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Learning to Ride Raindrops

Monday, June 25th, 2012

Most of us spend part of our summer trying to avoid or eradicate mosquitoes.  As it turns out, these tiny pests have an important lesson to teach us.

Recently a group of mechanical engineering students at Georgia Tech conducted an experiment to discover how mosquitos survive rain.  To the mosquito, rain is the epitome of significant change from a beautiful sunny day to life threatening danger. A single raindrop is the equivalent of a 3 ton boulder falling on them.  So how do they do it?

First they don’t try to resist the rain drops.  They don’t carry on about how the rain is unfair or ask “Why me?” Instead they’ve learned to adapt.  How do we react to change in our markets, in our workplace, in our lives?  Typically we try to fight it, avoid it, or look at change as a big problem to be overcome.

Second mosquitos don’t try to outrun the rain drop. That’s like trying to dodge comets.  By comparison, how often do we go into scatter mode, shot gunning our marketing, making impulsive decisions and panicking about money or results or some other measurement we’re using to try to be “in control”?

Professor David Hu says that his team learned that mosquitoes don’t actually dodge the raindrops, they hitch a ride.  When a raindrop hits a mosquito, the mosquito and raindrop join together and the mosquito rides the drop for about a thousandth of a second before its wings, acting as kites, pull it out of the water.

To relate that to business, when we are aware of change or a shift, we can choose to follow the momentum and move in the direction of the change; not struggling, not efforting and not resisting.    We can collaborate with our internal teams and external allies.  We can co-create with our customers, employees and vendors to adjust to what’s happening and make decisions and take actions that are in the alignment with the flow.

The other important lesson is to allow the new momentum to lift us out of the challenge so we can “fly off” to the next adventure.  We don’t ride the raindrop into the ground, but look for new opportunities and express gratitude for the lift.

According to Hu, by joining the raindrop mosquitos experience very little force and to them it’s like getting hit with a feather.

So in the face of challenge, change, and other things we can’t control; don’t resist, don’t dodge…RIDE THE RAINDROP!

Blessings, Marla

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Join us Thursday June 28 @ 9 a.m. MDT for our 15 minute virtual Inspired Coffee Break.  Listen in as we discuss The Four Pillars of Spiritual Entrepreneurship. It’s free and all you need is a phone!   http://www.theinspiredbusiness.com/coffee.html 

Learn how to include Universal Spiritual Principles in your work or business.  Join our next Business Owner and Executive peer group tele-seminar series.  Solve business challenges by incorporating focused intention, leveraging peer group wisdom and energy and partnering with the Divine. http://www.theinspiredbusiness.com/masterful-intentions-2012.html

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BELIEVE AND THEN ACHIEVE!

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012


“Abundance is not something we acquire, it is something we tune into,” says inspirational author and speaker Wayne Dyer.  The way we tune into our world is through what we believe to be true about ourselves, about others and about what’s possible.

Have you ever marveled at a business or professional colleague who succeeded against all odds because they didn’t know it was supposed to be difficult and impossible?  They simply believed they could do it and they did it!

Dr Alex Loyd, author of The Healing Code, says “You do what you believe 100 percent of the time.”  When you really think about it, that’s a very powerful and revealing statement.  Although we may be influenced by our outer world, and often we agree that we “should” adopt a new behavior, cold call more, eat broccoli, follow a budget, be on time, we often don’t adopt the behavior, or if we do, it doesn’t last.

Loyd continues, “The corollary is also true: You never do anything that you don’t believe.  If you are doing something that you consider wrong or counterproductive, it is because you believe something wrong or counterproductive.  If you are doing something that is right or good or constructive, it’s because you believe something right, or good or constructive.”

Old beliefs are stored in our subconscious and we very seldom stop to look at them.  Old beliefs may have come from past experiences, what you’ve been told by others or your industry’s thinking on what’s possible.  But are they relevant to what you want to accomplish today?  Making business decisions from old beliefs is like running DOS software on our Windows 7.  Time to Upgrade!

How do you begin to change limiting beliefs?  Notice the results you are achieving and inquire: “What do I believe about this?”  If the belief is negative, limiting and outdated, reprogram it!  Consciously declare a new “truth” for yourself that is positive, affirmative and in the present tense.

Change your focus to what you do want for your business or your life.  As you change your focus, you will begin to see new possibilities and opportunities that were always there, but you weren’t looking for them!  A good example: A client was feeling that the program she was offering wasn’t valuable and that nobody wanted it. (Notice the negative belief at work here)?  I suggested she begin to find evidence for the value, to remember all the people whose lives or businesses had been changed by attending her programs, and she changed her approach and messaging to reflect the new belief that her offering was life changing.  Her next workshop sold out in 2 days.

Once you have established new beliefs, you ask the Universe for what you want for your company (or your life).  It’s important to state the “essence” of the outcome, such as, increased profits, innovation to meet market demands, the right people to do the job. The essence is what you concentrate on because there are many avenues for achieving the desired outcome.

Then make decisions and act as if the good were already delivered, and you will begin to attract the results.  Continue to hold on to the positive belief, even if things don’t “look” better right away.

The Universe will determine the specifics of how it will all happen and when.  It may take the form of an unexpected sales opportunity, a powerful idea that comes to you as you drive down the road or an introduction to the person at a meeting that can provide the resource you’ve been missing.

At that point, you need to be open to receive what you asked for!  As crazy as it sounds, sometimes we get so addicted to the struggle we don’t notice things have turned around and that it was easy and effortless.  We continue to struggle because, you guessed it, we “believe” it has to be hard!

Suggested Action Steps:

1.  Ask yourself and ask your management team: “Where are we limiting our business success by holding outdated beliefs of what’s possible?”

2.  Look at where things are flowing in your business and what seems stuck.  Think about what you believe about the aspects that are flowing, and what you believe about the areas that are stuck.  Could be very eye opening!

3.  Make a list of things you’d like to ask for.  Then ask!  Notice any resistance you have to asking for help, from others or from the Universe.

Robert Fritz sums it up this way: “If we limit our choices only to what seems possible or reasonable, we disconnect ourselves from what we truly want, and all that is left is compromise.”

Until next time,

Marla

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Join us this Thursday and on the fourth Thursday of every monmth for our 15 minute virtual Inspired Coffee Break.  Listen in as we discuss in more details about how to recognize and re-program negative beliefs.  It’s free and all you need is a phone!   http://www.theinspiredbusiness.com/coffee.html

Learn how to include Universal Spiritual Principles in your work or business.  Join our next Business Owner and Executive peer group tele-seminar series.  Solve business challenges by incorporating focused intention, leveraging peer group wisdom and energy and partnering with the Divine. http://www.theinspiredbusiness.com/masterful-intentions-2012.html

 

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Is there Room to Grow and Prosper in Your Business?

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

Springtime brings the excitement of growth and newness.

Many economic indicators are picking up, there’s more optimism in the air.  We need to clear out old leaves and dead foliage from our flower beds, and we also have some mental spring cleaning to make room for growth in our business and our lives!

“No one else can grow for us; we must each grow for ourselves.”  Thomas Troward.
Sometimes growth means expansion, bigger space, and more people.

Growth can also mean cleaning out and getting rid of what’s no longer useful to make room for something better, whether it’s physical clutter or mental clutter.  In The Dynamic Laws of Prosperity, Catherine Ponder describes a Vacuum Theory,  “Basically the vacuum law of prosperity is this; if you want greater good, greater prosperity in your life, start forming a vacuum to receive it…get rid of what you don’t want to make room for what you do want.”

What do you need to let go of in your business or your life? 

How about negative thinking, old beliefs that no longer serve a purpose, and “the way we’ve always done business”.  Maybe it’s toxic relationships or even customers who are not a good fit, who don’t appreciate your services or see value in what you offer. It’s time to remove the mental weeds like fear, doubt, worry, lack, failure, and self judgment.

Now that you have cleared the space, look for opportunities to nurture yourself and those around you. 

Plan an outdoor adventure with family and friends, dust off the hobby that’s been on the shelf and throw a company picnic. At the same time, begin to increase your Consciousness and think bigger so there’s mental room to expand.  Just like you buy larger clothes so your children can grow into them; you need to have bigger dreams for your business and your life to grow into.  Pull out your vision statement, your long range strategic plan and visualize what your life or business would be like if that vision had already come true.  When you can see, touch and feel that vision, you’re awareness will expand and you’ll experience synchronicities and opportunities you didn’t see before.

Spiritual Economist Eric Butterworth tells us, “Your prosperity will always be a reflection of your consciousness, the degree to which your thoughts are centered in the divine flow.  Success is not getting there; it is earning the right in Consciousness to be there.”

Until next time,

Marla

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Events and Resources for Your Inspired Business:

Join our next Masterful Intentions Peer Group and experience the exponential results of incorporating focused intention, peer group energy and partnership with the Divine to grow your profits, your people and your personal fulfillment. http://www.theinspiredbusiness.com/masterful-intentions-2012.html

Learn how to use The Power of the Visioning for your business in a one day interactive workshop at The Inspired Business Center Offices in Lakewood on April 20th  from 9 a.m. – 3:30 pm http://theinspiredbusiness.com/reclaim-your-business-vision

Treat yourself to an “Inspired Coffee Break” Tele-seminar Thursday, March 22nd @ 10 a.m. Mountain. Grab a cup of coffee, tea or whatever suits you and listen in as Rev. Marla shares how to use Universal Spiritual Principles to make your business life easier and more successful. http://theinspiredbusiness.com/coffee

 

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Is your Business Leading with H.E.A.R.T.???

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

There’s a lot of focus this time of year around matters of the heart; giving valentines, celebrating and reinforcing loving relationships. But what role does heart play in your business? Several books have been written about heart-centered leadership, but what does it really mean?

When I talk about leading with H.E.A.R.T., I’m suggesting a way to guarantee an increase in productivity and the bottom line without a dollar of direct cost!  Sound good so far?
Here’s what it takes to lead from H.E.A.R.T. whether you’re CEO of a large organization or you’re a self-employed entrepreneur.

H – Be Healthy.  Model good emotional, physical, mental and spiritual health in your own life and it will set the example for those you lead.  If your life is balanced and whole, others will want the same thing in their lives.  It’s easy to put your health “on hold” while you operate lean and mean and put more work on everyone in the organization.  But it’s not sustainable.  So remember the advice of every flight attendant you’ve ever listened to:  “Put on your own oxygen mask before you attempt to help others put on theirs.”

E – Be Empathetic.  Start with empathy for yourself and all the challenges you’re dealing with.  Then express compassion and understanding for your employees, your customers and your vendors.  What can you or the organization do to make their lives easier?  How can you put yourself in their situation and truly relate? One of my clients had a major vendor she owed money to call and tell her he understood her situation and would give her more lenient terms so they could continue to do business!

A – Think Affirmatively.  At any moment you have the choice of how you perceive things.  Do you see the glass half empty, half full, or overflowing to the point you need a bigger glass?!  You can frame your financials with doom and gloom or point out where things are improving.  Every problem contains within it the solution.  As Henry David Thoreau put it, “The question is not what you look at, but what you see.” 
Start wherever you are right now and use the power of positive intentions to focus your resources on actions and innovations to move your organization forward.

R – Get Reconnected.  Maybe it’s time to pull out your vision statement, your mission statement and reconnect to the passion you have for the purpose of your organization. Then you can re-engage with your team members to get them fired up again.
In your personal life, what relationships have been neglected? What hobbies or fun activities haven’t you had time for?  From Lao Tzu, “Joy is the foundation of life.  What gives you joy? Joy comes from the inside to the outside and in the process of knowing yourself you learn what you love about life”.

T – Trusting.  Trust your decisions and the agreements you’ve made as a team.  Trust the process you’ve launched to implement your solutions, and most important, Trust your partnership with the Divine. In his book The Speed of Trust, author Stephen M. R. Covey says Trust is the one thing that changes everything.” 

When you lead from H.E.A.R.T., (staying healthy, practicing empathy, thinking affirmatively, reconnecting and trusting) you’ll experience a richness that’s beyond merely increasing the bottom line…it’s truly priceless!

“We work from within ourselves toward higher consciousness, greater freedom and more complex order to effect a change in the world, first and foremost through our personal evolution”. ~Barbara Marx Hubbard

Until next time,

Marla

 

Events and Resources for Your Inspired Business:

 

  • Learn how to use The Power of the Visioning for your business in a complimentary, 2- hour interactive workshop at The Inspired Business Center Offices in Lakewood on March 9th, from 9-11 a.m. http://theinspiredbusiness.com/execvisionintro

 

  • Treat yourself to an “Inspired Coffee Break” Tele-seminar Thursday, February 23 @ 10 a.m. Mountain. Grab a cup of coffee, tea or whatever suits you and listen in as Rev. Marla shares how to use Universal Spiritual Principles to make your business life easier and more successful. http://theinspiredbusiness.com/coffee

 

 

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Marla Riegel is the founder of The Inspired Business Center and comes from an extensive business background, with over 30 years of experience in seven different industries. She has been training and mentoring business people all over the world for more than 20 years as a business, personal and spiritual coach.
Her client list ranges from Fortune 500 companies to Small Business and covers a wide range of industries, including IT construction, printing, manufacturing, telecommunications, finance, law and national service chains. For one large client, Marla created and implemented an international coaching and wellness program for 800 salespeople. Marla understands all facets of owning and running a business.

In addition to being a business coach and consultant, Marla is an ordained Minister and Corporate Chaplain. She holds a Master’s of Divinity Degree and Bachelor’s Degree in communications.  She is a Certified Coach and Consultant for Vail Leadership Institute, the KLA Sales Training Group and a Consultant with TranStratra Business Advisors.  Marla is also a facilitator for the Denver Metro Chamber Gold Member Alliance Program.

 

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Personal Development: Servant Leadership Part 4

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

As we have been exploring the concepts, principles, and characteristics of Servant Leadership some rather obvious parallels have emerged. During the remainder of this year and into January of 2012 we will explore how these characteristics and principles align. If you are just now joining the conversation you may find it beneficial to take a quick read of our opening exploration of the topic Are you a Servant or a Slave to Your Business  as well as the follow up Servant Leadership: An Evolving Paradigm of Authentic Leadership and Listening, Empathy and Conceptualization: Characteristics of Servant Leadership

This week we’ll be looking at how being committed to the personal growth of other people is actually a route to better serve your clients and customers. I think we can all agree that happy employees make better workers. When someone is feeling satisfied with their work they do a better job. It’s quite easy to see how the better your employees do their job the better products and services they create.

While the theory is quite easy to understand, putting that theory into practice can be a bit more of a challenge. Not long ago I was at the San Jose airport. While waiting for a flight with my family, my son asked if we could go for a walk. As we wandered around the terminal building I came across a rather normal looking door. There were no big signs leading me to this door; however the letters on the door indicated it was a Meditation Room.  I informed my son that we had to be quiet as we stepped inside the door. It was amazing to discover this little meditation sanctuary in such a busy public space. I didn’t notice any other people in the room at the time, and I remember thinking how wonderful it was that the airport provided such a place for travelers. It was then that I noticed one of the workers from the fast food stands that fill the terminal. The young man was dressed in his uniform and sat quietly in the corner. Not wanting to disturb him, my son and I quietly slipped out of the room.

I share this story because I completely believe this man was able to provide incredible service to his employer’s customers after taking time to get centered by using the practice of meditation. Now I don’t eat fast food very often but I can say I never thought that the guy or gal behind the counter might have just invested their break time in meditation. Imagine what could happen within your company if even a small portion of your workforce invested some of their personal time in personal growth each day. What if the employee break room had access to inspirational magazines and reading material rather than the traditional sports and gossip magazines? What if you allowed your employees to use their computers to read a spiritual blog or view meditative video during their day?

According to the Alliance for Servant Leadership, “The servant-leader acknowledges that the organization’s capacity to provide for the liberation of human potential is the cornerstone for success. A commitment to holistic growth and development of every person means that the servant-leader ensures that the organization has structures, programs, and activities where everyone can grow. He or she accepts the need to create awareness, even when it disturbs more than it comforts.”  This implies so much more than an on-site workout facility or an occasional company sponsored health fair.

A true servant leader is creative in ways that serve the evolution of the whole person.  Yes, health fairs and work out facilities are portions of an overall strategy, and meditations spaces, allowing employees to volunteer in local charities with pay, and various other ways of supporting their personal growth are also important. Perhaps your organization provides ½ day Friday retreats or even late Monday start times. Have you ever considered offering a free yoga class during the lunch hour or a Tai Chi class before work? How about a company walk around the building during the afternoon? The key is not in offering one or two things but offering enough things that everyone becomes involved. A great plan does nothing if 1% of the company participates. We must strive to support 100% of the employees, manager, supervisors, directors and leaders in their personal growth.

The end result is spectacular. Imagine if you will for just a moment your entire company filled with self-actualized people. An organization where everyone is not only happy to come to work, but actually looking forward to making a contribution to the company because they know the company is making a contribution to the world, or at the very least their perfect clients and customers.

Building an Inspired Business is not an easy task and yet it needn’t be terribly difficult either. The key is finding ways to innovate, finding ways to think outside the morns, asking ourselves the vital questions and having someone that can guide us through the maze of perspectives, offerings and ideas that abound in today’s business climate. At The Inspired Business Center we believe every executive, every owner, every entrepreneur can benefit from having a coach on the sidelines cheering them on, and more importantly reminding them to watch their blindside. A coach can see a bigger picture, one that encompasses the entire field, not just the current targets and goals.

As part of our contribution to the personal development of our clients we offer a complimentary coaching session to anyone that feels they would like to explore how to become an Inspired Business. Simply call the office and we’ll schedule a complimentary session that will look at how you can position yourself and your company for greater success in the coming year. Give us a call today and learn how you can use your own personal growth to grow your company as we close out 2011 and get ready to grow ourselves in twenty-twelve.

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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Are you Ready for a New Perspective on Life?

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

Beached Book COverWhen was the last time you read a book? What kind of book was it? Many people immerse their lives in the tales of espionage, intrigue, romance and so many other forms of fiction. Some people only read those books that inform their lives, provide new perspectives and strategies to move forward in life. I know some people that only read business books, others that only read spiritual books, still others that simply do not read at all. Regardless of your preference in reading materials, we here at The Inspired Business Center believe in reading to expand our minds and perspectives. Yes we read business books, like our friend Tom Zender’s GOD Goes to Work and we are constantly on the lookout for authors that we feel will make a difference for our clients and friends.

Liz Beerman is just such an author. Her recent release of her book Beached Get Back in the swim when the receding tides leave you high and dry is more than a parable about dealing with challenges and change. Liz provides her readers with a gentle reminder that every one of us at some point in our lives has been beached. She helps to realize that while all of our beached experiences are temporary, even when they feel like they could go on forever. She inspires us to find ways of gaining some traction, even if only a little, and begin to move forward in our personal and business lives.

Throughout the book we are exposed to several characters that are beached and we also find a loving and kind advocate for these characters. I won’t give away his sage advice for the central characters and yet I can assure you it often felt that the advocate was speaking directly to me and I trust you will feel the same. Liz does a superb job of making sure Beached serves the reader in so many wonderful ways. It has been quite some time since a work of fiction has helped me gain perspective and insight into my own life.

In order to bring a greater awareness to Liz’s work, The Inspired Business Center will be hosting a very special book signing and opportunity to meet Liz. If you are the Denver metro are you are welcome to drop by The Inspired Business Center on Wednesday September 21st 2011 between 5:30 and 7:00 pm. Liz will be signing books and providing us with some insights into the concept of being beached and how to get back into the swim of life. All we ask is that you give us a quick call and let us know you are coming so we can plan appropriately. You can find the office phone number HERE. You can also read a special guest blog Liz wrote HERE.

We hope to see you on Wednesday evening and while you’re with us feel free to ask about a complimentary business coaching or visioning exploration session. Just ask and we’ll be happy to schedule a complimentary visit at our offices or your location to take a look at how you can begin to move forward in your life or business.

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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School is in Session…NOW WHAT?

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

Jumping on the bus for the first day back to school is an exciting time for kids. The opportunity to sign up for a new continuing education class can create the same sense of excitement and anticipation for adults, or it can create a sense of dread and loathing. What changes our love for learning into an all out avoidance of the classroom?Wooden Figures in a classroom

Every day as I pick up my daughter from grade school she is in quite the hurry to tell me about all the amazing things she did that day. I know 90% of what she tells me is something she has done before. When I ask her what new things she learned the response is always the same, “…nothing really, I already knew that stuff, but it was so much fun to share with my friends.”  My conclusion is she is excited about learning even when she is reviewing things she already knows. Why then do more adults not engage with expanding their skills and awareness around their careers?

Do adults think they know everything they must know to make it in the world? Do they believe that there is nothing new happening in their field? I actually believe most adults do understand that continuing education is important, and they certainly know there are new processes, discoveries and theories popping up all the time. Most adults actually hunger for stimulating and exciting educational opportunities. The problem may lie with how they are being trained. I know many adults that are turned off by the thought of being trained or worse yet, being re-trained. These adult learners have invested considerable time and effort getting to know the finer points of their profession. Wouldn’t you feel a little slighted if you were told you just had not been trained quite right and had to attend a week-long training? Today’s employees are happy to engage with up to date and well presented information. What many will not do is sit in an icy cold training room and listen to someone lecture them around sensitivity training or some other mandated training. While those “trainings” are necessary and in most cases even tolerated, but what today’s adults desire is meaningful dialogue, human interactions, better communications and information they can use to increase their contribution to the company.

At The Inspired Business Center we focus on the soft skills of building teams, empowering individuals and creating a culture that can serve the organization as well as the individual. Recently we have begun offering an adult educational opportunity that brings executives together in an informal virtual based “classroom” and allows them the space to share ideas, best practices and still absorb information from trusted experts. Our new Masterful Intentions Programs are filling up almost as fast as we can offer them. We also are working diligently to bring the Visioning process to local non-profits and for profit companies so they may experience the intuitive depth of their collective expertise.

Using your organization’s human potential to drive innovation is not a new theory; however we are striving to make that theory a reality through the use of Visioning and other team building concepts. The Inspired Business Center is all about creating opportunities to bring “Spirituality, Leadership and Profitability” together in a way where everyone benefits. We are pleased to offer you a unique collection of tools, processes and programs that do just this. We also invite you to take advantage of a complimentary offer to experience what we do. Simply call us at our office and schedule a no-cost Visioning session for you and your key leadership. If you are local to the Denver metro area we’ll even come to you, and if you’re a bit farther away we’ll help schedule a virtual presentation and demonstration that shares the power of the Visioning Process. Either way you gain the benefit of experiencing one of the most powerful processes available to catch a vision of your organizations future. We are also happy to discuss developing a unique “Back to School” series of classes that will motivate your workforce, empower your leaders and create a more peaceful and profitable workplace environment. Simply Click HERE to go to our contact page and give us a call or send an e-mail and one of our experts will be happy to explore the possibilities of creating an engaging learning environment that adults will enjoy.

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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Are you going Back to School this year?

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

Yes the season is upon us. No not the holiday shopping season. The “Back to School” season is here and each of us gets to experience this season in a unique way. It is that time when most stay at home mothers rejoice, when some children look forward to returning to school and others lament the end of their summer vacation. It is the season of shopping for clothes and supplies, looking forward to rekindling friendships and meeting new friends as well. For some this may simply be a time to pull out the credit card and allow our children to shop until they drop. Others may get to experience a cross country road trip with their college aged child. Regardless of how you get to experience this season I trust you are being reminded of the value and excitement associated with education.

Each one of us has the power to either enjoy our educational opportunities or wallow in a sea of loathing. As adult business owners, managers, supervisors or entrepreneurs we are each presented with the opportunity to participate in continuing education. Perhaps your industry requires you engage in a specific number of CEUs (Continuing Education Units) every year or two. Perhaps you have chosen to sharpen your skills and make yourself more marketable by returning to college or finally getting that Masters degree you have always dreamed of. Perhaps your employer requires you to take specific trainings that serve you in completing your job more effective or effectively. Ultimately how we approach these educational opportunities can determine what value we receive from our time investment.

One of the keys to adult education is engagement. Training classes provide opportunity to engage with either new team members or deepen the bonds between existing team mates. They can also provide a valuable forum for employees to share ideas and or concerns regarding the future of your company. Whether you’re training on a new product offering, helping employees understand a new set of policies or just creating a team building exercise there are several aspects that must be considered prior to implementation of the training. During the recent economic shift many companies have cut back on their training staff and training opportunities.  At The Inspired Business Center we believe now is the time to focus on attitudinal trainings that help to maintain your staff’s morale and foster a collaborative workplace. Using training time to help foster a culture of inclusivity, creative and sharing will serve the entire organization in various ways.

During this Back to School season consider how you can re-energize your organization by catching the school bus of continuing education. Perhaps companywide training is in order or maybe something a little more specific is necessary. Ask yourself how you as a leader could engage yourself with a new technology, a new perspective or simply an educational retreat. Think about attending a two or three day workshop or perhaps a multi-week night class that looks at something which may appear to be completely unrelated to your organizations mission and vision. I have found nuggets of pure gold hidden within classes I thought had very little to do with my career. Great leaders and teachers can always inspire us to greatness and more effective ways of engaging with our co-workers and employees. Have you always wanted to learn how to meditate more effectively? Perhaps a class in Tai-Chi has been calling to you, or a pottery class. Not all classes have to be on effective database management or accounting principles for the mathematically challenged. While these topics maybe useful, what we consider fun classes can also be valuable to the long term health of you and your organization.

Going Back to School can appear to be a challenge for career minded leaders or perhaps a chore you would simply rather not consider. However, we have found ways to make your learning experience fun and profitable. Next week we will share specific examples and opportunities to engage yourself and your employees with fun, effective and motivating trainings. If you would like to learn more right now simply call us and we’ll schedule a no cost 30 minute consultation designed to explore how you and your employees can go Back to School in style with ease and create more profit during the process.

We invite you to explore how continuing education can be a valuable asset for your organization rather than a morale shrinking chore. Isn’t it time everyone had more fun at work learning how to make your business a better place to work, and more profitable as well?

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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Three Things Humpty Dumpty Wished He Had Known

Wednesday, August 10th, 2011

A SPECIAL GUEST BLOG By: Liz Beerman

What happens in that moment in time when something unexpected crashes into your life?  How often does a day go by that we don’t either find ourselves picking up the pieces from our own crash or helping someone we work with, a friend, or family member with their predicament?  Even in that unique day where life is quiet and all seems well, all we have to do is turn on our smartphone, iPad, car radio, or television, to hear in detail about devastating events nation and worldwide.

BUT while it may sound dreary, in actuality there are three successful steps you can take, right now, to change your perspective and ultimately your outcomes.

One:  Realign your perspective

Crashes, by their nature; break things, leave messes, hurt, and change projected plans. Pick up the pieces and before you indiscriminately throw them away, take a moment or two in time to reconsider what else they might be, or be used for. Life isn’t all Humpty Dumpty where after falling off the wall none of the kings horses or men could put him back together again. Life is choices based on perspective. Loss of a customer, new competition, employee churn or manufacturing woes are thinly veiled opportunities to realign your perspective.  You know it – but do you do it?

Two:  Stay in the moment


Crashes push us to our limits—or so we think. Why are we so quick to forget all those fables and stories from our childhood. . . or our Internet pals, that remind us the race goes to the slow and steady, or the story of the tortoise and the hare, or Winston Churchill’s admonition to “never give in,” or the attributed ancient Chinese quote that reminds us to “get up one more time than we fall.” Usually we either fall backwards into the pit of regrets from the past or jettison ourselves into the uncertainty of the future.  Plant your feet, take a deep breath, stand as tall as you can, count to ten while clearing your mind and then make every single one of your senses do their job. What do you see—really see? What are you hearing with total focus, right now?  Now turn both of them off and smell the air like an animal on the hunt.  Use taste and feeling in the same way. Wring this moment out and take everything from it that you were meant to have.

Three: Be accountable to one and only one person — YOU

Crashes tend to make us push the panic button. With panic comes frenetic unfocused energy complete with well intentioned but not well thought out promises to ourselves and others. The visual of people in the freezing waters when the Titanic went down illustrates how brutal the survival instinct can be. As you are picking yourself up from the latest crash, all the while attempting to stay in the present moment and realign your perspective, remember YOU are the most important element in your own success. “Put your own oxygen mask on first.”

As time moves on and you gain strength and perspective with all the internal cravings to be back on your feet if not all the way to the top of the heap, be painfully aware of the promises you make to yourself. And then without fail, or excuses, be true to your word—and yourself first and always.

Makes one wonder what Humpty Dumpty might have been if the rhyme had not been so quick to project a single, bleak outcome, and publish his demise. Now that you know, the world is looking forward to seeing what you do with the pieces after YOUR crash.

 

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Liz Beerman is the author of the recently published book BEACHED available in digital and paperback through Amazon and Barnes and Noble. She has crafted a well thought out, beautifully written parable sharing the lives and challenges of six beached characters. You are invited to gain from their experiences as you face your own life challenges.

You can learn more about Liz at http://www.beachedstory.com/

 

 

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Did You Let that Moment of Intuition Slip Away?

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

It happens out of nowhere. Like a shooting star screaming across the night sky. First it’s there and then it’s gone. Intuition can be slippery. You know it works, you know it’s close and you still cannot predict when it will happen. Then it strikes and you’re only concern is remembering, recording, capturing that momentary flash of creative inspiration. It is the adrenaline of that creative moment, the moment that says “Aha….now I KNOW.”

It can also be that simple thought that you let slip by without a second thought. The thought that days or sometimes even moments later you think, “I should have listened to myself.” It is that voice that says “I told you so.” And it is the nagging feeling that had you made a different decision you would have had a different result.

Recently I had one of those gut wrenching moments when I thought I should have listened to myself. I was sitting at my computer and had one of those flash in the mind thoughts. It said, “my wife’s external hard drive is a few months overdue for a major backup. I should get to that sometime soon.” Surely enough within a couple of days my wife reports to me that her hard drive just isn’t working. I’m sure you know what happens next.

As a kid I clearly remember how the popular culture and media portrayed what we knew as “Women’s Intuition.” It was many years later that I discovered you could develop your intuitive skills and have it become your nature and even an asset. Allowing yourself to listen to your intuition can be an incredible boost to your business. Training your intuition can be even more valuable to your long term success. Developing a culture where listening to one’s intuition is as important as their ability to produce things is part of the evolution of spirituality in the workplace.

Allowing everyone in the organization the freedom of listening to their inner wisdom and guidance leads to a self empowered workforce, a workforce that is happy to come to work, that feels they are making a difference regardless of their job assignments. Keep in mind we are not suggesting you start sitting around waiting to catch a bolt of creative lightening, or wallowing in the thoughts of “Oh…. if we had only”. We believe in bringing our focus and attention to the moment itself. By nurturing a culture of intuition we know how to catch the lightening once we see it and how to hear the still small voice within when it begins to whisper about backing up our data or taking another look at the numbers after the new bookkeeper finishes their work.

Once you invest some time and effort into the development of your professional intuition and encouraging your employees to do the same you will find you rarely are concerned about the past or worried about the future. You come to a place of trust and confidence in your company’s ability to respond to the market, ask the right question, listen for guidance and wisdom and most importantly make great decisions.

Getting to that place is obviously not an overnight type of change. Nurturing this type of culture takes time and consistent effort. Getting to the end result takes cooperation and community support. There are no shortcuts, but there are some best practices and here at The Inspired Business Center we know exactly how to serve a group of committed individuals in creating just such a culture. We would be happy to discuss some quick start ideas or more in depth solutions you can implement within your business right away. Simply give us a call and we’ll schedule complimentary 30 minute session to discuss what’s possible.

Whatever you do when intuition strikes, make sure you don’t let it pass you by.

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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