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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.

Chris LoCurto, Leadership, Business, Strategic Planning, LifePlan, #CLoTribe

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?

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November 12, 2013

How to Lead Your Leader [Podcast]

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Today’s topic is a question I get asked all the time and it came up in several comments in our recent reader survey. If you’re struggling to understand your leader or just hoping to make things better around the office, here are a few things to keep in mind:

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  • You have to understand how they receive information and how you communicate is equally important. Learn more about communication in this post, Start Communicating Better Today.
  • Lead up. Make sure your intentions are to help them, not belittle them. It’s got to be beneficial to both of you.
  • Ask questions and get to understand them personally. When you do that, you’ll get perspective on why they are the way they are.
  • Don’t allow a terrible leader to hold you back. Do everything you can to make the people around you successful – up, sideways and down.

Question: What ways do you know to lead leaders?