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August 26, 2014

5 Unconventional Ways to Inspire Your Team [Podcast]

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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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August 25, 2014

Quick Tip on Managing Vendors

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Vendors aren’t always taught exactly what they need to do in order to be successful in their role. That’s why you can’t always assume that a vendor will do their job.
When you assume…you get in trouble.

This is especially true with vendors and deadlines. Without communicating clear guidelines and expectations, you may end up having to do their job.

When you set up vendors or your team for success, you get success.

Question: Do you have any war stories about dealing with vendors?

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August 19, 2014

Parents, Kids, Conflict…OH MY [Podcast]

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We are talking about conflict in the family on todays show. More specifically – How do I get my children to get along?

We naturally think ” my kids should just get along.” But we have to remember that with kids it’s no different than the people you work with.

The reason why kids (or anybody else) are in conflict is because they don’t understand each other.

Translating that into business and for your team, when we have two people that are in conflict, almost every time it comes down to the simplicity of not understanding each others personality styles.

So first off, you have to know what personality style your kids are. You do know what your kids personality styles are…don’t you?

Next you have to explain to the kids what the other siblings personality styles are. Explain to them what matters most to each sibling, why that’s important to them, where they struggle, etc.

When you do that you change the communication inside the family.

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Question: So…pop quiz – What personality styles do you have in your family?

 

 

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August 18, 2014

5 Ways To A Closer Relationship With God

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Finding your purpose in life is one of the greatest things you will ever experience. In LifePlan, it’s one of the highlights for every attendee; that and putting together what is most likely their first vision for their life.

But there’s a major key to discover the purpose that God has for you and that is…God. Yep, it’s a crazy thing, but the big guy upstairs has known what He’s wanted for you for a really long time.

5 Ways to a closer relationship with god

In the last episode of The Chris LoCurto Show – “Seeking God First”, we talked about our team devotional where we discussed Matthew 6:33: “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”

That’s when I shared how important it is to seek God, and I asked how many of you were “All in”, and a ton of you responded! So I thought I would take this opportunity to challenge you by giving you some practical steps to seeking God.

I don’t know if you’ve ever realized this, but every week you have 168 hours to use. If you work 40 hours a week, and spent 68 hours sleeping and eating, that would give you a total of 60 hours left to live the rest of your life.

Studies show that the average person spends 34 hours watching TV. If you add any family time and personal activity in there, how much does that leave for God?

Considering He’s your Father, and He loves you and knows you better than anyone, AND He actually has a plan and a future for you that’s better than anything you have on the table, don’t you think you should be spending more time with Him?

Start your morning off strong – As best as I can tell, Jesus spent every morning talking with God before He did anything else. If that was best for Him, shouldn’t it be for us? Every morning Jesus received blessing, and guidance, and love, and self-worth from God. Make sure you are as well!

Become a student - Every person needs a mentor or two. What greater area of your life to give focus to? Find someone who has a great relationship with God and ask for them to teach you how to do the same. Notice that I didn’t say find someone who attends church a lot, or does a lot of religious stuff, or talks Christianese well. Doing “church” or “religion” doesn’t mean you have a great relationship with your Father in Heaven. Believe me, I see a ton of people who are confused with that concept. Your relationship with God directly is paramount! Now, with that said, understand that I absolutely believe you should not forsake the gathering of the saints. Just don’t turn the gathering into a false belief of daily relations with God.

Set healthy boundaries - In 7 Signs You Self-Sabotage I shared that when you don’t have healthy boundaries, you allow people to manipulate you, take advantage of you, and abuse you. The very lack of healthy boundaries also keeps you from an intimate relationship with God. How? It’s actually quite simple – people without boundaries aren’t getting their strength, self-esteem, self-worth, confidence, etc. from God. Start by reading the book Boundaries! This is a great first step in taking care of YOU.

Worship Him like never before– I shared that the Jewish people believe, as well as I, that worshiping God is what you do during the week with his Children through your mode of work. In other words, if I do a great job during the week taking care of my clients and my followers, then I’m worshiping God. That in itself should absolutely change the way you look at your work. Focus everyday on what you can do to take care of God’s children, and I truly believe He will delight in it.

Keep the relationship open - Prayer is not something you just do in the morning, or when you eat, it should be continuous. As 1 Thes 5:17 says, “Pray without ceasing”. Saying Amen doesn’t mean that your communication with God is now done until the next meal. You grow your relationships with people by open communication, you should focus that even more when growing your relationship with God. Talk to him in all things.

If you will put these few things in place regularly in your life, I promise you will notice a phenomenal difference with your life!

Question: What ways are you inviting God in daily?

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August 12, 2014

Rules for Internet Business Success [Podcast]

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On today’s show we have author Matt Paulson, author of the new book,  40 Rules for Internet Business Success: Escape the 9 to 5, Do Work You Love, and Build a Profitable Online Business.

 

40 Rules for Internet Business Success

Over 40% of the Chris LoCurto Show listeners are entrepreneurs and another 40% plan on being entrepreneurs in the next year so this is a great topic for our folks to hear.

In this show we cover the first 5 of Matt’s rules in more depth and he shares his reason for writing such a timely book.

The Headlines

  • “All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty. The wealth of the wise is their crown, but the folly of fools yields folly.” (Proverbs 14:23-24)

  • Rule 1: Know Your Why

  • Rule 2: Excuses are the Fuel of Failure

  • Rule 3: Relationships Trump Knowledge

  • Rule 4: Become a Voracious Consumer of Content

  • Rule 5: Don’t Leave Your Family Behind

  • Matt’s top book recommendation: Business Brilliant: Surprising Lessons from the Greatest Self-Made Business Icons

 

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