I am knowledgeable in solving problems, analyzing processes, dealing with people, and personal growth and development. I am interested in consumer products, marketing, branding, our environment, and new inventions.
Techniques Ryan Raber Uses:
I use the, "There has to be a better way" problem solving technique most of the time. Once I come up with an idea or solution, I then research it. I do my best to test the validity of my idea or solution. I look at what has been done in the past, and look at potential reservations someone may have upon hearing or implementing new ideas. I do all of this, before presenting my findings. I have also learned to specify if I am sharing my ideas for implementation, or if I'm sharing them for the sake of discussion.
Ryan Raber's Problem Solving Skills:
Ryan Raber's Problem Solving Experience:
I presented ideas to operations managers at Amazon on how to increase productivity among employees, and decrease company shipping costs. These solutions were researched on my own time outside of work. I participated in an employee engagement activity by designing a T shirt that would be sold to employees of Amazon. I also emailed Jeff Bezos a marketing idea to promote an "internal customer service" initiative. Despite my efforts, I do not know if any of my ideas have been implemented. Last I heard, they were thinking of implementing one of them.
I presented ideas to the CEO, and operations manager of a private security company on ways to boost morale among employees on site, the company, and the client. One idea was implemented in which the company's CEO took credit for. This presentation, and research was all conducted on my own personal time outside of work.
I conducted a PowerPoint presentation to upper management, and co-workers at Ben E. Keith with ideas to increase employee productivity, decrease costs due to food waste, and raise company-wide safety awareness. They were not as receptive to new ideas as they initially lead me to believe. These solutions were too, researched on my own time outside of work.
I collaborated with multiple associates on how to increase client efficiency, resulting in the implementation of client welcome folders for a wealth management firm. I also recommended a Lunch and Learn event, which was successfully implemented by the firm as well.
I participated in the FedEx A.B.L.E. (Assess Build Launch Evaluate) initiative with a presentation explaining how to streamline a seven step, proper package lifting process, turning it into a three step process. As far as I know, this idea was not implemented. I researched, and presented this idea on my own time outside of work.
I suggested two ideas to a paper goods distribution company on how to maximize employee organization, and utilize all of their equipment. The ideas were implemented, and we doubled the previous production record! I came up with these ideas on the fly while at work. It was my first day, and it was a temp job.
I created an acronym for Walgreens to help employees remember key points of merchandising during night's close. It was implemented, and the employees said it did help them. I also received less and less criticism from the store manager about the condition of the store, before opening for the next day of business. I submitted a slogan, and product design for the company's "Going Green" initiative. My slogan, and design was not chosen. The acronym, and "Going Green" submission was all done on my own time outside of work.
I presented an idea to a UPS hub manager on how to help package handlers, and drivers better locate packages. This would help the package handler keep better track of specific zip code sections on the truck. This would also help the driver locate the customer's package more quickly. This idea was not implemented. I came up with this idea while loading trucks.
All of the above solutions are due to my direct involvement with the company. Beyond that, I am an active participant of the Frito Lay "Do us a flavor" contest. I have participated in this contest the last several years. Although I haven't won, last year, one of the finalists' flavors was an exact flavor I had submitted. They must've submitted their flavor idea before I did.
I came up with a few ideas on how to maximize the use of volunteers, and organize the distribution of donated goods for a nonprofit I used to work for. These ideas were gladly implemented. The model I developed, was also implemented on a mission trip I went on for a different nonprofit company.