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An Inspired Approach to Business Coaching Part 2

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

Here is the second part in our introduction to business coaching. If you missed Part 1 just CLICK HERE.

Thanks again for your support and please feel free to share this with your friends.

 

Until next time,

Marla

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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

Photo Credits: http://www.flickr.com/photos/ivanwalsh/4006230793/in/faves-53047939@N06/

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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

Photo Credit:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/julia_manzerova/2757851927/sizes/m/in/faves-53047939@N06/

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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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YOUR TRAIN HAS LEFT THE STATION…BUT IS EVERYONE ON BOARD?

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

Ever try to go on a family vacation with a teenager or two who were “forced” to come along and

not buying the idea that “this will be a great adventure you don’t want to miss?”  How well did that work for you?

Empty Train Station

You’ll get the same results in your organization if you don’t engage and enroll others in your vision.  It’s not enough to hand them the annual organizational goals and say, “Let me know how you plan to achieve your accountability tasks.” They have to understand the direction you’re heading and the values you’ll be basing your decisions on.

Over the past couple of weeks, we’ve been talking about the importance of vision and values and how to know if your vision is strong and the right one for you.  Today, we’ll discuss the next important questions:

  • Do those around you share your passion and vision?
  • Are your organization’s values relevant to your employees?
  • How do those values and vision translate to your customers?

“Great leaders cannot delegate two things:  believing in the vision and inspiring others to share the vision.”  Business Evolves, Leadership Endures authors continue, “Most great leaders share three traits, drive and commitment, vision and the ability to communicate.”

Once you’re clear about your own Vision Statement and Values Statement, it’s crucial to align your Passion and Values with those around you, whether it’s your life partner or your business partners, and employees.  How can you ask those around you to support your vision if you don’t know how it aligns with theirs?

You don’t have to have the same vision and values, but they need to compliment and support each other.  For example, your vision may be to build a company that you can sell and retire.  Your employee’s value may be college education for her children.  Both values can be supported by a profitable, well- managed business venture.

An alignment and inclusion of the vision and values of the organization with those of the staff lead to empowerment, buy in, and initiative. Vision is essential to define explicitly an organization’s long-term ambitions.  Meanwhile, planning connects the vision to the company’s core purpose, goals, strategies, and tactics.  As a result, everyone should know where the business is headed, what needs to be accomplished, and how things will be done.

When I work with organizational teams to draft a joint Passion and Values statement, I hear such comments as “Wow, it’s good to know that we’re all on the same page”, “This will really eliminate the chaos”, and “I really feel like I’m an important part of my organization.”

Although we are just beginning to see evidence of this in Colorado, futurists are saying we are nearing a time of shortage of trained, skilled workers.  In their book Impending Crisis, Too Many Jobs, Too Few People, authors Roger Herman, Thomas Olivo and Joyce Gioia tell us that the top two strategies for attracting and retaining good employees are: Creating and instilling core values for the organization and taking advantage of vision and planning.

If now is the time for you to enroll those around you in supporting you and your dreams, I suggest:

1.    Identify who should be included in a joint visioning/values session.  Who will be key in supporting your vision and who will be directly impacted by it?  It might be your entire organization, your management team, your board of directors, your life partner, or if you’re a sole proprietor, your family.

2.    Invite them to meet with you for an uninterrupted 1-2 hour session and ask some key, open ended questions such as: What is the highest vision for our company?  What purpose do we serve?  What are some of the values that are most important to us?

3.    Now, ask them, “How do your dreams and values fit into what we’re doing as an organization?”  “What gives your work here meaning and purpose?”

4.    Ask everyone to share their answers and record them on a flip chart.

5.    Look for themes, similarities, and ideas to move forward.

6.    Draft a joint Visions and Values statement.

Join us next week as we take a deeper look at staying true to your vision.

Blessings and Peace,

Marla

P.S. If you feel good about your vision and would like to start manifesting that vision check out our upcoming 5 week Tele-Seminar Series: The 4 Pillars of Spiritual Entrepreneurship beginning in early February.

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

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

Photo Credit:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/mmmchoco/62800377/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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