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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

 

Resources:

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 29, 2016

How to Stop Surviving and Start Living

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Christmas bells are starting to ring…

Today I dive into how to deal with holiday setbacks, rant on election responses a little, and tell you how to thrive during this potentially stressfull-frenzied-in-law-overwhelmed-people-drama-filled-glorious Christmas season.

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

  • Signs you’re in survival mode
  • How to start thriving
  • How to make better decisions to combat burnout
  • What the scriptures say about survival mode
  • Escape work overwhelm
  • The difference between perspective and quality perspective
  • How to deal with survival mode in the workplace
  • Get rid of negativity
You can’t grow in toxic soil, in toxic influence. Do whatever it takes to get good soil around you so you can thrive!!

Resources:

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!!

Next-Level Life Event

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November 22, 2016

Your Guide to an Incredible (Conflict-Free) Thanksgiving

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The holiday season is coming…

What happens during the holiday season? For some of you, a lot of junk. Today we’re talking about how to move past that and be thankful! It’s thanks-giving folks.

Before you carve the turkey this Thanksgiving you must download the Avoiding Conflict Guide.
I know, I know, your family probably never has any drama.
For the rest of us – HERE YA GO: Download Here (it’s FREE)

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

  • How to get thankful when times are tough
  • What God asks of us in the holiday season
  • How to choose happiness!

So pull out your phone (if you’re at a stop light), go to a white board and write down everything you’re thankful for!

If you’re unhappy…hit rewind and listen to this episode again! You have to choose happiness.

Resources:

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!!

 

Question: Who are you most thankful for?

     

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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

 

Resources:

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 Life Event

 

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October 25, 2016

How Smart Leaders Motivate Their Team

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As a leader, you’ve got to make your team successful. That’s your job, that’s your role, period.

You have to look at every team member and employee as a responsibility to you, and a responsibility you have to God. You have a responsibility to train them, treat them well, and lead them well.

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

“I am a full time band teacher, and have a part time job with 6 staff who don’t get paid enough, how do I not feel guilty about delegating to these people who are almost volunteers when you look at their paychecks? I don’t want them to burn out and leave.”

For those of you listening, this is just as vitally important to those who have well paid staff. 

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

  • How to motivate your team
  • How to properly delegate
  • How to successfully reward employees
  • The process of teaching and training your team members to be leaders

Resources:

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 Life 

 

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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 11, 2016

How to Care for Employees with PTSD

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For leaders, it can be difficult to deal with mental health in the workplace. It’s not an easy topic, and many leaders do not have the resources and tools they need to make their employees successful. 

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

“I have employees who are responsible for doing advertising sales, and just over a year ago I hired a disabled military vet with PTSD. This is my first experience as a business owner with hiring veterans and while I’m compassionate to his challenges, I really don’t understand them. I also recently hired another individual who was a victim of years of abuse. I am committed to finding ways to provide them with the tools they need to succeed. They have a great work ethic, but I feel like I’m failing them. What do I do to address the situation?

This is a difficult, powerful subject. Here’s what you’ll discover in this episode:

  • How to lead a team member with PTSD or other trauma
  • The tools and resources you need as a leader dealing with employee’s mental health
  • Understanding PTSD triggers, and “fight or flight” mode
  • Where these responses come from in their Root System
  • How fear attacks the brain
  • The biggest piece of healing PTSD
  • What food, diet, and EMDR have to do with PTSD
  • What part Next-Level Life plays in recovery
  • A just “getting over yourself,” or “solving this” mindset is detrimental
  • How to turn your focus away from trauma

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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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Learn more and get on the wait list (we’re opening enrollment tomorrow!) here: 

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September 28, 2016

How This Couple Discovered Their Strongest Life, 17 Years Later

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If you’re not getting the things you need, don’t wait…change. How? By choosing to change. You have to make the choice.

Today we are talking with some fantastic people. Mike and Cathy have been through Next-Level Life individually, and had phenomenal experiences. We like to share this, because we get people asking all the time, wanting to know what it’s like, wanting to hear about the process and results from the inside. We love hearing from people who have experienced this event.

They can say it better than I can, because they’re telling their story. It’s a powerful story… Here’s our conversation:

Q: What was life like before your Next-Level Life Events?

Cathy: Life was full of misunderstanding. I did not know how to get perspective on what was happening, how I was reacting, and what the reality of the situation was. There was a lot of confusion. I thought what we did was normal, I told myself,  “It just, is, that’s how it is and how I deal with it.” I didn’t realize I was confused. I was used to seeing the same results…

Mike: It was a lot of anger, hurt, frustration…insecurity. When I tried to grasp for control, and people didn’t understand that I was trying to make things better, I would hurt people in the process. I was a control freak causing damage to my family, that’s not what I wanted to do. It was an insane spiral of me feeling insecure, and grabbing for control.

That’s something we walk through in Next-Level Life, that control is an illusion.  

Q: Why did it take you so long to decide to come through the event?

Mike: Self-worth. I didn’t feel like I was the guy who could be successful with the tools from the process. I wanted to be that guy, but couldn’t see myself that way. My internal conversation was 24/7, and very self-deprecating. The other thing that scared the heck out of me was, I didn’t want to come in and have all my past brought to the surface, stuff that I was unaware of. It was stepping back and trusting you guys when you said, “this isn’t going to uncover things from your childhood that are hidden to you right now…” This event is not about that.

Q: What are some specific things that were holding you back in life? Period.

Mike: I did not realize it until Next-Level Life, but I very much had a victim mentality. I allowed it to drive so many decisions, along with fear, and it paralyzed me. I was my own worst enemy.

Cathy: Being a mom and wife, I realized that I was putting off my own self care so that I could take care of my family. I wasn’t taking care of myself.

…and how did that work out for you?

Let’s say that things are much better now. *laughter* I came through Next-Level Life realizing I have to actively love me, as much as I am pouring into loving others.

Exactly, You must put God first. Put your health second, not your happiness, your health, and then focus on your spouse and others.

Cathy: I can do what God created me to do which is to bless others, without making myself lesser to that service.

Q: How were your Next-Level Life events…?

Mike: I came away with the record of most sheets of paper… *laughter* I have never had anything lay out my life in such clarity. I had issues with family…they trained me a certain way, and I trained my children that way. I vilified people because I was hurt so much, and when I went through Next-Level Life I literally came out with a different perspective, rather than putting someone as the “bad guy,” I understood and felt empathy. Before, it was all anger and wanting justice. It was THE MOST freeing experience. I came away with peace I had never experienced before. I was scared (that word doesn’t do it justice) to do the event, but I needed something else, more. I didn’t have the answers…The answer to why I was where I was.

As soon as I came back I began implementing, changing.

It impacted me like nothing I’ve done in my life before.

I used to manipulate through fear and anger to get people to do what I wanted them to do, the change in me and the change in Cathy has been so substantial, we have one child coming through in a few months and another child coming through Summer of next year. These are adult children that are making the decision to come on their own because they’ve seen the change. You can’t get your kids to do stuff like that if they’re not genuinely seeing the benefit.

They are seeing their dad become a dad.

When I came back, within 3 days of coming home…My son was playing a video game and there was a bug in the game that made it malfunction. He told me that it was his fault…I asked him why. And he kept blaming himself and said it was just easier to blame himself.

Front and center, there was the thought process I had trained in my kid.

Cathy: My Next-Level Life event was powerful, eye-opening. It was a lot of gaining perspective. It wasn’t just gaining perspective, it was shifting perspective. Everything is right there in front of you, and there are things that you are missing, that you’re just not seeing. That baggage you come into adulthood with, the perspective on that can be shifted because you have someone guiding you and walking you through seeing things from a new set of eyes. There was no taking sides. It’s done kindly, lovingly, and strongly. I didn’t feel strong-armed into seeing or feeling a particular way. I was challenged on “is that reality? Or are you just carrying a perspective you came in with?”

Life doesn’t stop happening after the event. You don’t come through Next-level Life and then it’s all roses and there’s nothing to deal with in life. For you guys, you went through some really tough stuff AFTER your events. How did you guys deal with that after your Next Level Life events?

Mike: We left my Next Level Life and within a month we got sidelined by some stuff…If I had not been equipped through Next-Level Life and wanting to set a different path, I really think our family would be broken. I am so grateful for the fact that in Next-Level Life you (the facilitators) are strong, and it’s not like you’re getting your worth from the process, so you can ask those hard questions that friends shy away from. I still remember sitting in the van with Cathy and having a conference call with Joel (a facilitator) after my event, wanting him to side with me, and he said, “Mike…if you do that, you’re going to ruin things.” I was mad I didn’t get the answer I wanted to allow me to be angry. I look back now, and I am so grateful that he took a stand…he didn’t have to. He was confident enough in who he is to say, “Mike, that’s not a decision I would make. It’s yours to make. Here’s what I see…” I respected him enough to process through it and make the right decision. We had much better results than if we had been functioning status quo.

If I had not gone through Next-Level Life, I would not have the tools to get back up and say, “this is not who I have to be or the situation I’m relegated to, I can choose a different path.”

I’ve trained my family in disfunction. I can train them in choosing a different route. It’s not necessarily functional, I’m still learning, but it’s not totally dysfunctional.*laughter*

We’re seeing sides of our kids that are like, “where have you been?” I was so angry before, I hadn’t allowed my kids to be who they were, they were intimidated.

Q: How has it impacted your marriage, and your kids?

Mike: I thought that our marriage was good before. It is great to see my wife feeling alive. You want to see your family successful, and Next-Level Life equips you to free your wife, kids. Cathy and I can have a conversation now, and I value where she’s coming from more, even if I don’t agree, and now she is stronger and voices her opinion, which I’m so glad she does.

Cathy: We’ve hit a different level of partnership, support and friendship in our marriage. There’s just this freedom to be completely who we are since Next-Level Life, without the fear of the other person not understanding. Now I feel completely comfortable and secure asking, “am I missing something? Do I have the wrong perspective?” The event it has not only affected our marriage but how we parent together.

Mike: When we came to Next Level Life, the whole team is working to make us feel more at home. You can make yourself feel right at home.

We can both be hesitant and insecure. I realized after the event that people aren’t as focused on us as we think they are. They don’t have to like or approve of us…If they make that decision, that’s their choice. I can’t control what my kids or neighbors think of me. I can control my actions, but that’s as far as it goes.

Whether it’s Next Level Life, Mastermind or Retreat, it’s coming home to family…because you guys don’t hold punches. But not in a competitive or demeaning way, it’s in a genuine manner. It’s so refreshing. It’s so valuable.

Q: How has it impacted the kids?

Mike: We’re talking about 19 year olds that have seen mom and dad pre-Next-Level Life, are now seeing you guys after Next-Level Life, and going, “I want that.” That speaks volumes to what you guys have done, what you have implemented. My daughter was working her heart out to try and do things to help me be more healthy, our family to be more healthy, and I was just shooing it away. I was so hurt (Mike’s Root System) that I couldn’t see what she was doing to appreciate it.

Your previous parenting style, had a decently negative impact on her. It’s not just she now has a dad who listens, but one who apologized, explained and helped her to see what he had done wrong, and is supportive of her now.

Q: On top of this, it has been quite a weight loss process for you.

Mike: Because of where I was emotionally, I just continued in a spiral putting on weight. I am the lowest weight I have been in 3 years…not my mindset has changed, and I can utilize advice.

Not only did you guys have phenomenal event, but you went home and implemented like crazy. That means the world to me. 

Thank you for joining me on the show and giving so much of yourselves for the people that are listening.

Q: If there was one thing you could tell the person that’s out there holding back on coming to the event

Mike:

Can I tell them two?

  1. It is so much better than you can imagine. It’s worth it. You’re worth it. Do it.
  2. I was given advice to follow through with the homework, and as we alluded to, Next-Level Life is like a Next-level, you still grow and continue on from there.

Cathy:

To be encouraged that there will be growth. It will not always be fun, but just the release of realizing who you are, and the personality that you want to have IS THERE. It’s already there, and it’s okay to release it, utilize it, it’s okay to be happy and grow into who you feel like you should’ve been this whole time. It’s scary to remove those masks…there is nothing better you will ever do than to be in the safety of this team and remove those masks.

It’s okay to be happy, and get rid of the junk that holds you back. Recognize where it’s coming from then plug in the tools to work on it, and fix it. When you have the tools, you can deal with and solve the problem, you have the tools to make life better.

The thing is, your life does not get better by waiting around, by someone coming and taking care of it for you. The government is not going to do it, your family is not going to do it. Your life is not going to get better by chance, it’s going to get better by change. To have change, you have to make a choice. 

Learn more about Next-Level Life here.

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September 27, 2016

How This Couple Discovered Their Strongest Life

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If you’re not getting the things you need, don’t wait…change. How? By choosing to change. You have to make the choice.

Today we are talking with some fantastic people. Mike and Cathy have been through Next-Level Life individually, and had phenomenal experiences. We like to share these stories, because we get people asking about Next-Level Life events all the time, wanting to know what it’s like, and wanting to hear about the process and results from the inside. This is Mike and Cathy’s story.

Here’s our conversation:

Q: What was life like before your Next-Level Life Events?

Cathy: Life was full of misunderstanding. I did not know how to get perspective on what was happening, how I was reacting, and what the reality of the situation was. There was a lot of confusion. I thought what we did was normal, I told myself,  “It just, is, that’s how it is and how I deal with it.” I didn’t realize I was confused. I was used to seeing the same results…

Mike: It was a lot of anger, hurt, frustration…insecurity. When I tried to grasp for control, and people didn’t understand that I was trying to make things better, I would hurt people in the process. I was a control freak causing damage to my family, that’s not what I wanted to do. It was an insane spiral of me feeling insecure, and grabbing for control.

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Q: Why did it take you so long to decide to come through the event?

Mike: Self-worth. I didn’t feel like I was the guy who could be successful with the tools from the process. I wanted to be that guy, but couldn’t see myself that way. My internal conversation was 24/7, and very self-deprecating. The other thing that scared the heck out of me was, I didn’t want to come in and have all my past brought to the surface, stuff that I was unaware of. It was stepping back and trusting you guys when you said, “this isn’t going to uncover things from your childhood that are hidden to you right now…” This event is not about that.

Q: What are some specific things that were holding you back in life? Period.

Mike: I did not realize it until Next-Level Life, but I very much had a victim mentality. I allowed it to drive so many decisions, along with fear, and it paralyzed me. I was my own worst enemy.

Cathy: Being a mom and wife, I realized that I was putting off my own self care so that I could take care of my family. I wasn’t taking care of myself.

…and how did that work out for you?

Let’s say that things are much better now. *laughter* I came through Next-Level Life realizing I have to actively love me, as much as I am pouring into loving others. I can do what God created me to do, without making myself lesser to that service.

Q: How were your Next-Level Life events…?

Mike: I came away with the record of most sheets of paper… *laughter* I have never had anything lay out my life in such clarity. I had issues with family…they trained me a certain way, and I trained my children that way. I vilified people because I was hurt so much, and when I went through Next-Level Life I literally came out with a different perspective, rather than putting someone as the “bad guy,” I understood and felt empathy.

It was THE MOST freeing experience.

I came away with peace I had never experienced before. I was scared (that word doesn’t do it justice) to do the event, but I needed something else, more. I didn’t have the answers…The answer to why I was where I was.

As soon as I came back I began implementing, changing.

It impacted me like nothing I’ve done in my life before.

The change in me and the change in Cathy has been so substantial, we have one child coming through in a few months and another child coming through Summer of next year. These are adult children that are making the decision to come on their own because they’ve seen the change. You can’t get your kids to do stuff like that if they’re not genuinely seeing the benefit.

They are seeing their dad become a dad.

Cathy: My Next-Level Life event was powerful, eye-opening. It wasn’t just gaining perspective, it was shifting perspective. Everything is right there in front of you, and there are things that you are missing, that you’re just not seeing. That baggage you come into adulthood with, the perspective on that can be shifted because you have someone guiding you and walking you through seeing things from a new set of eyes. There was no taking sides. It’s done kindly, lovingly, and strongly. I didn’t feel strong-armed into seeing or feeling a particular way. I was challenged on “is that reality? Or are you just carrying a perspective you came in with?”

Life doesn’t stop happening after the event. For you guys, you went through some really tough stuff AFTER your events. How did you guys deal with that after your Next Level Life events?…

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The thing is, your life does not get better by waiting around, by someone coming and taking care of it for you. The government is not going to do it, your family is not going to do it. Your life is not going to get better by chance, it’s going to get better by change. To have change, you have to make a choice. Learn more about Next-Level Life

Discover the life you were meant to live.

 

 

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September 20, 2016

Why Biblical Perspective Grows Your Business, And How to Get It

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You don’t need great experience to pull off that business venture or big transition.

The fear of failure, of not being capable, is overcome by understanding. Maybe you’re here: you don’t feel like you know everything about how to get started, what to do, or how to make it work. Here’s my suggestion, fill in the blanks! You must have great perspective to not have fear.

When it comes to fear, what most people are missing is quality perspective. I see this ALL the time. Here’s my rant…

God’s not going to call you to do something, then let you fail.

One of the biggest misconceptions that people have, unfortunately from decades and decades of bad Christian teaching, is the belief they are standing on a rug and God is holding onto the edge to just yank it out. That’s horrible teaching, it’s not true. God has a plan to prosper you.

We don’t believe God has our best interest at heart.

If God is telling you to do something, there is NO reason to not step out there. He’s not confused or changing his mind. Step out and pray for help with unbelief. That’s the faith side of it. The business side of it is a little different. 

Here’s what you’ll discover on the business side this episode:

  • What categories you need to gain perspective on for you business
  • How to define your platform
  • Forming a plan for reaching your audience
  • Differentiating yourself and your offering in the market
  • How to advertise to grow your brand and connect with your ideal customer
  • Determining the demographic that will be receptive to you
  • How to tailor your message to your audience
  • How to get your product or message in front of people

You can’t just sell a product. If you do, people will be bored with you. You must become relevant to your customer’s life. Speak to them in a way that makes them think, “Man, that [fill in your name], I want more from them.”

GAIN PERSPECTIVE.

When you gain this perspective, you actively remove obstacles from the table. What is left over becomes a clear picture of what you go after.

 

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September 13, 2016

3 Things to Tackle When Starting a New Business

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That feeling of “I want to do more, I need to do more, I think I’m a little bored…” is a mindset for so many entrepreneurs. This feeling can get you into a lot of trouble. 

Today we dive into the details on what it looks like to pursue a new business or opportunity to serve, and stay balanced in the key areas of your life. There are three steps to tackle in making that business idea or new passion a part of your life!

Disclaimer: You cannot remove too much energy from what makes you money. When you remove energy from the money maker, it begins to die. If you’re not growing, you’re dying.

Don’t miss this entrepreneurs! You do not have to tackle every great idea.

What you’ll discover from our conversation:

  • Three things to tackle before diving into a new venture
  • Setting up for a successful transition
  • How to keep energy flowing in your business
  • The process you can walk through to prioritize opportunities for work and service
  • Marketing tactics and must-do’s for a new business
  • Keys to success in a new (potentially large) market
  • Gaining perspective on what’s truly realistic for your passions

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September 6, 2016

When “Going with Your Gut” is Holding You Back

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“The fear is not going to do anything for you. That surface level response needs to take a hike.”

On today’s show we have four phenomenal questions from our podcast listeners! We hit social media and creating a greater tribe, social anxiety and networking, surface level responses, distance communication with your team, how to bring perspective to leadership, and when having a remote team is detrimental to your business. WOW. We have a jam packed episode today. Let’s dive in!

Here’s what you’ll discover:

  • Strategies for video advertising on social media
  • Tactics to create loyal customers
  • Social anxiety and what it has to do with your Root System
  • Why networking does not come naturally for some
  • What TO do and what NOT to do in distance communication at work
  • Bringing new perspective to your leadership team
  • When a remote team is detrimental to the business

On some of these questions, we blow past the surface level response the listener is focused on and get to the core of the issue. Here’s taste of our conversation on social anxiety:

“As long as you keep seeking human beings for that affirmation you will never solve the issue that you’re feeling right now. Man can’t do anything for you in that area. It will only happen if you put God first, if you make him more important. Is there one person on earth that can impact eternity? No man can impact your soul.

The fear is not going to do anything for you. That surface level response needs to take a hike. Discover what’s in your Root System that has caused you to feel unworthy and not good enough…”

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August 31, 2016

The Three Most Powerful Lessons a Leader Can Learn

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“Today we’re talking about transformation, and Joel and I have a HUGE announcement…”

We are launching the Elevate Your Leadership Online Event!! Guys we are so crazy excited about this. This event is centered around solving the very struggles and core issues that impact every single leader and entrepreneur. These are the most powerful lessons for entrepreneurs and leaders, lessons I have been helping people with for a long time.

It’s the content I’m always pushing our leaders and entrepreneurs in our Next-Level Mastermind and coaching program to solve…because these are the three biggest pieces holding you back right now as a leader.

We’re PUMPED. The easiest way to find out more info is to click the banner on our homepage!

In today’s podcast, Joel (our extremely handsome client head coach) and I dive into the DNA of businesses, including ours. Two of our phenomenal Next-Level Mastermind clients join us and we get to the core of solving problems in business, and what the transformation in a business looks like after implementing the three core lessons: Killing the Leadership Crazy Cycle, Tackling Tough Conversations, and Creating a Culture of Champions.

People come into our events thinking…

“I’m the only one going through this, every other leader has it put together…no one else is experiencing what I’m experiencing.”

THEN they step in to a event and realize everyone is struggling to grow and transform their businesses…dealing with the same. exact. things.

Let’s hear from two of our AMAZING clients. Magnus Simonarson and Quinn Denning are incredible leaders and the Presidents of their companies, busting it every day for their businesses and families. Magnus is the President of Consultwebs and a leader that came into his role, asking,

“What do I do? What do I focus on from 8- 5 as a leader?”

We see so many leader struggle because they don’t know what winning looks like in their role. NO, not everything falls to you as a leader in a business. It’s so much more than just deciding your day looks like…

Most leaders are overwhelmed, overloaded and stuck in the Leadership Crazy Cycle. They have endless tasks and problems to solve, they don’t know what’s the smartest thing to do, and they live stuck in this place. Almost EVERY leader in this situation passes everything on to their team leads and pushes the Leadership Crazy Cycle to their employees….are you in this crazy cycle?

If you’re relating to even one of these points, you’re in the Leadership Crazy Cycle:

  • 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…
  • You don’t have time to lead…
  • You don’t have time to teach…
  • You don’t have time for hardly anything other than your to-do list and putting out fires…

Here’s a taste of Magnus has to say on what held him back the most in his business, jump to 8:20. To hear more on the Leadership Crazy Cycle jump to 10:50 here on the player:

 

We dive into behind the scenes culture at  22:25, listen here:

Next, we jump into an interview with Quinn Denning, President of Rapidtek.
“If I would have implemented the lessons on Tackling Tough Conversations, I could have cut out this toxicity in my business 6 months earlier…”
This is so important. When you don’t have tough conversations and protect your culture:
  • Toxicity bleeds to the rest of the team and poisons them
  • Productivity tanks
  • Profits start to go down
  • The leader who doesn’t know how to handle this conversation and toxic situation is held back
  • Culture takes 10 steps backward

Killing the Leadership Crazy Cycle, Tackling Tough Conversations, and Creating a Culture of Champions are the lessons at the core of the transformation Magnus and Quinn scraped the surface of…

These three key lessons are pillars in your business and they impact EVERY…SINGLE…LEADER and entrepreneur. For well over a decade I have helped and coached thousands of leaders and entrepreneurs to grow their teams and businesses to success. These three core lessons are centered around solving the very struggles and issues that impact every single leader and entrepreneur. Learn more about these lessons here.

When we ask our clients how long they’ve been implementing something like Tackling Tough Conversations, or Creating a Culture of Champions, and they can’t remember. For some it’s only been a year since they implemented but it’s become second nature, DNA inside of their business.

It’s matter of getting the information, and start practicing and implementing.

Here’s what you need to know about learning these core lessons and improving the DNA of your business and attending Elevate Your Leadership Online Event:

  • These three core lessons are centered around solving the very struggles and issues that impact EVERY… SINGLE…LEADER and entrepreneur
  • If you take the information and run with it, you will transform your team and business
  • The Early bird special price is $297 for three transformative lessons for you, and everyone you can get around your computer
  • Early bird only lasts for a couple weeks
  • This content highlights and gets to the core of the three biggest pieces holding you back right now as a leader
  • Because of these lessons, Chris’ clients have transformed their businesses, become less stressed and more productive, while their TEAMS have become less stressed, more productive, and considerably more profitable
  • This is not a webinar, this is an online event. Chris will be teaching, speaking, and answering questions

Learn more and get your ticket here!

 

 

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August 16, 2016

You Had a Personal Breakthrough, Now What?

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It’s important to understand why you do what you do. You must have vision to see the direction you’re going. But what do you do after you breakthrough and see it, and find yourself in the same job, with the same people…? Today’s podcast guest called in and shared:

Leading up to that point I had so much frustration. I hated my job. I didn’t know where I was going in life, I didn’t know my purpose. I wasn’t happy at all, I had a desire to change drastically...”

Here’s what you will learn as we walk through his questions:

  • The next steps after a breakthrough or personal discovery, to make it stick
  • How to find a community where you can thrive
  • How to do your work as unto the Lord
  • What to do when you feel isolated as an entrepreneur or employee
  • Plus so much more…

Let’s dive in.

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August 9, 2016

How to Lead in a Change-Resistant Culture

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“You’re going to have to come up with their ideas.”

Ever felt like fixing bad culture in a business is an uphill, almost impossible, battle? It is when there are cynics and naysayers resisting change. I was talking with Jim Collins years ago, and his definition of a cynic is…

A hopeful person who’s tired of being let down.

On today’s podcast we talk about how to deal with cynicism in your culture and turn it around. Listen here:

Here’s what you’ll discover on today’s episode:

  • How to lead in a change-resistant culture
  • How to motivate employees when your supervisor has lost hope
  • The right questions to break your team’s negative mindset
  • How to implement change when the leadership team is stagnant
  • The questions you have to ask to fix a broken culture
  • The best approach to combatting cynicism in a leadership team
  • How to cut through bureaucracy to reach a solution
  • How to unite leadership teams and third parties, get them “on the same page”
  • The process of setting goals with multiple areas in your business

 

 

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Five Free Audio Lessons on Culture!

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Inc. Magazine brought me in to do a talk specifically on this topic. I gave them five things every business must understand about creating culture.

Those five audio lessons are available to you as part of a free download when you subscribe to this blog. If you’re already a subscriber, thank you! You’ll receive an email shortly with a download link.

I’ll send you a free audio lesson on each component of creating a healthy team culture:

  • Force It: How to force good culture instead of bad culture being forced on you.
  • Teach It: How to teach what good culture looks like. If you’re not the one setting culture standards, than somebody else is doing it for you and believe me, bad culture spreads like wildfire.
  • Recognize It: People do what they’re recognized for. How to create a culture that attracts champions.
  • Attack It: Got gossip? Are employees showing up late? How to be proactive and attack the bad culture.
  • Repeat It: To create great culture, you have to repeat it over and over. Here’s how.

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August 2, 2016

5 Steps to Become The Strongest Leader for Your Team

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“If people don’t know where they’re going, they only give you half of their productivity. When they don’t know what the business is doing, they come in and do their “j-o-b” with no desire to grow or learn more.”

We have two incredible interviews on the show today!

These leaders have called in with questions every entrepreneur and leader should be asking…

“I think my meetings suck.” We tackle this statement and what to do about it….

Here’s a taste of what we talk about:

  • Where your time must be focused as an entrepreneur
  • How to increase your team’s productivity
  • The 5 steps to becoming a stronger leader
  • What your meetings should look like
  • How to re-energize your business
  • How to increase the loyalty of your team
  • Keeping momentum in your business

Our second guest asks,

“How do I re-invest myself after working for a leader who tarnished my reputation and then was eventually let go?”

We dive into:

  • The best mindset in business
  • What’s holding you back from being a stronger leader
  • Recovering from setting unreasonable goals for the team, micromanaging
  • How to turn a conflict situation into a growth experience
  • How to set expectations for your team

One of THE most important things you can do for your business is to serve the daylights out of your team, and set them up for success.

I want to hear from you on this! Comment below with your questions, challenges, solutions, or stories.

 

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July 26, 2016

Why Entrepreneurs Plateau in Their Business – Part 2

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

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

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

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

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

This is so important…

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

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

We have this unhealthy mindset:

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

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

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

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July 19, 2016

How to Deal with Unproductive Criticism


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We have so much crappy culture in our country. No one is standing up and teaching, “quit your complaining, do something about it.”

Folks, it’s not easy to create incredible culture in your business.

It can be exhausting dealing with critics and naysayers in your business when you’re trying to create positive culture. Sometimes it’s unproductive criticism…

 

Here’s what we cover on today’s episode:

  • How to create a culture of positivity
  • How to deal with unproductive, critical “suggestions”
  • Most beneficial way to reason with your critics
  • Understanding artistic personalities in the decision making process
  • How to manage your business when you move across the globe
  • How to find a trusted leader to fill your shoes as you transition to owner
  • My advice on “leasing” clients and switchbacks

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