Posts Tagged ‘Entrepreneurship’

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 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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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:

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

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

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Are you an Overnight Success?

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010


Follow this Sign to Success>>>>>>>>

There is no “magic formula” for the life and business of a spiritual entrepreneur. The truth is, the entrepreneurial journey is often complex, confusing and yet infinitely exciting as well. The Inspired Business Center thrives on serving business owners, entrepreneurs, managers and leaders as they navigate the choppy seas, and glass like waters of their unique expression of life and business. During the previous several weeks we have explored one perspective of building a spiritually based business and leading that business as a spiritual entrepreneur. We hope you are now walking a little taller, a whole lot stronger are excited about utilizing the power behind the 4 Pillars of Spiritual Entrepreneurship.

Our collective adventure has led us from the foundational thoughts to the pinnacle expressions of building, operating, and enjoying a spiritual business. Throughout this series we have explored the Beliefs and Character that drive you to create something unique, something special, something only you can bring to the planet. We continued to look at how our Vision and Adaptability influence the forms our business takes and how that business can serve both you and your stakeholders. We explored how Passion and Skills support our business in the creative aspects of enterprise building. You also learned how our Faith and Focus serve to keep you on track and moving forward to lead your spiritual business.

Last week we looked at how these eight unique attributes combine to create the four corner pillars of a spiritual business. (This is not to say that there are not other supporting pillars). However these 4 Pillars serve as the primary aspects of spiritual entrepreneurship. The time has come for you to fully integrate these attributes and begin, to integrate them into every aspect of your business, company and organizational culture.

We fully understand that this is not an overnight job. It is however an inside job. I am sure you have heard the story of the overnight success. Someone appears from nowhere and suddenly become a sensation that changes the face of an industry, genre or culture. The myth of the overnight success must end today. We also all know that those “overnight successes” are actually built on years and sometime decides of dedication, courage and unyielding commitment to a dream. We also know that many of these stories are built on the backs of people that learned everything they know the hard way. These folks often scrapped their way up from the streets, lived in their cars, overcame their addictions and built something from what appeared to be nothing. Our question for you is simple; would you rather be an overnight success after decades of hard work and struggle or follow your unique calling in order to have all the success you desire in the right time with the right resources what we call the slow burn success model. Now please understand the slow burn model does not require you sit in a stew pot for the next decade. It requires you to “Slow down in order to move faster.” Business success requires a huge amount of outer work, building system, lining up joint ventures, negotiating with suppliers, vendors and so many other wonderful tasks. Instead of making all this effort and struggle and clawing your way to the top, the “Slow Burn” model simply requires you to BE who you are and DO what comes your way. This is the golden chest that resides below the roof we have just placed on top of The 4 Pillars.

You may be wondering how all this relates to your business. We understand this and honestly want you to sit and contemplate your business for the remainder of this year. Once we move into 2011 The Inspired Business Center will be launching a 10 week 5 part tele-seminar based on the 4 Pillars of Spiritual Entrepreneurship. You can register for this series HERE. During this series we intend to go deeper, much deeper into the aspects of each pillar and how to put each pillar to work in your business. We intend to provide a “Slow Burn” approach to developing a spiritual based organization, and/or business. Our intent is to provide you with an incredibly content and process rich experience that will challenge you to be the best you can possibly be and even more. In order to dot his, however, we must know you are ready for a “Slow Burn” and not looking for an “Overnight Success.” Therefore in December Rev. Marla Riegel will be presenting a 3 part blog series based on the new book by Tom Zender God Goes to Work. During the month she will explore this amazing work and provide you time to reflect upon your desire to create or enhance a truly spiritual business. We know this work is not for everyone however we also know that those of us ready and willing to boldly step forward into the path of your dreams shall experience a shift of Consciousness that will propel you onward and upward as a Spiritual Entrepreneur.

Please know we are grateful you have invested your time and honest feedback with us during this series. Our pledge to you is simply to continue providing insightful content, resources and processes that will support you along this journey of Spiritual Entrepreneurship.

Until Next Week,

Peace and Blessing

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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: http://www.flickr.com/photos/rmgimages/4881844153/

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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

Photo Credit:

Moutain:http://www.flickr.com/photos/shicks/845155014/

Buddha:http://www.flickr.com/photos/pagedooley/3493267443/

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The Power of a Strong BASE

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

The BASE OF Strength

The BASE OF Strength

How often have you heard someone refer to a politician appealing to their base? As spiritual entrepreneurs I believe we have to do more than just appeal to our base, rather we are called to build, strengthen and utilize our base as we expand our business. However there is a difference between the everyday base of people and our base values. Our base is not a group of people that like us or believe as we do. The base I am referring to is a collection of principles upon which we can stand. This week we are exploring that base and how it can support our business regardless of how large it may grow.

During the past month we have explored the 4 Pillars of Spiritual Entrepreneurship. The next three weeks we shall look at how to engage our employees, partners, vendors, suppliers and most importantly ourselves in utilizing these principles of a spiritual business.

As we have seen each Pillar has a base and an apex. Today we look at how the four base principles create a strong foundation for our businesses. Belief, Vision, Passion and Faith become the corner stones of any spiritually based business. They also happen to support each other and interact in a way that truly creates more strength than if any one or two principles were used separately. If you look at these corner stones as a lattice where each is connected to the others you will see how they create a foundation that can weather any storm.

The Light within the Storm

The Light within the Storm

Any business that brings spiritual principles to play can benefit by sharing its Beliefs, Vision, Passion and Faith with all its stakeholders. As discussed during the previous articles each of these principles can be expressed as public statements or simply as an overarching culture that is modeled by the behavior of the company’s leaders. Once these principles become enmeshed within the company culture every aspect of the business is uplifted and empowered to reach new heights of accountability, creativity and productivity.

Most importantly when these principles become the base of your operations there is nothing that can shake your resolve, aspirations or accomplishments. These become the guiding principles that lead your business to new ways of being and thus new ways of prospering. Long ago I was taught by one of my favorite spiritual teachers that if you can put one thing in order in your life, then by the nature of the universe, everything else must line up behind that one thing. This process is called entrainment and often defined as to draw along with or after oneself. When you are modeling authentic leadership based on Beliefs, Vision, Passion and Faith every aspect of your business, including personnel, will align itself with these spiritual principles. The nature of the universe is working on our behalf through this process of entrainment.

When every segment of your business operates as an aspect of your rock solid foundation your success is assured. This is not to say that you will not face any challenges, rather that none of these challenges can endanger your business in any way. The higher truth is that nothing and no-one could ever be against you. Using The 4 Pillars of Spiritual Entrepreneurship supports you in building a business that will stand strong in the face of seeming adversity, economic renewal, and paradigm shifting realities.

At The Inspired Business center we serve spiritual entrepreneurs and businesses through a variety of resources, processes and programs that facilitate the development of your business. Next week we will look at the pinnacle principles of the 4 Pillars and the week following conclude this series. Then on the 18th of November we will conclude our Tele-Seminar series with a powerful seminar entitled “The Courage to Hold the Vision.” You can learn more and register for this tele-seminar HERE. Once you register you will also have access o the first two installments in this tele-seminar series; The 5 Ways to Prosper in the New Economy and Dare to Thrive (No Matter What).

Then in December Rev. Marla will be writing a three part series on an amazing new book by Tom Zender that explores a powerful perspective on blending business and spirituality. We also have some exciting ideas on how to serve you and your business in the New Year, however we would love to hear what you feel would best serve you. Please contact us or leave your comments on the blog. Tell us what would best serve you in 2011.

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

Photo Credits:

Building: http://www.flickr.com/photos/gogri/5085495479/sizes/m/

Storm/Temple: http://www.flickr.com/photos/daverugby83/4649447588/in/faves-53047939@N06/

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Pillar #4 Faith and Focus

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

Today we explore the fourth and final pillar of our series. The pillar of Faith and Focus completes the four corners of our structure and is in my opinion the most import pillar for the spiritual entrepreneur. What is faith and how do we use it? It has been said that Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

Running on Faith or Focused on something unseen?

Running on Faith or Focused on Something Unseen?

Thus, Faith is in some ways walking from the visible to the invisible. In business we have faith that our products or services will sell. We have faith that someone will not open a shop much like ours on the opposite corner. We have faith that people will spend their money. We have a visible product and we walk into the invisible world of sales and marketing.

Faith takes on many different forms within our company. Our employees must have faith their job will exist tomorrow. Our vendors have faith we will pay our bills on time. Our customers have faith we will continue to provide them with the goods and services they desire. Most importantly we, as owner, executives, and managers must have faith in the economy, local and/or federal governments and the quality of our products. Each of these aspects requires a slightly different form or style of faith.

Ultimately having Faith means we are willing to look beyond the worldly, materialistic view of our life, our business our world, and see something different. We are being called to see the world as we wish it to be rather than what we believe it to be in this moment. How often have you heard someone say, “I’ll believe it when I see it.” That statement is the exact opposite of Faith. Faith is knowing that, “When I believe it I will see it.” In today’s economy we are being asked to believe in the recovery in order to see or experience that recovery. If we wait until we see the recovery to believe it is happening we will continue to wallow our way through what appears to be a recession.

This brings us to the aspect of Focus. Our Focus must be on that which we desire to experience as the truth of our life, business, company, or organization. Another wonderful saying is, “What we think about is what we bring about.” If your focus is on how terrible the recession is you will get to experience a terrible recession.

Let’s look at an old business paradigm of the target market. Often as business owners we are told to focus on our target market. While this was once a wonderful concept I believe it represents an old paradigm of business thinking. As Spiritual Entrepreneurs we are being called to support the expansion of a new paradigm. This new paradigm is one in which all transactions are treated as a spiritual experience, regardless of the players definition of spirituality. Take a look at the target market concept from the consumers’ perspective. Would you rather be someone’s target or their ideal customer? No one wants to walk around with a target on their back; however we do want to be someone’s ideal customer. I believe that if I am your ideal customer you will treat me as a valued asset. Would you rather gets used up and thrown away or be an ideal form of support and growth for a company?

Taking a spiritual approach to business serves to reframe every aspect of our perspective, perception and thus experiences. The pillar of Faith and Focus help to complete that reframing of our minds that open our business to an entirely new avenue of attracting customers, fans, supporters, and financiers. At the Inspired Business Center we are teaching business owners, executives and managers how to bring spirituality in to play in their companies and organizations through Faith and Focus.

Hopefully you now have an understanding of the 4 Pillars and how they can serve as the corners stones of a spiritually based business. During the next three weeks we will explore the practical applications and share how these concepts work in conjunction to support your company or organization.

Until then we invite you to become engaged with these concepts by revisiting each the previous blog posts and refreshing your understanding of the 4 Pillars of Spiritual Entrepreneurship. We also ask that you invite your friends to join us in this conversation. Lastly we suggest you submit any questions you may have as comments to this blog post. We will respond to your questions and comments throughout the week in preparation for the next stage in this series. As we move into exploring how to use these concepts our intent is to open a robust conversation with our readers. We would love your participation in this conversation.

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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