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The Healing Power of A Tough Conversation

Saturday, September 23rd, 2017

When you’re facing a business problem, there’s usually a logical way to figure out what went wrong and what you ought to do about it. But when it’s a people problem there’s no logic, no facts to rely on…it’s about relationships. So when there’s a conflict, the challenge is resolving the issue without harming your relationships. Often that fear prevents you from having those tough conversations.

Fortunately, there’s a constructive and very powerful process to resolving conflict and moving forward toward an outcome that works for everyone. If you’ve got the courage and the willingness to approach the other party to collaborate on the solution here are some key ideas from Dr. Bill Ury in his book The Third Side.

Nearly every conflict between individuals or teams affects a larger group such as entire department or organization. Most conflicts I’ve worked with involve disagreeing on how to get to the desired result. So the first step is to understand and agree on the bigger picture or vision. What are you really trying to achieve here? What is the larger perspective of the organization, team, or department? How does our issue tie into the long-term vision and purpose of the project?

Although it can be scary and make you feel vulnerable, each of you needs to understand and acknowledge your emotions and the emotions of the other parties. If you try to skip this step, the conflict will re-surface! Speak from your own perspective and the other party listens with the sole purpose of understanding and trying to empathize with what you’re feeling. Then switch roles. Getting all that out in the conversation is usually a very healing and powerful process because we all want to be understood and listened to.

When you take a stand that leads to conflict, you’re often afraid that your needs won’t be met if you “give in”. So talk about the requirements and interests that are important to each of you. Get them all out on the table and discuss why they matter.

The last step is to brainstorm creative, innovative solutions that meet the needs of both parties and the larger organization. Time to think past the way “you’ve always done things” and focus on what works for who and what you are as a team now!

This all sounds good on paper, but it can be tricky when you’re in the middle of it. Let me know how I can facilitate a resolution. marla@theinspiredbusiness.com

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A Better Way to Do Change

Wednesday, October 12th, 2016

Fun Fact: If you keep a goldfish in a dark room it will eventually turn white. Not so fun fact: If you keep your employees in the dark about a major change you’re planning, they’ll turn surly, uncooperative and disengage.
A major change in your organization can be planned or unplanned. Either way your people can make or break you.
Change is a process. A word of caution: As the leader, you’re probably a few steps ahead of your team. You’ve had time to think about it, consider all the angles and become convinced it’s a wise move.
Have a little patience with those you delegate to implement it. They also have to go through their own process. Sometimes what appears as resistance is just a need for them to catch up.
A great way to overcome this is to keep your people involved and informed at each phase, get consensus early on and have them collaborate with you on the execution.
The results will be employee engagement and empowerment; increased productivity and alignment around the new direction you’re heading. Here’s what you need to know about how you and your people go through change. It’s a five step process.
1. “Clueless”
You’re not even thinking about a change. You don’t recognize that a change is needed, are not willing to consider it, or maybe you’re even resisting. Often, in this stage, someone other than you is the major proponent of the change. Perhaps an outside advisor, a manager, or a business associate advises you to get organized, initiate a new process, follow a rising market trend, buy a commercial property or hire a key manager.
2: “Thinking About It”
You’re a few months from being ready to make the change, but have a strong inclination to do it. You’re beginning the take the idea on as your own and visualizing what your business would be like if you made the move.
In these first two stages you’re in a cognitive mode; gathering information, talking to other CEO’s, reading industry publications and deciding if the rewards outweigh the risks.
3: “Almost There”
You’ve made the decision but still a couple months out from actually taking action. You’re setting a target date for launch of a new product, documenting a process you want to implement, getting bids from your vendors, conducting feasibility studies, assigning a team to the project or conducting the candidate interviews.
4. “The Launch”
You’re acting on the plan; launched the product, initiated and trained on the procedures, begun construction, or hired the new employee. We often think that the transformation is complete at this stage. But we all know that anything new requires some fine tuning. You may need to revise a contract or a timeline, temporarily assign the team to another project or replace the employee you just hired.
5. “Now it’s Part of My Business”
You’re six months after the launch. The challenge is: don’t backslide. It’s easy to get busy and drop the new procedure, get complacent or become impatient with the progress and take the task back on yourself.
Have key indicators you look at regularly to monitor the success of the new venture.
If it’s time for your business to make a major change:
Set aside some quality time with your leadership team and brainstorm your approach. How will you take it to the entire organization to keep everyone engaged, recognizing the value and discovering how it will affect them or their department?
• Prioritize by what is most crucial, what is the easiest and most cost effective to implement, or where you have buy in from your team to begin.
• Have no more than 5 major goals or initiatives at any one time.
• Engage a coach or business associate to hold you accountable.

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Remembering Paris

Thursday, November 19th, 2015

My husband and I sat in front of the TV Friday night watching in horror as gunmen were killing people on the streets of Paris.  Our hearts were breaking as we joined with others of all faiths around the world in prayer.

A few days later as the scene plays out across the globe, and world leaders plan initiatives, I ask, “What can I do right where I am in Colorado as meaningful remembrance?

I have decided to go within for some answers, and I invite you on my journey in your own heart, in your own organization.

For the next week, let’s each be more aware of our thoughts and reactions when things don’t go our way.  When do we flare up in anger and judgment? Where’s that coming from?  Emotions are very human, but our reaction can be more humane. Let’s center, think it through before we blast off an email in all caps, or shoot down a suggestion at the staff meeting.  How can we collaborate on a better solution or realign with our values to find the answer?

Let’s try to understand a different point of view.  What is our team member trying to tell us about how the project can move forward?  How is someone from a different generation thinking about the issue?  Who can we sit down with for coffee to learn what’s behind the passion they bring to their work?

We can be thankful and really mean it.  Express gratitude for the vendor who helped meet a customer deadline, and for a co-worker who’s taken the time to get the information to complete a report.  Bless the person who refills the coffee maker, makes sure there’s toilet paper in the bathroom and answers the phone when no one else is available; those little things that make our lives easier.

Thanks in advance for joining me.  With prayer, mindfulness, understanding and gratitude we can each make a difference right where we are and that’s how lasting peace begins.  Blessings, Marla

PS  I welcome your thoughts and ideas.

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Peyton Manning as a Business Model

Sunday, February 2nd, 2014

As the entire country gears up for the Super Bowl with all the excitement, anticipation and buying new home theater systems, business owners should also be studying what Peyton is teaching us all about intentional success.

What is it about what he’s accomplished that fascinates us?  In addition to being a great athlete and quarterback, he is a genuinely authentic human being.  He is humble, gives back generously to his community, and enjoys a rich private life with wife and twins.

What makes him such a great model for business leaders?  He demonstrates nearly superhuman proof that holding a vision for his entire life is paying off.  Growing up in a prominent football family probably shaped his vision.  But his biographies show he set the intention at a very early age to be a quarterback and the essence of what his life would be like if he achieved it.  I’m sure he had mental pictures of his name on trophies and in the headlines.  But he also envisioned leading an entire team to victory and the joy it would bring the fans.

Peyton stayed focused on doing whatever it took to make his dream come true, expected excellence from himself and others, and demonstrated an unparalleled work ethic . Peyton has overcome defeats and injuries, enjoyed the wins yet remained flexible on the outcomes. Losses were an opportunity to learn, make new calls and get back on the field.

Peyton has exceptional leadership qualities.  He inspires teammates and fans alike with both deeds and words.  .He knows the strengths and talents of each player as he calls his own plays. Have you ever seen a sports interview where he didn’t acknowledge the efforts of others?  By appreciating and recognizing the contributions of his teammates they respond by doing everything humanly possible to catch his passes and keep him from getting sacked!

As John Elway put it, “He Raises All Boats!”

In summary, the Peyton Manning approach to Intentional Success Teaches Businesses to:
• Create and fully embody a vision
• Enroll others in the vision
• Set clear intentions about what it takes to achieve the vision
• Stay focused on the vision regardless of what’s happening day to day
• Build teams that support the vision
• Amplify the strengths and talents of each member
• Practice, Practice, Practice!
• Celebrate the wins.
• Shout “Omaha” at the end of every meeting

GO BRONCOS!

Not having a clear vision can get you “sacked” costing you thousands of dollars, disgruntled employees and sleepless nights.
For a complimentary review of your vision and mission statements, call me at 303-456-0388 or email marla@theinspiredbusiness.com. 

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Is Your Network Using You?

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

Join Robert as he shares a perspective of Networking that calls us to something greater in 2013.

What do you think…Are we missing the mark here?

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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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The Alchemy of Intention And Collaboration

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

An intention is an internal statement of what you are committed to creating for your life, including your business.  It describes the essence of what you want in terms that your subconscious will recognize and attract to you.

Collaboration is the willingness to look beyond competition and scarcity in order to freely work with others inside and outside an organization for the greater good of all concerned.

I’ve written about the power of intention in previous newsletters, but today, I’m going to talk about how it has actually transformed my business.   Two years ago I created an intention to develop a collaborative partnership for my work in spirituality and business.  I felt my associate Robert and I needed to move The Inspired Business Center to the next level, but we were as far as we could go on our own.

A few months later I saw an announcement of a new book by Author Tom Zender, God Goes to Work: New Thought Paths to Prosperity and Profits and felt there was natural symmetry and synchronicity with his work and ours. I set another intention to contact Tom to talk about his work and the research behind his book.  I was just hoping to meet him.

 Answers come in mysterious ways.

We shared a few conference calls and sure enough, Tom shared our vision for bringing Spirituality into Business.  We began to collaborate and over several months developed our web-based teleseminar, the Masterful Intentions Program.  (MIP)

Not only have I realized my business intention, but I can see firsthand the magic of collaboration in enhancing and expanding the results!  Our Masterful Intentions Program has taken off and we’re now attracting international participants.  It is a prime example of what happens when you combine intention, with peer group collaboration all in partnership with the Divine.

How does it work? Think about the biggest challenge you or your business is facing right now. Perhaps this challenge centers on revenue, or employee retention, or even expanding your market share.

Now imagine how much more quickly you will accomplish your intentions to solving those challenges with the support of a committed and talented group of business peers.

In a 6 month pilot with a group of CEO’s we learned that it can be lonely at the top of any organization – of any size. We learned that business owners and managers have many of the same concerns and challenges but feel like they are the only ones who are dealing with them.

We learned that by working in small peer groups of up to eight people our participants are able to support each other and create a synergy that they could not have created alone.

We discovered that using the formal mastermind process creates powerful results for business and life.  The Mastermind Process has been around since the time of the industrial giants, and it has been successful for them. It combines the talents and positive focus of all the members into an energy that is larger than the sum of its parts.

We heard one participant share how he was on the verge of losing his business, and then eliminated almost 50 thousand dollars of debt, and how he expected to be completely debt free within a few weeks. (and his company is now completely debt free)

We witnessed another participant go through several personal and business challenges, yet ended her MIP  experience confident and feeling renewed in her commitment to creating a more profitable company. “It was a safe place where I received open support and honesty without criticism or judgment.”

And underlying all that is the concept that we’re always in partnership with The Divine!  How powerful that can be when we acknowledge it by declaring our intentions and purpose.  Said another group member, “I plan to bring more spirituality into my business.  I’ve never had a group experience as rich as this before.”

Consider creating a mastermind group for yourself, or join us for the proven richness of our Masterful Intention Program.

MIP brings together a small group of individuals that would all like to see progress, growth and more profitability in their business or organization. I am confident that you will want to be part of this powerful process.

Here is the link to learn more: http://theinspiredbusiness.com/masterful-intentions-2012

If you have an interest, give me a call at 303-456-0388. I’d be happy top share some time with you and explore how this will serve you  in a powerful and inspiring way.

Our next group begins May 10!

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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

Treat yourself to an “Inspired Coffee Break” Tele-seminar Thursday, April 26th @ 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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Are you a Servant or a Slave to your Business?

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

The Old Paradigm

The idea of servant leadership is nothing new in the business world and has been around even longer in the non-profit sector. In fact the spirituality movement is built upon the concept of servant leadership. Recently I bumped into a fabulous exploration of this concept by Leigh Buchanan an editor at large for Inc. Magazine. Her article explains the concepts and shares the stories of a few high profile servant leaders. My intent is to facilitate your own exploration of servant leadership and its implications for your business.

I was first introduced to the concept of leading from behind  by an amazing Spiritual Leader Rev. Edward Viljoen currently with the Santa Rosa Center for Spiritual Living. He presented a talk that I heard on audio cassette. Yes I am that old. And the talk truly inspired me to look at how one could lead from behind the crowd. This was his way of exploring the servant leadership concept. Next time I bump into that old tape I’ll be sure to digitize it and share with you the deeper meanings behind his talk.

Here are the principles of servant leadership as defined by the Alliance for Servant Leadership are:

  • Transformation as a vehicle for personal and institutional growth.
  • Personal growth as a route to better serve others.
  • Enabling environments that empower and encourage service.
  • Service as a fundamental goal.
  • Trusting relationships as a basic platform for collaboration and service.
  • Creating commitment as a way to collaborative activity.
  • Community building as a way to create environments in which people can trust each other and work together.
  • Nurturing the spirit as a way to provide joy and fulfillment in meaningful work.

 

“Servant leadership is the essence of quantum thinking and quantum leadership.”

~Danah Zohar, author, Rewiring the Corporate Brain.

Now that we have an idea of the guiding principles of Servant Leadership let’s consider how your organization and thus all of humanity might benefit from bringing these principles into the culture of your organization. Imagine what your organization might look like if every one of your employees felt empowered enough to truly do the best they could in every moment because they knew you always had their backs.

The New paradigm

The New Paradigm

What would happen if you asked an employee what they needed and you listened and actually supplied them with their desires? Now this is not to say you provide every whim someone might ask for. The shipping department probably does not need their own hot tub, and the receptionist may not need a fully paid all inclusive Caribbean vacation. However if they asked you to drive a forklift or answer the phones for an hour would you be willing to serve your employees in such a way?

All great leaders know that they cannot make every decision necessary for the operation of a great company. Truly great leaders however do know they can make sure the right decisions do get made by the people most qualified to make those decisions. Great leaders are always looking for ways to build a culture of community and inclusivity within their organization. Eventually a state of Trust and personal accountability evolve because everyone knows the organization is about service more than just the bottom line.  What would happen if everyone was committed to nurturing a sense of joy and fulfillment in the workplace?

At The Inspired Business Center  we are looking for ways we can better serve you and what you are already doing as a servant to your organization. The idea is to ensure you do not become a slave to your work. We choose to serve you by looking at the various aspects of your business and how you might implement a culture of servant leadership while maintaining ownership of the company. We know that a more empowered workforce leads to more profitability and a better environment for everyone involved.

During the coming months we invite you to join in this conversation as we expand upon the principles and concepts of servant based leadership. We would love to hear of your experiences and questions as we take this journey of exploring servant based leadership. We are confident you can end this year on a high note and begin 2012 primer and ready for the most prosperous year ever. If you would like to learn more about what we do and how we can serve you simply contact us and we’ll be happy to schedule a complimentary one-on-one leadership exploration session. This no obligation consultation will provide you and us an opportunity to determine how we can best serve the expansion and profitability of your organization. Simply give us a call or send an e-mail and we’ll schedule your complimentary consultation right away.

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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The Power of your F5 Key.

Thursday, July 7th, 2011

F5 Key

No matter how you look at it the personal computing devices of today are much more powerful than ever before. They do things we didn’t even imagine possible 5 or 10 years ago. I actually remember chat rooms before many even knew chat rooms existed. I know we are all familiar with how quickly our toys become obsolete, outdated, or just not new enough. Recently however I learned about something every one of my computers has always been able to do. Now I always knew that extra row of keys across the top of the keyboard had some purpose. You know the keys I’m taking about the F1 through F12 keys. I had always avoided those keys because I simply lived in fear of what would happen if I hit the wrong F key at the wrong time. Not long ago I learned that the F5 key commands certain programs to refresh the page I was on. I quickly realized this one little key stroke could save me quite a bit of time and effort. I found that built right into my system was a system that had existed all along.  I was so amazed that this super time saver had been right in front of my eyes all along.

Take a moment and consider this concept in relation to your business. What wonderful systems already exist right before your eyes that you are simply not fully aware of? Remember I always knew those F keys were there, I just never took the time to learn what they could do for me.  My life and business have been changed forever simply by becoming aware of one little key stroke. I have found myself looking everywhere for other such time saving systems. Then I remembered, I did not find this insight by myself. The information that changed my life was shared by someone that thought everyone knew about the F5 key. They mentioned it somewhat offhandedly and I had to ask for clarification. It dawned on me that what I really should be doing is not looking for ways to expand my business, make it more profitable or find better systems that would save time energy and money but rather listen to what others were sharing about what worked for them.

I was staring straight at one of the primary tenants of The Inspired Business Center. We teach people how important it is to step away from our organizations and take a different look at what works and what might work better. We teach people to listen to the wisdom of others and to find new ways of tapping into the Universal Wisdom that animates through each one of us. We are constantly reminding business owners, and managers about the power of the Visioning Process and how that can help us to see a bigger, more expansive and dynamic perspective of what is possible for our businesses. We work closely with others to determine how they can fulfill their vision and mission on the planet. We explore how Spiritual Transactions can actually provide a more robust bottom line. We are constantly suggesting that business step away from the day to day operations and take a refreshed look at their company.

When was the last time you hit the F5 key for your business? Have you refreshed your perspective of how your business can best serve you and your stakeholders? We would like to provide you with an opportunity to do just that. Hit refresh and allow a new view of your company or organization to reveal itself to you. In order to do that we are offering you a complimentary 30 minute F5 refresh coaching session. All you have to do is pick up your phone and call us at 303.456.0388 and ask for the F5 package. Either Rev. Marla or I will be happy to schedule your free session and help you gain a refreshed perspective of your business, company or organization. We all know that sometimes it is just impossible to see the forest for all the trees. Business can be much like that when we forget to provide ourselves with a refresher now and again. The key is to hit that F5 key often so you always have the freshest perspective of how your company is doing.

One little key stroke changed my world and I know it can change yours. Imagine what could happen when you invest 30 minutes of your time in a complimentary F5 coaching session. Your entire perspective of your organization will be refreshed and it costs you absolutely nothing more than a half hour of time. Go ahead pick up the phone and call the Inspired Business Center today at 303.4546.3308. We’re waiting to make one little key stroke a major shift in how your business gets done.

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 Credit: Robert Brzezinski

 

 

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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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