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July 26, 2016

Why Entrepreneurs Plateau in Their Business – Part 2

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Welcome to the show, Nevin! He was our first podcast live call in Q&A guest! We brought Nevin back on to dive even deeper and get really practical…

If you have questions that you want answered, solutions you need, things that are holding you back… Let’s talk! I will give you the best solution I possibly can. It’s really easy. Get on the schedule here.

TODAY we are diving deeper into why entrepreneurs plateau in their business, why Nevin plateaued. 

While there are common generational and external influences for many folks…this is truly a personal discovery process. Nevin and I unpack what this process looks like, here’s what we walk through together:

  • Recovering from the endless cycle of people pleasing
  • The universal “empty” feeling, and where it comes from
  • How to get self-worth from God
  • The right and wrong places to gain self-worth

This is so important…

Worth from people lasts about five minutes. Trying to make yourself feel good by making others happy also lasts about five minutes. How do you get that happiness from somewhere else? We’ve been trained. We’re programmed to think,

“If I don’t take care of them in their struggles, I’m not a caring person, I’m a bad person. Or…it’s the right thing to do.”

We have this unhealthy mindset:

My worth tanks if I’m not constantly making someone else feel better or better about themselves.

You have got to get yourself out of this place! Where should self-worth come from?

I believe your greatest worth, period, is the act of love that happened with the cross.

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July 12, 2016

If You Want to Take Your Side Business Full Time, Ask These Questions

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“Don’t just listen to this podcast. Implement.”

Don’t give me your excuses about why you can’t make it happen…you just heard somebody who is bustin’ it! Somebody who’s willing to fight to make his dream happen.

JP asked…

I’ve been working on a side business for 5 years, with a daytime job…but I still have $40,000 of debt to pay off. Should I wait until I’m completely out of debt to go all in on my side business? Or should I start now?

This is a phenomenal question. Here’s what you’ll discover on today’s show:

  • How to balance a full time job, a side business and investing
  • When to take your side business full time
  • The right timeline for getting out of debt

If you have questions that you want answered, solutions you need, things that are holding you back… Let’s talk! I will give you the best solution I possibly can. It’s really easy. Get on the schedule here.

 

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Question: What’s holding you back from taking your business full time?

 

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July 5, 2016

4 Low Cost Marketing Ideas for Entrepreneurs


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“It’s not a matter of how big your marketing budget is…”

If you have questions that you want answered, solutions you need, things that are holding you back…Let’s talk! I will give you the best solution I possibly can. It’s really easy to sign up. Get on the schedule here.

TODAY we are talking about how to get more sales with a limited marketing budget.

Business owners miss the mark on marketing everyday. It’s not a matter of how big your marketing budget is…One of the most important questions you can ask in your marketing process is:

How do I serve you with my product?

That’s the first step…Here’s what we cover on the show:

  • How to get more sales and get more people coming to you
  • Guerrilla Marketing
  • Advertising on a limited budget
  • Segmenting to get paying customers
  • Video Marketing for Your Business
  • How to get people to “purchase like crazy”

 

If you want to be on the show and have your question answered by me, it’s easy to do now. Get on the schedule here.

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Ryan Deiss, Digital Marketer

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Question: What guerrilla marketing techniques have been most successful in your business?

 

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June 28, 2016

How to Grow a Mastermind, and 3 Steps to Have a Better Conversation

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Folks, if you’ve been listening to me for any length of time then you know the number one issue when it comes to business, family, and friendships is having a lack of high quality communication…to make sure you are winning in every aspect of our life, start by understanding your personality style and those around you.

We’re diving into the DISC personality profile today. Is DISC new to you? Skim the basics here.

Our first podcast listener asks:

What resources can I tap into to be a better communicator overall, and spot personality styles and how to communicate with them in the best way to get the best results quickly?

Here’s what you’ll discover in today’s Live Call-in Q&A:

  • How to spot personality styles
  • How to communicate effectively based on personality style
  • Macro and micro elements of the DISC Profile
  • How personality profiles affect workplace productivity
  • Pricing a Mastermind Group
  • Running a Mastermind Group

 

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June 21, 2016

The Reason You’re Spinning your Wheels (And How to Get Traction) 

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“I’m just stuck. I’m going a hundred miles an hour, I don’t ever seem to get rest.”

We have had a fantastic response to our Live Q&A and we’re so glad you are enjoying it. Anyway I can help you…that is my goal. Ask me any question. Getting on the show takes 45 seconds, click here.

Hearing our podcast listener’s words and being able to talk to you all is incredibly powerful. This episode blew me away. Here’s what you’ll discover:

  • What’s really causing your stress
  • What questions to ask to break free from Burnout for good
  • How to handle conflict with family members
  • How to reason with an argumentative boss
  • Debt…why it matters
  • How your Root System affects your business
  • How to have productive conversations with hyper-defensive employees

 

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Question: Do you know someone who’s dealt with burnout? What effect did it have on their business?

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June 14, 2016

Dealing with Burnout, Surviving a Lousy Leader and Growth


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“Tuck your cape back in your pants, you’re not superman.”

We’re PUMPED about starting Live Call-in Q&A for #AskChris on the podcast! Welcome to the first episode. We have a great episode for you today folks…

We have three fantastic podcast listeners that bring questions I get asked all the time. We get straight to the answers and cover:

  • How to survive a lousy leader
  • How to overcome burnout in every area of your life
  • Are you really supposed to “follow your passion?”
  • What I look for in a new hire
  • Marketing and Sales to get results

We opened more spots for Q&A call-ins! We will walk through whatever questions you’ve got. Get on the schedule here.

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Ryan Deiss, Digital Marketer

 

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June 7, 2016

What is Really Holding You Back?

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“All I got to do is work hard and then everything’s going to show up, right? Then it doesn’t.”

Be honest…how many “life hacks” are you trying implement this week? How many lists, habits and resources do you invest in monthly?

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There are plenty of tools out there to fix “the problem” or increase your productivity. But before you invest in a solution, ask yourself…

  • Do I really know what’s holding me back?
  • Do I have correct perspective, not just people’s advice and opinions?
  • Why am I responding the way I am?
  • Am I looking at my business and life the right way?

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May 31, 2016

5 Strategies the Strongest Decision Makers Use Every Day

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“Many people, and you see this a lot with the younger folks, have not been trained to think for themselves. Listen! I’m calling out my own generation too.”

We are launching a live Q&A show!! You get to call in and have a conversation with me, so if you have questions that you want answered, solutions you need, things that are holding you back… Let’s talk! I will give you the best solution I possibly can. It’s really easy. Get on the schedule here.

TODAY we are talking about surface level decision making.

This is something that I see a lot of people doing…and it absolutely holds people back in their growth. We have not been trained how to make good decisions! Because of this, we end up with what I call surface level decision making.

Definition: Making a decision on the first thing you see, taking information from what’s right in front of you, and not digging any deeper.

Becoming a strong decision maker… requires #mindset change.

Here are the five of the strategies we cover on the show:

  • How to solve the problem” with persepctive
  • Mindset: digging in when decisions are complicated, impossible and painful
  • The right way to research: taxing the collective intelligence
  • Spending time in prayer
  • Writing it down!

If you want to be on the show and have your question answered by me, it’s easy to do now. Get on the schedule here.

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May 4, 2016

From Next-Level Leadership Live Event 2016: Rabbi Daniel Lapin, Masterminds and Behind the Scenes

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Day Two of Next-Level Leadership Live Event started with incredible energy.

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One of the day’s highlights was hearing from the Next-Level Mastermind Coaching clients. Mastermind Coaching group members joined Chris on stage and talked about what it’s actually like to be a part of this team and accountability group. The Mastermind team opened up about the huge impacts of Next-Level Life, StratPlan and Mastermind Coaching groups in their personal lives and businesses.

The BEST part of Q&A was during a story told by one of the Mastermind panel members on enforcing culture and how they resolved an ongoing sticky situation with a client. To best explain how they solved the problem and brought strong communication and productivity back to their office, they said…

 “We LoCurto’d him, yes you’re a verb in our office.”

Laughter erupted and continued as another panel member agreed,

“…you guys LoCurto’d the heck out of him.”

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The Next-Level Mastermind Coaching panel was powerful. Attendees took notes and began submitting their applications to join a team to see the same results and drastic change in their lives and businesses.

…You might be reading this and realize you missed the event. You still have a window to learn about the Next-Level Mastermind!

Not sure?

Let’s walk through it…

  • You would love to freely access the wisdom of successful entrepreneurs and leaders to gain practical, experienced-based advice on how to grow your revenue without reinventing your entire business.
  • You haven’t established a reliable, consistent community of like-minded peers to bounce ideas off of and gain wisdom from… people who “get it” when it comes to leading and growing a business.
  • You are not at peace with how much time you spend working versus time with your family or doing things you enjoying life.
  • You know what the problems are in your business, but you’re not sure how to fix them.
  • You’ve hit a plateau in your leadership or business growth and don’t know how to get over it…

if you mentally checked yes to any of these… The answer is you need more infoYES, SEND ME MORE INFO!

 We would LOVE for you to be a part of what we do, and gain access to:

  • Quarterly 1 1/2 Day In-Person Retreats

 

 

  • Exclusive Next-Level Mastermind Member Accountability Group calls

 

 

  • Unlimited Access to Chris’ Head Client Coach

 

 

  • Monthly Live Q&A Group Coaching Calls with Chris

 

 

  • 25 DISC Personality Profiles

 

 

  • 25 Values Profiles Tests

 

    …and many more details. Spots filled up at our Next-Level Leadership Live Event, but if you want more info as enrollment opens again for our Mastermind Coaching Program click here:YES, SEND ME MORE INFO!

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Rabbi Daniel Lapin

We had the honor of having Rabbi Daniel Lapin speak to the attendees, and to us.

As Rabbi Lapin shared his wisdom and principles, heads nodded and verbal agreements echoed across the room (in the audience and at the Chris LoCurto team table in the back). We extended the Q&A because the entrepreneurs and leaders could not. get. enough.

Rabbi Lapin empowered us all with content on integrity and virtue in business, ancient jewish wisdom on finance, the reward of specialization and perspective on CEOs and finance in our culture today.

Business encourages virtue. How? By your consistency. That’s called reputation: people rely on your credibility. If that changed…you would not be in business for long at all. Integrity really matters.

To get a behind the scenes look at the empowering, game-changing event that was Next-Level Leadership Live Event 2016, here are some highlights of what our attendees saw and had to say:

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Right at the the start of theNext-Level Leadership Live Event our attendees begagn checking in, sharing content and what inspired them through Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat.

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We’ll see you at the Next-Level Leadership Live Event 2017! To be notified as we open registration for the Next-Level Leadership Live Event click here: KEEP ME UPDATED!

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May 2, 2016

From Next-Level Leadership Live Event 2016: Chris LoCurto on Making Stronger Decisions

Today, at the Next-Level Leadership Live Event…there was SO MUCH incredible content, I could only squeeze in highlights of the lessons Chris taught. And wow, are they powerful.

The atmosphere was unbelievable in the event space today.

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I was typing furiously to not miss any content, so forgive any typos. The Chris LoCurto team is also gearing up for a really exciting new project using some of THIS Live Event content…so if I’m being brief, it’s for your own good. Check back in in a few months  :-)

Let’s do this… Here are some highlights from Day One:

“Entrepreneurs can go from sheer exhilaration to sheer terror and back in the same 24 hours.”

Opening with this statement in a room packed with entrepreneurs and leaders, Chris asked…

Are you feeling overwhelmed?

The attendees hands shot up simultaneously.

Chris made it clear that this event was not about a quick fix or a few tips that will last for a month. He focused in on perspective.

Diving into the Root System, Chris let every attendee know:

“This will lay the ground work and impact everything we do and talk about for the next 3 days.”

MAKING STRONGER DECISIONS

This content was a deep dive in understanding controlling and submissive people, knowing WHO these people are in your business and life and WHY and HOW to deal with it. This impacts your team every day.

Heads nodded and questions popped up left and right.

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This event is completely full and sold out, to get notified when seats open for our next live event, get more info!

KEEP ME UPDATED!  The comments kept coming as Chris talked on self-worth and productivity.  

Most people get their self-worth from one of two places:

  1. What others think of them

 

  • Their productivity

 

 

 

People who get their self-worth from these places will work night and day, while creating no margin, so their work is significant. Chris made it very clear: 

“Don’t be surprised, if this is you gaining worth and identify from your business and letting it  become who you are…if in a few year you don’t have a great relationship with your spouse or children, and a lack of community around you.”

Chris coached the attendees… “Go look at your Root System!” What has happened in your past> What have you allowed to influence you? Where are you truly getting your worth? 

Your Root System is the lens in which you see the world. It determines your thoughts, your decisions, and how you live every day.

and guess what…  You bring your Root System with you to work with you every day.  This content on day one alone had entrepreneurs and leaders lined up for Q&A during the VIP lunch.IMG_7072 2 After three POWERFUL pieces of content, a fantastic lunch, Q&A with Chris, a word from our Mastermind Clients and a catered Gala event with live music, we brought an incredible first day to a close.  With two more days left of the Next-Level Leadership Live Event, we already have the gears turning for our next live event! Get notified as we open registration for our next live event! KEEP ME UPDATED!

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April 25, 2016

Delivering Criticism To A High I Personality Style

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On today’s podcast, we are doing something a little bit different. We are taking your call-in questions over the phone.

We are super excited to try this out. Let us know if you enjoy this type of show. We want to know your thoughts so, leave a comment at the bottom of the post.

Now on to our first question!

Question 1: 

One of the individuals that I coach is a great team member, has a ton of potential, and has been really receptive. Something came up last week when we were meeting that totally stumped me.

He’s a high D personality style, has a lot of I as well, so really can be sincere but on the job he’s totally task. As he and I were breaking down kind of what was going on on some of the actions that have happened and the behaviors that he had exhibited recently.

The thing that came out is that he doesn’t care about the individual that he’s working with at the moment. That’s pretty much how he said it and it kind of floored me for a minute.

He and I both have a good relationship. I let him know that I wasn’t judging his comment but I was totally bewildered, I didn’t know what to say. I don’t know where to go.

Here’s what we hit:

  • Adapting your personality style
  • Gaining Self-worth in a role
  • The need for control
  • The role your root system plays in your leadership
  • Fear of failing
  • What questions to ask to guide a team member to self-discovery
  • Delivering constructive criticism to a high I personality style

Question 2:

I’m having a harder time than I used to of taking a breath and making the time to be there with the individual rather than just trying to get through the agenda so I can get to the next thing. I don’t know how to get back to a place of patience and just focusing on the individual.

  • The balance between the task at hand and a teachable moment
  • Perspective when it comes to pressure and stress

 

Don’t forget, we want to hear from you. Do you like the call-in show? Would you like to hear more of them on the show? We’d love to know what you think so be sure to leave a comment below.

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April 12, 2016

7 Ways To Lead A Negative Team Member

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Bad attitudes will ruin your team. I say it all the time, champions want to be around other champions.

Negative team members will poison those around them, and ultimately your champions will leave because of it.

Listen leaders, you’ve got to take action. You have to do something about it, because I can promise you this…allowing one negative team member to chase off two champions is going to implode your team.

if you don’t stop that right now, then what you are allowing the negativity to shape and mold your culture.

These team members are literally forcing culture on you, and the company, or at least that team.

If you are a team leader, it is absolutely shaping your team’s culture. DO NOT allow it. It is dangerous!

Here are 7 things that will help you lead a negative team member:

 

1. You Must Desire To Help The Team Member 

Most people just want to shut the negativity down, shut the person down, and stop the junk. Listen, there’s a reason why this person is being this way.

You have to start off by caring more about them than yourself.

2. Take Them Out Of The Office

Don’t do it where you know it’s going to get people talking. You know that people are going to see that there is this conversation going on, and by the way, it could get heated, they might blow up a little bit.

Take them out of the office.

3. Explain Why You Are Meeting

You have to make a judgement on how important this meeting is. Is this a discussion or is this an emergency meeting. Set the tone. In other words, if it is an emergency…”Hey listen, I wanted to talk to you, but before we get into everything, I need you to understand this is a nine-one-one meeting.

This is something that you have to understand, if we don’t fix this today, if we don’t solve this in this meeting, there’s going to be repercussions, there’s going to be consequences, so I need you to understand what this meeting is all about.”

You have to say up front, so that they have an expectation of what’s going on.

4. Set The Ground Rules 

Set the ground rules. Listen, no being mad, no yelling, no being personally offended if something does come up, then I need you to say something.

5. Gain Perspective

It’s all about perspective. You’ve got to ask tons and tons of questions and plan on following up every question with a why. Ask them questions. Find out what’s going on.

Find out why they felt that way. Find out how they feel about the leadership, and the company.

6. Focus On Understanding

Focus on understanding why they believe the company wouldn’t want them to succeed. Why do you feel that way?Ask them to help you understand why they believe that. Then fill in the information.

The communication will help to remove the fear. It will help to get them feeling good about their position and it will help to have them not have the broken belief system.

7. After All Things…

After you help them to gain perspective, shown them that you care, set their expectations, and after you have helped them to see that the company does want them to succeed or at the very least the leadership over them wants them to succeed…after all of that explain that the negativity has to GO!

If it has been done well and they are on board, then they will go back and bust it.

QUESTION: How have you handled a negative team member? 

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April 5, 2016

How To Move Forward When You Feel Stuck

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I am all about solving problems, fixing things, getting my hands dirty, and discovering the why behind the what…but what do you do when you feel stuck?

Today on the podcast, we hear from Jill, who is struggling with just that.

“Hi Chris, my name is Jill, I’m 45, I am not married, never married, no kids and have found myself in a situation where I am not working, I’ve been looking for a job since November, I moved across the country two years ago and still am not connected at all.  

I did that because I felt that’s what the Lord was asking me to do, but I know that I’m extremely closed down and I have a business, I’m an AdvoCare independent distributor, have been since 2002 and can’t seem to get myself to do that business and it’s all about not having a belief in myself. 

I hear on your podcasts about life plan and agree that that’s exactly what I need to do but I found myself having zero money, no ability to get to it and honestly I don’t know what to do anymore. I‘m extremely unhappy and that’s not the kind of person I am, so any hope as far as advice or action plan would be very, very welcome.

Thanks Chris, I love everything you do.”

Wow! I know that there are a lot of people right now that can relate to Jill’s question.

Listen in to hear how to move forward. Here’s what I unpack:

  • The God Factor – It’s in God that we get the answers and the direction.
  • Isolation – it is amazing what happens when you are isolated and you’re left to your own thoughts which tend to contain some level of lies or some broken belief systems.
  • Community – There are 2 aspects to community. Having it, having people around you to keep you from being isolated in your own thoughts. It’s also a community of people that are sharing the same experience. When you have that community of people sharing the same experience, growth happens.
  • Understand Your Root System  – When you gain perspective on your root system, you can see how and why you make decisions the way you do. You can identify what training or beliefs are there that aren’t healthy and hold you back. When you understand why you make decisions the way you do, you can change them.
  • Depression – Do the things that refuels you, whatever that is.
  • Diet & Exercise – Get sugar as far away from you as you can, and get your body moving!
QUESTION: In what ways have you been able to get “unstuck”?
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April 4, 2016

Last Call To Get Best Price For Next-Level Leadership Live Event

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All good things must come to an end, and Early Bird pricing ends for the Next-Level Leadership Live Event Tuesday, April 5 at 11:59pm PST.

Don’t miss out on saving hundreds off ticket pricing!

This is an in-depth training with me, Chris LoCurto, teaching you how to dramatically grow your leadership in 3 days and transform you and your team, opening your eyes to entirely new ways of leading.

This event isn’t about short-term fixes, it’s about giving you long-term processes and strategies you’ll continue to use to guide your leadership.

You’ll learn the core elements of how I’ve built multiple multi-million dollar businesses. It’s going to be detailed, practical, and loaded with “how-to’s.”

If that doesn’t sound like your kind of thing, this event isn’t or you. BUT if it does, you need to be at this event!

Here’s what you need to know:
Register: Register by midnight (Pacific) Tuesday, April 5, so that you can save hundreds of dollars!
Event Dates: Monday, May 2 – Wednesday, May 4, 2016.
Location: Embassy Suites Cool Springs, Franklin, TN

Click here for all event details and to register.

What you’ll learn at the event:

Day 1:
– How your root system impacts your leadership and business
– How a root system develops
– How your root system can hold you back in life and business
– How to overcome any aspect of your root system and make stronger decisions
– How to close out each day to set up tomorrow for success
– How to prioritize the most important work and block off time
– Hold quick, effective team meetings to keep work moving
– How to set healthy boundaries with team members
– How to teach your team to solve their own problems
– How to create a culture of ownership, loyalty, open communication, and productivity
– How to remove complaining, backstabbing, and fear of failure

We’ll end the first day with the Next-Level Leadership Gala!

Day 2:
– How different personality styles contribute to conflict
– How to guide a person to self-discovery of a bad choice they’ve made
– How to hold someone accountable for their choices and not worry about being the “bad guy”
– How to be more self-aware of what’s happening inside before or during a tough conversation
– The real purpose of tough conversations
– How to prepare for them so you get the results your want
– Scripts of how to have these conversations
– The 5 keys to lead yourself better
– How to keep fear from holding you back
– How to use fear to gain great perspective to make stronger decisions
– How to reframe fear of failure and learn to embrace and learn from it

We’ll close out day 2 with the Next-Level Leadership Reception and Dinner.

Day 3:
– How to be the strongest, healthiest leader for everyone in your life
– Rabbi Daniel Lapin will show you how to increase your revenue using ancient Jewish wisdom
– What’s possible for your leadership future

Click here for all event details, agenda, bonuses, and to register.

Learn how to get yourself unchained from your desk or tasks, how to have tough conversations, and how to have a profound and deliberate culture, and become the leader your team needs you be and wants you to be.

If you’re ready to dramatically alter your leadership in 3 days….learn detailed, practical strategies full of how-to’s…open your team’s eyes to a culture where champions thrive and are drawn to…learn long-term solutions and processes you’ll use to guide your leadership for years to come, then you need to register today for the Next-Level Leadership Live Event.

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March 29, 2016

5 Ways Jewish Wisdom Leads To Success

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Folks, on today’s show, we have a very special guest. I know so many of you know him. You have enjoyed listening to him on the show and all of the things that we’ve done in the past.

He’s had a phenomenal impact in my life. Rabbi Daniel Lapin who is the best-selling author of Thou Shall Prosper which again, has had a huge impact in my life and his great phenomenal new book, Business Secrets from the Bible.

In this episode, I ask Rabbi a few questions:

  • Obviously cutting debt and unnecessary expenses are vital as is wise investing, but are there really specific tips and tools that can help most of us increase our actual income?
  • Unlike health or family issues, most business and financial problems come from bad decisions. Can one learn to make better decisions? And if so, how?
  • Is team building essential to success?  Are there specific spiritual secrets to go from one person show to an organization?
  • You’re not Donald Trump, Warren Buffet or Bill Gates so what qualifies you to counsel people on how to increase their income and earning power?
  • Why do you so dislike the famous song from the musical, Fiddler on the Roof, “If I Was a Rich Man”?
  • Is it really more important to learn that the profession of business is moral than it is to learn, say, how to dress well, or how to read a balance sheet?
  • What is leadership, how important is it and can one learn it?
  • Why do you think it is necessary for a young person, early in his or her career even to think of the subject of retirement, let alone decide never to do so?
  • Aren’t people born either optimistic and cheerful or pessimistic and depressed?  Yet you say that we can all become optimists.  Why should we and how would we?
  • Is it true that we should all seek to work in areas that we really love?
  • You describe how one’s success is linked to how many people one knows….what if I am just not a people person?
  • How is money “generated” rather than simply redistributed?

QUESTION: In what areas have you used God’s principles in your business and life?

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March 23, 2016

How To Use Personality Styles To Overcome The Biggest Obstacle In Your Business, Team

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A lack of high-quality communication is the most common and destructive issue I see in almost every business I work with.

What causes this significant lack of communication? Simple – not understanding how to communicate effectively with each of the different personalities on the team.

It doesn’t matter what the vision is, what the goals are, or if you have the right people in the right seats, if the team’s communication is poor, productivity, morale, and team unity will suffer.

What Happens When Communication Is Bad

I’ll paint a common picture for you!

If you’re like most leaders, you have no lack of stuff on your plate that needs to get done.

In the heat of stressful, busy days when you’re trying to get through your to-do list and put out fires, team members have questions.

They pop into your office, or catch you as you walk by to get what they need answered.

And now we’re off to the races. What do I mean?

People communicate how they want to be communicated to.

In this example, let’s say you’re a High D personality on the DISC Personality Assessment. This means you’re a driven, dominant person who likes information in sound bites.

And the team member that just popped into your office is a high S and C.

This means they need lots of detail, need to have time to process on the information to understand it, and will most likely have more questions later. That’s their High C.

Because they’re also a High S, they hate conflict and won’t push you for details or what they need. They’ll take what you give them, turn around, and go back to work.

This is especially true if you don’t stop working to talk to them, and give short, terse answers. The team member will feel like they’re bothering you because you seem busy.

If you don’t understand their personality style AND your own, you will give them 10% of the information they need to be successful.

They’ll go back to their desk feeling frustrated, unclear on what to do next, and most likely put the task on the back burner and do nothing with it.

Does any of this sound familiar?

And this is just one example!

What you need is a deeper understanding of personality styles.

What Great Communication Looks Like 

A key to great communication is “leaning in” to the personality style of the person you’re communicating with.

So many times, we learn our personality style and expect everyone to communicate to us in our style. Great communication doesn’t work that way.

A few weeks ago, in a team meeting, we were solving a lot of problems and setting direction on a project. A lot of new workload was being created.

Toward the end of the meeting, I noticed the look on one of my High C team member’s face. She looked worried and stressed out.

I immediately considered her personality style, stopped the discussion, and asked her questions about what she was feeling and thinking. Why?

Because her non-verbal communication was communicating something I needed to know, as her leader.

I knew she was stressed and feeling overwhelmed, and if we ended the meeting and she went back to work, she wasn’t going to be successful.

When you freak, you freeze, and she was freezing.

By knowing her personality style, caring more about her than me, and asking a lot of questions to gain perspective, I learned she was processing on how all of her new work was going to get done.

Fear of failure was setting in.

Because I knew her personality style, together we were able to talk through all of her workload, remove some tasks from her plate, reset priorities, and create clear direction for her.

The stress and fear went away, and she left the meeting in a great place, and has been killing it in her role!

If I didn’t understand personality styles and didn’t have great communication, can you see in this example how productivity would’ve been impacted? Can you see how much of a waste that meeting would’ve been? Can you see how her morale would’ve been impacted?

That’s the difference between knowing personality styles and not.

And of all of the personality style tools out there, DISC is the best tool.

Why is DISC the best personality styles tool?

“Complexity is your enemy,” said Sir Richard Branson said. “Any fool can make something complicated. It’s hard to make something simple.”

We can’t implement what we don’t understand. DISC is easy to understand, remember, apply, and get your team onboard with.

For example, when you know someone is dominantly a High I (Interactive) and the attributes of a High I, you can lean in the their direction, and understand their needs, strengths, and weaknesses.

This helps you lead them to success in their role. If you can’t even remember their personality style, you can’t do this.

As a leader, if you don’t know how someone needs to receive information…how can you set them up for success each day?

Get your DISC Personality Tests here.

With a DISC test, you’ve got just enough information to be dangerous…. If you really want to dive in, the Personality Styles Video is an in-depth coaching session on how to not just understand your personality style, but others as well. The goal is to “lean in” to the personality style of the team or family member you’re communicating with. So many times, we learn our style and expect everyone to communicate to us in our style. Great communication doesn’t work that way.

When a team member has been communicated to poorly about what they’re supposed to do, they spend most of their time trying to figure it out. This lack of communication cuts team productivity in half, costing a ton of money…

Understanding personality styles in all aspects of business means a greater bottom line. It also means higher morale, happier team members, and more productivity.

Question: How do you create a culture of communication at the office or at home?

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March 22, 2016

The 3 Negative Mindsets Holding You Back Right Now

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If you’re anything like me, you’ve discovered plenty of ways NOT to do something! That’s actually how I focus a large part of my life.

In StrengthsFinder 2.0 one of my strengths is Historian. I look at the past to learn what to do or not do in the future.

This has also helped me in guiding others to success in life and business. While many people focus on solving surface level problems, we blow past it to discover the WHY behind what’s happening.

Whether good or bad, discovering the root cause is huge in amplifying what’s good, and stopping what’s bad.

A large part of the transformation that help others obtain, is getting rid of force-of-habit mindsets, and broken belief systems. In this episode I’m going to help you discover:

  • The “If, then” theory and how you’re most likely trying to gain self-worth and value from the future.
  • The broken belief system that what you’re currently doing is filling the void that you’re feeling.
  • How you actually already have permission to do what makes YOU healthy and pursue the things that will transform your life!
  • MOST importantly, what your TRUE value is in this life!

After you listen to this episode, I would absolutely love to hear what you think. Please come back and answer this –

Question: Which mindset is holding you back? 

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March 1, 2016

The Accidental Leader

The Accidental Leader

 

What is an accidental leader?

They have a great idea for a business. They go out and do it, they grow, and think that they are leading.

They start hiring people, unaware that they’re a dreadful leader. They realize that their employees are dreadful…or maybe it’s the other way around. It’s all in the numbers, right?

If you run through three or four employees in a couple of months, there’s a common denominator, YOU!

Today on the podcast, we are interviewing one of our clients, Bo McDonald, who has been with us for years. Bo discovered something very important about his leadership…the “accidental” leader.

We are digging in.

A few things we hit:

  • What turnover looked like for the “accidental” leader and what the signs were.
  • What the impacts were of being an “accidental” leader.
  • What the next step in leadership looked like for him.
  • How the next-level mastermind group helped his leadership.
  • The HUGE changes from his team from dedication to increased productivity.

If you’re not pouring into yourself and changing yourself and investing in you, it’s hard to invest in anyone else.

The more you as a leader dig in, the more information you get, the more you can change, and be a better leader you will become.

Click here to read the transcript from today’s podcast.

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February 23, 2016

Leading With Grace

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Grace. It’s something we all need. Oddly enough, it’s not something that we give very freely. Every single one of us has junk in our lives. Instead of judgement or ridicule, we need to give grace and receive grace.

You’ve had at least one leader who was a jerk, a leader who was rough, a leader who didn’t have grace. The thing is that you have to understand people do what they’re taught.

 

Grace Requires A Relationship With God

Leading with grace requires one huge, huge thing. The first thing that leading with grace requires is, a relationship with the almighty God. A relationship with the one who has the most grace.

Your God is somebody who loves you so much, so much that he wants to spend eternity with you, that he did the greatest act of grace ever, and that was on the cross.

That was him saying, “I want everlasting life with you, and so I am going to take on the world’s worst beatings, the world’s worst punishment, so that I can have it with you.” All you’ve got to do is choose.

That act is such a massive act of love, and an act of grace.

Now what does that mean for leading? What it means is if I am going to treat people with grace, I must first have it. I have been given so much grace that I must give grace.

I have had so much grace in my life because I have screwed so many things up. I have done so many things with stupid. I have done so many things wrong, and I’ve needed that grace from God even when I didn’t realize I was doing things wrong.

It was there, and it’s been there, and I’ve been able to receive that. I’m able to look back on my life, and see many of the things that God has done to give me grace so I must give grace to others.

Leading others has to start with me. I start with the understanding that I have this grace.

Starting with that grace, you have to say, “What am I not doing? What am I leaving out? How am I leading people? How am I talking to people? Am I understanding that they’re going to make mistakes?

Am I understanding that there’s going to be failures? Am I understanding that they are human beings?”

You have to get to a place of understanding that you make mistakes, you have failures in your life, and how do you want people to treat you in those moments? Now knowing how you want to be treated, how should you treat others?

To lead with grace you have to understand mistakes are going to happen. You have to understand that leading people with anger, leading people with fear, is actually going to shut them down. You have to remove those parts.

It is your job as a leader to make your team successful, not the other way around. Their job is not to come in and make you successful, their job is to come in and be successful at something that you’ve hired them for.

You have to know that as a leader, by definition, you’re guiding people to a place, to a destination, and it’s your job to make them great at it. It is your job to make them successful at it.

You Are That Compassionate Leader, When You Are Able To Be Inspiring

 

At the very point a family member, friend, or co-worker needs our love and grace, we turn our back. We roll our eyes at their failure. We walk away. We kill our wounded.

We will do it to our co-workers, we will do it to our friends, we will do it to our families, we will do it to people in church. Somebody makes a mistake, or somebody does something that we don’t agree with, and especially with the advent of the all fantastic social media, and we’ll rip their heads off.

You can have grace in these moments.

Grace Under Pressure

 

While we all need acceptance and attention, some need it more than others. So how you handle it matters. Getting mad is only going to hurt their feelings, and make you feel like a dork. Instead, come at it from the side of grace.

How would you want to be treated? Or, better yet, how would you want someone to treat your son or daughter if they were the one with the problem? You have to understand that it is imperative you use kid gloves when handling a situation like this.

My suggestion is you take them out of the cubicle/office setting, and have a calm discussion with them. One where you use the “sandwich” technique.

Start by telling them a few of the things that you appreciate about them most. Seriously, come up with some good stuff. Then gently tell them you have a concern that may make them feel defensive, but you hope that it doesn’t.

YOU are in control, period. The sooner you know that and can focus on being graceful towards the situation the better. Beat those Root System lies down with truth.

Grace Under Fire

 

When it’s time to let them go, be graceful.  Be graceful in the process, treat them the way you would want to be treated. Still treat them with dignity. Even if they’ve done really stupid stuff, treat them with dignity.

Help them to understand that, “Hey, I am so sorry that we are here.” You’ve made bad mistakes in the past as well, so treat them the way you would want to be treated.

Understand that this is somebody’s child.

Avoid Frozen Office Decorations

 

For that person who doesn’t have grace or the leader who leads with fear, you need to understand that when you lead people with fear, you completely shut them down.

Like I say, you have frozen office decorations at that point. That’s what they are. They will do less than half of their possible productivity, they will not take risks, they will not do anything that possible gets them in trouble.

They know you don’t have grace, so you are now paying full price for somebody who’s doing half the work because you’re leading badly, because you’re not leading with grace.

Remember, treat them with grace in the process, you will have highly productive fantastic people who love working with you.

If you’re ready to take your leadership to the next level, check out our Next-Level Leadership Live Event.

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Question: How do you think leading with grace could improve a team?

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February 16, 2016

Using “The Force” With Culture

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Culture, for me, is summed up in 2 things: actions and attitudes. It’s the actions of your team, it’s the actions of your leadership, it’s the actions of your clients.

It’s the attitudes of your team, your leadership, your clients.

If you’re a leader and you’re overloaded and you’re finding that you can’t spend time with your team members then I can promise you this: culture is sneaking in your back door.

 

People are sneaking in bad leadership, like not taking ownership, like possibly gossip, like not having buy-in in the direction or vision that we’re going in, or silently sabotaging the vision in the process.

For you to have great culture you have to understand the starting place is to force it. You have to literally force the culture that you want in your business, period.

Sometimes it’s very confrontational because you have to show people that, “This is going to be our culture.” “What is our culture? We are going to take care of the client.

We are going to take care of the team members inside. We are not going to show up late. We’re not going to gossip about team members or leadership.

We’re not going to think that we are entitled to something. We’re not going to sit back and sabotage the vision, the direction that we’re going in.”

Now let’s look at the other side of this. I have to, as a leader, be willing to fight for you guys in my own culture.

If I had somebody who came in who was just a gossip and a backstabber and somebody who was sabotaging processes and just that, “ugh” person, if I don’t do something about it, if I allow that to happen in my own business then what does that tell you guys?

It says, “I don’t care enough about you in the culture to stop this one person.” It is up to me as a leader to make sure that I also protect you, that I protect the culture, that I protect the team.

It’s your job as a leader to do exactly the same, to take and protect your team. We’re all one, but every leader has that role. If you’re not willing to fight for your team’s culture then, guess what?

Nobody else will. Nobody will stand up and do anything about it as well.

For those of you who know that you don’t have the culture you want, this is about digging in and learning what is it about me that I don’t have the culture that I want, what is it about me, and owning this.

That’s what culture is about. You have to own what happens in your business, from the smallest things to the biggest.

Those are things you can put in place this week to start forcing your culture. It’s a small portion of what you need to do to have a highly successful culture.

I can tell you this: it is the absolute best start. It is the absolute best direction.

If you want to go deeper in this area, and other areas, like making stronger decisions and eliminating task saturation to get more time back, check out all of the details about the event!

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