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Chris LoCurto

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June 23, 2014

Definition of Leadership

What is the definition of leadership? Technically, it’s “the action of leading a group of people or an organization.” If you want to know whether or not you’re a leader, turn around. If nobody is following you than you’re not leading.

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While that does suffice for an official definition, I can truly say I’ve encountered many people confused by that definition. There are many misconceptions about what it means to be a leader. In an attempt to clear some of those misconceptions up, here’s what leadership is not:

  • Leadership Is Not a Title - Titles don’t lead! So many people believe that if you have a title, you’re a leader. Having a title does not make you a leader. In fact, one of the biggest mistakes I see businesses make is to take their greatest salesperson and make them the sales team leader. Who ever said they could lead? I see this fail all the time.
  • Leadership Is Not a Dictatorship – Telling people what to do doesn’t make you a leader, it makes you a dictator. People don’t follow dictators, they do what they say with only the required amount of energy to make it happen. No loyalty, no respect, and no buy-in.
  • Leadership Is Not Selfish - Contrary to popular belief, leadership is not about the leader. It’s not about one person’s ideas, desires, focus, drive, etc. It’s not about someone’s ego and pride.
  • Leadership Is Not the Blame Game - Leadership isn’t playing the blame game in an attempt to shrug off the responsibility of being an effective leader.
  • Leadership Is Not Angry - Ripping someones head off is in no manner leadership. I can’t count the number of times I’ve watched, heard of, or been the recipient of a supposed leader losing their mind and yelling. All the while, the screamer usually never takes the time to find out all the correct information, thus losing all credibility, and any respect or loyalty.

Those are just a few examples of what leadership is not. Let’s take a look at what leadership is:

  • Leadership Is Selfless - A true leader first understands that leadership is not about them. It’s about the people they are trying to lead in a specific direction.
  • Leadership Is Successful - It is your job as a leader to make your team successful, not the other way around. You have to make sure that you are there for whatever your team needs to be successful. What does the team need? Do they understand their KRA‘s? Do they have questions about their processes? Do they have the tools necessary to be successful?
  • Leadership Is Visionary – “Without a vision, the people perish.” People have to have a vision to follow. Without it they are dying. Great leaders keep their team focused on where they are going, not just where they are.
  • Leadership Is Accountable - In my eBook, Why Your Meetings Suck, I talk about the most powerful meeting I have where I don’t play the blame game when things go wrong. Instead, I teach people to take responsibility and solve the problem. And when the reason the team member(s) failed is leadership, I take responsibility instead of trying to blame shift.
  • Leadership Is Rewarding - People repeat what they are rewarded for. Entrepreneurs and leaders are great at finding people doing things wrong, but not so much on finding people doing things right. If you want high quality team members, let them know when they’re being high quality team members.
  • Leadership Is Inspirational – It’s not enough to come to work everyday just for a paycheck. A person can do that anywhere. As a leader it is vital to inspire your team to something greater than themselves.
  • Leadership Is Mentoring - A great leader understand that their team needs instruction on their job, and life as well. Sometimes as a leader you have to be willing to spend time mentoring each team member. Believe it or not, most of your team members would love that interaction.
  • Leadership Is Protecting - People need to know that their leader “has their back”. There’s plenty of junk going on in everyone’s life, they don’t need it at work as well. Great leadership protects their team from gossip, back stabbing, lying, manipulation, etc.
  • Leadership Is Uncomfortable - You’re dealing with people and things can get messy. Sometimes it’s your responsibility to push others out of their comfort zone and stretch them past their own belief in themselves.
  • Leadership Is Personal - Great leaders understand that their business wouldn’t run without the people who have decided to invest their time and efforts in that business. You must care! Spending time getting to know each team member, their families, their hobbies, their strengths, their weaknesses, etc. will result in loyalty and respect. Hurt when they hurt, and celebrate when they celebrate!
  • Leadership Is Socratic - Understanding that you as a leader are not the only one with great ideas is vital to winning at leadership. You should be taxing the collective intelligence of your team when you need input, and believe it or not, even when you don’t need input. Be intentional about helping your team to use their creativity. Fostering this will cause them to think for themselves, which is a fantastic duplication process.

The goal of a team is to allow a business to do more than they can with just one person. Bad leaders get half the effort of their team. Great leaders need half the team of bad leaders!

Question: What’s your definition of leadership?

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November 26, 2013

Make Your Team Productive [Podcast]

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It’s the week of Thanksgiving and there’s no better time than the present to show your team how thankful you are. Making your team productive starts with making your team feel appreciated.

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In today’s podcast, we get into a bunch of fun Thanksgiving themed discussion around coffee and my top secret Deep-Fried Turkey recipe. Which isn’t so top secret. Turns out Bon Appétit is on the exact same page.

Deep-Fried Turkey

(Recipe via Bon Appétit - check out their great how-to video)

INGREDIENTS

1 12 to 16 pound turkey, thawed with giblets and neck removed
3 tablespoons kosher salt
1 1/2 tablespoons freshly ground black pepper
2 teaspoons cayenne pepper, or to taste
1 5 gallon container peanut oil

PREPARATION

  1. Place the turkey in an empty fryer pot and cover with water. Remove the turkey from the pot, rinse, and dry with paper towels. Mark the water level with a marker on the outside of the pot, or score the inside with a nail or paring knife. You will need that much oil in the pot when you cook, and no more. Empty the pot, then wash and dry.
  2. Rub the bird inside and out with salt, pepper, and cayenne.
  3. Fill pot with peanut oil so that it reaches the level the water was after the turkey was removed, and attach an extra- long candy thermometer to the inside of the pot. Heat oil over an outdoor propane hob until the oil reaches 350 degrees.
  4. Meanwhile, place the turkey on its rack–generally a device shaped something like a grappling hook, with a long shank, that will allow you to put the bird into the heated oil and retrieve it at the end of the cooking process. Simply thread the bird onto the shank so that it sits with its breast side up.
  5. Working carefully, use the handle that attaches to the rack to lower the turkey slowly into the heated oil. The process may take up to a minute, as the oil bubbles and pops because of excess moisture on the exterior of the bird. Wear gloves, and do not perform your duties barefoot or while drunk.
  6. Cook for approximately 3 1/2 minutes per pound. Remove from oil, allowing the excess to drain off the carcass, and allow the bird to rest for at least 30 minutes, covered in foil. Remove bird from rack and carve.

Question: How have you shown your team how thankful you are?

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November 25, 2013

You’re No Good To Me!

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If you’re like me, you have a tendency to work your Gluteus Maximus off to make your business the best it can possibly be. If so, then I know how tired you are right now.

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I can tell you that after doing an incredible amount of events back-to-back, I’M TIRED! If there is one thing I have come to understand, it’s that I can’t continuously give out, without recharging ME.

If I don’t have energy to give to you, I’m no good to you. And the truth is, if you don’t have the energy to give to me, you’re no good to me either!

That’s why I decided to take a few days and go back home to do…wait for it…nothing! Yep. I finished my last event in a run of events, and flew straight to Tahoe.

I got into Reno, walked off the plane, got my bags, headed out the doors, and took one HUGE breath. I can’t tell you how incredible it is for me to fill my lungs up with that air. And it was even better when I got to Tahoe.

Over the next few days, I enjoyed coffee at the Coffee Bar in Truckee, had a killer workout, took a stretching class to try and work out some of my insanely tight muscles, had some incredible meals, and spent the rest of the time staring at the beauty in front of me.

And I praised God for sending me snow. Okay, maybe it wasn’t JUST for me, but I received it BIG time. I also answered an extremely small amount of emails or texts (sorry team!). Which is why I now have 500 to go through.

And while I believe I need more than just two days of this, I feel more rejuvenated than I have in a long time.

Why am I telling you about this trip? Because I’m pretty sure most of you are overdue for a trip just like this. Or doing something that regenerates YOU.

It’s the old bank analogy right? You can only take withdrawals if you have plenty of deposits. If you’re not putting deposits in your bank, you’re no good to me, your customers, your team, and mostly your family.

So it’s time! I want you to write down the top four things that absolutely regenerate you right now. Then I want you to pull out your calendar and book some of those things!

For me, spending time in Tahoe is on the top of my list, then alone time doing something relaxing, and cooking up a storm.

If I get some of those in, I can be a much better me. If not, I’m just a drained and empty version of the guy who’s supposed to be helping people.

Don’t be that person! It seems selfish to take time for you, but I promise, everyone around you will be much happier that you did.

Question: What refuels you? 

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November 19, 2013

Procrastinate on Purpose with Rory Vaden – Part 2 [Podcast]

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When Rory Vaden and I sat down to talk about his upcoming book, Procrastinate On Purpose, we couldn’t stop talking! If you missed the first part of the interview, be sure to listen here first.

Here’s Part 2 of our interview on The Chris LoCurto Show:

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If you haven’t read Rory’s last book, Take the Stairs: 7 Steps to Achieving True Success, get your copy today!

Question: Have you started procrastinating on purpose? How’s it going?

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November 18, 2013

Why Strategic Planning Matters

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What if you had a way of knowing what your greatest opportunities were as well as the most important things your organization should be focusing on right now?

Most entrepreneurs start their business by discovering a way to make a widget or provide a service and sell it. They’ll spend countless hours and years struggling to figure out a way to grow exponentially, create reoccurring income, and find a life in the process.

While many business owners have continued growth, what they don’t see is the incredible number of opportunities being missed on a daily basis. On top of that, they continue to hire people in positions that they perceive to be necessary. All along not knowing if some, or most of the positions are needed.

Are there other areas they should be focusing their time and money on? Are there areas of the company that shouldn’t exist? What are the opportunities that are being missed, and what’s the best way to capitalize on them?

When I started my business, I knew everything I did would be centered around helping people find purpose in their lives, growing leaders to greatness, and impacting businesses on levels bigger than they ever experienced.

I added some processes to what I’ve been teaching businesses and leaders on for over a decade, and developed our Strategic Planning Event.

The event has been so powerful to so many businesses, that I asked just a few of them to share their stories about the event.

“You can’t run your business at the level it has the potential to be unless you have this information.” – Brian Staley, ITG

If you’re ready to take your business to the next level, click here and get more information. Don’t wait for growth, make it happen today!

Question: What have you done to grow strategically in your business?