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July 11, 2017

Why Mis-Hires Slip Under Your Radar (And The Hiring Process To Spot Them)

 

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Your top questions in the hiring process, answered. 

We reached out to you folks a few weeks ago on Facebook and asked for your biggest questions and struggles in the hiring process…

Our VP of Operations and I have answers for you. Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • How to avoid “mis-hires”
  • What you need to evaluate BEFORE you start interviewing
  • The quick questions to uncover personality styles in an interview
  • What answers and responses to watch out for in an interview
  • The ins and outs of our hiring process
  • What you need to know to find qualified applicants that fit your culture like a glove…

Question: What is the most important part of your hiring process?

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July 4, 2017

How To Stop Feeling Responsible For Others

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A people pleaser is one of the nicest and most helpful people you know…

They rarely if ever say “no,” and you can always count on them for a favor. They spend a great deal of time doing things for other people. They get their work done, help others with their work, make all the plans, and are always there for family members and friends. So far this sounds like a good thing, right?

What many people-pleasers don’t realize is people-pleasing can have serious risks.

On this episode, the 5 steps to stop feeling responsible for others:

  • Your 5 steps to stop feeling responsible for others
  • Why and how people become people pleasers
  • The negative effects of people pleasing on your health, relationships

Resources:

Understanding Your Root System

Boundaries – the book

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June 20, 2017

Your Personal Plan To Become Your Strongest Self

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“I was living at 50%. I was scattered, all over the place…really trying to please people, not focused on the right things, and doing a lot of things “average,” instead of great or excellent.”

Todd is a dad of four, the president of a large family business with 130 employees, and he is also friend of mine. A year ago he was overwhelmed…

He was trying to be the best at home, in business, in the community as a friend. He started to become tired, worn down, and scattered. He felt good about himself by pleasing others and not letting them down, not realizing he was getting my worth from that. That’s not where worth should come from. There were a lot of lies going on in his head…

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Here’s how Todd got past trying to please people, overwhelm, tiredness, not feeling like he was accomplishing what he needed to… Listen here:

Here’s what you can do this week:

Learn more about Next-Level Life. Talk to us and see if it’s going to be an incredible fit for YOU.

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June 13, 2017

2 Steps To Working On Your Business, Not In It

 

2 Steps To Working On Your Business, Not In It

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

Resources:

Free Strategy Call for your business – learn more here

Love, Hate Delegate process [blog]

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June 6, 2017

2 Critical Steps To Ditch Your Bad Habits

2 Critical Steps to Ditch Your Bad Habits

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Ditch your bad habits and learn from your past.

One of the best ways to make stronger decisions for your future is by learning from your past.

When I lead someone through Next-Level Life, we spend several hours going over Core Impacts in their life to see how they got to where they are today.

Core Impacts are key events from your past that help you gain perspective on where you’re at and where you’re going. Core Impact isn’t just a continuation of an event, it’s something that changed the direction of your life.

When we make decisions based on habits of the past, we lose out on some of the great moments or greatest changes in our lives.

Learn your Core Impacts, gain perspective on your past, and ditch your bad habits. Listen here:

Resources:

Root System

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Question: How have you changed your bad habits?

What force-of-habit thinking is holding you back? If you want to dig deeper and gain perspective on your life and discover how to move past your Core Impacts and have a stronger life, click here: Next-Level Life.

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May 23, 2017

How To Be The Strong Father Your Children Need

This will change your family tree, your kid’s lives, and the kind of adults they become.

Folks, this content is powerful.

Today we have the brilliant Dr. Meg Meeker with us, who has spent more than thirty years practicing pediatric and adolescent medicine and counseling teens and parents. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and serves on the Advisory Board of the Medical Institute.

She is the bestselling author of several books, including Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters. She has appeared on just about every big national show you can thing of. Dr. Meeker and her husband Walter live in Michigan with their four children.

Kids needs their fathers. Wait, kids NEED their fathers, and they need a hero. Dr. Meg Meeker wrote Hero: Being The Strong Father Your Children Need to show married dads, divorced dad, widowed dads and stepdads how to be a hero, a father.

“Whether you know it or not, if you’re a dad, you’re a hero. If you want what is best for your children―if you want what is best for you―you should strive to be a hero father.”

Dr. Meeker’s book is going to show you how.

Go to www.megmeekermd.com and learn more about Dr. Meeker and get your copy of Hero: Becoming The Strong Father Your Children Need, today.

On this episode, you will discover:

  • The casualties of feminism on fathers
  • Our generation’s father crisis
  • How kids see their fathers, and what they need from them
  • What “big” things you need to get right with your kids
  • How carrying around expectations from our fathers affects our adult lives
  • What dads are designed to do, that moms aren’t
  • The must how-to for dads and their teenage daughters
  • How to step up as a dad, when you have a strong-willed spouse
  • How to parent and communicate with your spouse when there’s conflict
  • The questions you never want your grown up kids to ask you, and how to prevent them from asking
  • How to exercise your authority as a parent and spouse, the right way
  • The difference between coaching and leading your children

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Question: Which archetype do you most relate to, and how do you navigate?

Resources:

Get Hero: Becoming The Strong Father Your Children Need, here: http://bit.ly/2qATTVD

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May 16, 2017

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

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

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

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

On this episode you’ll discover:

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

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For all things Next-Level Mastermind, email joel@chrislocurto.com

 

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April 28, 2017

The Leadership Gap Between You and Your Greatness

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Confidence is believing you’re able, competence is knowing you’re able.

On today’s show we have Lolly Daskal, who is phenomenal at everything she does, and she is helping CEOs and businesses to accomplish. She is the founder and CEO of Lead From Within, her proprietary leadership program engineered to be a catalyst for leaders who want to enhance performance and make a meaningful difference. Lolly was designated a Top-50 Leadership and Management Expert by Inc. magazine, and Huffington Post honored Lolly with the title of The Most Inspiring Woman in the World.

After sending out proposal after proposal for a new book, one publishing house finally asked Lolly, “What have you been training, teaching, and doing successfully the last 3 decades? That’s what we want to hear.”

Then came The Leadership Gap: What Gets Between You and Your Greatness, a powerful system about who we choose to be while we’re leading. For every leadership style we have, there is a gap, and it can cost us in our greatness. With each archetype there is the light and the dark, the greatness and the gap. It’s a system you can learn and teach in teams, a shortcut in language to push each leader to greatness.

Get The Leadership Gap Assessment (a $97 value for FREE) when you pre-order The Leadership Gap Book here: http://bit.ly/2peCLGS

On this episode, you will discover:

  • The 30 year old leadership system that led Lolly to success in executive coaching and leadership
  • Which archetype Lolly coaches me on personally
  • The Re-think model
  • The 7 different leadership archetypes in your business
  • The greatness and the gap for the 7 types of leaders
  • How to use the 7 archetypes on your team
  • Why it’s important to know your archetype
  • How your archetype can give you purpose and a legacy

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Question: Which archetype do you most relate to, and how do you navigate?

Resources:

Get The Leadership Gap Assessment (a $97 value for FREE) when you pre-order The Leadership Gap Book here: http://bit.ly/2peCLGS

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April 25, 2017

How To Help Others Rise Strong

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So you messed up…

…what happens when you screw up? When you do something stupid? For those of us that are Christians, what happens when you sin, and how do you solve it?

This is something every person who walks the planet struggles with, we all mess up. But this isn’t about Christianity and laws and rules. The law was given to be a guide. We want people around us that can help us. People that we can trust. Unfortunately, when we turn to others for support we get judgement, self-righteousness, or responses that make us never want to share our problems with another human, again…okay maybe not all of you have had that experience, but some of us have.

How do you find someone who cares, and still loves you through those tough situations? Someone who is a trusted confidant, and wants to see you succeed.

We created a Healthy Accountability List from this episode content to help you find the right people. Print it, or save it to your phone or computer:

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Here’s what you’ll discover on today’s show. Listen here:

  • How to love someone through their stupidity vs. endorsing it
  • Why it’s so hard to share our struggles
  • What James and Paul say about messing up
  • What healthy accountability looks like
  • How to help others rise strong

Question: Have you experienced judgement in accountability and relationships?  Have you had positive experiences?

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April 19, 2017

How to Make Strong Decisions As A Leadership Team

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The conversations and habits that could be holding your leadership team, and business back.

On today’s show, we are discussing how to make quality decisions as a leadership team, and move past the #1 thing that holds leadership teams back from perspective.

Discover how to make stronger decisions in your leadership. Listen here:

  • The killer of good communication
  • The list of questions you need to ask before making any decision
  • Assessing your leadership team

Question: How have you improved communication on your team, or leadership team?

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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 for the Next-Level Leadership LIVE Event right now! 

I don’t want you to wait and say, “oh I’ll register later,” because if you wait, you’re going to pay more money. We’re still in the early bird phase, but it’s only going to be for one, more, week. Early Bird ends March 28th at midnight! SO, go ahead, go over to chrislocurto.com, click on the homepage banner, GET registered, and I’ll look forward to seeing you in Nashville at Next-Level Leadership LIVE Event. Get my tickets!

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April 13, 2017

5 Ways To Lead Yourself Better

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Are you a leader at work, in your family, or in your social circles?

If you are, you may have learned that to lead others well, the person you must know the best is yourself.

John Maxwell calls it the Mirror Principle because if your self-perception is wrong or distorted, your efforts and decisions will be misguided.

Here are 5 ways to lead yourself better starting today.

1. Act On New Information Immediately

Top performers don’t wait! They act fast on new information they learn!

There’s a big difference between learning something and acting on it.

How many books have you read and not acted on anything, or only a little bit of the information?

Acting quickly on new information helps you retain it for the long-term, and builds competency and confidence.

2. A Vision For Your Life

Just as a leader needs to cast a vision to lead people to, you need to cast a vision for where to lead yourself.

Vision is where you are headed. It’s not a dream, it’s not a goal, it’s the destination you’re moving toward until you have a new destination.

When there’s the absence of a personal vision, your time gets filled with the priorities of others, lack of purpose, and feelings of discontentment.

Cast a vision for where you want to be in life, and what life looks like in every area. Then, set goals and actions to achieve it.

3. Community

God made us to be in community with one another.

The two key aspects of having community are: 1) having people around you to keep you from being isolated in your own thoughts, and 2) having a community of people who are sharing the same experience.

“You are the sum of the five people you hang out with the most.” ~ Jim Rohn

Surround yourself with a Network Of Challenging Minds, which is a group of like-minded individuals who are focused on pushing each other to grow themselves and others in the process in the same area.

4. Accountability

Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed. ~ Proverbs 15:22 (NIV)

Accountability is taking ownership of one’s situation or circumstances.

Many people look at being held accountable as something that will restrain them and limit their freedom…

I understand that mindset, but it doesn’t have to be that way.

YOU are the one in control of what you’re being held accountable for. If you don’t want to grow or be pushed for success in an area, don’t ask for accountability IN that area.

Great accountability helps you to see mistakes, trouble, and bad decisions before they happen.

When you ask an individual or a group to hold you accountable, you are telling your Root System that you are not going to allow The Lies to hold you back!

5. Grace

It’s something we all need, and it’s not something we give very freely.

Leading with grace requires a relationship with God, the ultimate grace giver.

When we recognize how much grace we’ve been given, it allows us to give it to others.

Grace gives you freedom to: 1) not try to be a perfect leader, 2) not need to know everything, and 3) be okay with failure.

Also, when you consider how you want to be treated in high-pressure situations, it allows you extend grace to others.

I encourage you to take action on these 5 ways to lead yourself better starting today!

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Question: What’s one way you lead yourself to a stronger life? 

 

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April 13, 2017

The Leadership Crazy Cycle

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Do you feel stuck in your leadership, and spread too thin?

Let me tell you a story about my friend Magnus.

When Magnus was promoted to Vice President of his company, he basically didn’t know what to do from 8am to 5pm.

He lacked direction in his new leadership role, and didn’t know how to lead well, so he spent every day reacting to fires, solving other people’s problems, and bogged down in an endless list of tasks.

It was pretty chaotic.

He was doing a heck of a lot of work, but it wasn’t moving the company forward. It was work for the sake of work, but without fruit.

Work came home with him, was with him every night, and consumed his weekends. And he expected his team members to do the same. It was bad for more than just him.

Magnus wasn’t just living to work, he had become his work.

And he was absolutely overwhelmed with no end in sight. Does this sound familiar?

This is an all too common story for so many leaders, entrepreneurs, and business owners.

Task Saturation Destroys Leadership and Teams

If I’m guessing right, you can relate to Magnus’ story.

Task saturation is one of the fastest ways to leadership destruction.

It leads to people drama and conflict that’s exhausting, and team members not being productive as they should be.

So you spend a ton of time doing other people’s work because you don’t trust them to do it, or do it as well as you can. It’s a vicious cycle.

The Leadership Crazy Cycle

It’s so common, I’ve given it a name, The Leadership Crazy Cycle.

It makes you frustrated and overwhelmed, keeps you from growing at the pace you want, has you working all of the time, and growing apart from your family…

Your mantra is, “It’s just easier to do it myself.”

But is it really?

If you’re being honest with yourself, you know the answer is “no.”

Where Magnus Is Today, And You Can Be, Too

You don’t have to settle for living overwhelmed, stressed out, and unhappy.

Today, Magnus spends most of his time working in his strengths as a leader, and was named President of his company in 2015.

They’re growing rapidly and on target with a growth goal of 40% this year (in previous years it was 5-10%), his team is far more focused and productive, and his leadership team has never been more unified.

And…to top it all off, he hardly ever works in the evenings and on weekends anymore so he’s spending more quality time with his wife and boys.

This type of transformation doesn’t happen overnight, but what it takes to get there can be learned in just a few hours.

 

Here is some coaching on how to get started killing The Leadership Crazy Cycle and balancing your life.

Complete the Love, Hate, Delegate Process:

Step 1: Make a long list of all the tasks that you perform on a daily basis.

Step 2: Separate the list into two shorter lists; things you love to do, and things you hate to do. (Or just don’t like to do)

Step 3: Go through the Hate It list and remove the things that you must do because you’re the only one who should be focused on it, or because your role requires you to do it, and add them back to the Love It list.

Step 4: On the Love It list, remove anything that you shouldn’t be doing because it’s holding you back as a leader, and add it to the Hate It list.

Step 5: When possible, properly delegate everything on the Hate It list.

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April 11, 2017

How Good Leaders Deal with Gossip, Conflict, and Accountability on Their Teams

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What to do when your leadership team and colleagues…

…gossip, create conflict, play the blame game, struggle with accountability, or just don’t communicate well.

When you’re dealing with gossip…

The leader must recognize it, and know it’s happening. That’s step one. When it comes to dealing with your team members, always try as best as possible to be the greatest example I can to everyone else. That means that I will also not participate in gossip. Gossip is a cancer in your culture.

If the person you’re talking to about something negative cannot solve the problem, then you’re gossiping.

So many team members will gossip when they don’t feel like they have a leader who listens. It does not JUSTIFY the gossip, but it helps you understand why people are doing what they’re doing.

Here’s what you can do if you’re dealing with conflict, gossip, lack of accountability, or the blame game on a leadership team, or with your colleagues. Listen here:

  • Why your team gossips [7:47]
  • The two different styles of gossip [8:17]
  • What Personality Styles have to do with gossip [14:00]
  • How to communicate with leaders about gossip, make it their realization [18:10]
  • What to say to shut down gossip in the moment [21:53]
  • Biblical perspective on gossip [30:05]
  • Doing your work as unto the Lord [31:40]
  • How to communicate about accountability and expectation [34:46]
  • How to get results with your communication [38:18]
  • How to “force” culture [45:35]
  • Creating buy-in [47:10]

Question: How have you dealt with gossip in your culture, or with your team members?

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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 for the Next-Level Leadership LIVE Event right now! 

I don’t want you to wait and say, “oh I’ll register later,” because if you wait, you’re going to pay more money. We’re still in the early bird phase, but it’s only going to be for one, more, week. Early Bird ends March 28th at midnight! SO, go ahead, go over to chrislocurto.com, click on the homepage banner, GET registered, and I’ll look forward to seeing you in Nashville at Next-Level Leadership LIVE Event. Get my tickets!

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April 4, 2017

How To Overcome Your Fear (And Its Root Cause)

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Fear controls.

Fear can keep you from living a great life, loving well, and changing peoples lives. It’s the thing that says, “you can’t do this,” “you’re not good enough,” “believe what other people have said about who you are,” Fear controls. Fear wants you to lose your strength, not have any courage, believe that you are incapable, that you aren’t worthy…aren’t good enough.

Don’t let fear hold you back from the thing that is going to make you stronger! Don’t let it hold you back from being your authentic self, who God created you to be.

Punch it right in the nose.

Understand that, as long as fear controls you, you aren’t YOU.

Discover how to look fear in the face, and overcome the root cause for good. Listen here:

  • What fear is [0:50]
  • How fear immobilizes you, in the most hidden ways [1:13]
  • The paradigm shift that drives out fear [6:19]
  • What fear wants you to believe [12:11]
  • Exercises you can do right now to overcome fear [13:30]

God knew 1,000 years ago you would be right where you are right now, if you’re ready to take the next step and punch fear in the face for good, click here: Next-Level Life.

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Question: How have you faced fear head on?

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Early Bird ends March 28th at midnight! SO, go ahead, go over to chrislocurto.com, click on the homepage banner, GET registered, and I’ll look forward to seeing you in Nashville at Next-Level Leadership LIVE Event. Get my tickets!

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March 30, 2017

How To Use Past Experiences To Shape Your Future (And My Personal Story)

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Every decision we make either moves us closer to success in life or farther away from it.

One of the best ways to make stronger decisions for your future is by learning from your past.

When I lead someone through Next-Level Life, we spend several hours going over Core Impacts in their life to see how they got to where they are today.

Core Impacts are key events from your past that help you gain perspective on where you’re at and where you’re going.

Some examples are: moving as a kid, marriage, loss, accepting Christ, etc.

Not all Core Impacts are big and emotionally heavy, but they very well can be. 

Typically, we find around 10 to 15 Core Impacts in each Next-Level Life. Of course this depends on age and experience, too. Some people may have 10, others may have 18.

A Core Impact isn’t just a continuation of an event, it’s something that changed the direction of your life.

Here’s a 2-step exercise called the “Core Impact Identifier” to help you gain perspective on your past, so you can shape your future. 

Step 1: Identify your Core Impacts

Think back as far as you possibly can and write down the Core Impacts in your life. You’re not doing this to re-live stuff or make monsters or victims out of people. It’s about understanding and gaining perspective.

Step 2: Assess the impacts

Once you’ve written down every Core Impact to date, write down the impacts OF the Core Impact in your life. How did it affect you?

Here’s an example from my life:

Discovering I wouldn’t make the Olympic team – I was shooting for the ’88 Olympics and sponsorships were not allowed. When I discovered that my family couldn’t afford it, I was devastated. Skiing in the Olympics was my biggest dream and goal. I was so angry that I stopped skiing. I started hanging out with an unsavory crowd. I convinced myself not to dream or shoot for anything big because I could get my heart broken. It impacted me by starting a decision-making process that messed me up for 10 years. I didn’t want to stick my neck out, hope or dream.

Thankfully, after 10 years, I realized what I was doing to myself by giving up on something I loved. I immediately booked a trip to the mountains, rented skis and raced. I’ve been doing that just about every year since. It’s a love of mine. It’s energizing.

Looking back on my response to the then devastating news, I realized that I made a decision that didn’t just have to do with skiing. After that Core Impact, every time I went to make a big decision, I chose not to do anything I could get hurt over. By doing this, I began the process of running every major decision through the filter of “Is this going to let me down?” If so, I’m not going to do it.

I had to change my force-of-habit thinking.

When we make decisions based on habits of the past, we lose out on some of the great moments or greatest changes in our lives.

We do it because we don’t truly understand the perspective of our past. I didn’t have to look back and be mad or make monsters or victims.

I simply had to ask, “How did that impact me?” As I understood that, I realized I’d put a decision-making process in place that would affect me for 10 years.

That’s why I want you to do this.

Take time this week, schedule it in, and go through your Core Impacts.

What force-of-habit thinking is holding you back? If you want to dig deeper and gain perspective on your life and discover how to move past your Core Impacts and have a stronger life, click here: Next-Level Life.

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March 28, 2017

How to Attract, And Choose The Right Hire For Your Business 

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How to find the right hire, when the candidates are scarce.

On today’s show, we are digging into the hiring process, and how to gain perspective on hiring opportunities, attract the best candidates for the job, and know who the “right” person is.

Discover how to look beyond your current focus to solve hiring issues. Listen here:

  • How to advertise job roles based on DISC personality styles [5:00]
  • How Values Profiles influence the hiring process [7:00]
  • The challenges in hiring millennials [10:40]
  • The mentality that stifles work ethic [10:50]
  • Key pieces to include in your marketing, to find the right hire [12:10]

If you do what you always did, you'll get what you always got.

Question: How do you attract your ideal employee in the hiring process?

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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 for the Next-Level Leadership LIVE Event right now! 

I don’t want you to wait and say, “oh I’ll register later,” because if you wait, you’re going to pay more money. We’re still in the early bird phase, but it’s only going to be for one, more, week. Early Bird ends March 28th at midnight! SO, go ahead, go over to chrislocurto.com, click on the homepage banner, GET registered, and I’ll look forward to seeing you in Nashville at Next-Level Leadership LIVE Event. Get my tickets!

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March 21, 2017

How To Deal With A Passive Aggressive Leader, and Stop People Pleasing

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How To Deal With A Passive Aggressive Leader, and Stop People Pleasing.

On today’s show, we are taking questions from our listeners on how to deal with a passive aggressive leader, and people pleasing.

Passive aggressive behavior is the opposite of gaining perspective, and having healthy, upfront communication.

When you’re dealing with passive aggressive people…

The key is why. Why are they being passive aggressive? There is something going on with that person, something they’re experiencing. Maybe they’re struggling with something involving you!!

Here’s what you can do if you’re on the receiving end, or feeling passive aggressive. Listen here:

  • Why people are passive aggressive [4:25]
  • How to have the conversation [6:00]
  • How to prevent passive aggressive conflict [9:00]
  • What personality styles have to do with conflict [13:00]

On our second listener question, I answer how to stop people pleasing, and what it has to do with your Root System. Our caller asks how to stop people pleasing, and his breakthrough from 10 Signs You’re A People Pleaser.

Here’s what you’ll discover:

  • The steps to take to create healthy relationships [20:45]
  • Signs you’re a people pleaser [20:10]
  • Difference between walls and boundaries [23:20]

Question: How have you dealt with a passive aggressive leader, or learned to stop people pleasing?

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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 for the Next-Level Leadership LIVE Event right now! 

I don’t want you to wait and say, “oh I’ll register later,” because if you wait, you’re going to pay more money. We’re still in the early bird phase, but it’s only going to be for one, more, week. Early Bird ends March 28th at midnight! SO, go ahead, go over to chrislocurto.com, click on the homepage banner, GET registered, and I’ll look forward to seeing you in Nashville at Next-Level Leadership LIVE Event. Get my tickets!

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March 14, 2017

The Powerful, Repeatable Sales Process Critical To Your Leadership

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

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

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

  • The #1 reason customers leave
  • How to build relationships and conquer objections in sales
  • What emotional buy lines in sales are, and how to use them
  • How to ask the right questions, and know when to close
  • How to determine if you have the right mindset for sales
  • Why selling doesn’t have to produce anxiety and stress
  • The fears holding back your business growth
  • What holds businesses back in sales, that has little to do with sales
  • Why 85% of business owners are stuck in their job
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March 7, 2017

The Little Things That Create the Vast Gap Between First and Second Place

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“However your family turns out, whatever happens with your business, your organization, or your team…at the end of it all, whether you have produced a disaster or a masterpiece, it will have been created one small brushstroke at a time. So sweat the small stuff. Seriously.

Today I have on the show my good friend Andy Andrews. Andy is a bestselling novelist, speaker, and consultant for the world’s largest organizations. He has spoken at the request of four different United States presidents. Andy is the author of multiple New York Times bestsellers, including The Traveler’s Gift and The Noticer.

We dive into why people are so offended all of the time, the difference between the “the truth” and “what sounds true,” the little things that create the vast gap between first and second place, and challenging conventional wisdom.

Here’s what you’ll discover:

  • The cure for a society that has become constantly offended by something or someone
  • How to use the question “Why?” to multiply the success of any endeavor (and the exact moments at which you should ask it)
  • How to identify the smallest details that ensure the greatest success
  • I ask, “If you could go back in time, what would you tell a young Andy?”
  • How to gain ground in the huge wide world that is beyond you
  • How to know what you don’t know

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March 2, 2017

5 Steps To Overcome Guardedness and Live More Authentically

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Are you fully open or vulnerable with your family or friends?

If you’re not, guess what? You’re pretty darn normal, and there are reasons for that.

But have you ever worked on figuring out why you’re not more open, and what holds you back?

Oftentimes, people blame the other person in the relationship.

Perhaps you’ve thought or said something like…

“I’d be more open, if they’d be.”

“If they treated me better, I’d open up.”

“Anytime I try to be open, they respond in a way I don’t like…they try to fix it, tell me to get over it, or I end up hurt.”

If you’re guilty of any of these, brace yourself because here comes the painful part.

Do you see how there’s no personal ownership or responsibility in any of these statements?

When we take a victim stance or blame someone else, we eliminate any chance of changing the situation, and we stay stuck in it.

We put it all on the other person, and because we “can’t change them” or “they just won’t change,” we build up walls and become guarded to protect ourselves.

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And when we guard, other people will, too, and now we have two people cycling against each other, instead of pouring into each other.

This destroys relationships.

Here are 5 steps to overcome guardedness and live more authentically and free. 

1. Pray for God to change you, and the relationship. 

I firmly believe that God changes us from the inside out, and heals relationships, especially when we’re diligent and ask for His help.

Pray for His peace and help, and surrender it to Him.

2. Start with you.

Diligence starts with learning to be more open, and discovering all of the pieces in your Root System that are causing you to guard and protect.

This is something we go super deep into in every Next-Level Life event, and is truly the key to any type of life change that lasts.

For right now though, it’s critical to understand personal responsibility is where to begin.

3.  Gain perspective from the other person to understand more. 

Ask questions to understand why they respond to you like they do, and ask questions to learn how you contribute to their guardedness.

Now here’s the thing. It’s super important to not be defensive or frustrated when they share.

Responses like these also come from your Root System, and until you’re able to overcome them, do your best to manage them.

Caution: If you’re talking to a very toxic person (i.e. controlling, abusive, very negative and judgmental), this step will be very difficult because the other person won’t be healthy enough to have a conversation like this.

If that’s the case, healthy boundaries are a must, as well as pouring into your relationship with God.

4. Be honest about how you feel. 

Right now you may be thinking, “But wait a second, Chris, this takes being vulnerable! I can’t do this step!”

You’re right, it does mean being open and vulnerable, but note that it’s not step 1 or 2.

If steps 2 and 3 go well, you’ll feel more open to share because you’ll have better perspective about why they respond like they do, and how you influence them.

Perspective provides understanding, and understanding is power.

5. Love them. 

When we understand each other better, we respond with more patience, acceptance, and grace, and judgement and frustration get sidelined.

That’s when our more authentic self comes out, and we can be more free to love well.

Love is the key. Love will end two people cycling against each other because when the other person feels loved, over time, they’ll love you better.

And when you both feel loved, unified, and trusting, you have little reason to guard and protect.

Depending on what’s going on today in your relationships, this step may feel like the last thing you want to do, but in relationships, someone must go first to change things.

Someone must lead toward healing, and remain committed to reversing the cycle of guardedness.

With God’s help, you can do this!

Question: Has guardedness held you back from having greater relationships? Comment below!

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