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May 11, 2017

From Next-Level Leadership LIVE Event 2017: What you need to train high performers, and accomplish your highest priorities

Leaders and entrepreneurs from around the country flew into Nashville, TN and helped us kick off The Next-Level Leadership LIVE Event with a BANG this morning.

On day one there was SO MUCH incredible content, I only wrote down some highlights on a couple of the lessons Chris taught. And wow, are they powerful. I was typing furiously to not miss any content, so forgive any typos.

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

“Any role will become a dead-end job when it no longer motivates the person in the role.”

How are you leading your team to success? 

Chris made it clear that this event was not about a leadership quick fix or a few tips that will last for a month, even a year. The content on day one was rooted in how to motivate and lead your team to success, and accomplish your highest priorities as a leader. Chris dug into the why, how-to, the in-depth information, and system to make it all happen.

HOW TO INTRINSICALLY MOTIVATE YOUR TEAM

Your employee’s Values matter. The Values Profile uncovers why people use their unique talents the way they do. Your Values are the intersection of what you are passionate about, and what motivates you. Why does this matter?

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Productivity directly increases or decreases by the amount each team member values what they do each day…

Yes, those are Stormtroopers in the Next-Level Leadership workbook.

With a Next-Level Leadership binder full of each leader’s plan to grow a stronger, more unified team moving in the same direction…we hit accountability.

Your job as a leader is to make your team successful, not the other way around. THAT’S your job.

WHAT’S ACCOUNTABILITY GO TO DO WITH IT?

Accountable (n): a state of being; especially: a willingness to accept responsibility, to account for one’s actions.

Accountability doesn’t restrain you, it creates freedom.

Lack of accountability in a business shows up as
  • Distractions in culture
  • The team believing lower standards are ok
  • Lack of productivity
  • Increased stress on leadership
  • Underlying tension between team members
  • Unresolved conflict

The Office of Personnel Management lists the realized results of having accountability in the workplace –

  • Improved performance
  • More employee participation and involvement
  • Increased feelings of competency
  • Increased employee commitment to the work
  • More creativity and innovation
  • Higher employee morale and satisfaction with the work

To have accountability in your organization, it has to start with you!

Successful leaders and entrepreneurs also have a system built around them for accountability to help them to see a clear path to success, make stronger decisions, solve complex problems, and get free to lead more effectively.

More coming on that success system tomorrow…

After registration, three full sessions on brand new content, VIP lunch and bonus sessions, Live Q&A, team breakout sessions to implement, and lots of coffee…we wrapped up with our Next-Level Leaders Gala. Here are some highlights:

Next-Level Leadership LIVE Q&A

Next-Level Leadership LIVE Q&A

How To Intrinsically Motivate Your Team

How To Intrinsically Motivate Your Team

Next-Level Leadership LIVE Event

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Next-Level Leaders Gala at SKYE, Downtown Sheraton Grand

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April 13, 2017

5 Ways To Lead Yourself Better

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Are you a leader at work, in your family, or in your social circles?

If you are, you may have learned that to lead others well, the person you must know the best is yourself.

John Maxwell calls it the Mirror Principle because if your self-perception is wrong or distorted, your efforts and decisions will be misguided.

Here are 5 ways to lead yourself better starting today.

1. Act On New Information Immediately

Top performers don’t wait! They act fast on new information they learn!

There’s a big difference between learning something and acting on it.

How many books have you read and not acted on anything, or only a little bit of the information?

Acting quickly on new information helps you retain it for the long-term, and builds competency and confidence.

2. A Vision For Your Life

Just as a leader needs to cast a vision to lead people to, you need to cast a vision for where to lead yourself.

Vision is where you are headed. It’s not a dream, it’s not a goal, it’s the destination you’re moving toward until you have a new destination.

When there’s the absence of a personal vision, your time gets filled with the priorities of others, lack of purpose, and feelings of discontentment.

Cast a vision for where you want to be in life, and what life looks like in every area. Then, set goals and actions to achieve it.

3. Community

God made us to be in community with one another.

The two key aspects of having community are: 1) having people around you to keep you from being isolated in your own thoughts, and 2) having a community of people who are sharing the same experience.

“You are the sum of the five people you hang out with the most.” ~ Jim Rohn

Surround yourself with a Network Of Challenging Minds, which is a group of like-minded individuals who are focused on pushing each other to grow themselves and others in the process in the same area.

4. Accountability

Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed. ~ Proverbs 15:22 (NIV)

Accountability is taking ownership of one’s situation or circumstances.

Many people look at being held accountable as something that will restrain them and limit their freedom…

I understand that mindset, but it doesn’t have to be that way.

YOU are the one in control of what you’re being held accountable for. If you don’t want to grow or be pushed for success in an area, don’t ask for accountability IN that area.

Great accountability helps you to see mistakes, trouble, and bad decisions before they happen.

When you ask an individual or a group to hold you accountable, you are telling your Root System that you are not going to allow The Lies to hold you back!

5. Grace

It’s something we all need, and it’s not something we give very freely.

Leading with grace requires a relationship with God, the ultimate grace giver.

When we recognize how much grace we’ve been given, it allows us to give it to others.

Grace gives you freedom to: 1) not try to be a perfect leader, 2) not need to know everything, and 3) be okay with failure.

Also, when you consider how you want to be treated in high-pressure situations, it allows you extend grace to others.

I encourage you to take action on these 5 ways to lead yourself better starting today!

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Question: What’s one way you lead yourself to a stronger life? 

 

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April 13, 2017

The Proven Process To Begin Controlling Your Time And Balancing Your Life

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Do you feel stuck in your leadership, and spread too thin?

Let me tell you a story about my friend Magnus.

When Magnus was promoted to Vice President of his company, he basically didn’t know what to do from 8am to 5pm.

He lacked direction in his new leadership role, and didn’t know how to lead well, so he spent every day reacting to fires, solving other people’s problems, and bogged down in an endless list of tasks.

It was pretty chaotic.

He was doing a heck of a lot of work, but it wasn’t moving the company forward. It was work for the sake of work, but without fruit.

Work came home with him, was with him every night, and consumed his weekends. And he expected his team members to do the same. It was bad for more than just him.

Magnus wasn’t just living to work, he had become his work.

And he was absolutely overwhelmed with no end in sight. Does this sound familiar?

This is an all too common story for so many leaders, entrepreneurs, and business owners.

Task Saturation Destroys Leadership and Teams

If I’m guessing right, you can relate to Magnus’ story.

Task saturation is one of the fastest ways to leadership destruction.

It leads to people drama and conflict that’s exhausting, and team members not being productive as they should be.

So you spend a ton of time doing other people’s work because you don’t trust them to do it, or do it as well as you can. It’s a vicious cycle.

The Leadership Crazy Cycle

It’s so common, I’ve given it a name, The Leadership Crazy Cycle.

It makes you frustrated and overwhelmed, keeps you from growing at the pace you want, has you working all of the time, and growing apart from your family…

Your mantra is, “It’s just easier to do it myself.”

But is it really?

If you’re being honest with yourself, you know the answer is “no.”

Where Magnus Is Today, And You Can Be, Too

You don’t have to settle for living overwhelmed, stressed out, and unhappy.

Today, Magnus spends most of his time working in his strengths as a leader, and was named President of his company in 2015.

They’re growing rapidly and on target with a growth goal of 40% this year (in previous years it was 5-10%), his team is far more focused and productive, and his leadership team has never been more unified.

And…to top it all off, he hardly ever works in the evenings and on weekends anymore so he’s spending more quality time with his wife and boys.

This type of transformation doesn’t happen overnight, but what it takes to get there can be learned in just a few hours.

Here is some coaching on how to get started killing The Leadership Crazy Cycle and balancing your life.

Complete the Love, Hate, Delegate Process:

Step 1: Make a long list of all the tasks that you perform on a daily basis.

Step 2: Separate the list into two shorter lists; things you love to do, and things you hate to do. (Or just don’t like to do)

Step 3: Go through the Hate It list and remove the things that you must do because you’re the only one who should be focused on it, or because your role requires you to do it, and add them back to the Love It list.

Step 4: On the Love It list, remove anything that you shouldn’t be doing because it’s holding you back as a leader, and add it to the Hate It list.

Step 5: When possible, properly delegate everything on the Hate It list.

 

Question: How do you control your time to be more productive? Comment below!

 

Chris LoCurto

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March 30, 2017

How To Use Past Experiences To Shape Your Future (And My Personal Story)

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Every decision we make either moves us closer to success in life or farther away from it.

One of the best ways to make stronger decisions for your future is by learning from your past.

When I lead someone through Next-Level Life, we spend several hours going over Core Impacts in their life to see how they got to where they are today.

Core Impacts are key events from your past that help you gain perspective on where you’re at and where you’re going.

Some examples are: moving as a kid, marriage, loss, accepting Christ, etc.

Not all Core Impacts are big and emotionally heavy, but they very well can be. 

Typically, we find around 10 to 15 Core Impacts in each Next-Level Life. Of course this depends on age and experience, too. Some people may have 10, others may have 18.

A Core Impact isn’t just a continuation of an event, it’s something that changed the direction of your life.

Here’s a 2-step exercise called the “Core Impact Identifier” to help you gain perspective on your past, so you can shape your future. 

Step 1: Identify your Core Impacts

Think back as far as you possibly can and write down the Core Impacts in your life. You’re not doing this to re-live stuff or make monsters or victims out of people. It’s about understanding and gaining perspective.

Step 2: Assess the impacts

Once you’ve written down every Core Impact to date, write down the impacts OF the Core Impact in your life. How did it affect you?

Here’s an example from my life:

Discovering I wouldn’t make the Olympic team – I was shooting for the ’88 Olympics and sponsorships were not allowed. When I discovered that my family couldn’t afford it, I was devastated. Skiing in the Olympics was my biggest dream and goal. I was so angry that I stopped skiing. I started hanging out with an unsavory crowd. I convinced myself not to dream or shoot for anything big because I could get my heart broken. It impacted me by starting a decision-making process that messed me up for 10 years. I didn’t want to stick my neck out, hope or dream.

Thankfully, after 10 years, I realized what I was doing to myself by giving up on something I loved. I immediately booked a trip to the mountains, rented skis and raced. I’ve been doing that just about every year since. It’s a love of mine. It’s energizing.

Looking back on my response to the then devastating news, I realized that I made a decision that didn’t just have to do with skiing. After that Core Impact, every time I went to make a big decision, I chose not to do anything I could get hurt over. By doing this, I began the process of running every major decision through the filter of “Is this going to let me down?” If so, I’m not going to do it.

I had to change my force-of-habit thinking.

When we make decisions based on habits of the past, we lose out on some of the great moments or greatest changes in our lives.

We do it because we don’t truly understand the perspective of our past. I didn’t have to look back and be mad or make monsters or victims.

I simply had to ask, “How did that impact me?” As I understood that, I realized I’d put a decision-making process in place that would affect me for 10 years.

That’s why I want you to do this.

Take time this week, schedule it in, and go through your Core Impacts.

What force-of-habit thinking is holding you back? If you want to dig deeper and gain perspective on your life and discover how to move past your Core Impacts and have a stronger life, click here: Next-Level Life.

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March 15, 2017

How Relationships Are Destroyed From Assumptions, Lies, And Control

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Have you ever found yourself building up a case against another person silently in your head?

Usually, what happens next is you lash out or attack the person you’ve built a case against.

On the other side of the coin, perhaps you’ve been on the receiving end of an attack, having absolutely no idea why it happened.

To you, it feels like it came out of nowhere, and it’s confusing and frustrating. If it happens enough, it can leave you feeling hopeless in the relationship.

Here are 7 factors that contribute to these attacks and lash outs.

1. A trigger event

Before the attack or lash out, a conversation or event triggers the person to start thinking negative thoughts about the other person.

It’s usually tied to how they were treated by a parent or someone significant in their life in the past.

2. Shutdown

They negative thoughts cause them to shutdown to protect and distance themselves from the “bad person” because, after all, “you” are becoming a “bad” or “unsafe” person now in their mind.

3. Assumptions

Part of the case against the other person is full of assumptions about them, their intent, and what they think about “me”.

4. Believing lies

Lies are things people have told us, and we believe, or things we tell ourselves, and we believe.

Lies fuel fear, worry, stress, and anger.

Some examples of lies that show up in an “attack” situation are “I’m not worthy or good enough for them,” “He/she is judging me,” or “He/she’s just like my dad/mom and is going to hurt me”.

6. A need for control

At the root of this entire issue is a person’s struggle with control. They feel they need to control “you” to gain control of the situation.

They’ve been controlled by someone in the past, usually a parent, so they’ve been trained to control others to gain control.

7. False realities

It’s the combination of assumptions, lies, and struggle with control that combine to create a false reality, which fuels the attack.

All of this comes from the person’s Root System.

Now, if you’re on the receiving end of attacks, the best way to respond is with prayer, a healthy boundary, and loving the other person as well as possible.

Is this easy? No, but it’s absolutely doable.

If you’re the person who attacks or lashes out, I encourage you to pray and seek God’s wisdom, and dig into the information in this post to overcome what’s holding you back.

Regardless of which side of the coin (attacker or recipient) you’re on, if you’re going through this situation, check out Next-Level Life to gain greater perspective that’s unique to your life and situation, and get a plan to overcome this silent relationship killer.

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Chris LoCurto

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June 16, 2015

8 Ways to Avoid Burnout

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Have you ever discovered that you’re burnt out from work? From life?

Well…where is that coming from?

Is it because you’ve been overworked for too long? Maybe you’ve been overstressed for too long?
(Keep in mind this could be work stress, family stress, and relationship stress.)

In order to avoid burnout there’s a few questions I want you to consider.

 

  • When was the last time you went on vacation?
  • How often are you telling people “NO”?
  • Do you need to tell some family members or friends or bosses “No”?
  • Do you have too much responsibility on your plate?
  • Do you have controlling people in your life?
  • Are you writing down all you commitments in order to eliminate the unnecessary?
  • Are you focused on your health?
  • Are you suffering from information overload?
  • Are you in control of your calendar?

You hear me talking about this all the time but you must stop making statements and start asking questions. Ask yourself questions. Gain perspective!
Start asking yourself some good questions on how you got to where you.

We want you to be the strongest possible self that you can be.

Question: How do you avoid burnout?

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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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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?