebellion, rules with relationship breeds respect.  Without a relationship with your rangers not one rule with work.  We have found that the fastest and most lasting relationship occurs when your in the middle of an adventure.  Boys will share their deepest fears and reveal their most confident skills on an adventure.

The beauty in all of this is that it’s age appropriate right out of the box.  One groups safety, might be different from another.  That’s where you get to help them use the two rules to govern themselves.

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