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April 1, 2015

How To Make Better Decisions

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There’s over 20,000 google searches each month for phrases dealing with making decisions.

Here’s a few examples of searches:

  • How to make a decision
  • Decision making skills
  • Making good choices
  • Effective decision making

Obviously, people need some help with making decisions. Or making the “right” decision.  It feels like there’s a fear of making the wrong decision.

And the information that’s out there as resources for making decisions is boarder line insulting; “write your decision down on a piece of paper, think about each option…”.  Seriously?!

No one searches for “how do I make a wrong decision?”.

Here’s what I’ve found is usually the issue with people who struggle to make decisions or folks who worry about making the right decisions: Root System. (surprise, surprise)

Since you aren’t here for a LifePlan in person here’s what I would suggest you do:

Start here:  Understanding Your Root System

And then here: What’s Holding You Back?

These two episodes will give you a good foundation to understand the info in this podcast and how having perspective on your past and influencers will help you make better decision today.

Once you know how your root system influences your decision making you can move on to processing and analyzing your decisions in a healthy way.

This will become second nature and you will begin to trust yourself more.

But for this you need greater perspective.

How do you get greater perspective?  Through questions.

For questions to be answered in the greatest way you need other people.

Surround yourself with other people.

On one of  my old podcast episodes I interviewed Jim Collins and I asked him about decision making.

He said, “Companies or individuals aren’t great because of one decision but rather many good decisions over time.”

If you are like me you’re probably thinking, “well how do I make consistently good decisions?”.

Collins said, for that you need to , “trust the right people”.

Who exactly are the right people? Well it’s the folks who share your values. Hopefully it’s your team, your family, etc.

You should be sharing your core values with your team so you can have alignment.  Thats how this plays into decision making.

Here’s an example of the way I want this to work for you:

You are a leader of a team and you have a big decision to make. It’s one that could potentially “make” the quarter for you. Or break it!

You and the team are in the conference room.

You know your root system and how this will play into your decision making and leading this group.

You know your personality style and those of your team.

You know how they will think and process.

You have done a good job of sharing your values with your team, you know their values and what drives them.

This has created respect and trust for where you are leading them. They want the same thing you want.

You are now surrounded by “the right people” as Collins put it.

Now you begin to dive into gaining perspective through questions.

But…

In reality you are surrounded by people who make statement.

In fact, it’s your default to make statements.

The problem with statements is that they are usually based on limited perspective and shallow information. Rarely has your statement been researched in depth.

Go ahead and jump into todays podcast to learn how to start asking questions and learn to start making better decisions today.

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March 31, 2015

Are You Addicted to Busyness?

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are you addicted to busyness

According to a recent study, most people can’t be by themselves for longer than 15 minutes without getting bored. (cue Netflix) We are a society of people who must be busy.

We want to feel important.

So what is busyness?  “Lively but meaningless activity.”

Basically, it’s anything that you do that doesn’t support your goals and values.

Speaking of goals…how are yours going? Remember the stuff you wrote down a few months ago? Busyness is anything that keeps you from working on them.

Your daily activities – Do they support those goals?

Here are a few signs you may be addicted to busyness:

  • Constantly checking social media status updates, instagram pics, twitter feed, rince and repeat
  • Every free minute you have your phone out
  • You feel like you are always running but never accomplishing anything
  • Check your email 1000 times a day
  • Do you have time for the people around you?
  • Feel anxious and stressed
  • Get bored easy
  • Go from event to event
  • Watch Netflixs constantly

So what are you really avoiding when you try to stay busy?

We dive into that question today on the show. There’s a need for everyone to feel important, to stay busy because we equate “busyness” to self worth.

If you feel like you are on a hamster wheel and missing out on life give todays episode a listen and jump of the wheel!

Question: What is your biggest temptation with busyness?

 

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March 26, 2015

Forgiving Yourself and Living Under Grace

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Forgiving Yourself and Living Under Grace

Forgiving yourself is hard. I imagine that most of us have a hard time doing it.

Sometimes it’s just easier to accept the forgiveness of other people and never deal with our own emotions and feelings. It just doesn’t feel “right” to forgive ourself. [cue LifePlan]

On today’s show Keith joins us and talks about an inspiring movie he recently watched and how it embodied the kind of grace and forgiveness we all should strive for.

The movie is, Fat,Sick & Nearly Dead, by Joe Cross and I bet a few of you have seen it.
For those of you who haven’t, here’s a preview:

If you’ve seen the movie, what were your thoughts?

 

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March 25, 2015

Culture: How To Lead Change

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Culture How To Lead Change

How do you lead change when the folks around you are tuff to lead or work with?
How do you influence company culture when the leadership doesn’t value it?
That’s the topic of The Chris LoCurto Show today.

If you are in a company where the culture is less than ideal…this resource is for you.

Today’s topic was a question by Nick, an AskChris caller.

Nick has a new leader that has a completely different personality style than the previous leader in that role. It sounds like it’s creating some conflict in the organization which includes some “culture shock”.

And it’s leading to some gossip among the staff.

How can Nick influence his new leader and help create a stronger culture? Give this episode a listen to find out.

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And…go to chrislocurto.com/askchris and leave any questions you have and we will do our best to answer them on the show.

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March 24, 2015

How Do You Handle Criticism?

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How Do You Handle Criticism?

Chances are there is a ton of criticism in your life. Todays show is especially on how to handle that criticism.

And I try some great coffee from Dillanos: Monserrate.

Use Coupon Code: CLOTRIBE for 15% off your next order.

Coffee from today’s show:
MONSERRATE 12 OZ.
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March 17, 2015

How To Become A Leadership Coach

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Hi Folks!

I’ve got Keith on the show with me today and we are talking about how you can become a leadership coach.

Keith asks me all your questions about becoming a leadership or business coach.

I talk a little about my journey and steps that I think you can take if you are wanting to take your career in that direction.

If you are thinking about becoming a coach – this episode is for you!

 

Question: Are you trying to become a coach? Why?

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March 12, 2015

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March 11, 2015

Emotional Intelligence Explained

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Emotional Intelligence Explained

 

 

Welcome everybody – today we are talking about this idea of Emotional Intelligence, what it is and how it can help you, can you develop it.

You’ve probably heard the term “Emotional Intelligence” before.
But…do you know what the heck it really is?

I’ve talked a lot about emotional strength and becoming a more emotionally strong leader.
I’ve talked about people pleasing and the lies we believe, that we tell ourselves.
And today I wanted to show you how all that fits into this “emotional intelligence” framework that’s becoming popular.

So I want to ask you: Are you able to detect your feelings and emotions when they start to get carried away?
When they start to drift toward the deep end of the emotional bellcurve?
How about other peoples emotions? (Yikes!)

Are you able to differentiate and process through all those feelings and emotions so that they can actually give you a framework moving forward for your actions and thinking?

If you’re like most folks, this is a big fat NO!
In fact, your eyes may have glazed over while I said that.

Let me ask it in another way:
Do you allow people’s actions to effect the way you live?
Do the actions of others stress you out?
Are you able to make decisions easily?
Do you wake up depressed some times?
Do you feel stuck?

Well, these questions are basically interpretations of the definitions I saw of emotional intelligence and todays show tries to explain it and give you a guide for developing yours.

If you have a question about todays show, go over to http://chrislocurto.com/askchris and leave me a voice note. It just may end up on air!

 

 

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March 10, 2015

3 Decisions That Will Change Your Team Today

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3 decisions that will change your team today

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Well…I can’t wait to get my hands on the new Apple Watch!

The Apple announcement was yesterday and it looked pretty cool!
(So did the gold MacBooks.)

But on todays show we are talking about 3 things that I believe are paramount in changing your team.

They will change the way your team sees you and will help them be more productive. #winwin

Discover what your team has to offer then set them loose.

This episode will help you do just that.

Question: Which one of the three are you going to focus on this week?

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March 5, 2015

How To Get Unstuck

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What are the things that keep you from being phenomenal?

What keeps you from being great?

If you think about it like a car, you’ve got a brake pedal and a gas pedal – is your foot on the gas or the brake?
Most people have an idea of what holds them back but for some reason they don’t think of it actually slowing down their life.

These “brake pedals” could be keeping you from doing great things.

So… here’s what I want you to do:
Get our a pen and paper. (I want this to be visual.)

Using the Wheel of Life as a guide,  I want you to ask yourself, “What’s slamming on the breaks?”. Do this in each area.

  • What are the things in the financial area that is holding you back?
  • What’s slamming on your breaks in the spiritual area of your life?
  • …Physical
    • Are you exercising?
    • Do you feel great?
  • …Intellectual
    • Do you not feel smart enough?
    • Do you not feel good enough?
  • …Family
    • Are they telling you you can
    • Are they controlling?
    • Are they abusive?
  • …Social
    • Do you have good people in your life?
    • Are you surrounded by negative people?
  • …Career
    • Are you following your dreams?
    • Do you even know what your dreams are?
    • Is it a bad leader?
    • Are you giving 100%?
    • Are you afraid to fail?

Then rate them from zero to 100.
For example: How much is a fear of failure holding me back in my career? ( 70%)

Be sure to run through each area, write down your answers, and then process through them.
Why are they holding you back? Why are they brake pedals?
And, most importantly, how am I going to get my foot off the brake and on the gas?

This should begin to identify those major road blocks in your life and how to manage them better. Once you know what’s stopping you from reaching the next level then you can begin to create a plan on how to get there.
This is a lot of work but you can do it!

If you are having trouble or just want this at a deeper level, (like 100x!!!) then look into LifePlan.
This is one of the many things that we cover in order to make sure your foot is on the gas pedal for your life.

Question: Is your foot on the brake or the gas?

 

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March 4, 2015

Do The Work – Start Your Business

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Do the work and build your business

Do you want to start a business? Are you currently trying to start a business?

If you are wanting to be an entrepreneur…fear will be whispering in your ear.

“I’m afraid of getting clients.”
“I’m afraid of getting started.”

The list of whispers is endless.

I hear this a lot from entrepreneurs that I work with.

They say things like:

“I’m not going to be prepared enough.”
“I don’t have all the answers.”
” I don’t know what to say.”

Instead of doing the hard work, most people just do busy work.

They work on their website. Or maybe they say, “I’m waiting on my business cards before I start.”. …sure you are.

It’s just excuses, all because of fear.

Being afraid of failure is like being afraid of school. Failure is the best teacher you could ever have.
As you fail, you learn. It’s ok to fail, just learn from it.

If you’re afraid to get business and get clients, fear is going to tell you everything it can to get you to not go after it. Then you’ll get stuck.

You need to RIGHT NOW, call fear out. CALL IT OUT NOW!!!

What are you afraid of?
Write it down.
Ask yourself, “Why am I afraid of this?”.
What can you do about it?

If it’s “I’m afraid I would be prepared.” well get prepared. Eliminate the excuse.

Failure can be a tool for those who are willing to use it.

This isn’t just about starting a business…it’s about life.

So stop putting off what you know you need to do. Make a plan. Do the research. Pick up the phone. Send the email. Make the pitch. Stay up late. Get up early. Work on the weekend.  Make up your mind that you will take action. Do what it takes.

The worst thing you can do is to shut yourself down with failure that doesn’t even exists.

You CAN do this. 

 

Question: Are you trying to start a business? What’s your biggest hangup?

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March 3, 2015

How To Develop A Company Vision

How To Develop A Company Vision

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You probably know that if your team doesn’t know where there are going…they lose interest.
They get bored.
Where there is no vision the people start to fall apart.

It’s your job as the leader to set that vision. If your not the one setting the vision then it’s your job to help communicate the vision to your team. ALL. THE. TIME.

It’s something we do in StratPlan and it’s something you should do too!

In this show you will learn:

  •  A quick way to communicate your companies vision
  • Why your team needs a vision
  • Is the dress black and blue or white and gold?
  • Why a company vision is vital when leading
  • How to Inject Passion into your team

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February 26, 2015

How To Have A Transparent Team

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How To have A transparent team

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Do you want to create champions on your team?
It starts with you and it starts with honesty and transparency.

Most folks either think their team is very transparent of not transparent at all.

I unpack some of the truth around having open and honest teams and why this is critical to productivity.

And I’ve got a question for you: What are some of the ways you’ve emphasized transparency with your team?  Got any bad examples?
Let me know if the comments.

 

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February 24, 2015

Leading Your Former Boss

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2.24.15

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It’s time for another AskChris episode and we have 2 great questions.

Brian’s question is unique, how do you lead your former boss?

Leadership is not managing people. The goal of leadership is to lead others in the direction of the vision of the company. And you do this by first understanding, “who am I trying to lead?”.

When it’s your former boss,  you need to understand that you may also be dealing with some emotions. Understanding how she acts, reacts, responds, receives info, gives info, etc.  will give you a HUGE advantage.  You know what will shut her down and motivate her. This is crucial.

Secondly, you need to earn her respect. You’ve heard me say, it’s your job to make your team successful, not the other way around. If you will make sure she is set up for success and has everything she needs…she will allow you to lead her. She’ll see that you are for her.

You shouldn’t be guarded! Being guarded means you are putting up walls and not healthy boundaries. Being guarded is never beneficial. You need to attack the thing that leads you to feel the need to be guarded.

If there’s an issue…call it out. LEAD!

Megan’s questions is about Root Systems. She is wondering if I have any more resources that I would recommend.

Well, assuming you have listened to this episode: http://chrislocurto.com/understanding-your-root-system/, I’ve got a few more ideas for you too so jump in!

And you can leave a question or comment here: chrislocurto.com/askchris.

Your question just might end up on the podcast like these listeners!

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February 19, 2015

What Brian Williams Can Teach You About Leadership

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2.19.15

Today we are diving into the Brian Williams…situation.

Joel jumps in on this episode and walks us through some valuable PR lessons and I talk about the leadership (or lack thereof) of NBC and how best to handle a crisis in your business.

And be sure to download the “Rebuilding Your Trust” checklist that I mentioned on the podcast.
When you’re in crisis mode you have to act fast and be intentional. This checklist will help you do both!

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February 12, 2015

How To Transform Your Company Culture with David Morris

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HOW TO TRANSFORM COMPANY CULTURE

 

Coffee with Chris is back with a bang!

David Morris, Founder and CEO of Dillanos Coffee Roasters sits down in our studio in Franklin, TN.

David shares stories from his new book, The Rolling Desk, and we take a deep dive on the famous Dillanos company culture.

Umm…they have a dodge ball court!!! #epicCulture

I always have a blast when I’m around David – I think you’re gonna like this one.

Be sure to connect with David on twitter: @coffeemaverick
Here’s a link to his book on Amazon: The Rolling Desk

And of course, go now to Dillanos.com and explore their incredible coffee.
(The team and I drink it all day…erryday)

And be sure to use the code: CLOTRIBE for 15% off!
Or 10% off, plus a check for $.38 – it’ll make sense after you listen :-)

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February 11, 2015

How To Manage Stress & Measure Productivity

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How To Manage Stress

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We’ve got two great questions today!

But first we get into a little ObamaCare talk and it’s impact on business and you – the customer. You may have heard about Buffalo Wild Wings adding a surcharge on their receipts to pass on ObamaCare costs they’ve incurred.

There’s no such thing as free! Just keep that in mind the next time a politician says “free healthcare” or “free college,” you’re paying for it one way or another. :-)

Pretty interesting! Check it out here: ObamaCare and BWW

Next, podcast listener Colin wants to know:
How do I manage productivity?
I measure productivity with an old school little thing called…leadership. My perspective may make your wheels turn!

And Jesse has a great question about managing stress.
She wants to know, “How do you better manage stress at work and home?”
How do you “leave it at the office”?

These are great questions I bet a lot of you deal with!

Dive in and let me know your thoughts in the comments.
Or better yet…leave a question or comment here: chrislocurto.com/askchris.

Your question just might end up on the podcast like these listeners!

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February 5, 2015

How To Create a Legendary Brand with Brian Smith

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how to create a legendary brand with Brian SMith

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Chances are you know someone with a pair of UGG boots. In fact, I think everyone on our team owns a couple pair!

Well, today we are talking to Brian Smith, Founder of UGG Boots.

Brian shares with us his secrets to creating a legendary brand. His stories on branding are amazing! You will definitely get a ton of ideas while listening.

We talk about entrepreneurship, overcoming fear, and how Brian launched his business with only $500!

If you’d like to get more branding tips and insight, be sure to sign up for a FREE Chapter of his new book on Branding over at briansmithspeaker.com.

I’d love to know in the comments below how you are trying to brand your business?
What demographics are you targeting?

 

 

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February 4, 2015

How To Get A Raise and Leading Older Employees

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We’ve got a great show for you today!

We talk about our favorite Super Bowl commercial and the biggest duds.
I answer some tough questions.
Keith slow jams the Loctite commercial.
It gets crazy!

The AskChris questions have been pouring in and we are digging it!

John Mark asks the question, “what’s the best way to approach getting a raise or promotion?”.
A fabulous question!
I’m a fan of people asking for more money. In fact, I kind of like it when my hires do it. :-)

Show the value…and I’ll show you the money!

Our second question comes from Brian and he asks, “how do you lead people who are older and more experienced than you?”.
Wow – a tough one.

This one comes down to respect. They want to know you respect them and will fight for them.
Help them become successful and you’ll build a strong team.

A few of the many highlights from this podcast:

  • Who won the SuperBowl Commercial “Super Dud Award”
  • Our favorite half-time commercials
  • The Loctite Slow Jam about 6 min in
  • The best strategy for getting more money in your job
  • Are you willing to walk away?
  • How to lead older, more experienced people
  • How to earn respect
  • Dealing with gossip

Keep giving us the questions – we love it!

If you’ve got a question for me or the team, go to http://chrislocurto.com/askchris/ and you might be featured on the next episode!

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February 3, 2015

Signs of a Controlling Leader

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As a leader you have to be incredibly careful not to try and control the people around you. You are effecting those who follow you and you have an obligation to lead them well – without trying to control their emotions and beliefs.

It’s one thing to help and educate folks but it’s another thing to try and define their reality.

One of the qualities of a good leader is the ability to lead w/out having to manipulate other people.  #commonsense

It’s dangerous to manipulate!

This episode will help you see if you are the controlling leader.
Or maybe – you are surrounded by a controlling leader.

Listen to today’s show and let me know your thoughts in comments.
I read em’ all!

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