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Chris LoCurto


August 26, 2014

5 Unconventional Ways to Inspire Your Team [Podcast]

August 26, 2014 | By | 8 Comments">8 Comments

You have to have an inspired team. That’s a no-brainer. If your team is not inspired they are not productive.

What do you get when you have an inspired team? What happens when you spend time focusing on inspiring your team?

That’s the subject of today’s show: 5 Unconventional Ways to Inspire Your Team

For me personally, when I understand that I have a purpose and am part of a mission then I tend to pour myself into that job. I bring my all. I bring energy and loyalty.

And if you’ve done a good job leading me, you will have my buy in…which leads to my ownership.

That’s what I want for my team. I don’t want somebody who doesn’t  feel like what they are doing isn’t bigger than them or doesn’t have ownership in their job.

I don’t hire a person who “can” do the job. I want somebody who wants to do the job. I want someone who says, “Chris – I want to be a part of this!”.

So here are the 5 Unconventional Ways to Inspire Your Team.
(If they don’t make sense just listen to the podcast.)

1. Take A Lap – Get up and get out. (It’s become a ritual for the Chris LoCurto team. )

2. Intentional Gelato – a great chance to teach culture.  Click her to find Gelato in your area. : )

3. Team Potluck – It’s not what you think…wink wink.

4. One on One Meetings – “It’s not you, it’s me.”

5. The Teachable Moment – cue Lightbulb.

Remember,  as a leader it’s your job to make your team successful, not the other way around.

Tell me below the 2 ways you are going to inspire your team in an unconventional way.



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  • JustinRFoster

    Chris, thanks for these ideas! This was timely. I’m definitely going to schedule “Its not you, its me” meetings with my team. And, next week I’m planning an intentional Starbucks run. My focus right now is slowing down my pace so I can be a more deliberate leader – so these are perfect!

  • Ricardo ‘Reason’ Butler

    I actually use YouTube videos and audio podcasts to train and inspire my team since we are virtual and scattered abroad. The second way I can inspire them is (since we are a record label) I can send them the replies that I get of how good their music is. They sometimes don’t get to see and read these and I sense at times they don’t think they can make great music.

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    How can I improve my team cohesion?

  • Teresa

    Since I am working purely with volunteers at church on our next big project, I will: 1. Contact my team members each week and ask them how I can pray for them (and then pray for them.) 2. Present them with tokens of appreciation as we work through the process. Budget friendly ideas welcome!

    I love all 5 of your ideas, Chris and will implement them as often as possible. Thanks for sharing your wisdom!

    • Jana Botkin

      Tokens of appreciation can be as simple as knowing someone loves Cheetos and buying them a little bag. Easy, cheap, and it says “I know you!” (Or dark chocolate, a song on iTunes, a thank you card, a sprig of rosemary. . . gotta listen to people talk so you KNOW them.)

  • Steven Tessler

    My family is my only team. So I’ll do some of the ideas I heard on this AWESOME show!!

    Can you PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE come to my work and give them these ideas!! I’m kidding… It would be great if my establishment would do something like this for us.

    Love your work! Love what you do! Always inspiring me!!