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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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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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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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January 29, 2015

How To Surround Yourself With Better People

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What kind of people do you surround yourself with?
You’ve heard me say you are the sum of your past and your influencers.
Well this episode is all about your influencers.

What happens when you hang out with the wrong crowd?

There are a ton of quotes that articulate this but…they often leave out the reason why.
They are incomplete.

The real question is: Why are you in a place where you surround yourself with the wrong people?

To figure this out you have to understand your root system. Understand “your why”.
If you don’t understand you are hanging out with losers – hmm…that may be your bigger issue.

You need people in your life that you can trust. Today’s show will help you find those folks.

For most of us we need to understand our default.
If you’ve been controlled all your life your default will be to hang out with people who control you.
They make you feel like you’re not good enough.
You need people to tell you what to do.

If you are the controlling person, you will surround yourself with other controlling people but you will never have them in your life very long.
You can’t control them so you don’t stay friends long.
You try to control through anger and that won’t last.

Instead of people who will push you to be great…you stay in your default, your comfort zone.

If the 5 closest people in your life are not healthy for you – you need to find new friends.

But, ultimately you have to find your self worth from God.
Only one place can give you consistent self worth – it’s GOD!
If you are looking for the approval of anyone other than God you will end up in trouble.

Listen to today’s show and let me know in the comments how you surround yourself with healthy people.

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January 28, 2015

Ask Chris: Listening To God and Learning to Rest

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We are jumping back into your questions today!
Thanks to everyone who’s been over to http://chrislocurto.com/askchris/ and left a question.

The questions today dealing with listening to God and how to actually take time off from your job.

Taking time to listen to God is tough in our busy world but it’s vital. You have to make time for that. It’s truly the most important part of your day. I answer a great question from Jason about being more open to God and even listening to people, too.

And Barry had an interesting question about taking time off during the week to “relax” or rest from work. Is it possible when you genuinely love your job?
I feel ya Barry!

Here are some of the highlights from this podcast:

  • How to listen to God
  • Being sensitive to God’s voice
  • Why you need to practice listening
  • Building the listening muscles
  • Being fully engaged in conversation
  • Emotional attachment in your work
  • Why the Sabbath is important?
  • Are you putting work before family?

We love hearing from you!

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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January 22, 2015

The Coaching Leadership Style

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The Coaching Leadership Style

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Dan Rockwell, Leadership Freak, is on the podcast today. Dan drops a few leadership bombs on us during our chat on coaching and creating a coaching culture.

In this show you will learn:

  •  How Dan “fell into” coaching.
  • Why  hire a coach?
  • The “aha” moments of coaching.
  • Why the best coaches focus on the person.
  • Dan’s goals for coaching
  • The coaching style of leadership and it’s challenges.
  • How you move leaders to a coaching culture.
  • Micro Coaching Sessions

The bottom line is if you are looking to grow…hire a coach. It doesn’t matter if it’s business, golf, fitness or fashion. Get a coach and you instantly get the knowledge that comes with it.
The goal is to move the ball down the field and a coach makes sure that happens.

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January 21, 2015

Ask Chris: KRA Questions and Breaking Into Public Speaking

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KRA Questions and Public Speaking

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Chris is answering your questions today! In this episode, Chris covers personal finance, KRA’s and how to become a public speaker.

The Key Results Area sample pack is one of the most popular downloads on the site. If you haven’t checked it out, it’s a great free resource to help you get started with your KRA. Do you feel like you’re winning in your role? Does leadership think you’re winning in your role?

When it comes to your KRA, here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Your KRA should outline the key areas that will make us, the company, win
  • The details aren’t the key result area and when you’re task saturated, you’re not winning
  • The more you add to your KRA, the less you can win

Chris also covers how to build a platform that enables you to share information and create a demand for public speaking. Bottom line, public speaking and sharing a message can’t be about you. It’s about what you can do or share to help other people.

For more information on public speaking, check out 5 Tips on Speaking Without Fear and his Public Speaking Tips Q&A video:

As always, we love hearing from you! If you’ve got a question for Chris, go to http://chrislocurto.com/askchris/ and you might be featured on the next episode!

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January 20, 2015

Is Your Root System Holding You Back?

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Today I’m giving you 5 ways to identify whether or not your root system is holding you back. If you haven’t listened to the episode on Understanding Your Root System, you need this information. Listen to that podcast as soon as possible. When you dig deep into your root system, like we do in the LifePlan process, you will discover:

  • The list of lies you believe and how they hold you back
  • Things you don’t see that are in your root system
  • Things you deny in your root system
  • Things you recognize in your root system but avoid instead of address
  • Why feeling worthless, not good enough or like you don’t matter is a learned and trained behavior

The sooner you’re able to understand the “why” behind the “what,” the sooner you can change the way you move forward. You discover where your happiness comes from. You discover where your self-worth comes from. You’re able to put up healthy boundaries and change your life.

If any one of theses things is affecting you, you’ve got to work on it right now. The sooner you call the lies “lies,” the sooner you move on to a stronger and healthier you. Pull the junk out, eliminate it, and move on. This isn’t an easy or quick process but that’s why we’ve got LifePlan! If you’re interested in learning more about this process, check out chrislocurto.com/lifeplan.

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January 15, 2015

Procrastinate on Purpose with Rory Vaden

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Procrastinate on Purpose with Rory Vaden

 

 

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Rory Vaden, MBA CSP is Cofounder of Southwestern Consulting, a Self-Discipline Strategist and an Internationally Renowned Speaker. His first book Take the Stairs was a #1 Wall St Journal and #2 New York Times bestseller. His new book Procrastinate on Purpose is the first book ever to focus on the emotional side of productivity and it presents 5 methods to literally multiply your time. Listen to his weekly podcast and get free daily insights at: http://www.roryvadenblog.com

After learning about Procrastinate on Purpose you will:

  • Have clear methodologies for defining what your priorities really are in life and business
  • Feel more empowered to say “no” to the things that don’t matter so you can say “yes” to the things that do
  • Understand the way the most successful people in the world think differently about time
  • Employ solutions to give yourself more margin in life without compromising your results
  • Develop a sense of inner peace and control from embracing and implementing the 5 Permissions of The Focus Funnel™:
    • Eliminate: The Permission to Ignore
    • Automate: The Permission to Invest
    • Delegate: The Permission of Imperfect
    • Procrastinate: The Permission of Incomplete
    • Concentrate: The Permission to Protect

And if you’d like to win Rory’s book  – email Keith with this subject line: Procrastinate on Purpose and he’ll give you the details.

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January 14, 2015

Ask Chris: Are You Faking It?

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ARE YOU FAKING IT?

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In today’s episode of #AskChris, Trent has questions about understanding his DISC personality profile. He’s noticed that as his coworkers & customers get to know him, his adaptive style shows up less & his natural style is showing up more. He questions if the goal is to become more natural in all areas of his life. Great questions!

Your natural personality style is when you feel the most comfortable. It’s your home life, when you’re relaxed and just being yourself. When you get into your adaptive style, your work life or stress life, you adapt to the personality style in which you want people to receive you. The struggle comes as you get more comfortable with your coworkers or customers, they get to know the real you. Their expectations for who you’ve been can leave you feeling like you’re faking it. Don’t worry, you’re not.

In this podcast, I’ll dig into:

  • What a big spread between your natural and adaptive D, I, S, or C can mean
  • What happens when you force an area of your adaptive personality style
  • Why it’s so important to learn YOU as well as understand the people you’re working with and lean in their direction

If you haven’t taken the DISC or VALUES tests yet, make sure you do immediately! It’s the most powerful way to win in business and family situations. It will absolutely change the way you communicate and are communicated to.

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January 13, 2015

The Signs of Emotional Abuse

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The Signs of Emotional Abuse

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Whether you’re an entrepreneur, team member or leader, you’re not just working on the business side of running a company, managing projects, or leading a team. You’re doing life with the people you work with and you have a life that’s interacting with your business. Today we’re talking about emotional abuse and digging into what abuse actually is and how it effects your life.

Have you been emotionally abused? Are you the one doing it and not realizing it? In this episode I’m digging into:

  • The many signs of emotional abuse and how to recognize it
  • The purpose of emotional abuse and what it has in common with the abuser’s root system
  • Understanding the “why” and the lies of emotional abuse
  • Where your self-worth and self-confidence should come from

If you’ve felt this, been ridiculed or shamed, or humiliated, you’re not meant to live that kind of life. That is not what God wants for you. Go to chrislocurto.com/lifeplan, fill out your information, and we’ll get you help as soon as possible.

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January 8, 2015

Redefine Rich with Matt Ham

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Have you considered that being rich has far more to do with your heart than your wallet? Author Matt Ham joins us on the show to talk about redefining what “rich” is and how to have a rich life. Through borrowed wisdom and perspective, Matt dives into the RICH principles to create a deeper, more well-rounded life:

R – Recognize you’re broken

I – Invest in others

C – Choose gratitude

H – Humble yourself with confidence

Matt’s new book, Redefine Rich, addresses these principles through amazing stories of people daring to live richly. In this interview, we discuss:

  • How to look at your life with purpose and perspective
  • Having confidence in our gifts because they have been given to us by God
  • Living out what we’ve been given
  • How to move past force of habit thinking and be intentional
  • Why giving is always better than having

“Giving liberates the soul of the giver.” – Maya Angelou

We are made rich, in every way, to share our generosity with others and that is the purpose of richness. In the spirit of giving, Matt is giving away copies of his brand new book, Redefine Rich, to 10 lucky listeners. Go to iTunes and leave a review of the Chris LoCurto Show. Send an email referencing your review to keith@chrislocurto.com to be entered in the giveaway!

Also, it’s the LAST day to plug into Michael Hyatt’s goal setting program! Go, right now, do it. It’s the best program I’ve seen for goal setting. I endorse it fully!

Get started here: http://bestyearever.me/chrislocurto.

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January 7, 2015

Ask Chris: Intentional Living

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So many people have not been taught to be intentional or live intentionally. Intentional livings starts by saying, “I don’t want life to just happen to me anymore.” Instead of reacting and letting life happen one day at a time, it’s taking action and choosing to be intentional every day in your career, your marriage, with your children, with God, with your finances…and the list goes on. Intentional living is planning out the life you’re called to live and living it!

There’s no magic pill. There’s no trick. There’s no quick fix right now. It takes hard work.

Write your answers to these questions down, right now:

What’s the first thing that comes to mind that you want to be intentional about? What are the steps it’ll take to get there?

If you don’t have the answers, find someone who does! LifePlan is a great place to start.

In this podcast, Chris will discuss:

  • Being in the moment but being intentional about life
  • Changing your mindset
  • Having a vision, making a plan and setting goals along the way
  • Mapping out what it’s going to take today to make your goals happen
  • How to be successful by living intentionally

We got a lot of comments over the holidays from many of you about starting Michael Hyatts Best Year Ever and just loving it! Tomorrow is the last day to sign up and I absolutely recommend going through this information. It’s the best program I’ve seen for goal setting. I endorse it fully!

Go here to get started: http://bestyearever.me/chrislocurto.

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January 6, 2015

Your LifePlan Questions Answered

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LifePlan Questions Answered

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Welcome to 2015! I hope your year is already rocking and you’ve started living intentionally. Michael Hyatts “Best Year Ever” is still going on for the next few days. What are you waiting for? Get involved by going to http://bestyearever.me/chrislocurto.

Today, Joel is joining me on the podcast and we’re answering your questions on LifePlan. This process is all about discovering the “why.” Why you make decisions the way you’re making them. Why you’re doing what you’re doing now. Why you’re at where you’re at in life. Everyone that comes through has decided to change their life for the better.

In this episode, we’ll be answering:

  • How LifePlan works and what you can expect during the two-day process
  • How we discover your purpose in life and your career through LifePlan
  • What tangible things (documents, playbook, etc.) attendees leave with
  • If spouses can attend LifePlan together
  • How LifePlan will help you

Wether you’re dealing with some serious junk or you just feel stuck in your life, I absolutely believe this process will change your life. It changes the way you live your life.

If we didn’t answer your question today, there are two ways to get those questions answered. Either contact Joel by going to http://chrislocurto.com/lifeplan-sign-up/, or send a voicemail at http://chrislocurto.com/askchris/

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