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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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Pillar #1 Belief and Character

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

A Character of Belief

A Character of Belief

Last week we shared an overview of the 4 Pillars of Spiritual Entrepreneurship. As we explore each of the 4 pillars during the coming month it may help you to visualize each pillar as having a base which sits upon a foundation and a pinnacle upon which the roof of the structure rests.

Today we will explore the base of the first pillar: Belief and Character two distinct yet complimentary principles. Beliefs are the base building blocks of your life; they form the basis of your outlook and serve in establishing your internal map of reality. Although you might adjust your operations because of current events or other factors beyond your control your beliefs will always serve to shape your character.

How many times have you heard that the success of a restaurant relies on three aspects; location, location, location? This is a common belief system within the restaurant industry and beyond. However I have worked with restaurant owners that have done quite well in spite of what many would consider a poor location. If you ask them about this belief they will tell you it has nothing to do with their success. These successful restaurant owners chose not to believe that their location could adversely impact their business.

In today’s business climate you may hear many things from the media; we are in a recession, we are in a recovery, or we are looking at a double dip recession. Who should you believe? Regardless of which scenario you choose you will begin to, align your business and your operations with the belief you feel is most likely to come true, or is already a reality. The deeper truth is that we contribute our business’ experience of recovery, recession, success or failure based upon the beliefs we opt in to.

Hopefully we aren’t telling you anything you don’t already know. Yet how many of your employees know this simply truth? Do they choose to opt into limiting beliefs without your awareness? Are your manager, suppliers and collaborators subtly, not intentionally, sabotaging your business when they buy into the limiting beliefs.

All these beliefs lead to the development of our character. Simply stated your character is what distinguishes you from others. The question quickly becomes “Do you wish to be known as someone that follows the crowd or someone that blazes their own path”? I often teach that a visionary is one that makes their own way in the world without looking back to see if anyone is following them. How often have you heard people describe someone as a visionary? Your character is the out-picturing, the manifestation of your beliefs. Character serves to shape how others perceive you and whether they will follow you in business, honor your opinions, or even purchase your products or services.

Character serves as the pinnacle of this pillar as it is the higher expression of your foundational beliefs or worldview.  It is your character that supports the ceiling of whatever structure you own, operate or manage.

Building a solid and strong business requires not only the 4 pillars of spiritual entrepreneurship but a bedrock foundation as well. This foundation is your form of spiritually, religious or personal faith tradition.  Regardless of what label you place upon this aspect of your life the truth remains that you have been building your foundation from a very young age. The joy in this is that you can add to, strengthen and support your foundation through various means. At the Inspired Business Center we do not push any one faith tradition, but rather suggest you strengthen your own involvement with whatever form of spirituality suits you. We know a solid spiritual practice will strengthen your business as well. The beliefs taught and modeled in your place of worship can be an amazing example of how your beliefs create your reality and thus your character and support your business in turn.

Next week we shall continue our exploration of the 4 pillars by looking at how the pillar of Vision and Adaptability support the creating on your rock solid business and how you can engage others in the creation of the business you truly desire.

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

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

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