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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

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The Productivity Sinkholes: Confusion, Distrust and Fear of Mistakes

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

Recent downturns in the economy have led to downsizing, fewer workers doing more and, as a result, drops in productivity.  As employers get busier, they begin to micro-manage and express disappointment at employees’ lack of drive and initiative.  This leads to,… you guessed it,… workers not taking initiative for fear of making mistakes.

Alain Bolea

Alain Bolea of Business Advisors Network is one of our Inspired Business Center’s Collaborators.  In a recent blog Alain says, “One contributing factor is that leaders see the world from a vantage point that others do not have.”  Employees can’t see the big picture and how their role fits in.

Another factor is that under this pressure, leaders tend to find it easier to do the work themselves, so things never get better and often get worse.  (Read the Article Here)

The answer, says Alain, is that leaders need to take the time to communicate.  When everyone understands where the organization is heading, what it stands for and how the team can function effectively under outside pressures, productivity takes off again.

Alain contends “From a greater collective clarity come:

  • Better idea generation
  • More open discussions
  • Better understanding of the need for cooperation and communications
  • More individual engagement into the outcomes and
  • Better implementation.”

In short, Time is used differently.

Alain is a management advisor who helps organizations integrate the necessity of “making money” and the desire to “do the right thing” in terms of sustainability and social responsibility.   Learn more about Alain and the Business Advisors Network at www.business-advisors.net.

Until Next Time,

Marla

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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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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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The Solstice of Your Business Year

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

Star of David at SunriseDecember 21st is the day of the winter solstice the shortest day of sunshine for the Northern Hemisphere.  It’s natural then, for each of us to turn within and shine our inner light more brightly.  A time for stillness and reflection.  Eckhart Tolle, author of The New Earth says “To be still is to be conscious without thought.  You are never more essentially, more deeply yourself than when you are still.”

In that personal stillness we can think back on the year.  It’s been a time of significant change for most of us, a time of what I call values-based choices.

In some instances they’ve been tough decisions based on lower revenues…having to let go of employees who have contributed their time and talents to us, or  being “let go” by some of our customers who were also feeling the crunch.

What have you learned from all this?  What did you discover about what’s truly important to you?  What do you know you want to do differently moving forward?

What did you release that actually lightened your mental or physical load and freed your soul?

In many cases the tough choices have created gaps that need to be filled back in. Maybe there are positions or functions you learned you could live without and other posts that are critical to rehire so you to meet the customer orders that are beginning to increase.

What relationships with family, friends, business associates, or volunteer causes did you put on hold because you were “too busy” that now need to be re-established and re-connected?

What commitments to yourself and others did you sweep under the rug till you had more time?  Is that still something you need or want to fulfill or can some of those items be handled by someone else or not done at all?  Decide and Act.  If you plan to honor a commitment first quarter, get it in your calendar.   If you can’t get it done, let the other party know you can’t do it, and, if possible, help them find another resource.  One way or the other, get those commitments off your mental list of “oughts” and “shoulds” and free up your energy and focus.

Joel Goldsmith wrote “Within us is a deep well of contentment, a vast, all-embracing silence into which we relax and through which all good appears to us.”

The important thing is to be complete and clear as you move into the Holiday Celebrations with family and friends so you can be fully mentally and emotionally “present”.   It’s the greatest gift you can give them!

Blessings and Peace,   Marla

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Marla Riegel is the founder of The Inspired Business Center based in Lakewood Colorado. The Inspired Business Center collaborates with Entrepreneurs and Executives to transform their companies through a balance of practical spirituality, value-centered leadership and consistent profitability. Our team of experts guides clients on a path starting with an articulated, shared stakeholder vision to the results of fulfilling their organization’s purpose, satisfying customers, increasing profit margins and enhancing owner equity. Our approach combines purposeful people, best business practices, and proven systems.

You are welcome to more fully explore “Where Spirituality, Leadership and Profitability Meet” by visiting: http://www.theinspiredbusiness.com

Photo Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/vega_33/2601240910/in/faves-53047939@N06/

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Kudos for “God Goes to Work”

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

It’s the time of year when business periodicals are publishing lists of the Best Companies to Work For, CEO of the year, and Fastest Growing companies.   Ever wonder what gets them on that list?God Goes to work book cover

Tom Zender’s new book, God Goes to Work , New Thought Paths to Prosperity and Profits has answers!  This powerful work is a message hope for a new way of doing business..the rise of the quantum organization.  Tom shows us how to simplify and maximize the quality of our individual lives and the organizations we work for.

He identifies spirituality as an asset that has been missing in many companies, but that’s changing through the emergence of a global economy and a a new age of cooperation, collaboration, flexibility and focus on the values of individual contribution.

According to Tom, it all begins with each of us and how we recognize, strengthen and utilize our Spiritual Assets: such things as creativity, a positive attitude, openness, imagination, faith and compassion.  He adds, “People are now a business’s most important asset and their spiritual center is the most valuable thing your people can offer you.”

In order to maximize those assets, organizations need to cultivate a spiritual environment that breaks down limitations , maximizes the potential of each person and releases the creative energy that will lead to innovation. He adds, “The Spiritual Environment is the most natural state that great business, economic expansion and the most effective people in the world can operate within.”

The environment is nurtured and encouraged by those Tom calls Quantum Executives “Who have a passion for improving their business and who see that the way of doing this is to be open about how they want the totality of each employee’s life to be better – not just their performance at work.”

This all leads to a revolutionary way of doing business…through Spiritual Transactions.  Tom describes a Spiritual Transaction as a framework that “Allows the true nature of the relationship between spirituality and business to shine into a new economy at every level, individual, group, organization, corporate, national and global.”

As we start a new year and turn our thoughts to how we can make a difference in our world, God Goes to Work is a wonderful handbook to higher levels of performance and prosperity!

To learn more visit  http://www.tomzender.com

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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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Reaching New Heights

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

Ama Dablam

During the past 6 weeks we have explored the 4 Pillars of Spiritual Entrepreneurship and as we approach the conclusion of this series we are being given an opportunity to Reach New Heights.

I can not begin to count the number of times I have been assaulted with the “fact” that more millionaires were made during the Great Depression than in any other time during American History. While all this may be true I think it does each of the spiritual entrepreneurs an extreme disservice. The articles and get rich programs that remind us this “fact” imply that f we simply have liquid capital than there is simply no reason for us not to be a millionaire. As the world wide economy has begun to re-invent itself there have been a wealth of opportunities, however a pile of cash and or a great idea are not enough to propel anyone to the all elusive “Overnight Success” status. Last week we looked at the “Power of a Strong BASE” and this week we look at how the pinnacle of each pillar can provide the platform from which we can “Reach New Heights”.

We must then begin with Character. Earlier in this series I asked if you would rather blaze your own trail or be known as someone that followed the crowd. As we stand today on top of this pillar and look across to the top of the other three pillars; Adaptability, Skills and Focus I believe you will see how we have created the platform that rests on top of all 4 Pillars. Are you ready to blaze a trail into the unknown, into the field of unlimited possibilities, or stay within the confines of what you already know?

Once you commit to the journey of blazing a new trail you will find that Adaptability has its benefits. I truly believe one of the contributing factors to the success of all those depression era millionaires was the ability to adapt to “What Is”. Rather than wallow in the dis-belief of their abilities, character and skills they stayed focused on their ability to adapt their situation into something that would make life work for them, No Matter What.

These pioneers also made use of the Skills they already possessed, or set out to gain new skills that would position them perfectly for the raising tide of innovations and new ideas. During my studies of these men I was often struck by the visionary nature they all exhibited. These men were able to blaze trails where many only saw quicksand. They often were called to develop new ways of Being or Doing what was required in order to move in the direction of their dreams.

Finally our Focus must be on our dreams and our ability to accomplish those dreams. A friend recently reminded me of the dynamic trajectory of an archer’s arrow in flight. The archer never questions the arrow’s ability to fly and the arrow simply flies to where the archer focused his attention. The focus we are being called to bring is an unwavering faith in ourselves and our chosen business. As spiritual entrepreneurs I would also suggest we are being called to focus our efforts on co-creating a world that works for everyone, in whichever ways we can.

Standing on top of the platform supported by the 4 Pillars provides an unrestricted view of the heavens. From up here it is easy to see the unbounded Character, the malleable Adaptability, the forever expanding Skill set and the unwavering Focus necessary to express ourselves as spiritually minded business owners,managers and organizational leaders. Spiritual leadership is about more than understanding these principles; it is about modeling these behaviors in every moment and with every policy, procedure and personal interaction.

At the Inspired Business Center we strive to support Spiritual Entrepreneurs as they move in the direction of their dreams and support a new vision of business and organizational leadership. We understand that each and every organization is a living breathing unique emanation. As such we provide unique solutions for each organization we work with. We invite you to learn more about what we do and who we are by joining us on the third part of a three part Tele-Seminar: The Courage to Hold the Vision. You can learn more about this FREE CALL HERE. We also invite you to experience a no-obligation consultation and learn how you can implement the 4 Pillars of Spiritual Entrepreneurship in your business or organization. Simply CONTACT US for details.

Be sure to join us next week as we conclude this 8 week series and provide some glimpses of what we will be sharing as this year comes to a close and we move into 2011. Make sure you check in with us next week as we put the roof on our organizational structure and explore the next steps in utilizing our Beliefs, Character, Vision, Adaptability, Passion, Skills, Faith and Focus in the creation of an amazingly prosperous business.

Until next week,

Peace and Prosperity

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Robert Brzezinski is a 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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Pillar # 3 Passion and Skills

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

As we continue our exploration of the 4 Pillars of Spiritual Entrepreneurship we have come to pillar number three: Passion and Skills.  Our intent is that by now you can see how each pillar is built upon a strong foundation, in this case passion, and eventually reaches a higher expression, in this case skills. The pinnacle must be supported by the foundational aspect.  Passion and Skills work together in a number of ways. It is often much like the old which came first, the chicken or the egg question. During the past twenty plus years of working with small independent business owners I have found their entrepreneurial spirit is most likely to be an expression of their passion. These people may have a passion for cooking, or woodworking, or being their own boss, or building businesses. Regardless of how they express their passion they found the passion prior to developing their skills.

The passion is the fuel that fires our engines. It is that spirit within us that makes getting out of bed a pleasure rather than a chore. Now some of you may be thinking I am totally full of it right now. You own your own business and it feels like an albatross that keeps you in bed. It may feel like you are trapped within a venture or company that is a living hell and worse it is of your own making. Sure you had a ton of fun building and launching the company, but now years later you may feel as if you have lost your passion or that which you once loved is now a day to day grind. I would suggest that you have not really lost your passion but rather have gotten lost in a maze of requirements, objectives, and tasks that you simply have not developed the skills to accomplish.

At The Inspired Business Center we work with leaders who’ve spent many years developing the skills necessary to launch and initially operate their business. Many of them report to us that they had little idea of all the various tasks they would be called upon to fulfill as their company grew and expanded. They had the passion and the skills when they started but as new tasks became requirements they set about to learn things they had little or no passion for. It is a highly skilled and trained professional that has a passion for payroll, accounting, and many other aspects of operating a business. This is not to say that accountants and other professionals are not passionate about what they do. On the contrary I know of many highly skilled passionate accountants that have no passion around marketing their business. I know many amazing chef’s that have no time, or inclination to learn all the human resource regulations necessary to run a successful restaurant. Our advice is often the same; focus on your passion, what you love, what brings you joy, what you do best, and hire the rest.

Hiring passionate professionals with the necessary skills, which often require extensive training or education, and allowing yourself to follow your passion for cooking, building, creating, writing, leading or accounting is a sure path to success. It’s like the airline safety warning, put your own oxygen on first before you help others. Only here you serve yourself by sharing and expressing your passion for your business and serve the business by allowing others to serve you in those areas that drag you down, wear you out, and cause you to question why you are in this business to begin with.

As a business owner it is your position to lead by example; to express passion for life, your service or product line; and the reason you started this company in the first place. Our challenge to you today is to tap into the original passion that was the tipping point in your decision to launch your company. When you build from a position of passion and focus upon only the skills you possess or can easily develop you support others by allowing them to bring their gifts to your company. Hiring passionate professionals and utilizing their highly developed skills support the new paradigm of a collaborative economy.

As you build the pillars that support you and your business you will find numerous opportunities to expand your skill set. If you hear an inner calling to learn something new, develop a new or different skill or even gain more up to date education around a skill you already use, by all means do so. However if the thought of learning how to manage your payroll, your marketing, your social media, your training or anything other task feels like a drag on your time or energy then find someone with the passion for such things and form a collaborative, co-operative or co-creative relationship and allow them to serve you by expressing their talents and gifts.

It has often been said that together everyone achieves more. I imagine that is not the first time you have heard that and yet this simple statement is very true. Using the 4 Pillars of Spiritual Entrepreneurship is all about working smarter rather than harder and when we allow our passion to determine which skills we develop life and our business becomes a work of art rather than an albatross of frustration, suffering or drudgery.

If you’re feeling uninspired or less than passionate about your current situation please contact The Inspired Business Center for a no-cost consultation. Together we can look at your Passion and Skills and determine how to use this Pillar to strengthen your entrepreneurial spirit.

Join us next week as we explore the final pillar in this series and begin to look at how you can utilize all 4 Pillars in creating the business life and environment you truly desire.

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Robert Brzezinski is a 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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Pillar #1 Belief and Character

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

A Character of Belief

A Character of Belief

Last week we shared an overview of the 4 Pillars of Spiritual Entrepreneurship. As we explore each of the 4 pillars during the coming month it may help you to visualize each pillar as having a base which sits upon a foundation and a pinnacle upon which the roof of the structure rests.

Today we will explore the base of the first pillar: Belief and Character two distinct yet complimentary principles. Beliefs are the base building blocks of your life; they form the basis of your outlook and serve in establishing your internal map of reality. Although you might adjust your operations because of current events or other factors beyond your control your beliefs will always serve to shape your character.

How many times have you heard that the success of a restaurant relies on three aspects; location, location, location? This is a common belief system within the restaurant industry and beyond. However I have worked with restaurant owners that have done quite well in spite of what many would consider a poor location. If you ask them about this belief they will tell you it has nothing to do with their success. These successful restaurant owners chose not to believe that their location could adversely impact their business.

In today’s business climate you may hear many things from the media; we are in a recession, we are in a recovery, or we are looking at a double dip recession. Who should you believe? Regardless of which scenario you choose you will begin to, align your business and your operations with the belief you feel is most likely to come true, or is already a reality. The deeper truth is that we contribute our business’ experience of recovery, recession, success or failure based upon the beliefs we opt in to.

Hopefully we aren’t telling you anything you don’t already know. Yet how many of your employees know this simply truth? Do they choose to opt into limiting beliefs without your awareness? Are your manager, suppliers and collaborators subtly, not intentionally, sabotaging your business when they buy into the limiting beliefs.

All these beliefs lead to the development of our character. Simply stated your character is what distinguishes you from others. The question quickly becomes “Do you wish to be known as someone that follows the crowd or someone that blazes their own path”? I often teach that a visionary is one that makes their own way in the world without looking back to see if anyone is following them. How often have you heard people describe someone as a visionary? Your character is the out-picturing, the manifestation of your beliefs. Character serves to shape how others perceive you and whether they will follow you in business, honor your opinions, or even purchase your products or services.

Character serves as the pinnacle of this pillar as it is the higher expression of your foundational beliefs or worldview.  It is your character that supports the ceiling of whatever structure you own, operate or manage.

Building a solid and strong business requires not only the 4 pillars of spiritual entrepreneurship but a bedrock foundation as well. This foundation is your form of spiritually, religious or personal faith tradition.  Regardless of what label you place upon this aspect of your life the truth remains that you have been building your foundation from a very young age. The joy in this is that you can add to, strengthen and support your foundation through various means. At the Inspired Business Center we do not push any one faith tradition, but rather suggest you strengthen your own involvement with whatever form of spirituality suits you. We know a solid spiritual practice will strengthen your business as well. The beliefs taught and modeled in your place of worship can be an amazing example of how your beliefs create your reality and thus your character and support your business in turn.

Next week we shall continue our exploration of the 4 pillars by looking at how the pillar of Vision and Adaptability support the creating on your rock solid business and how you can engage others in the creation of the business you truly desire.

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Robert Brzezinski is a 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.

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Higher Thinking During the Holidays

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2008

“We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them. Albert Einstein

In these challenging economic times, it’s easy to sink into negative, fear based worries and doubts.  But that kind of thinking got our nation into this mess.  So, it’s up to you to shift from fear to gratitude, from greed to service, from doubts to optimism.

It starts with noticing when you are buying into the comments of those around you, beginning to agree that things are terrible, we’re in the Great Depression all over again, blah, blah, blah.   When you are aware of how you are buying into the bad energy, STOP!  Take a few deep breaths and elevating your attitude to a higher level than the thoughts that created the problem.  Remember FEAR is an acronym for Forgetting Everything is All Right!

Happy Holidays!  Marla

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