Archive for December, 2010

Are You Celebrating the Past or The Future?

Wednesday, December 29th, 2010

As you look back at all you have or have not accomplished this past year recognize that your life and business will continue well after the clock strikes midnight on Friday. Here at The Inspired Business Center we started 2010 with some rather audacious goals. Some of those came to fruition and some did not. Regardless of what appears to have or have not happened, this year was an adventure in Spirituality, Leadership and Profitability. Our desire is that by reading our blogs, participating in our tele-seminars or any of the other ways we have interacted this year has served you in becoming more conscious of bridging spirituality and business.

As we share the final blog post of this year we want you to know what a pleasure it has been to serve you and your businesses up to this point, and we are fully prepared to offer some amazing experiences in 2011. We are building relationships that promise to bring you some amazing resources in the coming year. We have a great program planned based on the 4 Pillars of Spiritual Entrepreneurship starting in Feb. We have lined up some great friends that are willing to share with you their entrepreneurial successes. We are looking at various ways to help you bring the benefits of spiritual living to your company, organization or business. We promise to continue and provide the same thought provoking, inspiration and engaging material as we did this year. We promise to push the perceptions and perspectives of how business should be, or always has been done and help you bring a new paradigm of Spirituality, Leadership and Profitability to the business world.

As a special gift we are including here links to a Special Report we released in late 2009, Visioning: The Future of Inspired Business Propelling Your Business by the Power of the Divine. This powerful report is our gift to you as we believe it truly will serve you and your organization as we move into 2011. This report will serve you in looking into the future of your business and your life.

No matter how 2010 unfolded for you and your organization, the fact remains that you are still here. 2011 is almost upon us and you are moving forward in your business. At the Inspired Business Center we stand ready to support you in building, operating and profiting from a business that truly expresses your greatness.

On behalf of the entire team at The Inspired Business Center we wish you a Prosperous and Profitable New Year.

Until Next Year,

Peace and Blessings

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Robert Brzezinski is an expert team member of The Inspired Business Center based in Lakewood Colorado. The Inspired Business Center collaborates with Entrepreneurs and Executives to transform their companies through a balance of practical spirituality, value-centered leadership and consistent profitability. Our team of experts guides clients on a path starting with an articulated, shared stakeholder vision to the results of fulfilling their organization’s purpose, satisfying customers, increasing profit margins and enhancing owner equity. Our approach combines purposeful people, best business practices, and proven systems. You are welcome to more fully explore “Where Spirituality, Leadership and Profitability Meet” by visiting: http://www.theinspiredbusiness.com

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The Solstice of Your Business Year

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

Star of David at SunriseDecember 21st is the day of the winter solstice the shortest day of sunshine for the Northern Hemisphere.  It’s natural then, for each of us to turn within and shine our inner light more brightly.  A time for stillness and reflection.  Eckhart Tolle, author of The New Earth says “To be still is to be conscious without thought.  You are never more essentially, more deeply yourself than when you are still.”

In that personal stillness we can think back on the year.  It’s been a time of significant change for most of us, a time of what I call values-based choices.

In some instances they’ve been tough decisions based on lower revenues…having to let go of employees who have contributed their time and talents to us, or  being “let go” by some of our customers who were also feeling the crunch.

What have you learned from all this?  What did you discover about what’s truly important to you?  What do you know you want to do differently moving forward?

What did you release that actually lightened your mental or physical load and freed your soul?

In many cases the tough choices have created gaps that need to be filled back in. Maybe there are positions or functions you learned you could live without and other posts that are critical to rehire so you to meet the customer orders that are beginning to increase.

What relationships with family, friends, business associates, or volunteer causes did you put on hold because you were “too busy” that now need to be re-established and re-connected?

What commitments to yourself and others did you sweep under the rug till you had more time?  Is that still something you need or want to fulfill or can some of those items be handled by someone else or not done at all?  Decide and Act.  If you plan to honor a commitment first quarter, get it in your calendar.   If you can’t get it done, let the other party know you can’t do it, and, if possible, help them find another resource.  One way or the other, get those commitments off your mental list of “oughts” and “shoulds” and free up your energy and focus.

Joel Goldsmith wrote “Within us is a deep well of contentment, a vast, all-embracing silence into which we relax and through which all good appears to us.”

The important thing is to be complete and clear as you move into the Holiday Celebrations with family and friends so you can be fully mentally and emotionally “present”.   It’s the greatest gift you can give them!

Blessings and Peace,   Marla

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Marla Riegel is the founder of The Inspired Business Center based in Lakewood Colorado. The Inspired Business Center collaborates with Entrepreneurs and Executives to transform their companies through a balance of practical spirituality, value-centered leadership and consistent profitability. Our team of experts guides clients on a path starting with an articulated, shared stakeholder vision to the results of fulfilling their organization’s purpose, satisfying customers, increasing profit margins and enhancing owner equity. Our approach combines purposeful people, best business practices, and proven systems.

You are welcome to more fully explore “Where Spirituality, Leadership and Profitability Meet” by visiting: http://www.theinspiredbusiness.com

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Kudos for “God Goes to Work”

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

It’s the time of year when business periodicals are publishing lists of the Best Companies to Work For, CEO of the year, and Fastest Growing companies.   Ever wonder what gets them on that list?God Goes to work book cover

Tom Zender’s new book, God Goes to Work , New Thought Paths to Prosperity and Profits has answers!  This powerful work is a message hope for a new way of doing business..the rise of the quantum organization.  Tom shows us how to simplify and maximize the quality of our individual lives and the organizations we work for.

He identifies spirituality as an asset that has been missing in many companies, but that’s changing through the emergence of a global economy and a a new age of cooperation, collaboration, flexibility and focus on the values of individual contribution.

According to Tom, it all begins with each of us and how we recognize, strengthen and utilize our Spiritual Assets: such things as creativity, a positive attitude, openness, imagination, faith and compassion.  He adds, “People are now a business’s most important asset and their spiritual center is the most valuable thing your people can offer you.”

In order to maximize those assets, organizations need to cultivate a spiritual environment that breaks down limitations , maximizes the potential of each person and releases the creative energy that will lead to innovation. He adds, “The Spiritual Environment is the most natural state that great business, economic expansion and the most effective people in the world can operate within.”

The environment is nurtured and encouraged by those Tom calls Quantum Executives “Who have a passion for improving their business and who see that the way of doing this is to be open about how they want the totality of each employee’s life to be better – not just their performance at work.”

This all leads to a revolutionary way of doing business…through Spiritual Transactions.  Tom describes a Spiritual Transaction as a framework that “Allows the true nature of the relationship between spirituality and business to shine into a new economy at every level, individual, group, organization, corporate, national and global.”

As we start a new year and turn our thoughts to how we can make a difference in our world, God Goes to Work is a wonderful handbook to higher levels of performance and prosperity!

To learn more visit  http://www.tomzender.com

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Marla Riegel is the founder of The Inspired Business Center based in Lakewood Colorado. The Inspired Business Center collaborates with Entrepreneurs and Executives to transform their companies through a balance of practical spirituality, value-centered leadership and consistent profitability. Our team of experts guides clients on a path starting with an articulated, shared stakeholder vision to the results of fulfilling their organization’s purpose, satisfying customers, increasing profit margins and enhancing owner equity. Our approach combines purposeful people, best business practices, and proven systems. You are welcome to more fully explore “Where Spirituality, Leadership and Profitability Meet” by visiting: http://www.theinspiredbusiness.com

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Corporate Giving as a Spiritual Transaction

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

Today is Colorado Gives Day, a first of it’s kind online fundraiser to benefit over 500 of the state’s charities. The cooperation, coordination and strong intention behind this event reflect a spiritual purpose for doing good in the world that transcends individual and business needs and wants.

Tom Zender in his new book God Goes to Work calls this a Spiritual Transaction.  He  defines it, in part, as an interchange between each of us and all those things beyond ourselves.  He adds, “A Spiritual Transaction maximizes the potential of every business deal and is the foundation of the kind of company that can compete in the new economy.  These transactions foster a positive atmosphere that allows it’s members to work harder, faster and with increased innovation.”

In this groundbreaking book, Zender also discusses the role of corporations as good citizens and makes the case that there is a common ground forged between organizations that look not only at the internal environment, but also at the communities in which they operate. He contends that corporate citizenship is good for both the bottom line and for the soul of the organization.

Another report released today in The Herman Trend Alert says 30 percent of executives want their philanthropy to make a local impact. According to the study conducted by Weber Shandwick, the primary reason they invest in charitable and socially responsible activities is to impact what they view as critical issues in their communities. A second reason is to see their organization’s values in action.  Other factors included building customer loyalty  and customer/employee retention.

So, in this season of giving, remember the role of your company in making a difference outside the boardroom.  Zender says that Spiritual Transactions “start with the realization that you can become a bigger part of the world and that the world can never get bigger without you.”

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Marla Riegel is the founder of The Inspired Business Center based in Lakewood Colorado. The Inspired Business Center collaborates with Entrepreneurs and Executives to transform their companies through a balance of practical spirituality, value-centered leadership and consistent profitability. Our team of experts guides clients on a path starting with an articulated, shared stakeholder vision to the results of fulfilling their organization’s purpose, satisfying customers, increasing profit margins and enhancing owner equity. Our approach combines purposeful people, best business practices, and proven systems. You are welcome to more fully explore “Where Spirituality, Leadership and Profitability Meet” by visiting: http://www.theinspiredbusiness.com

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4 Pillars Guest Post by Rev. Margaret Shepherd

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

During our recent 8 week series on “The 4 Pillars of Spiritual Entrepreneurship” We were contacted by Rev. Margaret Shepherd of the Visionbuilders Institute. Her ideas and insights around the topic of Vision are so compelling we asked, and she graciously agreed to write an exclusive guest post for us. This week we are pleased to share with you her blog post on how Vision can support and serve your business or organization. We believe you will find this article not only informative, but inspirational as well. As always you are welcome to share your comments and questions below.

Pillar #2 – VISION

Rev Margaret Sheperd

Rev. Margaret Shepherd

Vision is the base of the Second Pillar of Spiritual Entrepreneurship, as Robert shared in an earlier post. The topic of vision is an exciting one for me, since my daily work is teaching organizations and individuals how to succeed by building a vision.

Increasing your business success means increasing your personal power – and the right vision does that like nothing else. Think of the most powerful, successful people you know. Wouldn’t you consider them visionaries? Let’s explore how you can claim your own visionary success.

Let’s start with the “Visionbuilders” definition of vision, and what it means:

“A VISION is a spiritually inspired imagined ideal experience you want more than you fear change”.

  • Spiritually inspired: when a vision is discovered through inner stillness – instead of brainstorming or logic or as an avoidance of an unwanted state – the discovered vision is the real deal.
  • Imagined: a vision is creative, something that hasn’t existed before, living in imagination before taking form. Human evolution exists because of visions.
  • Ideal: a vision is a stretch beyond what seems logically possible, an over-the-top dream.
  • Experience: a vision isn’t a goal or an intention but an experience you want to live in.
  • You want more than you fear change: ah, there’s the big challenge.  We are naturally hardwired for success, yet we are also naturally hardwired to fear threats.  It’s easy to get confused and feel the same fear response to an imagined threat of failure, change or intimacy as we would to a sabre tooth tiger at the door of our cave!

Now that you know what a vision is and that it is your ticket to success, where and how do you find one? Just as Robert notes, it’s a “silent, inner” process. There is a part of you – as an individual or team – that knows the right vision for right now. Revealing that vision is simple if you follow one rule – STILLNESS.  I don’t mean just quiet or inactive, I mean a still mind, still enough that it opens to profound wisdom, clarity and guidance otherwise unavailable. You’ll know when you’re there because of a deep feeling of peace, well-being and safety.

I’ve successfully led some really left-brain, hard-nosed, non-contemplative people in the VISION DISCOVERY process.  They soon become so good at it and get such excellent results you would think it was magic. But it’s not. It’s the most natural thing in the world to focus inward, connect with your highest self and listen to its wisdom.

How does vision empower your business? It is nothing less than your brand, your guiding direction, your criteria for decisions, your inspiration and your strength.  It is your economy of resources and your peace of mind. It is your team-builder and your best corporate culture. The deeper your devotion to your vision, the greater it’s benefits.

In the “Visionbuilders” work, we encourage not only an overall corporate vision, but a vision for any important aspect of your business. A vision of ideal clients or customers, for example, or a vision for the financial management of the organization, or a vision for your role in your industry.

Let me share a personal example with you. My husband and I own apartments, a business that grew from vision.  Our overall vision is “Our tenants experience their highest ideal of home, and anyone in any way involved with our properties thrives and prospers.” We see this vision in our mind’s eye, and it is our criterion for all decisions about the apartments.  Supporting visions have evolved and been made real over time – a renovation project, a change in management companies, and annual profit margins. We have consistently succeeded with our vision – regardless of the larger economy, demographics or any outside circumstances.  Don’t miss this important point: If you do your part, vision finds its own fulfillment.

Sounds easy right?  Well, yeah, until you get stuck and don’t know why.  Here’s what I’ve learned from my personal visionbuilding successes and failures and those of my clients. No matter how inspiring your business vision, if your corporate mindset, actions and structure don’t support it, it will stay suspended in the ethers – a phantom taunting you with unfulfilled promises.

It’s easy to see that you have to move your feet to make your vision real, but harder to know the right dance steps. Can you guess where to turn for further insights and guidance?  STILLNESS!  The vision itself, and the clarity, guidance and insights you need are the domain of the intuitive mind. That’s where the dance steps are.  But then it’s time to get out there on the dance floor and move your feet. Because I’ve learned that successful visionbuilding means inner directed action, I teach a set of stillness-based skills and action skills. When you support your vision with strategy, standards, systems, and structure guess what’s automatic? Visionary success.

As every Spiritual Entrepreneur knows, when one of us wins, we all win. I’m so excited for your visionary success – for your business to be serving, blessing and thriving in a bigger way. Shine on!

© margaret shepherd 2010

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Margaret Shepherd brings Vision to life. Her Visionbuilders program teaches the inner and outer skills that build a Vision for your company, your career or your cause. An ordained New Thought minister with an MBA, she is accomplished in organizational and leadership development, success coaching, speaking and training. A published author, her free weekly message “T.G.I.M. – Thank God It’s Monday” inspires the workweek of thousands every Monday morning.
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