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An Inspired New Year Ritual

Thursday, December 20th, 2012

Join Rev. Marla as she speaks about one of her favorite New Year Ritual. Enjoy…

Until next time,

NAMASTE

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No Resolutions this Year!

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

You’re off the hook!  No need to make any resolutions.  We know they don’t often work and just make us miserable for a few days while we starve on carrots and hurt from taking up exercise too vigorously.  The reason resolutions don’t work is that they’re based on negativity, on thinking about what we don’t want, and, even though we may say we’re focusing on a “healthier body” or business growth, the view is still on the amount of weight or the lack of revenues.

We can continue to be driven by the fear that something we don’t want will happen if we don’t take action, or we can put our energy and focus on our dreams, what we want to create in our lives and our businesses in the new year.  The choice:  pushed by fear, or driven by passion and mission.

In 2008 when my husband and I were on a safari in Tanzania, we met a young camp manager named Elibariki Shammy.  Shammy had just completed his bachelor’s degree and dreamed of graduate school.  He originally had a scholarship for a program in the states, but decided to remain in his country while his new wife Stella completed her degree and they enjoyed their first child, Destiny.  We have become wonderful friends and I am inspired by his drive and determination.

Shammy and Stella

Against significant odds, Shammy worked extra jobs, and secured the grants and scholarships to complete his dissertation and receive his master’s degree from the university in DAR ES-SALAAM in October.  He is now working as the NTBs Project Country Coordinator, with the. Tanzania Chamber of Commerce Industry and Agriculture & Trademark East Africa.

During his journey he once emailed me this thought:   “I think an important capital that young men need the most in these times is a positive mind. There is no way one can excel in this elementary world without having conquered the negativity.”

Now he is putting his energy and vision toward an even bigger dream…  He has purchased some land near his family in Arusha, TZ where he plans to raise funds and build a school to help his neighbors afford quality education   He shares, “ It could start from nursery school, then primary and finally secondary school. These are just the thoughts in our minds and we are still thinking at how we could go about them. I have come to realize that most of the good things that happen in my life start by a mere thought, this is to say it is hard to have  any material thing without first conceiving it in our minds.”

We can learn a lot about powerful intentions from Shammy:

  • Overcome negativity, and release or forgive whatever is getting in the way of your moving forward.
  • Be grateful for what you have and continue to build from where you are now.
  • Have a clear picture in the present tense of what you want.
  • Make the dream big enough to include the good for others.

In January, The Inspired Business Center is launching a 21 Day Masterful Intentions Success Process. Our intention is to deliver a cost effective way to explore what we teach. This program is fun, interactive, and easy to follow. Each day for 21 days, you will experience various aspects of the overall Masterful Intentions philosophy. Everything we do will be archived so that you can participate whenever and however best suits your style of interaction. Once the 21 days are complete, you will have immersed yourself in the Masterful Intentions Process and seeing the results!

Learn more and register at http://mi-program.com/21day-jan.html

Happy Holidays and Blessings for an amazing and prosperous New Year!

P.S. Be sure to visit our YouTube channel and see all the things we are talking about.

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Navigating the Detours

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

Join Marla as she shares some tips of Navigating the Detours of Business life.

Until next time,

NAMASTE

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The Business of Thanksgiving

Monday, November 19th, 2012

Join Rev. Marla as she talks about Thanksgiving.

Until next time,

Have a great Thanksgiving

Namaste,

Marla
 

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The Importance of Guiding Values

Monday, October 8th, 2012

Join me as I share the next video in our Inspired Business Video Series: The Importance of Guiding Values

Until next time,

Make it a Profitable day.

Marla

 

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The Importance of having a VISION

Monday, October 1st, 2012

Listen in as I share the importance of having a Vision for your business.

Until next time,

Marla

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Is your Business Leading with H.E.A.R.T.???

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

There’s a lot of focus this time of year around matters of the heart; giving valentines, celebrating and reinforcing loving relationships. But what role does heart play in your business? Several books have been written about heart-centered leadership, but what does it really mean?

When I talk about leading with H.E.A.R.T., I’m suggesting a way to guarantee an increase in productivity and the bottom line without a dollar of direct cost!  Sound good so far?
Here’s what it takes to lead from H.E.A.R.T. whether you’re CEO of a large organization or you’re a self-employed entrepreneur.

H – Be Healthy.  Model good emotional, physical, mental and spiritual health in your own life and it will set the example for those you lead.  If your life is balanced and whole, others will want the same thing in their lives.  It’s easy to put your health “on hold” while you operate lean and mean and put more work on everyone in the organization.  But it’s not sustainable.  So remember the advice of every flight attendant you’ve ever listened to:  “Put on your own oxygen mask before you attempt to help others put on theirs.”

E – Be Empathetic.  Start with empathy for yourself and all the challenges you’re dealing with.  Then express compassion and understanding for your employees, your customers and your vendors.  What can you or the organization do to make their lives easier?  How can you put yourself in their situation and truly relate? One of my clients had a major vendor she owed money to call and tell her he understood her situation and would give her more lenient terms so they could continue to do business!

A – Think Affirmatively.  At any moment you have the choice of how you perceive things.  Do you see the glass half empty, half full, or overflowing to the point you need a bigger glass?!  You can frame your financials with doom and gloom or point out where things are improving.  Every problem contains within it the solution.  As Henry David Thoreau put it, “The question is not what you look at, but what you see.” 
Start wherever you are right now and use the power of positive intentions to focus your resources on actions and innovations to move your organization forward.

R – Get Reconnected.  Maybe it’s time to pull out your vision statement, your mission statement and reconnect to the passion you have for the purpose of your organization. Then you can re-engage with your team members to get them fired up again.
In your personal life, what relationships have been neglected? What hobbies or fun activities haven’t you had time for?  From Lao Tzu, “Joy is the foundation of life.  What gives you joy? Joy comes from the inside to the outside and in the process of knowing yourself you learn what you love about life”.

T – Trusting.  Trust your decisions and the agreements you’ve made as a team.  Trust the process you’ve launched to implement your solutions, and most important, Trust your partnership with the Divine. In his book The Speed of Trust, author Stephen M. R. Covey says Trust is the one thing that changes everything.” 

When you lead from H.E.A.R.T., (staying healthy, practicing empathy, thinking affirmatively, reconnecting and trusting) you’ll experience a richness that’s beyond merely increasing the bottom line…it’s truly priceless!

“We work from within ourselves toward higher consciousness, greater freedom and more complex order to effect a change in the world, first and foremost through our personal evolution”. ~Barbara Marx Hubbard

Until next time,

Marla

 

Events and Resources for Your Inspired Business:

 

  • Learn how to use The Power of the Visioning for your business in a complimentary, 2- hour interactive workshop at The Inspired Business Center Offices in Lakewood on March 9th, from 9-11 a.m. http://theinspiredbusiness.com/execvisionintro

 

  • Treat yourself to an “Inspired Coffee Break” Tele-seminar Thursday, February 23 @ 10 a.m. Mountain. Grab a cup of coffee, tea or whatever suits you and listen in as Rev. Marla shares how to use Universal Spiritual Principles to make your business life easier and more successful. http://theinspiredbusiness.com/coffee

 

 

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Marla Riegel is the founder of The Inspired Business Center and comes from an extensive business background, with over 30 years of experience in seven different industries. She has been training and mentoring business people all over the world for more than 20 years as a business, personal and spiritual coach.
Her client list ranges from Fortune 500 companies to Small Business and covers a wide range of industries, including IT construction, printing, manufacturing, telecommunications, finance, law and national service chains. For one large client, Marla created and implemented an international coaching and wellness program for 800 salespeople. Marla understands all facets of owning and running a business.

In addition to being a business coach and consultant, Marla is an ordained Minister and Corporate Chaplain. She holds a Master’s of Divinity Degree and Bachelor’s Degree in communications.  She is a Certified Coach and Consultant for Vail Leadership Institute, the KLA Sales Training Group and a Consultant with TranStratra Business Advisors.  Marla is also a facilitator for the Denver Metro Chamber Gold Member Alliance Program.

 

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Is there a WHY behind your WHAT?

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

Perhaps my perspective is different than the general population. Perhaps I look at business, spirituality and profitability differently than the average CEO. Perhaps I am simply annoyed by people pushing their products, ideas, and beliefs down my throat. Perhaps you are like me and would rather do business with conscious companies and individuals that embrace the concept of living in a world that works for everyone.

Please understand here at The Inspired Business Center we do not condemn the companies that use outdated tactics and marketing strategies we simply choose to ignore their message and seek out more socially conscious and active organizations to financially support and partner with.

Not long ago during a planning meeting we began to consider why we do what we do. We started to compile a list and found that we do what we do simply because we love people. Now we also love business; we love the environment; we love collaborating; we love making money; we love serving an emerging paradigm of Spiritual Business practice; we love quite a few things and still the common denominator is that we love people. As we looked at the list we realized there were many more reason why we do what we do than there are things we do or even ways we do what we do.

All this introspection led to a chance encounter with a video from 2009. We had nothing to do with this video, and do we ever wish we had because is shares a simple perspective of how to transform a business from one that pushes itself down the throats of the consumers into one that is poised to truly change the way business is done.

The video was recorded at TedX Pugent Sound in September 2009. In this video Simon Sinek shares a perspective of How Great Leaders Inspire Action. I found the basic premise to be simple and yet incredibly inspiring. Simon asks us to always start from WHY. When you think about it WHY is an incredibly powerful or annoying question. Many teachers will tell you that WHY is an invalid question. Others will remind us that the answer to why is either I don’t know or because. In the business world why can be a powerful question if you have an answer. If you do not have an answer to this simple question now is the time to start considering your why.

Currently we are preparing a new project with our friend and collaborator Tom Zender. Tom’s a great guy and a truly inspirational leader. On a recently planning call we shared the why behind the idea for this project. His enthusiasm and partnership in this program was proof enough that our why would touch more than a few people. By trusting that the reason why we are building this is bigger than what we are building or how it will benefit you the project’s success is ensured.

The truth of business today is that more and more people care about why you do what you do rather than what you’re doing. It is all to common for a company to make a mistake, spill oil, fail to consider the safety of the consumer or just could care less about why you bought their product. These companies want you to believe that what they make is more important than why they make it. They want you to buy their products or services and would rather you do not know why they do what they do.

Spiritually conscious organizations however have flipped that coin and are now asking you to consider their values and beliefs, their why when evaluating who to support with your financial resources. We are asking you the same question. Do you know why your business coach does what they do? Do you know why your accountant or social media consultant is sharing their wisdom with you? Is it all about the bottom line, or is it about creating spiritual transactions?  You can rest assured that here at The Inspired Business Center we do what we do because we love people and we love seeing people accomplish their goals, desires, dreams and visions. We love supporting people as they step up to the entrepreneurial plate, or are seeking ways of creating spiritual environments in their workplace. We love people that are here to lead others through their wisdom and experience. Mostly we love people that want to learn, that want to be part of creating a worlds that truly works for everyone.

We love people so much that we would do what we do even if we didn’t make any money at it. Thankfully we do make money at what we do because people want to do business with a company that understands why they are here. How about you? Do you know your why? Would you like to discover your why? If you answered yes to any of these questions you’re the type of client we love. If you would like to learn more about your why give us a call and we’ll get to know each other and we promise not to sell you on what we do, but rather help you understand why we do what we do.

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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Where Spirituality and Money Meet

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

Fans of the Inspired Business Center know that we are “Where Spirituality, Leadership and Profitability Meet.” The basis of our organization is to build a team of professionals and work together to raise the consciousness of everyone involved. Expanding our awareness of new opportunities, perspectives and ways of conducting business are central to the fulfillment of our vision for The Inspired Business Center.

Rev. Karen Russo

Rev. Karen Russo

It comes as no surprise that Rev. Marla has recently added a new member to her personal team of spiritually influential people. We would therefore like to introduce you to Rev. Karen Russo and her book The Money Keys. I have had the pleasure of working with Rev. Karen for a bit more than a year now and have been trained as a Money Keys Coach.

Rev. Marla just completed a 21 day immersion program that helped her to gain a new perspective of her money life.  Here is what she has to say about the experience, “I used the 21 Day  Money Keys Immersion program as an opportunity to do deep inner work about my beliefs and habits.  As each day unfolded, I discovered amazing ways in which my prosperity and success were being enhanced and supported and areas where I was playing small.  I also looked at some old thoughts that inspiring and life changing “work” can’t also be profitable.  When it was time to re-create the vision for my ministry, on day 20, I opened to greater possibilities for my work and my entire financial life. There is absolutely no fear and doubt that the vision will manifest.”

I am sure many of you have heard the adage about how your life will reflect the consciousness of the top 10 or 20 people you surround yourself with. Why wouldn’t you want to spend time around a woman that is an insightful and dynamic teacher? Reverend Karen combines universal spiritual principles and sound financial strategies to guide you toward conscious wealth creation. She is a powerful spiritual abundance mentor, and a sought-after keynote speaker. Karen teaches spiritual money mastery as well as how to be inspired, empowered, and productive in all aspects of life. I am sure you can see why she has had such a powerful influence on Rev. Marla and me.

Having invested a large portion of my time during the past year learning all I can from Rev. Karen I know she brings a unique blend of financial knowledge and spiritual direction to her wealth and consciousness building programs. She holds an MBA from Columbia University and has extensive experience as a corporate trainer, top-selling sales person, and financial services professional. Rev. Karen synthesizes religious ideas, philosophical truths, and scientific principles about how life works. In The Money Keys, she shares distinctive insights from more than 20 years of success in secular and spiritual pursuits.Money Keys Book Cover

There is simply no question that Rev. Karen and her programs get results. We would like to invite you take a deeper look at your Spiritual Money Consciousness and explore Rev. Karen’s ministry as well. Simply head on over to her WEBSITE and look around. You will find a wealth of information, resources and opportunities to be more fully engaged in living a financially prosperous and responsible life.

As always we want to remind you that our desire is to fully support you and your business in being a place where Spirituality, Leadership and Profitability Meet. Whether you’re looking to expand your money consciousness or learn new ways of being an effective leader, we are here to serve you in professional and emerging ways. Please let us know how we can best support the evolution of your consciousness and your business.

Until next time,

Robert

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

 

 

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The Aftermath of Collaborative Events

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

The past month we spoke quite a bit about collaboration and the associated benefits for the participating businesses. This week we wrap up our series on collaboration by looking forward to what happens after you establish a collaborative relationship with another person or organization.

As I discussed in our last blog post collaborations are more of a long term commitment to keep the other party’s best interests in mind. This does not mean we make all our business decisions based on how our collaborators will respond, participate or benefit from our actions. Rather it is keeping our minds open to how our collaborators could play along with a project or offering.

Not everything we do matches every one of our collaborators, however we look at which collaborators would most benefit from joining us on a specific project or service and invite them to decide if they would like to participate or not. We also consider their perspective, opinions and input regarding the project. Often times a collaborator will provide a key insight that propels a project forward even if they are choosing not to participate in the direct actions of that project.

Our recent work with Tom Zender is a wonderful example of these principles. Together we joined forces and created a wonderful event. The planning and preparation were fun and we each learned much about the others’ business, and business philosophies. The event itself went smoothly and the clients have been reporting their enjoyment and appreciation for the value provided by the event.

However, the post event conversation was just as valuable as any other portion of the process.  We each had a better idea of the other business, and had experienced each other in a live situation. We could make better recommendations of projects that could benefit both businesses. We also offered each other suggestions based on our individual expertise that would not require a collaborative effort but would expand the other business.

There is no question that we will come together again for another project and that in the interim we are able to keep the other’s best interests in mind. We can each feel confident that if something comes along that the other is just perfect for we can recommend and refer them with absolute confidence.

The important part to remember is that collaborations are not “one night stands.” The relationship has to be nurtured. The objective is to serve our collaborator as they are serving us as well. Eventually a deep connection between the businesses will occur.

Then again maybe the opposite will happen. There is always the possibility that collaboration will simply become a joint venture. We shared our perspective of Joint Ventures as one time or short term commitments to share resources and or ideas in order to reach a specific goal. Perhaps you thought a specific project would lead to true collaboration and you found the other party just didn’t match your expectations or desires. If that person or organization isn’t the right match for you than simply bless their journey and call the whole thing a joint venture and move along.

Regardless of the outcome of a collaboration or joint venture the spiritually important thing is to bless everyone involved and Trust that the outcomes was perfect regardless of the appearances. Consider this example; we would have liked to have more participants in our tele-seminar with Tom. We would have liked to have had more of the people that participated fill out the exit survey. However neither of these factors impacted the quality of engagement between us and Tom and more importantly between the presenters and the attendees of the tele-seminar.

The initial exploration of our collaborative relationship with Tom has provided us and those that attended the tele-seminar a deeper and more complete understanding of how spirituality can influence and empower a more profitable and productive work environment.

As part of our collaborative efforts with Tom we are happy to release an mp3 recording of the tele-seminar and the supporting Introspection Guide to anyone that would like to learn more. Simply sign up for the complete Improve Profits and Empower Lives: The Economic Power of a Spiritual Work Environment package by completing the form below. We will send you the Introspection Guide and downloadable access to the entire tele-seminar. There is no pressure and no commitments on your part. All we ask is that you listen to the audio and follow the steps of the Introspection Guide and then decide if we and/or Tom are the right people to help you succeed in this ever changing business environment.

 

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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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