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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!

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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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September 22, 2015

The Power To Grow

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If you’re not growing, you’re dying. I’d wager some big money that you’re someone who wants to grow. The fact you’re reading this tells me that!

Growth in business is something that everyone in our coaching program, or our mastermind groups is focused on. Growing themselves. Growing their revenue. Growing their leadership.

Focusing on growth is so powerful, and we’ve now been doing this with our clients for years. And the results have been staggering at times!

A key to their success is the fact they’re not alone in what they’re doing.

As I was thinking about that recently, I said to myself, “‘I need to be able to share with people the power of growing through a community.'”

Below are 3 keys to look for in a great mastermind or accountability group. 

We’ve also got a phenomenal FREE download detailing 10 things to look for with an accountability group. This is coming straight out of our groups. The things that are making our clients absolutely successful! accountability-group

We’ve talked about masterminds on The Chris LoCurto Show before, about how powerful they are, but there are some new things I want to share with you.

Network Of Challenging Minds

First off, you may be wondering what that is! Well, here you go!

A network of challenging minds is:

Like-minded individuals who are focused on pushing each other to grow themselves and others in the process in the same area (i.e. Entrepreneur, leadership, small business).

If you are not surrounded by people who are like-minded, by people who are aiming for the same goal, than how in the world are you growing you?

There Is incredible Power In 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. Jim Rohn said a long time ago that, “You are the sum of the five people you hang out with the most.”

If you have 5 people that you spend most of your time with, whatever that is, whether it be work influence, whether it be family influence, whatever those influences are, the top 5 people that you hang out with, that’s your influence.

Having that community is incredibly powerful when it comes to your growth, assuming those people are healthy for you.

So why is community so important? Well first off, when you’re not surrounded by folks who are going through the same struggles you are and who are taking the same walk you are, what happens is you become isolated.

This tends to happen even if you have friends and family you spend time with because they’re not experiencing a lot of the same stuff that you are.

This means they have difficulty relating to your day-to-day issues, stressors, problems, and even successes. You can’t talk through growth, leadership challenges, goal setting, work-life balance, and all of the stuff that comes with being your own boss.

And when that happens, you become isolated, and with isolation comes being left alone to your own thoughts.

When we are left to our own thoughts, we get ourselves in trouble. You need to have folks who are walking the same path as you. It also lends to accountability.

Accountability

People willing to take on the responsibility to hold others accountable to their own expectations. How they accomplish this is by not filling their own needs but by helping others to achieve theirs.  

Accountability is incredibly vital to growth.

It starts with you and asking questions like these:

“What are my expectations?” What are my goals?” What are the initiatives that will move me toward accomplishing those goals”

Once you have your expectations down, it’s time to build people into your life to help you get there.

If you get the right group, it’s nearly impossible to not achieve and grow.

As you experience life with others who are experiencing the same thing with you, it is amazing how much you grow. I can’t tell you how greatly my leadership blossomed when I started spending much more time with smart, healthy people.

A lot of the people you may have heard on the show are people I experience life with. We do things outside of business. We talk a lot of business, we share a lot of stuff on that level, but we also go to dinner together, and some of us go on vacations together.

As you share life together with folks who have a growth mindset, who are willing to hold you accountable, who have challenging minds, an amazing thing happens, you grow. And you grow exponentially.

Again, when it comes to business, if you are not growing, you are dying. Period! Every long-term, successful business succeeds by having a continuous growth mindset. Therefore, it is important to have like-minded people around you.

So these are just 3 things. Again, grab the FREE download to get all 10 things to look for when you’re pulling together an accountability group – a group of people that will help you grow. accountability-group

These are the things we do to help our clients be absolutely successful and grow like crazy.

Question: What do you suggest people look for in a mastermind or accountability group? 

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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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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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June 9, 2014

Life Hack to Make Money and Gain Time

I have the blessing of coaching people pretty much every week of my life. And yet, coaching is not what I would have said I’d being doing when I was younger. After years of coaching people, I can say it never gets old!

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This past week in one of my sessions I worked with a company who’s owner was struggling with time due to death by a thousand slashes. He has so many disruptions in his day he finds himself at times working until 4AM to solve problems.

As you can imagine, he’s considerably frustrated with time lost both in his business and his personal life. And just like all of us, he has incredibly legit reasons why it’s like this.

Here are just 7 things I shared with him to gain control of his time, which in turn will make the company more money. They’ll do the same for you. 

  • Close your day out – I’m starting with this because it will help make better sense of the other steps. If at all possible, block the last 30 minutes of your day so you can “wrap-up” your day. This gives you time to go through any emails, calls, or whatever needs to be addressed before you leave. This doesn’t mean that all emails and calls are attended to, it just means you tackle the ones that have to be. Reserve at least 5 minutes for the next step.
  • Tomorrow’s to-do list – Yes, I want you doing a brain dump and list the most important things that must be done tomorrow, and then prioritize it. So much time loss comes from bouncing from one thing to another and not having serious momentum. When you have it listed out, you attack and don’t stop until it’s done.
  • Schedule your to-do list – My buddy Crystal Paine of MoneySavingMom.com shared with me that she schedules her to-do list by time slots. And here’s the best part. She reschedules it up to 3-times a day. When something disrupts the flow of her day, which happens to all of us, she goes through her list by adjusting priority and rescheduling. Genius!
  • Block off “you” time – It is also vitally important for you to block off time for you to do whatever it is that makes you money! If part of your job is to produce, not just lead, then you have to make sure that you have as much uninterrupted time as possible in your day to produce. Otherwise, you end up working incredibly long hours because you spent your day being a firefighter instead of following these steps.
  • Team meetings – Quite often the reason a leader dies a death of a thousand slashes is because the team doesn’t have enough direction from that leader. Weekly team meetings are usually necessary, but you might even have to have daily ones as well. Summarize the previous day, any changes the team might not know about, and give direction for the day ahead. This should keep a lot of interruptions from happening.
  • Set healthy boundaries – It is not uncommon for a leader, entrepreneur, or team member to allow others to unnecessarily suck up their time. If a client, which might also be an internal client, has a habit of dropping in on you whenever they want to discuss the job you’re doing for them, then you need to let them know that scheduling time with you would be more productive. Think of it this way. An 8-hour road trip becomes a 10-hour road trip when you add a bunch of stops to it.
  • Teach your team to solve problems – In the first 90 days of a team member’s time with me, I will answer almost any question they have. After that, I start asking them questions and telling them to bring solutions to their problem as well. In other words, when a team member needs an answer on something, I ask how they would handle it. This causes them to start force-of-habit thinking to always come up with an answer first. You’ll be surprised at how many times they will actually solve the issue on their own.

After discussing these 7 things and more, my client made a comment that the time saved will actually gain him $50,000.00 in billable hours. That, my friends, is something I like to hear!

Question: What tips do you have to save time and make money?

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April 28, 2014

5 Ways You’re Deceiving Yourself As A Leader

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Coaching leaders and entrepreneurs to become better at leading, decision making, and growing their businesses is an incredible blessing to me!

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While people ask me to coach them on a wide variety of topics, there are usually two main reasons:

Help them fix ______________

or

Give them experienced advice on questions they struggle to answer.

Quite often, I find many leaders were trained by…well…bad leaders. Therefore, they have bad belief systems in their own leadership.

With bad belief systems usually comes self-deception. The kind of deception that seems to make sense at the time, but when removed and inspected reveals the depth at which it holds one back from self or team progress and growth.

Here are five common ways leaders deceive themselves:

  • It’s not about you – The most common deception I see, especially with entrepreneurs, is the belief that leadership is about them. Nothing could be further from the truth. By it’s very definition, leadership is getting people to follow you. That doesn’t happen when you’re a dictator. Sure, you can force them into doing what you want, but you’ll get half their productivity and absolutely zero loyalty.
  • You’re not the only smart one – Being the one with all the ideas is not only tiring, but it’s also defeating the purpose. A great leader hires people who are smarter than they are. A scared leader doesn’t. You should be taxing the collective intelligence for two reasons – God didn’t give you all the great ideas, and when you foster your teams input, you gain respect, buy-in, loyalty, and ownership.
  • You can’t hide your faults – You have faults, embrace that understanding. So many leaders that I’ve met through the years believe they can hide their faults from their team. The funny/sad thing is they already know your faults. They see them because they spend more time working with you than anything else they do. Thinking you can hide your faults everyone is not only ridiculous, but it’s unnecessary. Lose any pride or ego, be aware of your weaknesses, and don’t hide them. Instead, hire people who are strong where you are weak.
  • Conflict will work itself out – Whooooamagosh no it won’t! Let’s be honest, no great leader likes drama. But you have these emotional things in your business called people. And most of them don’t truly understand how to communicate with each other, which is why we have little conflicts that turn into really big ones if a leader doesn’t fix them. Get on it! And while you’re at it, have your people take their DISC already! Geez! It’ll change your whole company.
  • I don’t bring my personal life to work – Bah! Probably the biggest self-deception of all. While you think you’re leaving your personal stuff at home, you’re actually bringing most, if not all, of it to work with you. You see, we make decisions based on our past and our influencers. Recently, I did a podcast called Understanding Your Root System where I explain how we bring so much of our parents, teachers, leaders, etc. into our business because we have NO CLUE how much they’ve influenced us. That means the good and the bad. If you’ve heard anything about the LifePlan events that we do, then you’ve heard how powerful understanding this is.

The most important part of being a strong leader is knowing your weaknesses. You can’t do that if you’re not getting the truth, especially if it’s not coming from you.

Question: How have you deceived yourself?

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April 7, 2014

The Greatest Coach

This is a guest post by Matt Ham. He is the author of the soon to be published book, You Make My Life Rich. Check out his website Live Richly.

The bright lights illuminated the field, with only the darkness of night beyond. I was nervous, my hands anxiously wringing the baseball bat as I stood in the on-deck circle.

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At ten years old, baseball is your life. When it’s the bottom of the last inning and the championship is on the line, the importance of each play is exaggerated. I remember actually fighting back tears as the reality of the situation unfolded. The score was close, there were two outs, and I was up to bat.

My eyes raced to the stands where my family and friends screamed, “Come on, Matt! You can do it!”

As the feeling culminated into tears, I felt his hand on my shoulder.

My father. My coach.

As I turned, he knelt to get down on my level, looking me right in the eyes.

“Whatever happens, I want you to know that I’ll still love you. Don’t you think about anything else. Remember what we’ve worked on and do your best. There’s nobody I’d rather have up there than you.”

“OK, Dad.”

In that moment, my tears subsided. My confidence was renewed. I was ready.

I never fully appreciated my dad as my coach until I played for someone else. Quite honestly, every experience with another coach was a significant letdown.  I remember being fourteen and feeling lost; stepping into high school athletics, longing for wisdom and instruction—but getting neither.

Some coaches held the same passion of the game as my father did, but there seemed to be an element missing, almost a self-serving capacity or desire for the position. The title of Coach outweighed their desire to influence their players.

Throughout my high school career as a multi-sport athlete, I never had a connection with a coach like I remembered having with my father. Because of this missing link, I became quite jaded.

I wanted confirmation in my abilities to be met with encouragement in my weaknesses.In the end, I was simply let down.

Fast forward to my career in the business world. I kept hearing of ‘business coaches’, but I wasn’t intrigued. I had become self-sufficient, leaning on my own hard work and intuition to thrive.

However, as I launched into a new business, things started to change. I started to see that there was wisdom and direction waiting for me that I didn’t yet have. There was something missing. I felt like that little boy in the on-deck circle again, overwhelmed with the responsibility before me.

I needed a coach.

At that time, I happened to learn that one of my influencers, Chris LoCurto was launching his own business.  As I reached out, I saw familiarity. Chris wasn’t interested in his position at all. He wasn’t concerned about promoting himself or his accomplishments.

He was concerned about me.

He was there to give me confirmation and encouragement. More importantly, his wisdom provided perspective. He helped me look at my circumstances differently, which gave me incredible energy and purpose to continue.

Proverbs 1:7 says, “Fools despise wisdom and instruction.” I certainly don’t want to be foolish.

I’m grateful for Chris, his team, and the guidance they’ve provided as I’ve begun my new journey. As I prepare to launch my own writing and speaking career, I greatly appreciate the confidence they’ve given me.

Stepping back into the batter’s box, I stare at the pitcher, equipped and empowered.

Remember what weve worked on. Theres nobody Id rather have up there than you.

Question: How has coaching empowered you?

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February 18, 2014

The Importance of Coaching [Podcast]

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In the spirit of the Olympics, today I’m sharing a story from childhood. I spent a good chunk of my youth training to one day be in the Olympics. I specialized in Giant Slalom and Super Giant Slalom on a team in Lake Tahoe. We were good and we knew it, and in full disclosure, I was pretty cocky.

I had two incredible ski coaches, Mike Spaulding and Chuck Frye. One day, at a competition, Chuck reminded me to take off my jacket before competing, and I went against his better judgement. I had been on a big wining streak and I didn’t think it would affect my performance. I was cold and I had beaten the guys I was about to race anyway.

As soon as I entered the course I knew I had made a BIG mistake. I could feel how slow I was. When I hit the finish line, I had lost by a couple hundredths of a second. In that moment, I knew I should’ve listened to my coach. For the first time, I realized the importance of the great coaches I had in my life.

In life and business, it’s so important to have somebody that’s been there to help you along. Every time I do a LifePlan, I talk about the importance of not only having a coach or mentor in your life, but being a coach or mentor for someone that’s not as far along as you are. That’s why I do what I do!

I’ve been leading and coaching people to grow in life and business for almost two decades. If you’re interested, check out the Coaching page. I coach people in a wide variety of industries – from leaders to entrepreneurs to people that want to be leaders and entrepreneurs.

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Question: How important is a coach to you?

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February 10, 2014

If Your Actions Inspire…

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John Quincy Adams, leadership quote

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, you are a leader.”
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The sixth president of the United States summed up the entire essence of leadership pretty well. When we aren’t inspiring people to dream, learn, do and become more, we’re not leading.

The entire goal of this blog is to do just that. I want to release content every week that helps you discover how to find the life and business you really want. What will help you dream more, learn more, do more and become the best version of yourself and your business? What will help you inspire your team to do the same?

We’re starting a new video series and your question might be answered! Ask anything you want to know in these categories by commenting below:

Question: What would you ask in a coaching session, LifePlan, Strategic Planning event or what do you want to know about personality styles?