Archive for the ‘Spirituality’ Category

Move from Panic to Purpose

Wednesday, July 27th, 2016

It’s a great feeling when things are all going right; revenues are growing, your people are productive, new orders are flowing in.  But what happens if there’s an unexpected change? The market shifts, you lose your largest customer, or your revenue starts dropping.

Let’s face it, when you’re facing major change, your people can make or break you.

It all depends on your culture; the underlying beliefs, behaviors, social norms and how you all engage at work.  A simple definition: culture is how people act and make decisions when nobody is looking!

Facing unexpected change can go one of two ways:  You’re pushed back by panic and fear or you’re propelled forward by purpose and passion.

If your culture is based on fear based thinking and decision making 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. So you worry, stress out, cut back, shut down emotionally and mentally and make yourself and everyone around you miserable in the process.  It usually results in disorganization, conflict, uncertainty, disengagement or turnover.

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

The way to move from a culture of fear to one of purpose is to begin with the WHY. Refocusing on the reason your company exists and reclaiming the passion you all had when you started it.  Remembering the unique way you serve your customers, your employees, and your community. Recognizing how your products and services make a difference. That’s what’s made you successful and what will bring you back to the flow.

Many of my clients start with a visioning session or retreat, gathering the team together and asking such questions as:

  • What’s the highest vision for our organization?
  • What makes it powerful enough to get us out of bed each morning knowing that we make a difference?
  • What gifts and talents do each of us bring to this vision?
  • What are the values that shape our culture and underlie all our decisions, and interactions?

The experience of sharing from heart and personal perspective and really listening to each other is amazingly impactful and just plain awesome!

The input from the group gets formed into a vision and values statement that is simple to remember, and inspires creativity, innovation and service.

By refocusing on the WHY, you can then plan a course forward founded on a culture that aligns with your core vision, values and purpose.

Blessings, Marla

 

PS  For a list of visioning questions and guidelines email me at marla@theinspiredbusiness.com

 

As I reflect on my 30 years of business it all boils down to my WHY: to serve as a chief culture officer helping my clients navigate major change to make the workplace better for everyone.  If I can support your organization let’s talk.  303-456-0388

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An Inspired New Year Ritual

Thursday, December 20th, 2012

Join Rev. Marla as she speaks about one of her favorite New Year Ritual. Enjoy…

Until next time,

NAMASTE

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An Inspired Perspective of Persistence.

Tuesday, December 4th, 2012

Join Rev. Robert as he shares a story of how Inspired Persistence paid off during a December to remember.

Until next time,

NAMASTE

Robert

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Do you have Faith in your Business?

Monday, November 26th, 2012

Join Rev. Robert as he talks about having Faith in your own business.

Until next time,

Make it a profitable day,

Namaste,

Robert

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The Business of Thanksgiving

Monday, November 19th, 2012

Join Rev. Marla as she talks about Thanksgiving.

Until next time,

Have a great Thanksgiving

Namaste,

Marla
 

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The Importance of Guiding Values

Monday, October 8th, 2012

Join me as I share the next video in our Inspired Business Video Series: The Importance of Guiding Values

Until next time,

Make it a Profitable day.

Marla

 

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The Importance of having a VISION

Monday, October 1st, 2012

Listen in as I share the importance of having a Vision for your business.

Until next time,

Marla

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An Inspired Approach to Business Coaching Part 2

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

Here is the second part in our introduction to business coaching. If you missed Part 1 just CLICK HERE.

Thanks again for your support and please feel free to share this with your friends.

 

Until next time,

Marla

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An Inspired Approach to Business Coaching Part 1

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

Here is a fun way to learn more about what we do. Plus you can share this with your friends if you like.


Until next time,

Marla

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Are you Connecting Consciously?

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

I just experienced one of those annoying internet modem failures. When the internet went down so did my inter office network and all the devices attached.  It occurred to me that just as we can suddenly be disconnected by technology, we can also be disconnected by day to day business challenges.

Where are you finding a disconnect in your business?  Maybe you’ve lost your passion, or dealing with a difficult employee, or too busy and overwhelmed to think, to plan, to take action?  Those times of feeling separate can make us question what we’re doing, or can cause us to be discouraged.

When we feel a disconnect in our business, the simplest fix is not to run to the computer store, but to go within.  To reconnect with our higher wisdom self, and to what is truly meaningful and important to us.  We can get back to center and reclaim our courage and our strengths.  I was amazed to watch the athletes in the Olympics.  Whenever they had a disappointment, they went back to their internal source of strength and got right back in the pool or on the balance beam or gear up for the next race. Only they know how many times they’ve needed to repeat that process to be a competitor in the Olympics!

When we are focused internally, we can connect with a deeper awareness. As business owners and executives, we succeed when inner guidance leads us toward compassionate, thoughtful leadership.

Then we can get back into the action.  We can connect with our management team, our peers and resume the collaboration.  With a renewed outlook we can shift perspective to see what is good and discover what makes best practices more powerful.

We each have immense potential for greatness and the opportunity to lead our businesses to successful outcomes.  As Andrew Cohen put it, “The newly emerging potentials….only come into being to the degree that you and I consciously participate together to develop those higher capacities within ourselves.”

The end game of course is to live life full out.  To be absolutely present in the moment and fully engaged in making a difference!

If it’s time for you to reconnect, I invite you to consider joining one of our Masterful Intentions Business Executive Groups.  They are based on three pillars:  The power of intentions, the exponential results that come from peer group wisdom and a connection with the Divine as a full partner.   To learn more: www.mi-program.com

Until next time,

Marla,

 

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