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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

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

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Spirituality in Business as Clarity in Business

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011
Tom Zender

Tom Zender

By: Tom Zender

If there is one thing that almost everyone can agree upon when it comes to spirituality, no matter your religious background or beliefs, it’s that spirituality brings clarity. The words spirituality and purity have long been synonymous. Spirituality can help to alleviate the muddle that comes with stress, and relax our tendency to overcomplicate our environment. When we struggle in life, when we feel lost, it is clarity that we seek. Spirituality provides such clarity in many emotional, relationship, and further normative contexts. Yet spirituality also has the ability to bring clarity into unclear and frustrating business contexts.

The foundation of business is communications. Deals, bargains, and projects are the result of an interaction between people. As this is where all business starts and ends, it only seems natural that clarity should be sought. While the multiple steps that go beyond the initiation of a potential deal are in many cases interwoven with such complexity that few can understand them, the initial steps should always be clear and concise. Within those steps, one should be able to find the motivation of the parties and their goals to be transparent and easily understood. There are deals where this is not the case, but I would state now that such deals are usually instances of one party trying to maximize their gains from the interaction rather than ensuring the best deal for all involved.

Why is this a problem? Well, business is a long term enterprise. The old chestnut of watching who you step on while you are on the way up, because you never know where they’ll be on your way down, is as true today as it has always been. Nothing lasts forever. Therefore, you want to create as supportive a business environment as possible for yourself and your firm at all times. You want to make sure that the continuity of your success is guaranteed through the high potential of help being there when you need it one day. Not to mention the fact that if both firms are trying to maximize their gains with respect to the needs of the other, a better arrangement over time will likely be found – reaping future gains that cannot exist without a continued and trustful partnership.

Thus the best business is always spiritual in the sense that it is clear and honest. It allows parties to minimize the time needed to do their deal, so that both parties can concentrate on other deals as well. It allows parties to develop a stronger network, sensitive to shifts in the marketplace – whether the changes are technological, taste-based, or event driven. There is always a selfish part to business – you can’t just go out of business or take a substantial loss in order to help the other firm. But the existence of this fact, having it out in the open, is as spiritual an act as envisioning the future benefits of treating your partners fairly today. While there are a lot of people out there trying to link business and other parts of the world to our spiritual selves through obscure and abstract theories, this is a very basic way in which good business can be seen as spiritual in nature. Not to mention the fact that business and spirituality are both ways of structuring our search for the unknown conditions that await us aound the corner. Here too, the greater clarity we can retain for ourselves, the better.

For more on this topic read God Goes to Work written by Tom Zender and available online and at bookstore everywhere. This timely book explains how successful individuals and firms are changing the way they do business by accessing and utilizing a vast reservoir of untapped energy. Learn why Spirituality is the basis for success and the most important asset you have in elevating you and your business to a new level of performance.

www.TomZender.com

TOM ZENDER is President Emeritus of Unity that serves over three million people of all faiths worldwide. He is a recognized spiritual leader and corporate executive with decades of success, who has held management positions at General Electric and Honeywell, and was a Senior VP in NYSE and NASDAQ listed corporations. His corporate board experience includes NASDAQ and Toronto Stock Exchange listed companies.

Reprinted with permission. This article is presented unedited as an opportunity for you, our readers, to gain a deeper perspective of the authors we admire.

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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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That Which Never Goes Away….

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

The past few weeks have been an exploration of the Visioning Process and how it can be used to serve the continual prospering of your business.  This week we look at how to keep the creative fires burning when you think you have hit a visioning plateau. The primary thing to remember is that what may appear to be a plateau is really an opportunity check in and see where you may be putting the brakes on the process.

Often when I present this idea to organization their immediate reaction is to tell me about how often they are Visioning and how they just keep getting the same thing. Time after time, no matter who is participating in the process these groups think they have stalled when in reality they are that sweet spot of finding “That Which Never Goes Away.”

The Visioning process is all about repetition, and a lot of it.  The nature of the process is that people can, and sometimes do, attempt to influence the outcome. Being humans we have a tendency to want things to go according to our often pre-conceived plan. Visioning has a built in system for preventing this from happening when you use the system as designed.  Now many will ask how a process that is a form of communicating with GOD could possibly be susceptible to human manipulation. That is a great question and the answer is simple. We allow people to record their own visions and tell us what they experienced. We have no way of knowing what they truly experienced and we must therefore trust that they are telling us the truth as they see it. This brings forth another aspect of sharing our vision. As humans we want things to make sense, we have an inner desire to make meaning from our experiences. We will use metaphors, similes, and figures of speech to explain what we think our vision means regarding the Visioning Project. Now this is not to say that people will set out to influence the results, it is just the way the game is played.

This is why the Visioning process must include the Compiling and Sifting portions of the program. Once your team has amassed several sets of Visioning notes they are compiled in such a way as to assure that which notes came from which people is impossible to distinguish. Once this step is complete the team comes together and sifts through this larger document looking for themes, or those aspects of the vision that keep repeating themselves. Those words, phrases, images, songs and so much more “That Which Never Goes Away” are the golden nuggets. These are what we are truly searching for. This is the Universal Truth shining through the human interpretations of the vision. Consider for a moment what you would do if 100 people walked up to you in a day and suggested you do something, or not do something you had been planning.  If one or two people made the suggestion you might not listen, or you might consider it a coincidence and pay little attention to the subject. However, at what point would you begin to think there might be something to the message you just keep hearing. The messages “That Which Never Go Away” are GOD’s words striving to be heard.

The people that feel stuck because they never get anything new are being called to take action on the “What Never Goes Away” aspects of their vision. If you’re feeling stuck, stalled or downright frustrated with the Vision Process because it doesn’t seem to be leading anywhere, or not providing a clear enough message for you to follow I have good news. The answer is to start taking some action. Once you do, I promise new images, words, and alike will begin flowing into the vision once again. In 2006 as I was stuck in the land of “That Which Never Goes Away”, I had been putting off taking action in regards to entering ministerial school. The excuses I was using aren’t important now, what is important is what happened once I said Yes. The day I finally listened to the vision that kept saying go to school and made a couple of phone calls to begin the application process, the vision for my life began to expand again. I believe the Universe wanted to know I was listening. Once I acknowledged, with even the smallest action step, I was once again able to experience a larger more expanded vision of my future.

If you have begun using the Visioning Process in your business and have reached the “That Which Never Goes Away” plateau I highly suggest you get started on something- anything- that is in alignment with those aspects of the vision “That Which Never Goes Away”. I promise that you can revitalize the vision for your organization or your life immediately by moving in the direction of the vision itself. Once you take the first step you will be amazed at how quickly the Universe begins to conspire for your good.

Until Next Time,

Peace and Blessings

Robert Brzezinski

P.S. If you feel good about your vision, are stuck in the land of “That Which Never Goes Away” or would like to learn how to use the Visioning process in your business check out our upcoming 5 week Tele-Seminar Series: The 4 Pillars of Spiritual Entrepreneurship beginning in late February.

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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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YOUR TRAIN HAS LEFT THE STATION…BUT IS EVERYONE ON BOARD?

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

Ever try to go on a family vacation with a teenager or two who were “forced” to come along and

not buying the idea that “this will be a great adventure you don’t want to miss?”  How well did that work for you?

Empty Train Station

You’ll get the same results in your organization if you don’t engage and enroll others in your vision.  It’s not enough to hand them the annual organizational goals and say, “Let me know how you plan to achieve your accountability tasks.” They have to understand the direction you’re heading and the values you’ll be basing your decisions on.

Over the past couple of weeks, we’ve been talking about the importance of vision and values and how to know if your vision is strong and the right one for you.  Today, we’ll discuss the next important questions:

  • Do those around you share your passion and vision?
  • Are your organization’s values relevant to your employees?
  • How do those values and vision translate to your customers?

“Great leaders cannot delegate two things:  believing in the vision and inspiring others to share the vision.”  Business Evolves, Leadership Endures authors continue, “Most great leaders share three traits, drive and commitment, vision and the ability to communicate.”

Once you’re clear about your own Vision Statement and Values Statement, it’s crucial to align your Passion and Values with those around you, whether it’s your life partner or your business partners, and employees.  How can you ask those around you to support your vision if you don’t know how it aligns with theirs?

You don’t have to have the same vision and values, but they need to compliment and support each other.  For example, your vision may be to build a company that you can sell and retire.  Your employee’s value may be college education for her children.  Both values can be supported by a profitable, well- managed business venture.

An alignment and inclusion of the vision and values of the organization with those of the staff lead to empowerment, buy in, and initiative. Vision is essential to define explicitly an organization’s long-term ambitions.  Meanwhile, planning connects the vision to the company’s core purpose, goals, strategies, and tactics.  As a result, everyone should know where the business is headed, what needs to be accomplished, and how things will be done.

When I work with organizational teams to draft a joint Passion and Values statement, I hear such comments as “Wow, it’s good to know that we’re all on the same page”, “This will really eliminate the chaos”, and “I really feel like I’m an important part of my organization.”

Although we are just beginning to see evidence of this in Colorado, futurists are saying we are nearing a time of shortage of trained, skilled workers.  In their book Impending Crisis, Too Many Jobs, Too Few People, authors Roger Herman, Thomas Olivo and Joyce Gioia tell us that the top two strategies for attracting and retaining good employees are: Creating and instilling core values for the organization and taking advantage of vision and planning.

If now is the time for you to enroll those around you in supporting you and your dreams, I suggest:

1.    Identify who should be included in a joint visioning/values session.  Who will be key in supporting your vision and who will be directly impacted by it?  It might be your entire organization, your management team, your board of directors, your life partner, or if you’re a sole proprietor, your family.

2.    Invite them to meet with you for an uninterrupted 1-2 hour session and ask some key, open ended questions such as: What is the highest vision for our company?  What purpose do we serve?  What are some of the values that are most important to us?

3.    Now, ask them, “How do your dreams and values fit into what we’re doing as an organization?”  “What gives your work here meaning and purpose?”

4.    Ask everyone to share their answers and record them on a flip chart.

5.    Look for themes, similarities, and ideas to move forward.

6.    Draft a joint Visions and Values statement.

Join us next week as we take a deeper look at staying true to your vision.

Blessings and Peace,

Marla

P.S. If you feel good about your vision and would like to start manifesting that vision check out our upcoming 5 week Tele-Seminar Series: The 4 Pillars of Spiritual Entrepreneurship beginning in early February.

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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

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http://www.flickr.com/photos/mmmchoco/62800377/in/faves-53047939@N06/

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SO…….When do I get to “DO” something????

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

Yes the New Year is now well underway. I am sure you have been inundated with questions about your resolutions, your goals and your plans for the coming 12 months. Just last week we asked you if you were ready to hold the vision of your future. We provided resources for you to explore how to hold your vision. Our hope is simply that you will be inspired to accept a different perspective of how to jump start the next great evolutionary leap of your business. At The Inspired Business Center we speak quite a bit about creating a vision for your business by using the Visioning process.  Recently we have been asked quite a lot what comes after you catch the vision and hold the vision.

This Way That Way Sign

What Now?

Today we are going to share a few tactics for moving forward once you have gotten to that point of knowing it is time to “DO” something, anything in order to move forward with your desires, hopes and dreams for your business. Today we look at when to take action and how to know what action to take. Today we give you something to “DO” when your brain is screaming, “NOW WHAT!!!!”

The very nature of the Visioning Process is that we are catching a glimpse of a higher calling, a higher perspective for our business than we ever could have come up with by ourselves. As we come to engage ourselves with the emerging vision we will experience some insights that do not seem to align with what we already know about our business or are simply so far out in left field that we question the validity of the information. This is not uncommon; in fact it is to be expected. There will always be anomalies within the process. Because of this we have to have a system for determining what information is valuable and which information is the background chatter, the white noise that does not serve the evolution or manifestation of the highest vision for your business.

How then do we know what to hold onto and what to let go of? The answer is actually much simpler than you might suspect.  Look for those words, phrases, feelings, images, feelings, sounds and or impressions that NEVER go away. When you look at the outcome of numerous Visioning Sessions there will be things that consistently, without fail, show themselves.

The things that never go away are the things to pay attention to. An example I often use is what occurred during my visioning prior to enrolling in the Masters of Consciousness Studies program at the Holmes Institute. Regardless of what I was Visioning about I would receive “Go to school” in one form or another. This simple phrase would show up in the most wondrous places, and ways. However the phrase would not go away. I could not sit in the silence, pray, meditate or practice Visioning without hearing, seeing or feeling that phrase. It honestly became a little frustrating. Once I eventually submitted my application for the degree program things shifted. That phrase stopped coming through my spiritual practices.

Once I made the commitment to attend school Spirit began showing me different aspects of the highest vision for my life and career. As I prepare to graduate with a Masters in Consciousness Studies I have other impressions that will not go away. This is how I know I should pay attention to those aspects of my Vision. What then are the ideas, insights and impressions that continually pop up for you? What things simply “NEVER GO AWAY”? These are the things I would consider the basis of the next step in DOING something to manifest your vision.

Now that you have a few things that you can call the base of your action steps and feel like it truly is time to move you will have to ask yourself what action would best serve bringing your vision into manifestation. Once again we look to he collected wisdom of the entire Visioning process.

Train Tracks Black and White

Decisions Decisions

I do want to add a reminder here about the continual nature of the Visioning Process. Visioning for your business never ends. Even once you move to taking action on one aspect or another the process can continue to inform your strategies. As you continually use the process you will begin to amass a collection of notes, insights and other forms of recording the vision itself.

Once you have completed a few different sessions compile the impression for each question individually. I like to copy and paste the impression from each person’s vision into one master document. This master document becomes an incredibly valuable tool when you begin to take action and make decisions about what action to take. The master document becomes a road map, which can guide you from nothing to something.

Now when you are at the point of deciding what to do, when to do it, and what resources to use in order to accomplish your chosen action steps simply hold up the Master Document and ask if the decision you are about to make will move your organization towards the fulfillment of that vision. If so go right ahead and get started. However if the decision does not serve to fulfill the vision I suggest you reconsider your decision.

You now have a way of determining if it is time to take action and how to determine if the action you have chosen will actually lead to the manifestation of your vision. As you move forward in the direction of your dreams for your life and your business, the Visioning process will always serve you in becoming clear on what it is you are to accomplish, when to begin taking action and how to know the decision you make will serve to manifest your vision.

Next week we will take a look at another important aspect of manifesting your vision. How do you enroll your friends, family and others that are here on this planet to serve your vision? You can look forward to strategies that will get more people on board with your vision and get them engaged in the manifestation of the vision.

Until next week,

Peace and Blessings.

P.S. If you feel good about your vision and would like to start manifesting that vision check out our upcoming 5 week Tele-Seminar Series: The 4 Pillars of Spiritual Entrepreneurship beginning in early February.

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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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This Way That Way Sign:

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Corporate Giving as a Spiritual Transaction

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

Today is Colorado Gives Day, a first of it’s kind online fundraiser to benefit over 500 of the state’s charities. The cooperation, coordination and strong intention behind this event reflect a spiritual purpose for doing good in the world that transcends individual and business needs and wants.

Tom Zender in his new book God Goes to Work calls this a Spiritual Transaction.  He  defines it, in part, as an interchange between each of us and all those things beyond ourselves.  He adds, “A Spiritual Transaction maximizes the potential of every business deal and is the foundation of the kind of company that can compete in the new economy.  These transactions foster a positive atmosphere that allows it’s members to work harder, faster and with increased innovation.”

In this groundbreaking book, Zender also discusses the role of corporations as good citizens and makes the case that there is a common ground forged between organizations that look not only at the internal environment, but also at the communities in which they operate. He contends that corporate citizenship is good for both the bottom line and for the soul of the organization.

Another report released today in The Herman Trend Alert says 30 percent of executives want their philanthropy to make a local impact. According to the study conducted by Weber Shandwick, the primary reason they invest in charitable and socially responsible activities is to impact what they view as critical issues in their communities. A second reason is to see their organization’s values in action.  Other factors included building customer loyalty  and customer/employee retention.

So, in this season of giving, remember the role of your company in making a difference outside the boardroom.  Zender says that Spiritual Transactions “start with the realization that you can become a bigger part of the world and that the world can never get bigger without you.”

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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

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4 Pillars Guest Post by Rev. Margaret Shepherd

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

During our recent 8 week series on “The 4 Pillars of Spiritual Entrepreneurship” We were contacted by Rev. Margaret Shepherd of the Visionbuilders Institute. Her ideas and insights around the topic of Vision are so compelling we asked, and she graciously agreed to write an exclusive guest post for us. This week we are pleased to share with you her blog post on how Vision can support and serve your business or organization. We believe you will find this article not only informative, but inspirational as well. As always you are welcome to share your comments and questions below.

Pillar #2 – VISION

Rev Margaret Sheperd

Rev. Margaret Shepherd

Vision is the base of the Second Pillar of Spiritual Entrepreneurship, as Robert shared in an earlier post. The topic of vision is an exciting one for me, since my daily work is teaching organizations and individuals how to succeed by building a vision.

Increasing your business success means increasing your personal power – and the right vision does that like nothing else. Think of the most powerful, successful people you know. Wouldn’t you consider them visionaries? Let’s explore how you can claim your own visionary success.

Let’s start with the “Visionbuilders” definition of vision, and what it means:

“A VISION is a spiritually inspired imagined ideal experience you want more than you fear change”.

  • Spiritually inspired: when a vision is discovered through inner stillness – instead of brainstorming or logic or as an avoidance of an unwanted state – the discovered vision is the real deal.
  • Imagined: a vision is creative, something that hasn’t existed before, living in imagination before taking form. Human evolution exists because of visions.
  • Ideal: a vision is a stretch beyond what seems logically possible, an over-the-top dream.
  • Experience: a vision isn’t a goal or an intention but an experience you want to live in.
  • You want more than you fear change: ah, there’s the big challenge.  We are naturally hardwired for success, yet we are also naturally hardwired to fear threats.  It’s easy to get confused and feel the same fear response to an imagined threat of failure, change or intimacy as we would to a sabre tooth tiger at the door of our cave!

Now that you know what a vision is and that it is your ticket to success, where and how do you find one? Just as Robert notes, it’s a “silent, inner” process. There is a part of you – as an individual or team – that knows the right vision for right now. Revealing that vision is simple if you follow one rule – STILLNESS.  I don’t mean just quiet or inactive, I mean a still mind, still enough that it opens to profound wisdom, clarity and guidance otherwise unavailable. You’ll know when you’re there because of a deep feeling of peace, well-being and safety.

I’ve successfully led some really left-brain, hard-nosed, non-contemplative people in the VISION DISCOVERY process.  They soon become so good at it and get such excellent results you would think it was magic. But it’s not. It’s the most natural thing in the world to focus inward, connect with your highest self and listen to its wisdom.

How does vision empower your business? It is nothing less than your brand, your guiding direction, your criteria for decisions, your inspiration and your strength.  It is your economy of resources and your peace of mind. It is your team-builder and your best corporate culture. The deeper your devotion to your vision, the greater it’s benefits.

In the “Visionbuilders” work, we encourage not only an overall corporate vision, but a vision for any important aspect of your business. A vision of ideal clients or customers, for example, or a vision for the financial management of the organization, or a vision for your role in your industry.

Let me share a personal example with you. My husband and I own apartments, a business that grew from vision.  Our overall vision is “Our tenants experience their highest ideal of home, and anyone in any way involved with our properties thrives and prospers.” We see this vision in our mind’s eye, and it is our criterion for all decisions about the apartments.  Supporting visions have evolved and been made real over time – a renovation project, a change in management companies, and annual profit margins. We have consistently succeeded with our vision – regardless of the larger economy, demographics or any outside circumstances.  Don’t miss this important point: If you do your part, vision finds its own fulfillment.

Sounds easy right?  Well, yeah, until you get stuck and don’t know why.  Here’s what I’ve learned from my personal visionbuilding successes and failures and those of my clients. No matter how inspiring your business vision, if your corporate mindset, actions and structure don’t support it, it will stay suspended in the ethers – a phantom taunting you with unfulfilled promises.

It’s easy to see that you have to move your feet to make your vision real, but harder to know the right dance steps. Can you guess where to turn for further insights and guidance?  STILLNESS!  The vision itself, and the clarity, guidance and insights you need are the domain of the intuitive mind. That’s where the dance steps are.  But then it’s time to get out there on the dance floor and move your feet. Because I’ve learned that successful visionbuilding means inner directed action, I teach a set of stillness-based skills and action skills. When you support your vision with strategy, standards, systems, and structure guess what’s automatic? Visionary success.

As every Spiritual Entrepreneur knows, when one of us wins, we all win. I’m so excited for your visionary success – for your business to be serving, blessing and thriving in a bigger way. Shine on!

© margaret shepherd 2010

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Margaret Shepherd brings Vision to life. Her Visionbuilders program teaches the inner and outer skills that build a Vision for your company, your career or your cause. An ordained New Thought minister with an MBA, she is accomplished in organizational and leadership development, success coaching, speaking and training. A published author, her free weekly message “T.G.I.M. – Thank God It’s Monday” inspires the workweek of thousands every Monday morning.
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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:

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