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Can Persuasion and Collaboration Co-Exist in the Business World?

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

As we have been exploring the concepts, principles, and characteristics of Servant Leadership some rather obvious parallels have emerged. As we begin 2012 we will continue to explore how these characteristics and principles align. If you are just now joining the conversation you may find it beneficial to take a quick read of our opening exploration of the topic Are you a Servant or a Slave to Your Business  as well as the follow up Servant Leadership: An Evolving Paradigm of Authentic Leadership and Listening, Empathy and Conceptualization: Characteristics of Servant Leadership and Personal Development: Servant Leadership Part 4. Today, in the fifth segment of our discussion we take a deeper look at how foresight and persuasion play a part in the principle of Trusting Relationships as a basic platform for collaboration and service.

I believe we can all see how foresight serves in creating trusting relationships. As business owners are we not always looking ahead and trying to figure out which organizations will create the most strategic partnerships for our company? Are we not always on the lookout to build collaborative relationships that provide a service we can benefit from? So how does the art of persuasion fit into all this? Normally persuasion is viewed as convincing someone to see things our way. Persuasion is often viewed as an aggressive form of moving someone away from their best interests and into a position that benefits us more than their company or best interests. More often than not persuasion is used much like propaganda; as a blunt object used to slap the intended audience into submission until they have no choice but to agree with the party wielding the club.

We believe persuasion is something all together different. In order for our relationships to be based upon trust and foresight it would be necessary for each party to have some of their values in common. Identifying shared values makes the process of collaboration easy and graceful. Persuasion, therefore, is not about pushing you to see things my way but determining how we are each aligned with the other’s values.

Servant Leadership is then about building Trusting Relationships through the use of “Collaborative Persuasion” We must be open to seeing how our values are aligned with our clients, customers, potential partners. We must also look at how their values are aligned with ours. Yes we are allowed to make our points and share our perspectives, and we must also listen deeply for their values and guiding principles. Once we are open to be persuaded to their point of view we can invite them to experience our point of view as well.

Building Trusting Relationships is about much more that just using our foresight and skills of persuasion. There are so many other ways to nurture these collaborative relationships. The use of Collaborative Persuasion is only one of many skills we must bring to the process of building relationships. At the Inspired Business Center we fully believe in “Living from what is real and true to you, as well as aligning others to your values.” As we are able to bring this concept to bear on our business relationships we are bringing a true aspect of spirituality into the equation. We thus have begun to bring balance into our relationships.

 

We believe in bringing all four aspects of our lives, Spiritual, Emotional, Physical and Financial into harmony so that we may live a balanced life and experience prosperity in all aspects of our business. Building Trusting Relationships is one of the various aspects of becoming a true Servant Leader.

 

Now is the time to learn more about how to become an authentic Servant Leader and bring balance to the primary aspects of life. In order to experience a more balanced work life, give us a call and schedule a confidential no-cost consultation. We are here to begin building a mutually Trusting Relationship with you by providing an honest, down to earth, no obligation overview of how you can use our unique model of business coaching to expand your bottom line and elevate your skills as a Servant Leader and Authentic model of business consciousness.

 

So…Can persuasion and collaboration co-exist in the business world? We believe they can and are confident you can be coached towards a balanced life and a thriving business. You can apply Universal Spiritual Principles to solve today’s business challenges in building Trusting Relationships through persuasion and collaboration. Call today and schedule your complimentary session to determine if you are truly ready to take the next evolutionary step in the creation of a business that fulfills your dreams and desires. Remember, it’s confidential and complimentary so you have nothing to lose and so much to gain as you begin to utilize these Proven Universal Principles.

 

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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Personal Development: Servant Leadership Part 4

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

As we have been exploring the concepts, principles, and characteristics of Servant Leadership some rather obvious parallels have emerged. During the remainder of this year and into January of 2012 we will explore how these characteristics and principles align. If you are just now joining the conversation you may find it beneficial to take a quick read of our opening exploration of the topic Are you a Servant or a Slave to Your Business  as well as the follow up Servant Leadership: An Evolving Paradigm of Authentic Leadership and Listening, Empathy and Conceptualization: Characteristics of Servant Leadership

This week we’ll be looking at how being committed to the personal growth of other people is actually a route to better serve your clients and customers. I think we can all agree that happy employees make better workers. When someone is feeling satisfied with their work they do a better job. It’s quite easy to see how the better your employees do their job the better products and services they create.

While the theory is quite easy to understand, putting that theory into practice can be a bit more of a challenge. Not long ago I was at the San Jose airport. While waiting for a flight with my family, my son asked if we could go for a walk. As we wandered around the terminal building I came across a rather normal looking door. There were no big signs leading me to this door; however the letters on the door indicated it was a Meditation Room.  I informed my son that we had to be quiet as we stepped inside the door. It was amazing to discover this little meditation sanctuary in such a busy public space. I didn’t notice any other people in the room at the time, and I remember thinking how wonderful it was that the airport provided such a place for travelers. It was then that I noticed one of the workers from the fast food stands that fill the terminal. The young man was dressed in his uniform and sat quietly in the corner. Not wanting to disturb him, my son and I quietly slipped out of the room.

I share this story because I completely believe this man was able to provide incredible service to his employer’s customers after taking time to get centered by using the practice of meditation. Now I don’t eat fast food very often but I can say I never thought that the guy or gal behind the counter might have just invested their break time in meditation. Imagine what could happen within your company if even a small portion of your workforce invested some of their personal time in personal growth each day. What if the employee break room had access to inspirational magazines and reading material rather than the traditional sports and gossip magazines? What if you allowed your employees to use their computers to read a spiritual blog or view meditative video during their day?

According to the Alliance for Servant Leadership, “The servant-leader acknowledges that the organization’s capacity to provide for the liberation of human potential is the cornerstone for success. A commitment to holistic growth and development of every person means that the servant-leader ensures that the organization has structures, programs, and activities where everyone can grow. He or she accepts the need to create awareness, even when it disturbs more than it comforts.”  This implies so much more than an on-site workout facility or an occasional company sponsored health fair.

A true servant leader is creative in ways that serve the evolution of the whole person.  Yes, health fairs and work out facilities are portions of an overall strategy, and meditations spaces, allowing employees to volunteer in local charities with pay, and various other ways of supporting their personal growth are also important. Perhaps your organization provides ½ day Friday retreats or even late Monday start times. Have you ever considered offering a free yoga class during the lunch hour or a Tai Chi class before work? How about a company walk around the building during the afternoon? The key is not in offering one or two things but offering enough things that everyone becomes involved. A great plan does nothing if 1% of the company participates. We must strive to support 100% of the employees, manager, supervisors, directors and leaders in their personal growth.

The end result is spectacular. Imagine if you will for just a moment your entire company filled with self-actualized people. An organization where everyone is not only happy to come to work, but actually looking forward to making a contribution to the company because they know the company is making a contribution to the world, or at the very least their perfect clients and customers.

Building an Inspired Business is not an easy task and yet it needn’t be terribly difficult either. The key is finding ways to innovate, finding ways to think outside the morns, asking ourselves the vital questions and having someone that can guide us through the maze of perspectives, offerings and ideas that abound in today’s business climate. At The Inspired Business Center we believe every executive, every owner, every entrepreneur can benefit from having a coach on the sidelines cheering them on, and more importantly reminding them to watch their blindside. A coach can see a bigger picture, one that encompasses the entire field, not just the current targets and goals.

As part of our contribution to the personal development of our clients we offer a complimentary coaching session to anyone that feels they would like to explore how to become an Inspired Business. Simply call the office and we’ll schedule a complimentary session that will look at how you can position yourself and your company for greater success in the coming year. Give us a call today and learn how you can use your own personal growth to grow your company as we close out 2011 and get ready to grow ourselves in twenty-twelve.

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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Listening, Empathy, Conceptualization: Characteristics of Servant Leadership

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

As we have been exploring the concept, principles, and characteristics of Servant Leadership some rather obvious parallels have emerged. During the remainder of this year and into January of 2012 we will explore how these characteristics and principles align. If you are just now joining the conversation you may find it beneficial to take a quick read of our opening exploration of the topic Are you a Servant or a Slave to Your Business  as well as the follow up Servant Leadership: An Evolving Paradigm of Authentic Leadership.

This week we begin with looking at how the characteristics of Listening, Empathy and Conceptualization fulfill the principle of Transformation. You may remember Transformation in this context is a vehicle for personal and institutional growth. At The Inspired Business Center we believe that Authentic Servant Leaders use Listening, Empathy and Conceptualization to help both their people and their organization as they develop new, improved and innovative forms of meeting the needs of all their stakeholders.

As authentic leaders we know that listening can sometimes not be as easy as it sounds. Authentic listening requires us to truly step away from our own notions of what the speaker is trying to convey. I know I have been guilty of forming my response to someone while they were still speaking. I wasn’t listening as much as I was absorbing some of what they said in order to refute their point. Authentic listening requires us to suspend any consideration of a response and allow the deeper meaning behind someone’s words to inform our consciousness. We are being asked to listen for content as well as context. We are being asked to allow the speaker to completely express themselves. Now this does not mean we allow them to ramble on repeating their point or perspective over and over. If we truly believe we understand what they are trying to communicate we can seek clarity and understanding without cutting them short. If we have fully understood their point they will let us know and we can then ask a question or two to gather more information or move to the second characteristic of supporting this transformative experience.

Yes the second step is to use empathy during our response to their communication. This not only conveys that we have been truly listening without trying to make them wrong or simply presenting our perspective but supports and serves the individual in recognizing that we do truly honor their perspective and experiences. Empathy says I have been where you are and I am willing to share what I know about the situation without demanding that what I share is the only way to accomplish the desired results. The very fact that others look to us as leaders implies they expect us to have some direct knowledge or experience of the situation at hand. Empathy says “I have been where you are now.” When we lead from a place of empathy we let our employees to see how we are allowing them to make their own decisions and not just demanding they do what we may have done earlier in our careers. This process allows the employee to experience a greater sense of respect and thus willingness to listen to our perspectives as leaders.

Now we can move to the conceptualization phase. By listen empathizing with a person’s situation, experience and perspective, we can begin to build a new way of dealing with any given situation. We may just be building a new cultural paradigm within the organization. All too often as leaders we are under constant pressure from our stakeholders, or even ourselves to find just the right niche, just the right market, just the right widget or product that will propel the company forward. Naturally, it is assumed that we know the most about the organization or what has worked in the past, as we do have a wealth of past experience, otherwise we wouldn’t have ended up in a leadership position.

This is where servant based leadership becomes incredibly important. You can serve and foster a culture of transformation for the individual and the organization by using the characteristics of listening, empathy and conceptualization. You can allow transformation to become the vehicle by which the organization enters a new paradigm of Servant Leadership. When someone comes to you as a leader with a great idea, a pressing concern or even a sense of failure you can listen deeply, allow yourself to gain a new perspective of the situation, share from the place of empathy and begin to conceptualize a new perspective, new way of handling the situation. You don’t have to tell the employee what to do, how you would do it, or even what worked in the past. You have allowed the process to work on your behalf and together discovered a better way of approaching the situation. How incredibly powerful is that?

Obviously, there is so much more to becoming a Servant Leader or fostering a cultural shift in your organization and we are not suggesting you run out and try to drive this change tomorrow. At The Inspired Business Center we strive to look at all the aspects of an organization and implement the most beneficial ideas slowly, with great care and consideration. What we are asking is that you consider the positive +implications on your life and the life of your organization by allowing the wisdom and intelligence inherent within every employee to be shared throughout the organization. Servant Leadership does just that. It taps into the brain trust you have developed and instills a culture of service to a greater good. That greater good is the profitability and proliferation of your company.

During the coming months we will continue to explore how you can slowly, with great care implement the principles and characteristics of Servant Leadership. If you would like to learn more about this powerful topic just keep reading this blog, or give us a call and we will be happy to discuss the topic with you at greater length. As always, we are here to serve your business and help to create a business culture that works for everyone.

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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Are you a Servant or a Slave to your Business?

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

The Old Paradigm

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

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

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

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

 

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

~Danah Zohar, author, Rewiring the Corporate Brain.

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

The New paradigm

The New Paradigm

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

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

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

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

Until Next Time,

Robert

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Robert Brzezinski is an expert team member of The Inspired Business Center based in Lakewood Colorado. The Inspired Business Center collaborates with Entrepreneurs and Executives to transform their companies through a balance of practical spirituality, value-centered leadership and consistent profitability. Our team of experts guides clients on a path starting with an articulated, shared stakeholder vision to the results of fulfilling their organization’s purpose, satisfying customers, increasing profit margins and enhancing owner equity. Our approach combines purposeful people, best business practices, and proven systems. You are welcome to more fully explore “Where Spirituality, Leadership and Profitability Meet” by visiting: http://www.theinspiredbusiness.com

 

 

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School is in Session…NOW WHAT?

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

Jumping on the bus for the first day back to school is an exciting time for kids. The opportunity to sign up for a new continuing education class can create the same sense of excitement and anticipation for adults, or it can create a sense of dread and loathing. What changes our love for learning into an all out avoidance of the classroom?Wooden Figures in a classroom

Every day as I pick up my daughter from grade school she is in quite the hurry to tell me about all the amazing things she did that day. I know 90% of what she tells me is something she has done before. When I ask her what new things she learned the response is always the same, “…nothing really, I already knew that stuff, but it was so much fun to share with my friends.”  My conclusion is she is excited about learning even when she is reviewing things she already knows. Why then do more adults not engage with expanding their skills and awareness around their careers?

Do adults think they know everything they must know to make it in the world? Do they believe that there is nothing new happening in their field? I actually believe most adults do understand that continuing education is important, and they certainly know there are new processes, discoveries and theories popping up all the time. Most adults actually hunger for stimulating and exciting educational opportunities. The problem may lie with how they are being trained. I know many adults that are turned off by the thought of being trained or worse yet, being re-trained. These adult learners have invested considerable time and effort getting to know the finer points of their profession. Wouldn’t you feel a little slighted if you were told you just had not been trained quite right and had to attend a week-long training? Today’s employees are happy to engage with up to date and well presented information. What many will not do is sit in an icy cold training room and listen to someone lecture them around sensitivity training or some other mandated training. While those “trainings” are necessary and in most cases even tolerated, but what today’s adults desire is meaningful dialogue, human interactions, better communications and information they can use to increase their contribution to the company.

At The Inspired Business Center we focus on the soft skills of building teams, empowering individuals and creating a culture that can serve the organization as well as the individual. Recently we have begun offering an adult educational opportunity that brings executives together in an informal virtual based “classroom” and allows them the space to share ideas, best practices and still absorb information from trusted experts. Our new Masterful Intentions Programs are filling up almost as fast as we can offer them. We also are working diligently to bring the Visioning process to local non-profits and for profit companies so they may experience the intuitive depth of their collective expertise.

Using your organization’s human potential to drive innovation is not a new theory; however we are striving to make that theory a reality through the use of Visioning and other team building concepts. The Inspired Business Center is all about creating opportunities to bring “Spirituality, Leadership and Profitability” together in a way where everyone benefits. We are pleased to offer you a unique collection of tools, processes and programs that do just this. We also invite you to take advantage of a complimentary offer to experience what we do. Simply call us at our office and schedule a no-cost Visioning session for you and your key leadership. If you are local to the Denver metro area we’ll even come to you, and if you’re a bit farther away we’ll help schedule a virtual presentation and demonstration that shares the power of the Visioning Process. Either way you gain the benefit of experiencing one of the most powerful processes available to catch a vision of your organizations future. We are also happy to discuss developing a unique “Back to School” series of classes that will motivate your workforce, empower your leaders and create a more peaceful and profitable workplace environment. Simply Click HERE to go to our contact page and give us a call or send an e-mail and one of our experts will be happy to explore the possibilities of creating an engaging learning environment that adults will enjoy.

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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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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COLLABORATION FOR GREATER RESULTS

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

There’s an old saying, “No one person can be an expert on everything.”  That’s why I believe in the power of collaboration. I define collaboration as working jointly with others to realize shared goals, bringing dynamic and powerful solutions to meet the challenges of The Inspired Business Center’s clients.

Kendra Lee, president KLA Group

Kendra Lee, President, KLA Group

Over the next several weeks, we’ll be featuring various Center team members and sharing some of their ideas.  This week it is my great [pleasure to introduce Kendra Lee, President of KLA Group. She  and I have been working together for over 5 years.  Kendra is top IT Seller, Prospect Attraction Expert and author of the award winning book “Selling Against the Goal”. She frequently speaks at national sales meetings and association events.

One of Kendra’s unique specialties is lead generation without cold calling.  I’ve had the opportunity to train and consult alongside her for national and international organizations. Kendra teaches how to generate prospects with compelling email content. She wrote “Prospecting via email can be wildly rewarding, or incredibly frustrating. Get it right, and each of your campaigns can deliver you fresh sales opportunities within days, and sometimes even minutes. Get it wrong and you risk wasting your time, or even worse, irritating potential clients.” By following 5 simple steps Kendra believes you, “… could find your inbox filled with replies from potential new clients.” As I have personally used her system I know it works.

The 5 steps are also quite easy to remember and even easier to implement.

Simply remember to:

Keep it short.

Be personal.

Open up with something compelling.

Show a result.

Ask them to take action right away… and make it easy for them to do it.

Collaboration is a key to any successful business. We all know that successful business owners and leaders do not operate in a vacuum. John Maxwell reminds us, “Think of any highly effective leader, and you will find someone who surrounded himself with a strong inner circle. You can see it in business, ministry, sports, and even family relationships.” That inner circle includes our collaborators. Our collaborators bring a fresh perspective and often ideas to our business. They promote us, they listen to our concerns and challenges, and they help us build a larger network.

Perhaps your business would benefit by adding a few new collaborators. The first step is to look at your existing clients and see if one or more would be a good match for collaboration.

Click Here to learn more about programs The Inspired Business Center can offer through our collaboration with KLA

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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Spirituality in Business as Clarity in Business

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011
Tom Zender

Tom Zender

By: Tom Zender

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

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

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

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

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

www.TomZender.com

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

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

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The 4 Pillars of Spiritual Entrepreneurship Virtual Seminar

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

As we move into the month of February we are so very happy to announce our new Multi Week Virtual Seminar “The 4 Pillars of Spiritual Entrepreneurship” Many of you may remember our 8 week blog series on this topic last fall and you can read up on the concept in our archives.

Let’s get started with a quick video…Enjoy.

Here are the links for more information.

Visit our website for detailed information and registration instructions.

Visit our Facebook Page and please give us a “Like”

Or the Facebook Event Page.

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