Move from Panic to Purpose

July 27th, 2016

It’s a great feeling when things are all going right; revenues are growing, your people are productive, new orders are flowing in.  But what happens if there’s an unexpected change? The market shifts, you lose your largest customer, or your revenue starts dropping.

Let’s face it, when you’re facing major change, your people can make or break you.

It all depends on your culture; the underlying beliefs, behaviors, social norms and how you all engage at work.  A simple definition: culture is how people act and make decisions when nobody is looking!

Facing unexpected change can go one of two ways:  You’re pushed back by panic and fear or you’re propelled forward by purpose and passion.

If your culture is based on fear based thinking and decision making it’s easy to keep doing the same old business practices over and over because they used to work; only now you’re not getting the same result. So you worry, stress out, cut back, shut down emotionally and mentally and make yourself and everyone around you miserable in the process.  It usually results in disorganization, conflict, uncertainty, disengagement or turnover.

As Einstein once said, “We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.”

The way to move from a culture of fear to one of purpose is to begin with the WHY. Refocusing on the reason your company exists and reclaiming the passion you all had when you started it.  Remembering the unique way you serve your customers, your employees, and your community. Recognizing how your products and services make a difference. That’s what’s made you successful and what will bring you back to the flow.

Many of my clients start with a visioning session or retreat, gathering the team together and asking such questions as:

  • What’s the highest vision for our organization?
  • What makes it powerful enough to get us out of bed each morning knowing that we make a difference?
  • What gifts and talents do each of us bring to this vision?
  • What are the values that shape our culture and underlie all our decisions, and interactions?

The experience of sharing from heart and personal perspective and really listening to each other is amazingly impactful and just plain awesome!

The input from the group gets formed into a vision and values statement that is simple to remember, and inspires creativity, innovation and service.

By refocusing on the WHY, you can then plan a course forward founded on a culture that aligns with your core vision, values and purpose.

Blessings, Marla

 

PS  For a list of visioning questions and guidelines email me at marla@theinspiredbusiness.com

 

As I reflect on my 30 years of business it all boils down to my WHY: to serve as a chief culture officer helping my clients navigate major change to make the workplace better for everyone.  If I can support your organization let’s talk.  303-456-0388

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Remembering Paris

November 19th, 2015

My husband and I sat in front of the TV Friday night watching in horror as gunmen were killing people on the streets of Paris.  Our hearts were breaking as we joined with others of all faiths around the world in prayer.

A few days later as the scene plays out across the globe, and world leaders plan initiatives, I ask, “What can I do right where I am in Colorado as meaningful remembrance?

I have decided to go within for some answers, and I invite you on my journey in your own heart, in your own organization.

For the next week, let’s each be more aware of our thoughts and reactions when things don’t go our way.  When do we flare up in anger and judgment? Where’s that coming from?  Emotions are very human, but our reaction can be more humane. Let’s center, think it through before we blast off an email in all caps, or shoot down a suggestion at the staff meeting.  How can we collaborate on a better solution or realign with our values to find the answer?

Let’s try to understand a different point of view.  What is our team member trying to tell us about how the project can move forward?  How is someone from a different generation thinking about the issue?  Who can we sit down with for coffee to learn what’s behind the passion they bring to their work?

We can be thankful and really mean it.  Express gratitude for the vendor who helped meet a customer deadline, and for a co-worker who’s taken the time to get the information to complete a report.  Bless the person who refills the coffee maker, makes sure there’s toilet paper in the bathroom and answers the phone when no one else is available; those little things that make our lives easier.

Thanks in advance for joining me.  With prayer, mindfulness, understanding and gratitude we can each make a difference right where we are and that’s how lasting peace begins.  Blessings, Marla

PS  I welcome your thoughts and ideas.

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Peyton Manning as a Business Model

February 2nd, 2014

As the entire country gears up for the Super Bowl with all the excitement, anticipation and buying new home theater systems, business owners should also be studying what Peyton is teaching us all about intentional success.

What is it about what he’s accomplished that fascinates us?  In addition to being a great athlete and quarterback, he is a genuinely authentic human being.  He is humble, gives back generously to his community, and enjoys a rich private life with wife and twins.

What makes him such a great model for business leaders?  He demonstrates nearly superhuman proof that holding a vision for his entire life is paying off.  Growing up in a prominent football family probably shaped his vision.  But his biographies show he set the intention at a very early age to be a quarterback and the essence of what his life would be like if he achieved it.  I’m sure he had mental pictures of his name on trophies and in the headlines.  But he also envisioned leading an entire team to victory and the joy it would bring the fans.

Peyton stayed focused on doing whatever it took to make his dream come true, expected excellence from himself and others, and demonstrated an unparalleled work ethic . Peyton has overcome defeats and injuries, enjoyed the wins yet remained flexible on the outcomes. Losses were an opportunity to learn, make new calls and get back on the field.

Peyton has exceptional leadership qualities.  He inspires teammates and fans alike with both deeds and words.  .He knows the strengths and talents of each player as he calls his own plays. Have you ever seen a sports interview where he didn’t acknowledge the efforts of others?  By appreciating and recognizing the contributions of his teammates they respond by doing everything humanly possible to catch his passes and keep him from getting sacked!

As John Elway put it, “He Raises All Boats!”

In summary, the Peyton Manning approach to Intentional Success Teaches Businesses to:
• Create and fully embody a vision
• Enroll others in the vision
• Set clear intentions about what it takes to achieve the vision
• Stay focused on the vision regardless of what’s happening day to day
• Build teams that support the vision
• Amplify the strengths and talents of each member
• Practice, Practice, Practice!
• Celebrate the wins.
• Shout “Omaha” at the end of every meeting

GO BRONCOS!

Not having a clear vision can get you “sacked” costing you thousands of dollars, disgruntled employees and sleepless nights.
For a complimentary review of your vision and mission statements, call me at 303-456-0388 or email marla@theinspiredbusiness.com. 

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Is Your Network Using You?

March 7th, 2013

Join Robert as he shares a perspective of Networking that calls us to something greater in 2013.

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An Inspired New Year Ritual

December 20th, 2012

Join Rev. Marla as she speaks about one of her favorite New Year Ritual. Enjoy…

Until next time,

NAMASTE

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No Resolutions this Year!

December 18th, 2012

You’re off the hook!  No need to make any resolutions.  We know they don’t often work and just make us miserable for a few days while we starve on carrots and hurt from taking up exercise too vigorously.  The reason resolutions don’t work is that they’re based on negativity, on thinking about what we don’t want, and, even though we may say we’re focusing on a “healthier body” or business growth, the view is still on the amount of weight or the lack of revenues.

We can continue to be driven by the fear that something we don’t want will happen if we don’t take action, or we can put our energy and focus on our dreams, what we want to create in our lives and our businesses in the new year.  The choice:  pushed by fear, or driven by passion and mission.

In 2008 when my husband and I were on a safari in Tanzania, we met a young camp manager named Elibariki Shammy.  Shammy had just completed his bachelor’s degree and dreamed of graduate school.  He originally had a scholarship for a program in the states, but decided to remain in his country while his new wife Stella completed her degree and they enjoyed their first child, Destiny.  We have become wonderful friends and I am inspired by his drive and determination.

Shammy and Stella

Against significant odds, Shammy worked extra jobs, and secured the grants and scholarships to complete his dissertation and receive his master’s degree from the university in DAR ES-SALAAM in October.  He is now working as the NTBs Project Country Coordinator, with the. Tanzania Chamber of Commerce Industry and Agriculture & Trademark East Africa.

During his journey he once emailed me this thought:   “I think an important capital that young men need the most in these times is a positive mind. There is no way one can excel in this elementary world without having conquered the negativity.”

Now he is putting his energy and vision toward an even bigger dream…  He has purchased some land near his family in Arusha, TZ where he plans to raise funds and build a school to help his neighbors afford quality education   He shares, “ It could start from nursery school, then primary and finally secondary school. These are just the thoughts in our minds and we are still thinking at how we could go about them. I have come to realize that most of the good things that happen in my life start by a mere thought, this is to say it is hard to have  any material thing without first conceiving it in our minds.”

We can learn a lot about powerful intentions from Shammy:

  • Overcome negativity, and release or forgive whatever is getting in the way of your moving forward.
  • Be grateful for what you have and continue to build from where you are now.
  • Have a clear picture in the present tense of what you want.
  • Make the dream big enough to include the good for others.

In January, The Inspired Business Center is launching a 21 Day Masterful Intentions Success Process. Our intention is to deliver a cost effective way to explore what we teach. This program is fun, interactive, and easy to follow. Each day for 21 days, you will experience various aspects of the overall Masterful Intentions philosophy. Everything we do will be archived so that you can participate whenever and however best suits your style of interaction. Once the 21 days are complete, you will have immersed yourself in the Masterful Intentions Process and seeing the results!

Learn more and register at http://mi-program.com/21day-jan.html

Happy Holidays and Blessings for an amazing and prosperous New Year!

P.S. Be sure to visit our YouTube channel and see all the things we are talking about.

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Navigating the Detours

December 12th, 2012

Join Marla as she shares some tips of Navigating the Detours of Business life.

Until next time,

NAMASTE

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An Inspired Perspective of Persistence.

December 4th, 2012

Join Rev. Robert as he shares a story of how Inspired Persistence paid off during a December to remember.

Until next time,

NAMASTE

Robert

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Do you have Faith in your Business?

November 26th, 2012

Join Rev. Robert as he talks about having Faith in your own business.

Until next time,

Make it a profitable day,

Namaste,

Robert

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The Business of Thanksgiving

November 19th, 2012

Join Rev. Marla as she talks about Thanksgiving.

Until next time,

Have a great Thanksgiving

Namaste,

Marla
 

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