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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 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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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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February 9, 2016

How Clear Is Your Decision-Making?

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One of the things that can absolutely destroy your business, long term, is a bad decision-making process.

Some people make decisions because they’re afraid. They’re afraid of something, they’re afraid something’s going to happen, they’re afraid, whatever, fill-in-the-blank.

They make really bad decisions. There are ton of leaders who don’t make decisions because of fear.

There are a bunch of leaders and entrepreneurs that struggle with their identity being what they do or their business. Your business is what you do, it’s not who you are.

It is an element of who you are. It is a piece of who you are, but it is not who you are.

You’re also a son, or a daughter, or a father, or a mother, or a brother. Some of you are followers of Christ, some of you are race car drivers, like me.

Some of you are fill-in-the-blank, whatever it is. This is one piece of who you are.

I also see leaders that are constantly shut down to a force-of-habit thinking, where they only think one way.

“This kind of stuff is never going to work, I’m the only one who can do this, nobody on my team is fast enough to make this happen, if we put this thing in place, it’s going to fail.”

They get stuck in this place of thinking the same thought that they’ve had for years, and wondering why they wake up one day, and they’re in the same exact place because they’ve had the same force-of-habit thinking.

Force-of-habit thinking can absolutely destroy you in your decision-making process, period.

And what about the work-life balance? It’s not equal. They’re not equal parts, but you need to have a balance in your life.

If you’re spending too much time at work, if you’re a workaholic and you’re working 80 hours a week every single week, as if the ox is in the ditch every single time, guess what?

You’re not spending time with your family. Guess what? You’re not spending time getting out into nature, enjoying a vacation, and refueling yourself.

You’re not spending time with friends. You are being isolated.

Here’s some things you can do this week.

Ask yourself the following questions:

DO I HAVE CLEAR, QUALITY PERSPECTIVE?

You have to ask why. Why this, why that, why? Dig, dig, dig. Get as much information. Talk to as many people as you can. Talk to your leaders, talk to your team.

Get great, clear perspective. How much time do you have to gain perspective? Go ballistic. Gather as much information as you can.

WHAT AM I AFRAID OF?

What am I afraid of in making this decision? Where’s my fear here? What is causing me to worry? What is causing me concern? I’m afraid that this is going to impact people negatively.

Do you have enough perspective on that?

Do you see how it’s going to do it? I’m afraid that this may not work out. Do you have enough information on what it looks like when it does work out and when it doesn’t work out?

What is the basis for that information? Are you assuming that it’s not going to work out? Look at everything that’s causing you to be afraid of making the decision.

FEAR BASED DECISION?

Is somebody pushing me? Is somebody pressuring me? Is a situation pressuring me? What is the thing? Am I making the decision because of fear?

WHAT OPTIONS NEED TO BE REMOVED? 

Start removing things from the table. Things like, “I’m not willing to make this decision if this happens. I’m not willing to make the decision if that happens.”

Those would be elements that you can say, “if this is going to be the outcome, then no is the answer. I’m not going to do this.” Start removing those pieces.

Start removing excuses. “I don’t know if we can get this done in this time frame.” Why not? Is there things holding you up or is this more important than other things?

Start removing those elements. Dig, dig, dig, and pull things off the table.

WHAT IS THE IMPACT?

How is this going to impact my team? How is this going to impact our revenues? Is this going to have a negative effect? Could it be something that if it failed miserably, that could put a huge dent in our finances?

If the answer is yes, yank it off the table, period. If the answer is no, the outcome can be controlled. This is a variable situation.

IS THIS A LONG TERM, SHORT TERM, OR PERMANENT DECISION?

Question is this a long term, a short term, a permanent decision?

WHAT WOULD HAPPEN IF WE DON’T MAKE A DECISION?

What happens if we don’t? Is everything going to be okay? Is everything going to be copacetic, same as always? Or is that going to impact us in a negative way?

What if we don’t pull the trigger on this bad boy? Does that, all of a sudden, cut opportunities out from underneath us? Look at that possibility.

WHAT’S THE WORST THAT COULD HAPPEN?

What’s the worst thing that could possibly happen, and what’s the likelihood of it? Okay, on a scale of 1 to 10, 1 being not really at all, 10 being yeah, abso-stinking-lutely, how much do you think this has that possibility?

HOW DO I FEEL ABOUT THE DECISION?

How do I feel about this process? What is your gut saying? If you have done all of these things and if you still feel weird in your stomach about making this decision, then pull back.

Do not make the decision. Hold off.

I believe it’s one of a couple of things. It could be God, very possibly. It could be that you are questioning whether or not you did get all the great information, or it could be that you’re questioning whether or not you trust the information.

Usually, it’s either a spiritual gut check or it’s a I don’t think I did my due diligence. As long as you go back and make sure you do your due diligence, and it’s still there, it is my belief, the world according to Chris, that its going to be a spiritual issue. Pull back, don’t do it.

Do this yourself, and what you’ll find is every big decision that you make going forward, whether it be business or life, you will have a new force-of-habit thinking.

Ask these questions to make sure you get to absolute clarity, so you make the strongest decisions possible.

On top of that, you can’t afford to miss the May event. Next-Level Leadership Live Event, for leaders, for entrepreneurs, for anybody who’s leading, period.

 

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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After attending this event, you will:

  1. MAKE STRONGER DECISIONS

You’ll learn how to make better decisions, and overcome limiting beliefs and trained behavior you bring to work with you every day so you can become the right leader for your team.

  1. HAVE NEW TOOLS TO SET A PROFOUND & DELIBERATE CULTURE

Learn the secrets I’ve used for years to create a profound and deliberate business culture, where people feel safe and bought into the mission, are able to communicate honestly, serve clients like family, and get a heck of a lot work done, faster.

  1. TACKLE TOUGH CONVERSATIONS FEARLESSLY

Conversations that empower and ignite team members, rather than demoralize them and tank their productivity.

  1. CONTROL YOUR TIME AND TASKS LIKE NEVER BEFORE

Task saturation locks you away in your office too much, stresses you out, and holds you back from spending time with team members and leading well so people work at their best.

  1. OVERCOME FEAR THAT’S STALLING YOUR BUSINESS

Fear leads to bad decisions or not taking action at all, stalling you, your team, your business growth, and customer loyalty and happiness.

  1. UNDERSTAND ANCIENT WISDOM ON INCREASING REVENUE

Rabbi Daniel Lapin, “America’s Rabbi,” head of the American Alliance of Jews and Christians, and author of Business Secrets of the Bible, will share wisdom on ancient Jewish beliefs and practices on business and making money. Lapin is known for his ability to extract life principles from the Bible and communicate them in a practical and entertaining way.

This event is for you if you:

– Want to gain a deeper understanding of yourself and want to make better decisions to become the right leader for your team

– Aren’t happy about your company culture and frustrated with why team members aren’t more productive and don’t seem to care as much as they should about their jobs or the success of the business

– Struggle with team member conflict and stress about having hard conversations

– Find yourself spending all of your time on the crisis of the day and constantly putting out fires and can’t seem to ever tackle your to-do list of important work

– Have a hard time setting direction or making decisions you’re confident your team will accomplish as well as you would

– Have more days where you’re stressed out, overwhelmed, and overworked instead of spending time doing what you want, feeling healthy, and happy

So are you ready to breakthrough your own leadership ceiling and reach your and your team’s potential?

If this sounds familiar, then our Next-Level Leadership Live Event is PERFECT for you.

I’m going to unpack more than 25 years of leadership and business experience growing and running multi-million dollar businesses from scratch.

These are the same strategies and processes I’ve taught to THOUSANDS of entrepreneurs and leaders over the years and to my high-end mastermind clients today.

The Next-Level Leadership Live Event won’t be another live event where you’re given a blank notebook and a pen and the host wings it for 3 days.

I’ve broken down the core methods and strategies I’ve used for over two decades to build unified, loyal, and highly productive teams.

I want to share the wisdom God has blessed me with with as many people as possible because this stuff really works!

If you want to take your leadership to the next level, then I invite you to join me at our upcoming Next-Level Leadership Live Event May 2-4, 2016 in Nashville, Tenn.

Here’s the link if you’re ready to reserve your space:http://chrislocurto.com/next-level-leadership-event/

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If you’re ready to take fast action, you’re the exact person we want at this event! Why? Because you’re decisive, and you’re going to plug into this material to get the absolute most out of it!

We want to reward you for that! So, if you act quickly, you can secure one of our guest seats for only $247 (a $650 savings) that we reserve specifically so you can bring a team member, peer, or spouse who also wants to take their leadership to the next level or who plans to support you in your growth.

Secure a seat for them now while the price is the lowest it’s going to be and save $650 off regular ticket pricing. If you split the total price for both seats, you’ll both only pay $422 to attend.

Go here to take advantage of extreme early bird pricing that ends in one week

So go reserve your seat now, and once you’ve moved forward with that decision behind you, you can check out your bonuses, and start planning your trip in May!

If you have any questions, feel free to reply to this email or email my team at info@chrislocurto.com.

Thanks, and I can’t wait to see you in May!

And by the way, here’s what other entrepreneurs and leaders said about this event.

 “Attending Chris’ team events has allowed our organization to exceed every goal we have had” – Bill Fischer, President, Fantom Materials Inc., and Vilimia, Inc

“I always walk away with meaningful knowledge I can apply right away” – Brent Van Haren, COO, SecurAlarm Systems

“For over 4 years, I’ve been benefiting in business and life with CLo’s Live Events.”

– Stephen Scoggins, CEO, Custom Home Exteriors, and Founder, Journey Principles

“The content and experience of the event is fantastic, the friendships – genuine, and the staff is fantastic. If you leave without a sense of energy, renewal, and challenge – you did it wrong.” – Quinn Denning, President, Rapidtek

“The best decision I made was to bring my operations manager. We left the event ON FIRE! Goals are now in place for 2016.” – Josh Gettig, CEO, Mite-E Exterminating and Graystone Environmental

 “Attending a Live Event was one of the best investments I’ve made – it’s not only impacted my business, but me personally as well.” – Mike Forrester, CEO, Kojeta

 “I always leave with huge ideas. Unlike other live events, I leave with actionable ideas that positively impact our culture and bottom line.” – Bo McDonald, Owner, Your Marketing Co.

“You walk away feeling educated, empowered, and motivated to make your goals happen.” – Shauna Watson, Watson Engineering

Go here to learn all about and register for the Next-Level Leadership Live Event

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January 19, 2016

5 “Can’t Ignore” Keys To Business Growth

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5 “Can’t Ignore” Keys To Business Growth

If you’ve run a business for more than a day, you know growing a company involves more than selling stuff.

 Fast forward a year or two later when you’ve added team members, and you definitely know it involves more than that!

 Hello, people drama. Hello, your to-do list that looks more like a book manuscript. Hello, culture issues like gossip and people seeming to not care about the business and their job as much as they should. And hello, fear of failure – a fear that runs rampant.

 I should have just titled this post, “Hello, Junk That Frustrates The Crap Out Of You.” But I digress.

 As an entrepreneur or leader, you know these issues, and so many more, are part of running a company and leading a team.

 The thing is I’m no stranger to them either!

 That said, I’ve learned how to eliminate or minimize them in my business so they don’t hold my team back or me from crushing it every day. 

Here are 5 keys you can’t ignore to grow your business. 

 

1. Better Decision Making

Great decisions are made when you have great perspective, not only on what you’re making a decision on, but on HOW and WHY you make decisions the way you do.

Your decision-making, your life, and your leadership are the sum of what has happened in your past, and what you’ve allowed to influence you … This is what we call the Root System.

All influence you’ve allowed in shapes your Root System, and this is FROM where you make decisions. This could be influence from past bosses, parents, mentors, friends, coaches, siblings, and anyone else you’ve allowed to influence you.  

It shows up in how you lead people, decisions to leave work on time or stay late, to pursue new opportunities in your business, fear of failure, and how you respond to fear, and so much more.  

We all, leaders and team members, bring our Root Systems to work with us every day.

When you learn about your Root System and WHY you make decisions the way you do, it not only changes your leadership, it changes your life and no relationship will ever be the same. 

A key to learning how and why you make decisions is gaining great perspective. 

Most people aren’t great at this. Why? Because you have to be taught how to do it, and then practice it a lot. 

My challenge to get you started down this path is this: All day today, focus on asking people more questions instead of making statements. 

 2. Crazy Intentional about Culture

Culture is summed up by two things: actions and attitudes. And it starts and ends with you – the leader – in what you intentionally set and what you choose to allow in your company.

Each day, deposits are made into creating great culture or withdrawals are happening, leaving people feeling unsafe.

Around here, no topic is off limits, and no action is below anyone. I’m crazy intentional about having a great culture that champions are drawn to and thrive in! 

To the extent you shape culture, you swim, and to the extent to you ignore it, you sink. 

Force what’s necessary, Teach what’s expected, Recognize what’s right, Attack what’s wrong, and Repeat the actions and attitudes you want.

3. Take On Tough Conversations Head-On

Have you ever delayed or altogether avoided a tough conversation with a team member? 

That happens when you’re concerned about knowing exactly what to say, how the person will respond, how you’re going to feel during the meeting, if the talk will even help, and you make a ton of assumptions about how it’s going to go heading into the talk.

Does any of this sound familiar? 

Tough conversations are something to dread…until you learn a better way to have them.

Going back to Root System above, how you think about, enter into, and have a tough conversation has everything with your Root System.

Keys to having tough conversations are:

A. Understanding your personality style and how you contribute to conflict

B. Understanding how other personality styles contribute to conflict

C. Understanding how to guide a person to self-discovery of a bad choice they made

D. Understanding how to hold someone accountable for their choices and not worry about “being the bad guy”

E. Knowing the words to use, or for lack of a better way to say it, during the conversation (i.e. how to begin the talk, what questions to ask, etc.)

4. Kill the Entrepreneur/Leadership Crazy Cycle (aka. Task Saturation)

Successful entrepreneurs, those who are running successful businesses, control time rather than letting time control them.

Those who don’t do this well are in what I call the Entrepreneur Crazy Cycle. 

Basically, that’s when you have so much to do, and feel so overwhelmed you don’t have time to even manage your time…You don’t have time to delegate…You don’t have time to hire anyone to delegate to!

The good news is the Crazy Cycle can be destroyed. 

Here is 1 huge step you can take today – Set healthy boundaries with team members who pop into your office constantly with problems or clients who email you at all hours and expect an immediate reply.  

5. Overcome Fear

Have you ever felt fear about a product or service really delivering results, landing a big client, setting direction and your team actually seeing it through, growing your company into “unknown” territory, or fear of failure and what people will think if you do fail?

People who aren’t entrepreneurs or leaders think we’re fearless. How else could we “risk everything” and go out on our own?

Years and years into being an entrepreneur and coaching entrepreneurs, I know fear, especially fear of failure, runs rampant with entrepreneurs and leaders.

Fear and how we respond to it comes, again, from your Root System.

For example, let’s take fear of failure. 

Failure isn’t the problem. Failure is a part of life. 

It’s the fear of failure that jacks a person up, and it’s a lack of perspective on WHY it’s jacking you up and where it came from in your life that holds you back.

One place it can come from is a parent who always gave you a reason to not do something.

“Don’t do that, Paul, or you’ll get hurt.” 

Another place it comes from is how people responded to you when you failed. 

“Paul, you’re such an idiot! Don’t you know better than to do that!” 

Either of these scenarios and so many more can train you to fear failure. 

 

How You Can Take Your Leadership To The Next Level in 3 Days 

It took me years to get to where I am as an entrepreneur and leader, learning more about me, why people do what they do, and learning systems and strategies to overcome barriers, and grab success by the reigns.

And I’m so stoked to announce that you have the opportunity to learn in 3 days what I’ve learned and successfully implemented over the last two decades. 

If you’re ready to breakthrough you’re own leadership ceiling and go to the next level, you have to attend our Next-Level Leadership Event May 2-4, 2016. 

Extreme Early Bird Registration begins Tuesday, Jan. 26. You can save $300 off regular ticket pricing.  

I’ve broken down the core methods and strategies I’ve used for over two decades to build unified, loyal, and highly productive teams.  

I’m sharing this with you so you can duplicate your version of our success, and build the business that gives you the sustainable freedom, flexibility, and profit you want in life. 

If you want to learn more about the event, or register today to save hundreds of dollars off ticket pricing, click this graphic.

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April 18, 2013

Your Business Is Not Who You Are

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To do well in business, you have to realize your business is what you do not who you are.

Committing to that thought changes your decision-making and frees you to win. When you view your business as who you are, you’re so emotionally invested that every decision is cloudy.

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When you realize it’s what you do, you’re able to make decisions that don’t feel like they’re going to hurt as much. And this is key to growing a business that lasts.

In case you missed it last week, I’m recording a videocast soon with my good friend, Small Business Marketing Coach Joel Fortner on how to make your business last.

Joel will interview me on: – How to distinguish your business from competitors – Marketing and sales strategies – How to grow and make your business last It’s not too late to sign up to receive it. Just click here.

Question: How are you working to make your business last?