Archive for April, 2011

Joint Ventures Vs. Collaboration: A Paradigm Breaking Perspective

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

Often sound business principles can become over used, misunderstood and meaningless catch phrases. At The Inspired Business Center we strive to bring real meaning to many of these overused concepts. Recently we have been focused upon authentic collaborations as it seems this is one of those misunderstood concepts. Our intention is to model authentic collaborative efforts so others may realize how easy and effective collaboration can be.

The old paradigm of a successful business is one of competition. This model worked very well for quite some time. Eventually we evolved our business practices and the age of the Joint Venture was born. Joint Ventures by their very nature are transitory. Two or more people come together for a limited amount of time to accomplish a goal. Once that goal is reached the parties involved go their separate ways. Joint Ventures only require a short term commitment to the values expressed by the people involved. Often there are hidden agendas within these types of partnerships. One partner may have a bigger mailing list than another or have more contacts with a specific niche than the other. Often the intent is different for each partner as they hope to attain a goal that benefits themselves rather than everyone involved.

Authentic collaborations however are designed to truly benefit everyone involved including the clients. Collaborative efforts imply that all parties to have some degree of shared values. While they may not agree on every aspect of running a business or the best way to serve the customer they do agree that service to the end users of their services or products are of the utmost importance. Collaborative partnerships look more like relationships than they do business arrangements.

Consider what happens when a fast food chain and a movie studio come together to promote the latest and greatest superhero. Both parties want to make money, and there is nothing wrong with that. They both also want to gain as much exposure and recognition for their respective brand. Again there is nothing wrong with a desire to gain a larger “brain share” in the consumers mind. Eventually the promotion runs its course and both parties go back to business as normal. They may or may not run a similar promotion in the future.

These types of Joint Ventures can be very successful, however I question of either party really considered the values of the other company, whether the other company actually made a profit or benefited from the transaction. You may be thinking that this is OK; that this is a normal everyday business transaction and that as a business owner your responsibility is to your own bottom line not whether or not the other guy made any money. This old school approach to business transaction was once valid, however today’s economy requires something more, a new paradigm of business relations.

In his book GOD Goes to Work – New Thought Paths to Prosperity and Profits Tom Zender shares an idea whose time has come. He teaches how to develop and nurture Spiritual Transactions. At the Inspired Business Center we are pleased to call Tom a collaborator. We believe the development of long term, collaborative relationships is one of the keys to creating a truly magnificent business; a business that cares about its own employees, profits, and success as well as the well-being, profits and success of its collaborators.

As Tom, Marla and I have been collaborating on Improve Profits/Enrich People: The Economic Power of a Spiritual Work Environment.” we have learned more about each other, and we truly care about each other’s business and well-being. This project is about more than just gaining market share. Together we have joined forces to create something truly unique; something we believe will benefit each of us and provide immense value to those that choose to experience our collaborative efforts.

We invite you to learn more about Tom and his groundbreaking work as we consider what it take to develop a Spiritual Work Environment. As a special gift everyone that registers will receive a recording of the tele-seminar and a 7 - Step Spiritual Tool Kit of practical steps you can take to immediately enhance your life, the lives of your employees and, ultimately the culture of your workplace.

Register today for: Improve Profits/Enrich People: The Economic Power of a Spiritual Work Environment.” You are also welcome to read more about Tom on our blog at the following links.

Spirituality in Business as Clarity in Business

The Spiritual Age of Business

Kudos for God Goes to Work

Until Next Time,

Peace and Blessing

Robert

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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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Improve Profits/Enrich Lives: The Economic Power of a Spiritual Work Environment.

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

Business is filled with people we would like to partner with, people we feel forced to partner with, and people we would rather have nothing to do with. The challenge is not determining which person falls into which category but rather finding ways to meet each person we interact with as a friend. Granted we may not be able to greet them as our best friend, but a friend none the less. Along the way we may find that those we thought of as marginal friends become better friends and good friends become great friends. Here at The Inspired Business Center we believe that every client, customer and partner has the potential to become a great friend and even more a great collaborator.

During the past month we have been looking at some of our collaborators The first thing to remember is that collaboration is truly a two way street. In order to attract great collaborators to our business we must also be great collaborators in return. The second aspect is to have a deep understanding of what our collaborator does, believes, and more importantly how they are accomplishing their mission and fulfilling their vision. Finally we have to become great friends to be great collaborators.

Collaboration can be defined in various ways, however we choose to look at collaboration as working towards a shared mission or vision in such a way that no one player is positioned above or below any of the others. This implies that all parties will equally share their resources, talents, and creativity. We can also hold an expectancy to share in the profits, expanded market exposure and social recognition once the mission and or vision is realized.

How then does one find others to collaborate with? This is a challenging question. There is no phone directory of honest, reliable, trustworthy collaborators that share our values, mission and vision. Finding a great collaborator is not something you wake up one morning and decide to recruit into your organization. There is no web site that allows you to search for conscious entrepreneurs or organizations that are truly creating sustainable products. Here is where the heavy work comes in. As a leader in today’s world you must be open and aware of trending topics, concepts and leaders within your industry. You have to take time to surf the web, take a risk on a new book, and engage with the ever increasing stream of tele-seminars.

We believe that as an organizational leader, part of your position requires you to research other thought leaders and explore the growing edge concept and processes prevalent in today’s business world. That is exactly how we met Tom Zender.

Tom has led a very busy life. He is a recognized spiritual leader and corporate executive with decades of success, Tom has held management positions at General Electric and Honeywell, and was a Senior VP in NYSE and NASDAQ listed corporations. He is President Emeritus of Unity which serves over three million people of all faiths worldwide. Tom’s entrepreneurship helped birth several technology companies. His corporate board experience includes NASDAQ and Toronto Stock Exchange listed companies – plus nonprofits such as the Association for Global New Thought, Evolutionary Leaders, Forum for Corporate Directors and Ottawa University. He will also be sharing an hour of his time with us on May 5th.

Not long ago Rev. Marla approached me and asked if I had heard of Tom’s book God Goes to Work. I had not and so she picked up a couple of copies and suggested that The Inspired Business Center team members become familiar with him and his work. She set about contacting Tom and over the past several months we have begun the process of creating a business friendship and collaboration. We’re excited Tom has agreed to appear on a tele-seminar May 5th hosted by Rev. Marla.

God Goes to work book coverTogether they are creating an interactive and informative virtual seminar:  Improve Profits/Enrich People: The Economic Power of a Spiritual Work Environment. During this one hour event participants will learn:

* The key characteristics of a spiritual environment

* Management attitudes and behaviors that encourage and foster a spiritual environment

* How a spiritual environment can impact your bottom line

They have also agreed to share a 7- step spiritual tool kit of practical steps you can take to immediately enhance your life, the life of your employees and, ultimately the culture of your workplace. Everyone that registers for the Call will receive the toolkit and a downloadable recording of the call. They have also agreed to present this incredibly valuable information at no cost to you. Simply use the registration link below or CLICK HERE to learn more about this amazing opportunity.

Even if you cannot make the call please register so you can receive the recording and your complimentary 7- step toolkit with everything you need to begin building a spiritual work environment in your organization.

Whether you have a handful of collaborators or are wondering who your first collaborator might be, you stand on the growing edge of a new great adventure in your business. Finding, nurturing and developing your collaborative relationships is an adventure that takes time and yet will ultimately reward you and your clients with expanded opportunities to truly experience spiritual transactions. We encourage you to explore the opportunities and report back on your successes.

Follow this link to learn more about the Improve Profits / Enrich People: The Economic Power of a Spiritual Work Environment Tele-Seminar or Register right now for the call.

Regardless of your choice we wish you, Happy Collaborating.

Until next Time,

Robert

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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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