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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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December 21, 2016

How To Scale Your Business with Excellence [Blog]

December 21, 2016 | By | No Comments

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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November 22, 2016

Registration to Our Biggest Event of the Year Opens Soon

November 22, 2016 | By | No Comments

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Just in time for Christmas, registration for the Next-Level Leadership Live Event opens in early December!

We’re in a big-time giving spirit around here, and for only a couple of weeks, tickets will be available at a discounted price.

Whether you’re on Santa’s naughty or nice list, you can get on my list right now!

Click here to sign up to be notified BEFORE we launch this event to the public.

Give yourself, AND your team, the gift of personal and leadership growth in 2017!

Hurry and sign up here to be one of the first to get your tickets (before we open to the public)!

Come along with fellow leaders, and join us for our Next-Level Leadership Live Event!

Merry (almost) Christmas!!!

 

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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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May 2, 2016

From Next-Level Leadership Live Event 2016: Chris LoCurto on Making Stronger Decisions

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Today, at the Next-Level Leadership Live Event…there was SO MUCH incredible content, I could only squeeze in highlights of the lessons Chris taught. And wow, are they powerful.

The atmosphere was unbelievable in the event space today.

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I was typing furiously to not miss any content, so forgive any typos. The Chris LoCurto team is also gearing up for a really exciting new project using some of THIS Live Event content…so if I’m being brief, it’s for your own good. Check back in in a few months  :-)

Let’s do this… Here are some highlights from Day One:

“Entrepreneurs can go from sheer exhilaration to sheer terror and back in the same 24 hours.”

Opening with this statement in a room packed with entrepreneurs and leaders, Chris asked…

Are you feeling overwhelmed?

The attendees hands shot up simultaneously.

Chris made it clear that this event was not about a quick fix or a few tips that will last for a month. He focused in on perspective.

Diving into the Root System, Chris let every attendee know:

“This will lay the ground work and impact everything we do and talk about for the next 3 days.”

MAKING STRONGER DECISIONS

This content was a deep dive in understanding controlling and submissive people, knowing WHO these people are in your business and life and WHY and HOW to deal with it. This impacts your team every day.

Heads nodded and questions popped up left and right.

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This event is completely full and sold out, to get notified when seats open for our next live event, get more info!

KEEP ME UPDATED!  The comments kept coming as Chris talked on self-worth and productivity.  

Most people get their self-worth from one of two places:

  1. What others think of them

 

  • Their productivity

 

 

 

People who get their self-worth from these places will work night and day, while creating no margin, so their work is significant. Chris made it very clear: 

“Don’t be surprised, if this is you gaining worth and identify from your business and letting it  become who you are…if in a few year you don’t have a great relationship with your spouse or children, and a lack of community around you.”

Chris coached the attendees… “Go look at your Root System!” What has happened in your past> What have you allowed to influence you? Where are you truly getting your worth? 

Your Root System is the lens in which you see the world. It determines your thoughts, your decisions, and how you live every day.

and guess what…  You bring your Root System with you to work with you every day.  This content on day one alone had entrepreneurs and leaders lined up for Q&A during the VIP lunch.IMG_7072 2 After three POWERFUL pieces of content, a fantastic lunch, Q&A with Chris, a word from our Mastermind Clients and a catered Gala event with live music, we brought an incredible first day to a close.  With two more days left of the Next-Level Leadership Live Event, we already have the gears turning for our next live event! Get notified as we open registration for our next live event! KEEP ME UPDATED!

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January 25, 2016

How To Dramatically Transform Your Leadership in 3 Days

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Look, I absolutely get it. You started your business or took on a leadership role because you wanted the RESULTS of having a business and leading.

Results like:

Making good money so you can do what you want in life (i.e. provide for your family, live in a nice house, take vacations when you want, pay for your kid’s college, have solid retirement savings)

Have the time and freedom to live your life on your terms (i.e. take time off to spend with your family, work from home if you want, heck…work WHEN you want and WHERE you want)

Make a difference in the lives of your team, and use your influence to set direction rather than just take orders (i.e. find more fulfillment in teaching and guiding team members to success, more control of your career and work)

It’s the dream, right?

But before you knew it, the amount of work on your plate, the running around like a crazy person putting out fires, people drama on your team, and the stress and overwhelm of it all some days has you asking why you ever decided to start this business or why you ever jumped into leading people.

Does any of this sound familiar?

So, now what? Do you keep struggling through it on your own with quick fixes or Band-Aid solution, or trying to learn from books and podcasts?

Or do you……….Wait for it………join me at our Next-Level Leadership Live Event May 2-4 2016, and let me personally show you how to regain the excitement of running your business and leading your team, overcome people drama, and become a leader that ignites your team to produce more and take ownership of their responsibilities?!!!

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Click here to get all of the details for the Next-Level Leadership Live Event

This is Leadership Training for the personal-growth minded entrepreneur or leader that you won’t find in ANY book. Why? Because I haven’t written it yet!

At this event, you’re going to learn core elements from our Life and Business Success System used with all of our high-end mastermind clients to help them transform their lives, leadership, and businesses.

After attending this event, you will:

  1. MAKE STRONGER DECISIONS

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

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

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

  1. TACKLE TOUGH CONVERSATIONS FEARLESSLY

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

  1. CONTROL YOUR TIME AND TASKS LIKE NEVER BEFORE

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

  1. OVERCOME FEAR THAT’S STALLING YOUR BUSINESS

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

  1. UNDERSTAND ANCIENT WISDOM ON INCREASING REVENUE

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

This event is for you if you:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I’m going to unpack more than 25 years of leadership and business experience growing and running multi-million dollar businesses from scratch. These are the same strategies and processes I’ve taught to THOUSANDS of entrepreneurs and leaders over the years and to my high-end mastermind clients today.

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

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

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

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

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

Act Fast And Save Money!

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

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

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

Go here to take advantage of extreme early bird pricing that ends in two weeks

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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January 19, 2016

5 “Can’t Ignore” Keys To Business Growth

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5 “Can’t Ignore” Keys To Business Growth

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

1. Better Decision Making

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 2. Crazy Intentional about Culture

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

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

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

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

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

3. Take On Tough Conversations Head-On

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

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

Does any of this sound familiar? 

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

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

Keys to having tough conversations are:

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

B. Understanding how other personality styles contribute to conflict

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The good news is the Crazy Cycle can be destroyed. 

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

5. Overcome Fear

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

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

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

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

For example, let’s take fear of failure. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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