Byron's Babbles

RYOBI’s® Beaming Leadership

Posted in Leadership, Learning Organization, Strategic Planning by Dr. Byron L. Ernest on December 5, 2015

 When coming back in this morning after the 4 AM trip to the barns for milking, feeding, and checking cows I felt compelled to write a blog post a little different than my normal posts. I am, however, using the best practice of sticking to my themes of leadership or education. This morning I needed to check on a cow that is close to calving. She is out in what we call the east pasture (east side of the house – pretty high tech naming convention here). When the weather is good we would much rather have the animals outside than forced inside. They all have the option to come inside, but generally choose not to if the weather is nice. This morning it was nice, no wind, 38 degrees, but fog as thick as pea soup had settled in. You know the kind – total darkness, mist curling around you like rain.  

 Of course, the cow was in the furthest point she could be. I did not know this at the time, but I would need to set out on the journey to find her. This was going to be one of those eerie times that was both wonderful and a little unnerving at the same time. There was an owl hooting (one of my favorite early morning sounds), a rabbit ran out in front of me, and a possum played, well, possum as I walked passed a hay feeder. I was also thinking about the game my son loved to play of flashlight tag. I guess I was playing flashlight tag with cows. Do I have a great life, or what? 

 Anyway, about this flashlight that I was playing tag with. That’s what this post is really about. The light I was using was my RYOBI® 18V ONE+™ Xenon Hi-Beam Spotlight. I just got this light a couple of weeks ago and I have to tell you, I’m glad I did. This the best light I’ve ever used on a morning like this this morning. It cut through the fog like the lighthouse on Asateague Island (one of my favorite places). 

 The RYOBI® 18V ONE+™ Xenon Hi-Beam Spotlight features a high intensity beam for maximum lighting in dim areas. This 2,800-lumen light features a lock-on button which allows the user to activate the light without continuously holding the trigger switch. It has a runtime of over 90 minuutes per charge using the P108 18V ONE+™ High Capacity Lithium-Ion Battery. The battery is really what I want to talk about from a leadership standpoint because without RYOBI® going to the high capacity lithium batteries I would not still be using RYOBI® tools. 

 Really, RYOBI® showed great insight in how they entered the market. RYOBI® offers all tools in the “One+™” series in both a “kit” form (with batteries and a charger) and in a “bare tool” form for use with your existing RYOBI® 18V batteries/charger. The “One™+” concept is simple: you can start out with one existing 18V RYOBI® tool — or purchase a tool in “kit” form — then add to your collection inexpensively by purchasing “bare tools” to use with your exisitng accessories. Here’s a list of what I have:

  • Drill/driver
  • Driver
  • Impact wrench
  • Right angle “close quarters” drill
  • 5-1/2″ circular saw (w/laser)
  • 10″ chain saw
  • Variable-speed orbital jigsaw
  • Variable-speed reciprocating saw 
  • Rotary cutter 
  • 8-1/4″ miter saw
  • Caulk & adhesive gun
  • Finish sander
  • Nailer/stapler
  • Flashlight
  • Handheld wet/dry vac
  • 4 -1/2″ angle grinder
  • Spotlight

I’ve probably forgot something, but I’m sure you get the idea of what all is available. It should be noted, however, that I almost threw them all away. The original batteries just would not hold a charge. Then came RYOBI® out with the new P108 18V ONE+™ High Capacity Lithium-Ion Battery. This saved the day. RYOBI® even went a step further and reinvented the ONE+™ line going to a green colored new and improved line of tools. The great part is, though, that all the batteries still fit all tools. 

Another great example of brand leadership is the development of hybrid tools. New products have been developed that can run off of a 110 volt electric cord or a RYOBI® 18V battery, making it compatible with all tools, batteries and chargers in the RYOBI® 18V ONE+™ System. The dual power source gives users limitless mobility and power. My son purchased the hybrid Bluetooth radio/stereo. Great for tunes while working in the barn. 

Hopefully you see why I believe RYOBI® leadership is beaming. By the way, no baby calf yet.

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