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June 13, 2017

2 Steps To Working On Your Business, Not In It

 

2 Steps To Working On Your Business, Not In It

 

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According to the Census Bureau, 85% of businesses depend on the owner to run the day to day operations of the business…

On today’s show, we talk about that 85%…and how to not be that leader.

Discover how to control your time as a leader. Listen here:

  • The Leadership Crazy Cycle
  • The self-worth trap in leadership
  • 6 Steps to control your time as a leader
  • How to duplicate yourself with a team
  • How to get time back
  • The healthy leadership boundaries you need in place today

Question: How do you control your time as a leader?

 

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May 16, 2017

Behind The Scenes With The Poimen Team: Live Events, Culture, and Masterminds

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Today I gave the team the podcast microphones, and I asked them for their thoughts…

I am SO excited to bring some of the team on the show this week. This episode is a special feature behind the scenes episode with a few team members of the Poimen Group! You’ll get to hear their perspective, favorite moments at Next-Level Leadership LIVE Event, and what they have to say about culture.

Welcome to the show Joel, our Head Client Coach, Heather, our Director of Operations, Event Coordinator, and Podcast Producer, and Savannah, our Social Media Marketing Manager and Podcast Production Assistant.

On this episode you’ll discover:

  • What it’s really like to work at The Poimen Group
  • The best moments inside of Next-Level Leadership LIVE Event 2018
  • The team’s favorite moments from Next-Level Leadership
  • What a “solving problems” culture looks like
  • Why culture and social movements are wrong about stay at home moms
  • New content coming your way in summer 2017!

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May 12, 2017

From Next-Level Leadership LIVE Event 2017: Your System For Success

Day Two of Next-Level Leadership Live Event kicked off with our attendees ready to dive in, mastermind, and grow their leadership.

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.

 

 

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But it wasn’t all business. Our Next-Level Mastermind clients shared the impact of the program on their lives:

“The leadership journey over the last few years through Next-Level Mastermind has helped me become the father and husband I want to be. One of my daughters is 3 and the other is 11…the 11 year old is a lot like me, and it’s amazing to see the person she can grow into now that I know how to be a better father.” 

Other members of the panel shared the impacts of Next-Level Mastermind on their marriage, kids, business, and personal growth. Chris responded, “We talk about a lot of stuff here you wouldn’t think about at a business conference don’t we…”

Attendee’s heads nodded all around the room.

Chris broke the silence with the truth that’s been front and center throughout the event,

“Because it’s not all about business, it’s about life change.”

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

You may be like so many leaders and entrepreneurs, even the ones at this event and…

  • You’ve hit a plateau in your leadership or business growth and don’t know how to get over it…
  • You know what the problems are in your business, but you’re not sure how to fix them.
  • You are not at peace with how much time you spend working versus time with your family or doing things you enjoy in life.
  • 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.

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.

Gain access to:

  • Quarterly 1 1/2 Day In-Person Retreats
  • Exclusive Next-Level Mastermind Member Accountability Group calls
  • Video lessons on content developed from 20+ years of leading high-performing teams, and coaching leaders to become more confident and effective
  • Focused Self-Assessments to correspond with your Leadership Development Curriculum and video lessons
  • Unlimited Access to Chris’ Head Client Coach
  • Monthly Live Q&A Group Coaching Calls with Chris
  • Re-Assessments based on your growth track on the Leadership Development Curriculum
  • 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 click here:

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Your Next-Level Mastermind + Membership Site

The exclusive Next-Level Leader membership site is a leadership development course based on 20+ years of leading high-performing teams, and coaching leaders to become more confident and effective. The course content and timeline was designed for the busy leader with a lot on their plate.  

Every two months, you’ll receive a new in-depth leadership lesson, assessments, and coaching to accelerate your learning and implementation. It’s the perfect compliment to the overall Next-Level Mastermind program.

What you’ll learn:

How it works:

Get a Free 60-Minute Strategy Session on the Leadership Development Curriculum, and see if you’re eligible for Next-Level Mastermind. Click here: FREE 60-minute Strategy Session

 

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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

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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!

 

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March 14, 2017

The Powerful, Repeatable Sales Process Critical To Your Leadership

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“When your business is who you are, every bit of you is tied up in the emotional decision-making process. It affects every part of your life.”

TODAY we are talking about sales and leadership. We’re talking about the fear of, “can I trust someone else with the revenue responsibility of this business?” I’ve been SO looking forward to this episode, and we’re going to cover what you can do right now in your business and role.

In this episode we walk through high-level sales strategy, and the nitty gritty details. Here’s what you’ll discover:

  • The #1 reason customers leave
  • How to build relationships and conquer objections in sales
  • What emotional buy lines in sales are, and how to use them
  • How to ask the right questions, and know when to close
  • How to determine if you have the right mindset for sales
  • Why selling doesn’t have to produce anxiety and stress
  • The fears holding back your business growth
  • What holds businesses back in sales, that has little to do with sales
  • Why 85% of business owners are stuck in their job
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March 3, 2017

85% of Business Owners Are Stuck In Their Job

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Do you worry about your business never being able to run without you?

I learned the other day the U.S. Census Bureau reported that 85% of U.S. businesses depend on the owner to run the day-to-day operations.

So chances are that if you own a business, you’re in the 85%, and to top it all, there’s no clear plan for changing it.

I’ve met and helped thousands of business owners in the last two decades, and I know that even though most of them enjoy working and growing a business, they also want the results of owning a business.

Results like more flexibility in their daily schedule, time for family, hobbies, and vacations, and solid personal income.

I’ve known countless owners who don’t make anywhere close to what they pay their team members!

It’s something few owners want to share publicly, but it’s incredibly common.

And they’re caught in a crazy cycle of not knowing exactly how to scale their business so it’s not dependent on them, and being too busy to learn how or implement change, so they stay stuck.

I’ve been there, I know what it’s like to wonder if you can lead a team to success and grow a business without feeling like you’re climbing a new mountain every single day.

I know what it’s like to struggle in growing a business and wondering if it’s going to be an EVERY…DAY…FIGHT!

The good news is I’ve discovered systems to make every team successful and every business profitable. 

My team and I have taken that very information, and have helped thousands of leaders to do the same while creating team buy-in, greater revenues, and considerably less conflict along the way.

Now here’s the thing…the problem isn’t your leadership, the problem is that you haven’t been taught HOW to overcome these obstacles and make the changes stick.

We have an event that teaches a 3-part system on how to grow your business by scaling it correctly, lead your team more effectively, and fuel growth with proven marketing and sales processes.

It’s called the Next-Level Leadership LIVE Event.

The first part is where we teach you how to lead each team member to greater productivity and performance, how to move each team member from unhealthy conflict to unity, and how you can boost each team member’s productivity by learning how they are NATURALLY motivated.

The second part is where we focus on you as a leader by teaching you how high performing leaders accomplish their highest priorities, maintain mental strength, and scale their business with excellence.

And finally, we focus on growing your business by showing you how to market and attract more people who are JUST LIKE your best customers today, win more customers in less time and with less hassle, and keep more people coming back to do business with you.

You’ll leave the event with greater communication to get the highest productivity, greater leadership skills to lead your team more confidently, and repeatable systems to drive greater, more predictable growth.

You’ll be on the path of growing a business, not a lifelong job, and bust out of the 85% of owners who are stuck in their business.

So if you’re ready to go from stress, failure, and lack of confidence in your leadership, to team unity, focus, and successful growth in your business, register today for the Next-Level Leadership LIVE Event right now!

 

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February 28, 2017

4 Examples of Everyday Leadership in Action – Part II

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“I’m here to become a better father, husband, and leader.”

Today we are continuing the conversation from 4 Examples of Everyday Leadership in Action on how leaders are dealing with setting direction, focus, task saturation and stress in business and leadership every day.  We have three VERY special guests on the show today. Our clients and friends are giving their perspective as CEOs, Presidents, and entrepreneurs on walking out next-level leadership.

This episode is all about our clients who have been with us for years, giving you the unscripted answers and stories on how they’re leading their team members to success. We dive into:

  • How they have solved task saturation in their leadership roles
  • Shot gun approach vs. focus in leadership
  • How to finish what you start as a team
  • Mental, physical, and spiritual health as a leader
  • How to manage overwhelm

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February 23, 2017

The Secret To Overcoming Fear Of Failure (And The Root Cause)

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Have you ever noticed that success in business, life, and leadership has so much to do with overcoming fear of failure?

Perhaps you know people or maybe you are someone who grew up in a “suck it up” or “failure isn’t an option” home.

Or you’ve experienced failures in the past, and family or friends responded in a way that left you feeling not good enough.

Failure isn’t the problem though. 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!”

Or maybe failure just wasn’t an option for you. Excellence was expected, and if you didn’t perform, disappointment instantly set in.

Any of these scenarios can train you to fear failure.

The thing is, failure is one of the greatest teachers. Without it, we have to trust that we know everything to be successful in every situation. The truth is, we don’t!

When I see leaders who carry the same broken belief system of “no failure allowed”, I usually find it’s because they have been held to the same impossible standard by someone in their past as well.

Experiences like these leave a giant deposit in what I call your Root System.

Your Root System

What’s Root System?

We are all the sum of what’s happened in our past, and the influence we’ve allowed in. That makes up the Root System, and that’s from where we make every decision.

We go super deep into discovering your Root System in our 1-on-1 Next-Level Life event.

And that includes decisions like fearing failure. Yep, fear is a choice.

The tough truth to face is that all influence is allowed in.

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It doesn’t get locked into our brain unless we let it. Until we choose to believe it, it’s just a suggestion.

For me, knowing I have a say about the influence I allow in, who I spend time with, and that we can learn how to be less fearful is freeing!

This means success is rooted in the quality of our decisions, and great decisions are made with great perspective.

Gaining Perspective

Here are 9 questions to ask yourself to gain perspective and overcome fear of failure.

1. DO I HAVE CLEAR, QUALITY PERSPECTIVE?

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

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

2. 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?

Do I have enough perspective on that? Do I have enough information on what it looks like when it does work out, and when it doesn’t work out?

Look at everything that’s causing you to be afraid of making the decision.

3. IS THIS A FEAR-BASED DECISION?

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

4. WHAT OPTIONS NEED TO BE REMOVED? 

Start removing things from the table.

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. For example:

Excuse: “I don’t know if we can get this done in this time frame.”

Challenge it: Why not? Are there things holding you up, or is this more important than other things?

5. WHAT IS THE IMPACT?

Questions to ask to determine 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? If it failed miserably, could put a huge dent in our finances?

If the answer is “yes” to any of these, yank it off the table, period. If the answer is no, the outcome can be controlled. This is a variable situation.

6. IS THIS A LONG-TERM, SHORT-TERM, OR PERMANENT DECISION?

How long will I, or my team, have to live with this decision? What’s the impact of that? Is that acceptable?

7. 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.

8. WHAT’S THE WORST THAT COULD HAPPEN?

What’s the worst thing that could possibly happen?

What’s the likelihood of it? On a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being “it’s unlikely” 10 being “yeah, it will abso-stinkin-lutely happen”, determine the possibility of worst case scenario.

9. 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, not fear-based decisions.

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Question: Is fear of failure holding you back from making strong decisions?

 

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February 21, 2017

4 Examples Of Everyday Leadership In Action

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Your growth as a leader starts right now, and requires you to show up everyday. 

Today we are talking about how leaders are dealing with mistakes from team members, failure, personality styles, and values every day.  We have three VERY special guests on the show today. Our clients and friends are giving their perspective as CEOs, Presidents, and entrepreneurs on walking out next-level leadership.

This episode is all about our clients who have been with us for years, giving you the unscripted answers and stories on how they’re leading their team members to success. We dive into:

  • How to lead by personality style
  • Vulnerability in leadership
  • How to handle team member mistakes
  • Addressing failure and its impacts in business
  • Leading and hiring based on values and motivators

To hear about greater performance using personality styles, listen here:

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To hear about handling team member mistakes, listen here:

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To hear about their experiences with vulnerability on their leadership team, listen here:

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To hear about dealing with failure, listen here:

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Learn what these leaders are implementing everyday in their business, making DNA in their culture. Register for the Next-Level Leadership Live Event here: chrislocurto.com/events

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January 31, 2017

What Toxic Culture Looks Like, And How To Avoid It

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Terrible customer service can be incredibly frustrating. This week we had a taste of it at the office. Here’s why it matters in your leadership…

Today we are talking about customer service. Here’s the phone call we experienced at our office this week, listen here:

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It takes a lot to get me upset… this phone call did it pretty quick.

For me, caring more about money, making a sale, than serving God’s kids is a spiritual issue.

There comes a time in your role as a leader where you have to take responsibility for your company’s actions. Don’t be surprised if you lose business when you treat the actual business…like business! Instead, you have to treat your customers like they are actually the ones contributing to your 401K. Treat your customers like they’re the ones who are putting the food on your table.

Yes, there are times that the customer is wrong. I believe that. The customer might not always be right, but the customer should be honored. To continually mistreat customers and then wonder why you’re losing business, is ridiculous.

After listening to the phone call, do you see the culture that’s inside of this business? For me, culture comes down to two things: actions and attitudes. What you teach, what you lead, the integrity you teach…it becomes DNA in a business.

You have to ask yourself this question: “Is money worth having this kind of culture, DNA, in your business?”

If you want to be successful in creating a phenomenal culture… you must define it.

Here’s what you can do this week:

  1. Write down what you want your culture to look like. Define it! What actions do you want when it comes to: working, clients and customer service, team members, leadership? Integrity? Culture?
  2. Ask yourself the questions first, then bring others in and see their feedback. Ask if you measure up as a business to what you wrote down.
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January 24, 2017

The 3 Skills Successful Entrepreneurs Share

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“The three skills entrepreneurs and leader need to master: productivity, discipline, and focus.”

Serving entrepreneurs with free, valuable and consistent content. When I hear these words, I think of my friend John Lee Dumas, host of the EOFire podcast. John is on the podcast and today we’re talking about what makes entrepreneurs and leaders successful… what sets them apart.

In this episode we walk through how to get to success through mastering productivity, discipline, and focus. Here’s what you’ll discover:

  • The Pomodoro technique
  • “How to win tomorrow, today”
  • The importance of having a vision for your time to utilize it
  • What’s in the Mastery Journal for you
  • A framework for new habits that WILL work
  • How to get an accountability partner that won’t let you fail
  • Masters in Training

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January 17, 2017

3 Lies Leaders Believe

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“Today we are talking about 3 lies leaders tell themselves daily…”

If you’re anything like me, these are things I’ve struggled with in the past…so many leaders get caught up in these lies. We’ll cover three of the biggest lies many leaders tell themselves, why, and what you can do about it TODAY in your leadership.

     1. “Leading people is like leading me”

Do you tend to hire people with personality styles that match up to you?

If you’re hiring just like you, you’re doing yourself a disservice. Each personality style brings incredible strengths to a team, and you’re missing out if everyone on your team is just like you!

On the other hand, if you have different personality styles on the team then I am going to guess that you may struggle with leading them according to their personality styles.

As a leader, it can be so frustrating to not understand why your team isn’t doing what you’re asking of them…or continually falling short in an area or role. If you find yourself in this place as a leader, stop and ask, “how am I leading them to success? Am I leading them based on their personality style? Is what I’m asking them going against their personality style?”

Asking the right questions is crucial, and I’ll dive into all the specifics of this lesson at the Next-Level Leadership Live Event.

Leading well, is leading your team in the way they receive information. If you need a crash course on Personality Styles, get the tools you need here.

If you want a successful team, you must lead them based on their personality style, not how you want to be led.

     2. “How I act and react, is how my team acts and reacts”

Many leaders believe everyone should respond to a situation the way they do. In leading, you must act and react in a way that is beneficial to them. Communication looks very different for high D’s than it does for high S’s. Your team needs to hear information in a way that will move them forward…sometimes for high D’s, it’s a two-by-four over the head.

You can’t just sit back and ask, “why are they not where I need them to be?” You have to be asking the question, “is this exactly the role they need to be in?” Put a plan together to make your team member successful, and they will get to where you need them to be.

     3. “How I hear and understand things as a leader, is how my team hears things.”

Years ago, I had an event coordinator working for me that was fantastic. Why? Because she thought the way I did. I just knew if I gave her information, she would make it happen. So I promoted her, and brought in another person to fill her role. I would say to my new hire, “hey, go do this thing.” She would leave and come back asking, “What exactly is it you wanted me to do?” She would go out again and then come back…”So, what did you want me to do?”

I could not understand why it was such a challenge. To figure out what was going on, I decided to go with this team member and see where the issue was happening.

I quickly found out, I was the problem.

I kept trying to lead her the same way as I did her predecessor. I kept assuming she would be able to do exactly as I was asking without giving any information…and that was my mistake. I went back and poured through her DISC profile, and saw everything I was doing to set her up for failure. I was expecting her to be the same, and not leading her in her strengths. She needed far more details. I also quickly figured out that her predecessor would always get it done, but with a trail of destruction in her wake. Highly detailed personalities need to be led in a completely different way.

The keys are understanding how each individual hears things, understands concepts, acts, reacts, and how they need to be led in their personality style. There are no hacks to this. You need to learn how to lead each person individually. It will make you a better leader.

To take this content a step further and apply it to your leadership and business everyday…learn the tools you need to lead your team confidently, scale your business the right way, and get out from under your daily tasks to become the strongest leader for you team, register for the Next-Level Leadership Live Event.

Here’s something you can do today, RIGHT now

Think about someone on your team that you’re struggling to lead…

  1. Sit down with their personality profile.
  2. Read through all the information and see if it leans in the direction of the role you have them in.
  3. See how they see leaders, projects, how they approach you.

And lastly…ask yourself, “what have I not led them well in?”

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December 21, 2016

How To Scale Your Business with Excellence [Blog]

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Nearly every company coming in for StratPlan, and almost every leader coming in through our Next-Level Mastermind group asks me these questions, “Chris, how can I scale? I want to grow, What do I do next?”

In this post, I’m going to share some of the same keys to scaling with excellence I’ve coached leaders on for years.

1. A Mindset of Gaining Perspective 

I’m talking about your growth as a leader…as an individual. To have successful growth, you must take time to gain quality perspective on the How and Why.

So many leaders want to go after a new project, and then try to backfill what they don’t have. BEFORE you chase off after your next great opportunity, dive into the how and the why of what you’re doing.

Every 6 months we are re-casting vision to plan out our next 90 days, 6 months, and 12 months. We have a system we use as a leadership team every single time.

Our focus in on how many things we can get done with the time we currently have. There are so many ways to go after a new growth project…but you need to push yourself to go after it the right way. 

Live in the process of gaining perspective on your true capacity of resources. Focus in on your capacity of resources as a leader, in your business, and as a team.

There are plenty of next, great ideas. You have to know how to implement, and know if that’s where your focus should be.

Ask yourself: Is this the smartest thing to be focusing on right now? Can we do this with excellence?

If either answer is a no, then it’s not the smart thing to do.

**Warning to leaders and entrepreneurs: don’t fall into the trap of scaling or creating out of boredom. This will get you into so much trouble, if you are not answering the right questions.

2. Keep Energy In The Moneymaker 

The main thing that causes leaders to fail in new ventures: Pulling energy away from the moneymaker.

Shifting all your energy to a new project tends to cause the thing that’s gotten you where you are to fail. Why?…

Because almost every single time a leader pulls their energy to where they want to go “now,” they pull energy away from what’s making them money.

After energy, the next thing that goes is team moral. Why?

Now there’s a lack of vision and direction. When a team does not have vision and leadership, they lose moral and focus, and you lose revenue.

To go more in-depth and hear how we keep energy in our business, listen here: Ep. 206: The 3 Keys to Scaling Your Business with Excellence.

90% of the time, the thing that’s been making you money is what will fund your new venture!

Some leaders even tell me, “I want to build this up, then only spend a couple days in the business.”

Guess what? It will. not. work.

If you’re not going to be the energy, you need to create energy inside the business.

3. Install Champions

One of the ways to create and keep energy in your business is to install a champion over the process. Someone who can lead the team, knows how to grow a specific area, and loves focusing on that area.

If they can lead it to success, you can remove SOME of you, and focus in another area.

Keep energy in multiple areas to grow the things that make money, that change lives.

I don’t care if it’s an old venture or a new venture, you have to have the energy, you have to have the vision, and you have to have champions in place.

If you can do this and lead effectively, you will not lose. Even if the new area loses, you have not damaged your current money making process that has gotten you to where you are.

If you’re wanting to grow or scale your business, or add a whole new product line or service, you must put champions in place. As a leader you can’t be in the day-to-day tasks heading up the processes, you need champions in place for that. Then you must lead your champions.

Listen here for my full rant: Ep. 206: The 3 keys to Scaling Your Business with Excellence.

These are just 3 of the key pieces of scaling with excellence that I’ll teach on at the Next-Level Leadership LIVE Event, May 11-13, 2017 in Nashville, TN.

Want the full lesson? Go here.

At the event, I teach leaders how to get out from under their daily tasks so they can lead leaders, and grow their businesses and team.

Whether they are a leader, entrepreneur, it doesn’t matter. I want you to be leading leaders, I want you to be getting out from under the 17,000 tasks you have to do in a day – that’s ridiculous, that’s not your role.

You have to get tasks off your plate and start leading leaders.

If you are thinking about scaling, get your butt to this event. If you want to know how to grow your leadership, your sales and marketing…get to this event. Whether you’re a leader or a business owner, we’re going to be deep diving on how to build a stronger, more successful businesses and teams.

This event doesn’t just change your business, leadership, and team, it will change your life.

Hurry, for only a couple of weeks you can get our generous holiday deal and save hundreds! Don’t miss out! Get your Leadership Event tickets now: http://bit.ly/2hFgYox

 

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December 15, 2016

The 3 Keys to Scaling Your Business with Excellence

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Almost every single leader that comes in to this office, asks the question, “how do I scale?” 

You need to be growing! If you’re not growing you’re dying. If you want to grow, you need to know the how, and the why. You need more than, “I want to grow this thing.”

Learn the full lesson on how to scale your business at Next-Level Leadership LIVE Event

Successfully growing a business means looking beyond the opportunity…Here’s what you’ll discover in this episode:

  • The three keys to successfully scaling your business
  • Where to put your energy during a strategy shift
  • Why so many scaling efforts or new service lines fails
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December 6, 2016

How Your Personal Life Holds You Back at Work, And What To Do About It

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We have two phenomenal questions from our podcast listeners today.

Suzanne asks, “I just left a non-profit, and wasn’t able to handle the emotions that went into it. I felt myself getting too much compassion fatigue. Do you have suggestions on how to have a healthy emotional separation at work?

Here’s what you’ll discover:

  • Responsibility in caring for others, philanthropic work or counseling
  • Understanding rejection
  • What happens when you don’t effect change in someone’s life
  • Your single greatest value as a human
  • What getting worth from people looks like
  • The core of getting “you” healthy
  • Difference between helping for your worth…and truly helping
  • Where to get your self worth

Keeley asks about personality styles, and solving communication issues as a leader.

We dive into:

  • How to tax the collective intelligence of the team
  • What to do when team members don’t add valuable input, or voice their opinion
  • How to communicate with different personality styles on your team
  • The right questions to ask to lead your team to higher engagement
  • How to lead your team to success in the moment
  • Exactly what to say in meetings

 

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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.

Next-Level Leadership Live Event is going to be a jam packed 3 days looking at making you, your team and your business successful in every area with new perspective.

Now there are folks already on the waiting list for this event…who will be notified before everyone else when tickets are available. Right now, if you want to get on that list go to chrislocurto.com/events!!

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November 15, 2016

Encore Episode: Creating a High Quality Culture

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Before we dive into today’s show, we have incredibly exciting news….we’re getting ready to launch our BIGGEST event of the year. It’s our second annual Next-Level Leadership Live Event!!!

When we launch registration… for a short period of time you will have the opportunity to get a freakin’ phenomenal price. We’re only going to do this for a couple of weeks, and it’s during the Christmas season. *Cue holiday merriment and cheer*

Here are just a few of the things we’re going to be teaching on…How to scale your business in a healthy way, how to lead your team to top performance and in-depth lessons on health, marketing, sales, and more…

This is going to be a jam packed 3 days looking at making you, your team and your business successful in every area with new perspective.

Now there are folks already on the waiting list for this event…who will be notified before everyone else when tickets are available. Right now, if you want to get on that list go to chrislocurto.com/events!!

I want on the list!

On to our episode! Culture is kind of a big deal around here. I spend a great deal of time teaching entrepreneurs and guiding teams on how to create high quality culture in their organizations. It’s a major component of every business, and it has the power to destroy your company or make you successful. This week we are bringing you an oldie but a goodie and revisiting one of our most listened to podcasts of all time.

INC Magazine invited me to do a talk on culture and those lessons have been available in chapters to blog subscribers. Today, I’m featuring three of the lessons in the podcast.

Question: How Do You Create High Quality Culture?

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November 1, 2016

6 Critical Steps to Ensuring Your New Hire is a Perfect Fit

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If a new hire is the wrong fit, you as a leader spend more time fixing things and solving problems than you do getting things done. You don’t have to spend time solving unnecessary problems.

For today’s Q&A we dive into this question:

“We’re hiring new full-time people, and the skill sets are equal for our applicants, so how they fit into our culture is becoming the tipping point. What should we be looking for in terms of the DISC profile and personality styles? What’s the priority: how they learn, how they communicate? What factors hold the most weight in the hiring process?” 

Here’s what you will discover in this episode:

  • The MOST important qualities to look for in a new hire
  • How to refine your hiring process
  • 6 Steps to ensuring your new hire is a perfect fit for your culture, team
  • How to effectively use Personality Profiles and Strengthsfinder in the hiring process

 

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October 18, 2016

Encore Episode: What You Have In Common With Wine

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Today’s episode is part viticulture and part life lesson. I think you’re going to enjoy it…especially if you like wine!

Hi folks, this week we are bringing you an oldie but a goodie and revisiting one of our top rated podcasts of all time. (This is one of the most important things we talk about, and it’s so powerful…) So this is an encore presentation of us talking about what you have in common with wine!

In this podcast I’ll explain:

  • How wine grapes are grown and how this relates to you and your business
  • Your Root System
  • What makes a great farmer and how that farmer harvests a perfect grape
  • The process of destroying perfect grapes to make great wine
  • How farming and the process of wine making relates to you and your business

Every great business has seasons and there is a cycle or a process to growth. There are times to take advantage of the sun, the shade, creating boundaries and making sure things are set up correctly to grow. My own businesses have had moments of destruction to create something new, next thing you know, we grow. For me, I see that as God preparing us.

Just like the wine, there are seasons of aging in a barrel, mellowing out and giving us extra flavor. We can’t discount the destructive times. In those times, we’re becoming more intense. If we don’t look back with our teams and celebrate what we’ve come through or what we’ve done, we don’t understand that it’s a season we’ve grown out of.

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Question: Have you come out of a hard season of life or business that made you stronger?

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October 4, 2016

How High Performing Leaders Manage Their Time

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You cannot be a quality leader if you are not constantly pouring into yourself.

Daily personal growth is tough when you own a business, or you’re a leader.

For today’s Q&A we dive into this question:

“How do I manage my time so I can have the right balance of own professional development, along with time spent managing team and hospital and figuring everything else out…?”

Here’s what you’ll discover in this episode:

  • How to determine where and how you spend your time in personal growth
  • What a weekly focus on leadership growth looks like
  • What I always recommend for personal growth
  • How to manage your hiring process to give you more time
  • The biggest key in your hiring process
  • How to attract the right people to your business and keep them there
  • What the Leadership Crazy Cycle is, steps to get out of it
  • 90 Day Initiatives
  • BHAGs

Leaders don’t have a lack of books, there’s a ton of information out there. Information is not the issue.

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