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Where Spirituality and Money Meet

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

Fans of the Inspired Business Center know that we are “Where Spirituality, Leadership and Profitability Meet.” The basis of our organization is to build a team of professionals and work together to raise the consciousness of everyone involved. Expanding our awareness of new opportunities, perspectives and ways of conducting business are central to the fulfillment of our vision for The Inspired Business Center.

Rev. Karen Russo

Rev. Karen Russo

It comes as no surprise that Rev. Marla has recently added a new member to her personal team of spiritually influential people. We would therefore like to introduce you to Rev. Karen Russo and her book The Money Keys. I have had the pleasure of working with Rev. Karen for a bit more than a year now and have been trained as a Money Keys Coach.

Rev. Marla just completed a 21 day immersion program that helped her to gain a new perspective of her money life.  Here is what she has to say about the experience, “I used the 21 Day  Money Keys Immersion program as an opportunity to do deep inner work about my beliefs and habits.  As each day unfolded, I discovered amazing ways in which my prosperity and success were being enhanced and supported and areas where I was playing small.  I also looked at some old thoughts that inspiring and life changing “work” can’t also be profitable.  When it was time to re-create the vision for my ministry, on day 20, I opened to greater possibilities for my work and my entire financial life. There is absolutely no fear and doubt that the vision will manifest.”

I am sure many of you have heard the adage about how your life will reflect the consciousness of the top 10 or 20 people you surround yourself with. Why wouldn’t you want to spend time around a woman that is an insightful and dynamic teacher? Reverend Karen combines universal spiritual principles and sound financial strategies to guide you toward conscious wealth creation. She is a powerful spiritual abundance mentor, and a sought-after keynote speaker. Karen teaches spiritual money mastery as well as how to be inspired, empowered, and productive in all aspects of life. I am sure you can see why she has had such a powerful influence on Rev. Marla and me.

Having invested a large portion of my time during the past year learning all I can from Rev. Karen I know she brings a unique blend of financial knowledge and spiritual direction to her wealth and consciousness building programs. She holds an MBA from Columbia University and has extensive experience as a corporate trainer, top-selling sales person, and financial services professional. Rev. Karen synthesizes religious ideas, philosophical truths, and scientific principles about how life works. In The Money Keys, she shares distinctive insights from more than 20 years of success in secular and spiritual pursuits.Money Keys Book Cover

There is simply no question that Rev. Karen and her programs get results. We would like to invite you take a deeper look at your Spiritual Money Consciousness and explore Rev. Karen’s ministry as well. Simply head on over to her WEBSITE and look around. You will find a wealth of information, resources and opportunities to be more fully engaged in living a financially prosperous and responsible life.

As always we want to remind you that our desire is to fully support you and your business in being a place where Spirituality, Leadership and Profitability Meet. Whether you’re looking to expand your money consciousness or learn new ways of being an effective leader, we are here to serve you in professional and emerging ways. Please let us know how we can best support the evolution of your consciousness and your 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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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

Photo Credits: http://www.flickr.com/photos/ivanwalsh/4006230793/in/faves-53047939@N06/

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WALK YOUR TALK, OR CUSTOMERS WALK OUT

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

What are you doing to attract and retain
loyal customers?

Feet and Arrows

Which Shall You Choose?

We’ve been talking a lot about the new economy, how consumers are driving a harder bargain and demanding more from existing vendors.   How do you avoid having competitors “on the cloud” leave you “in the dust?”

In the midst of all the confusion and information overload it’s easy to forget that our customers have been loyal because we’ve not only filled their order, but fulfilled our promise for quality, service and solutions that work.

What else are you doing to retain your good clients?   For most companies, lead generation and business development are keys to growth and profitability.  But even more important is keeping the customers you already have and getting them to buy more!

How often and in what ways do you say “thank you”?  What are you doing to find new solutions to the issues your clients face?

Branding has become a significant marketing concept.  But branding is much more than a clever tag line or a 30 second elevator speech.  Branding should say who you are as a company, what you stand for, what you can be counted on to deliver and why someone should develop a long-term business relationship with you.

Take an objective step back and look at your marketing materials, ad campaigns, and website and determine if your message is consistent and if it accurately reflects the company you are today.

Does your branding reflect the vision and values of the organization?  Do your employees know the importance of that branding message in how they interact with your customers?  Your branding promise and your unique selling proposition should be reflected in your day-to-day operation, from the way your receptionist answers the phone and directs the calls to the delivery of the product.

I recently went to purchase a computer from a store which advertises low prices and quality service, only to learn that if I wanted to get their advertised low price, I couldn’t buy it in the store, but had to go home and buy it online.  After some conversation, we determined that I could go online from one of their computers in the store and make my purchase and then walk up to the customer service counter with the receipt and pick up the product…. A good example of running your customer through the ringer before giving them the price you promised!

Now, more than ever before it’s vital to pay attention to every “stakeholder”; not only your shareholders, but everyone who has a “stake” in your business including employees, customers, vendors, and your community.

It’s a good reality check to invite a couple of business people and consumers who don’t currently work with you or your organization to review your marketing materials, ads and websites and tell you what they perceive, and where there are inconsistencies.  Ask some of your current customers to rate their experience with your company against what your branding statement promises.

In Mastering the Rockefeller Habits, author Verne Harnish says, “The brand promise is the key factor that sets you apart from all competitors…it is the starting point from which all other executive decisions are derived.”

In my newsletter this week I talked about Harnish’s 3 top concepts for business growth and success.   If you didn’t get a chance to read it, here’s the link :

http://theinspiredbusiness.com/dont-lift-your-downhill-leg-a-business-lesson-from-my-dog..html

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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

Photo Credit:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/julia_manzerova/2757851927/sizes/m/in/faves-53047939@N06/

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The 4 Pillars of Spiritual Entrepreneurship Virtual Seminar

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

As we move into the month of February we are so very happy to announce our new Multi Week Virtual Seminar “The 4 Pillars of Spiritual Entrepreneurship” Many of you may remember our 8 week blog series on this topic last fall and you can read up on the concept in our archives.

Let’s get started with a quick video…Enjoy.

Here are the links for more information.

Visit our website for detailed information and registration instructions.

Visit our Facebook Page and please give us a “Like”

Or the Facebook Event Page.

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Are your Giving Thanks for the Holiday Season?

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

During the hustle and bustle of the holiday season we invite you to pause for a moment and ask yourself one simple question. How easy would it be to write your Thanksgiving week blog on the topic of giving thanks, or just skip it all together? Who would be reading our blog on the day before Thanksgiving anyway? Would anyone notice if we just waited until next year to send another newsletter?

Chapel of Thanksgiving

Chapel of Thanksgiving

OK, that was a few questions, and I know many of you have either asked those questions or heard them asked by friends and colleagues.  Once we hit the middle of November it seems like many companies, especially entrepreneurs get stuck in doing what’s easy and what’s convenient to simply get through the holiday season. We completely understand how busy life and business can get during this season. We also understand you want to do the “right” thing and keep your company moving forward. There is nothing more detrimental to your business than skipping a weekly blog post or a monthly newsletter during the holiday season. How then can you juggle the demands of family, life and business? If there was an easy answer for that we would surely share, however we know every situation is quite different. We will however share a few ideas on how to make this holiday season something unique and potentially profitable for you and your business.

The holiday season, arguably, begins with that All-American holiday of Thanksgiving. Regardless of your country of origin the truth is simple. Thanksgiving has become a week long holiday for many. We begin to check out on Monday and Tuesday as we prepare to travel or host our guests. We continue by shopping on Friday and now even stretch the holiday through the following Monday as Cyber-Monday has become a prevalent aspect of the holiday. Once we return to work in December we all know we only have a few weeks until the traditional year-end break. As our workforce expands we must be sensitive to the world holiday celebrated within our company. We know that many of you have given up on a Christmas party in favor of a holiday party and that in itself is a great step towards expressing unity.

As a business owner you are being called to balance the demands of your business and the desires of your employees. Taking care of the human capital of your business is, in our opinions, paramount. Allowing for flexibility on your part during this season builds a sense of belonging within your workforce. We suggest you identify the people within your company that celebrate various holiday traditions and ask them to come together and determine how the office can be decorated in order to honor all faith traditions. These people may also look at creating a tradition, ritual or party that can honor everyone’s beliefs. We understand that during the holiday season there will be various demands by vendors, suppliers, and customers, yet business must continue as normally as possible. Everyone feels a little extra stress as they try to meet those demands and still plan for vacation time, shopping, cooking and personal celebrations. This stress can lead employees to make costly mistakes and perform poorly. We ask that you look at ways to provide outlets for that stress. This may be a an extra 15 minute break per day or a flex schedule that allows people to come into work a little late and stay late or come in early so they can leave early.

During our recent series on “The 4 Pillars of Spiritual Entrepreneurship” we spoke about Adaptability as an aspect of spiritual business. Now is the time to practice adaptability in a way that serves your employees and your business. Trusting that when you treat your employees, or yourself for solo-entrepreneurs, with flexibility, adaptability and spiritual respect is a form of giving that will return itself in increased loyalty, productivity and understanding for the needs of the business during this busy season. I have often watched as business slows down during the holiday only to pick up again in early January.

Small Globe in eye

Looking Ahead???

The coming weeks are a time to reflect upon your business successes during this year and cast a vision of what may be in the coming year.

Now is a time to express your gratitude for the “Greater Yet to Be” of your business and rest knowing next year will be more amazing that this year or even what you are imagining may come.  Now is not the time to try to force more revenue, more productivity or more business through your organization. Any attempt to make something happen or force an outcome will simply add more stress to your people. Now is the time to look within and prepare for an amazing New Year.

Here at The Inspired Business Center we understand the need to prepare for the future and so we have created a number of opportunities to plan for the coming year without adding any more work to the remainder of this year. Simply head on over to our Coaching Packages Page and consider the possibilities.   The packages range from full year programs to flex programs where you can select a block of coaching time to laser in on a priority challenge. Each of the offerings there are designed to provide you with a system that will support you as you venture into 2011. As always we are here to answer any of your questions and determine which package is the perfect option to support you in the coming year. Simply use our CONTACT Information and together we can explore the options available.

As you enjoy your family, down time, and vacations during the next 6 weeks relax knowing your business is expanding and growing in ways you may not even recognize yet. As you allow this time to be an opportunity to reflect and express gratitude the Universe is conspiring on your behalf. 2011 will be unlike anything you have ever experienced and we are committed to providing you with more ways to be inspired and engaged with the principles of a Spiritual Business.

Until next week,

NAMASTE

P.S. We have a special guest blogger joining us next week, so be sure to check back on Wednesday Dec 1st for this special guest. Then on Dec 8th and 15th Rev. Marla will be sharing a two part series on the new book by Tom Zender God Goes To Work. We have quite a bit in planned for the remainder of the year and invite you to join us as we reflect on 2010 and cast the vision for 2011.

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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

Photo Credit Thanksgiving Chapel:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/schluesselbein/3197240774/

Photo Credit Eye of the World: http://www.flickr.com/photos/mind_scratch/2434031231/in/faves-53047939@N06/

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Does your Business have a Vision of Success

Monday, March 15th, 2010

Today’s market place puts great value on the word vision.  Many would not consider your organization a real business if you don’t have a vision statement and most likely a mission statement as well.  I agree that having an idea of an organizations mission and vision is important and I feel the process of crafting those statements is even more important.  Here I will take a detour away from the predominate thoughts on crafting these types of identifying statements.  I have spent hours locked in stuffy conference rooms hammering out the ideal words that can describe exactly what a company doe3s, its products or services values and the values of the owners, managers, employees and anyone in any way associated with the company.  All this work is done in the mind and can only create an ego-based humanistic idea of what will sell the the consumers that consider doing business with the company.  I am suggesting we look at a different way of discerning what these statements want to be.

The way I suggest creating such statements and guiding the evolution of your business is to use the Visioning Process.  The Visioning Process was birthed about thirty years ago and utilizes a blending of prayer and meditation to tap into the highest ideal for a group, organization, or individual’s life.  The process itself is very relaxing and non competitive.  You can create a Visioning group of as many people as you like and follow a simple process to listen to the highest calling of your group.  Visioning allows you to sit in the silence and as Spirit a number of specific questions that will reveal what is being called forth in your business.  the process however is rather counter-intuitive to the normal way of conducting business.  The process itself is a lot like cooking rice.  If you try to rush the process everything gets sticky.  If however you are patient enough to allow the simmer to run its course you get a delicious taste of Spirit.  The process requires us to have patience and let the process run its course.  Throughout the experience of Visioning each participant will receive different impression for each question and after several Visioning each participant will receive different impression for each question and after several Visioning sessions you can compare notes and look for common denominators or themes.  These themes then can be used to inform your decision making process.  All this eventually leads to an understanding of what “want to be done”.

The process can be used to tap into the Diving Guidance concerning any idea, project, product, or service.  The key is to stay with the process and not rush forward to take cation too soon.  How then can this help create the all important mission and vision statements?  Eventually there will be answers to the Visioning questions that simply never go away.  These gems of insight can be the starting point from which you can craft your guiding statemens, common values, and such.  The process itself is not a quick one day event.  It will take time and I assure you the time invested will pay off in a larger way than any brainstorming or discernment process ever could.

The Visioning Process never truly ends.  Once utilized your employees, managers, and leaders will see that continual Visioning leads to continual insights as to the evolution and success of your business.  Facilitation, coaching and support for your exploration of the Visioning Process is available through the Inspired Business Center as is training for your leaders so they may facilitate the process themselves.  If you would like to learn more simply follow this link: http://www.theinspiredbusiness.com/future-inspired-business

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FAITH AND PROFITABILITY

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

Being in business over the past several months has required leaps of faith, acts of courage and expressions of gratitude!

The answers have not necessarily been found in the Harvard Business Journal, but more often in the hearts and convictions of the business leaders.

One thing’s for sure, getting back to business as usual will be very unusual. We’ve seen significant shifts in consumer expectations, business models and the marketplace.

How do you turn the concept of “FEAR” into simply Forgetting Everything is All Right? When you’re mired down in fear, 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. Creativity and new solutions come from right thinking.

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

How will you know when it’s time to re-invest, rehire and re-invent?

The time is NOW! But, in order to do it successfully, you have to look at the attitude and thoughts you are projecting into the Universe. If you’re part of the pervading mantra that things are awful and will never improve, then guess what….That’s the result you’re going to produce.

You can throw money and people at the problem, but, if you and your organization are not investing for the positive future, creating new opportunities for yourself and your employees and thinking outside the box with new products and services, you will not attract the prosperity you desire.

Suggested Action Steps:

· As we look to the future, what are our true priorities?

· What’s our new game plan?

· How will we know it’s time to rehire and for what positions?

The time is now to take that leap of faith into the new economy. Examine your thinking, release the fear, and be one of those companies who makes a fortune in the coming months and years!

The Inspired Business Center can help propel your organization to profitability.

Call us at 303-456-0388 or visit our website at www.theinspiredbusiness.com

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