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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

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The Gratitude Factor

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010
Need I say More?

Need I say More?

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.
~John Fitzgerald Kennedy

JFK has been quoted as stating some amazing insights and yet this one always pulls at my heart. How many people do you know that pay lip service to the practice of gratitude? They may say thank you to a waiter or someone that holds a door open. They may state how grateful they are for the sunshine or a raise in the stock market. They may even tell you how grateful they are for the job you have completed, or the way you have made them look good. The real question remains are they living a grateful life and do their actions prove their gratitude?

If you were arrested and charged with being a grateful person would there be enough evidence to convict you? If we began prosecuting all the ungrateful people in this world there would not be enough prison beds to accommodate them all. If you were to study the habits of truly grateful people what would you find? Well one study conducted at UC Davis suggests that daily gratitude exercises resulted in higher reported levels of alertness, enthusiasm, determination, optimism and energy. Additionally, you could expect to experience less depression and stress, you would be more likely to help others, you would exercised more regularly and make more progress toward your personal goals. According to the findings, people who feel grateful are also more likely to feel loved.
Who wouldn’t want more of these aspects in their life or in their workplace? Can you imagine how different your daily experience would be when everyone in the office is practicing gratitude? Imagine the shift in energy and the amount of quality work that can be accomplished if the majority of your co-works or staff were more likely to help each other. When everyone is making more progress towards their goals your company will flourish in ways you may not event be anticipating. When your team is working with higher levels of alertness, enthusiasm, determination, optimism and energy you can rest assured that the work is getting done and the company is prospering. Is this not the type of team we all dream to have on our side?
How then can you as a leader foster the practice of gratitude in the workplace, or as an entrepreneur remember to add gratitude to your daily rituals? I just gave you the first step. Make gratitude a ritual. If your organization is small enough try having a morning gratitude e-mail chain. Ask everyone to contribute something and reply to all. As the leader you can start the message and encourage everyone to add in as the chain makes its way around the office. Such a practice is much healthier than the morning joke circle that we all know circulate most days. I have been witness to many teams that begin their meetings with a round robin of gratitude before they sink into the work at hand. In larger organizations, consider making gratitude part of your internal communications or employee newsletters. As a leader you can easily include a thought of gratitude in the company wide communications. Simply add a sentence or two and let the every employee know how grateful you are for their loyalty, their dedication, and their enthusiasm.
As you practice gratitude in every aspect of your life and business you become the model, the example of gratitude and thus your employees, team mates, collaborators and friends must pick up on the energy you are sharing. This is a Universal Law and you ought to be grateful for the opportunity to practice gratitude everyday. The invitation is before you to do as JFK implored us all those years ago. Will you simply utter the words of gratitude or live as an example of gratitude?
In closing allow me to say Thank You for your time an attention to this article and Thank You for your support of The Inspired Business Center.

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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