Archive for March, 2011

The Productivity Sinkholes: Confusion, Distrust and Fear of Mistakes

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

Recent downturns in the economy have led to downsizing, fewer workers doing more and, as a result, drops in productivity.  As employers get busier, they begin to micro-manage and express disappointment at employees’ lack of drive and initiative.  This leads to,… you guessed it,… workers not taking initiative for fear of making mistakes.

Alain Bolea

Alain Bolea of Business Advisors Network is one of our Inspired Business Center’s Collaborators.  In a recent blog Alain says, “One contributing factor is that leaders see the world from a vantage point that others do not have.”  Employees can’t see the big picture and how their role fits in.

Another factor is that under this pressure, leaders tend to find it easier to do the work themselves, so things never get better and often get worse.  (Read the Article Here)

The answer, says Alain, is that leaders need to take the time to communicate.  When everyone understands where the organization is heading, what it stands for and how the team can function effectively under outside pressures, productivity takes off again.

Alain contends “From a greater collective clarity come:

  • Better idea generation
  • More open discussions
  • Better understanding of the need for cooperation and communications
  • More individual engagement into the outcomes and
  • Better implementation.”

In short, Time is used differently.

Alain is a management advisor who helps organizations integrate the necessity of “making money” and the desire to “do the right thing” in terms of sustainability and social responsibility.   Learn more about Alain and the Business Advisors Network at www.business-advisors.net.

Until Next Time,

Marla

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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

Share this:
Share this page via Email Share this page via Stumble Upon Share this page via Digg this Share this page via Facebook Share this page via Twitter

COLLABORATION FOR GREATER RESULTS

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

There’s an old saying, “No one person can be an expert on everything.”  That’s why I believe in the power of collaboration. I define collaboration as working jointly with others to realize shared goals, bringing dynamic and powerful solutions to meet the challenges of The Inspired Business Center’s clients.

Kendra Lee, president KLA Group

Kendra Lee, President, KLA Group

Over the next several weeks, we’ll be featuring various Center team members and sharing some of their ideas.  This week it is my great [pleasure to introduce Kendra Lee, President of KLA Group. She  and I have been working together for over 5 years.  Kendra is top IT Seller, Prospect Attraction Expert and author of the award winning book “Selling Against the Goal”. She frequently speaks at national sales meetings and association events.

One of Kendra’s unique specialties is lead generation without cold calling.  I’ve had the opportunity to train and consult alongside her for national and international organizations. Kendra teaches how to generate prospects with compelling email content. She wrote “Prospecting via email can be wildly rewarding, or incredibly frustrating. Get it right, and each of your campaigns can deliver you fresh sales opportunities within days, and sometimes even minutes. Get it wrong and you risk wasting your time, or even worse, irritating potential clients.” By following 5 simple steps Kendra believes you, “… could find your inbox filled with replies from potential new clients.” As I have personally used her system I know it works.

The 5 steps are also quite easy to remember and even easier to implement.

Simply remember to:

Keep it short.

Be personal.

Open up with something compelling.

Show a result.

Ask them to take action right away… and make it easy for them to do it.

Collaboration is a key to any successful business. We all know that successful business owners and leaders do not operate in a vacuum. John Maxwell reminds us, “Think of any highly effective leader, and you will find someone who surrounded himself with a strong inner circle. You can see it in business, ministry, sports, and even family relationships.” That inner circle includes our collaborators. Our collaborators bring a fresh perspective and often ideas to our business. They promote us, they listen to our concerns and challenges, and they help us build a larger network.

Perhaps your business would benefit by adding a few new collaborators. The first step is to look at your existing clients and see if one or more would be a good match for collaboration.

Click Here to learn more about programs The Inspired Business Center can offer through our collaboration with KLA

Until Next Time,

Marla

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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

Share this:
Share this page via Email Share this page via Stumble Upon Share this page via Digg this Share this page via Facebook Share this page via Twitter