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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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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.

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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

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SO…….When do I get to “DO” something????

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

Yes the New Year is now well underway. I am sure you have been inundated with questions about your resolutions, your goals and your plans for the coming 12 months. Just last week we asked you if you were ready to hold the vision of your future. We provided resources for you to explore how to hold your vision. Our hope is simply that you will be inspired to accept a different perspective of how to jump start the next great evolutionary leap of your business. At The Inspired Business Center we speak quite a bit about creating a vision for your business by using the Visioning process.  Recently we have been asked quite a lot what comes after you catch the vision and hold the vision.

This Way That Way Sign

What Now?

Today we are going to share a few tactics for moving forward once you have gotten to that point of knowing it is time to “DO” something, anything in order to move forward with your desires, hopes and dreams for your business. Today we look at when to take action and how to know what action to take. Today we give you something to “DO” when your brain is screaming, “NOW WHAT!!!!”

The very nature of the Visioning Process is that we are catching a glimpse of a higher calling, a higher perspective for our business than we ever could have come up with by ourselves. As we come to engage ourselves with the emerging vision we will experience some insights that do not seem to align with what we already know about our business or are simply so far out in left field that we question the validity of the information. This is not uncommon; in fact it is to be expected. There will always be anomalies within the process. Because of this we have to have a system for determining what information is valuable and which information is the background chatter, the white noise that does not serve the evolution or manifestation of the highest vision for your business.

How then do we know what to hold onto and what to let go of? The answer is actually much simpler than you might suspect.  Look for those words, phrases, feelings, images, feelings, sounds and or impressions that NEVER go away. When you look at the outcome of numerous Visioning Sessions there will be things that consistently, without fail, show themselves.

The things that never go away are the things to pay attention to. An example I often use is what occurred during my visioning prior to enrolling in the Masters of Consciousness Studies program at the Holmes Institute. Regardless of what I was Visioning about I would receive “Go to school” in one form or another. This simple phrase would show up in the most wondrous places, and ways. However the phrase would not go away. I could not sit in the silence, pray, meditate or practice Visioning without hearing, seeing or feeling that phrase. It honestly became a little frustrating. Once I eventually submitted my application for the degree program things shifted. That phrase stopped coming through my spiritual practices.

Once I made the commitment to attend school Spirit began showing me different aspects of the highest vision for my life and career. As I prepare to graduate with a Masters in Consciousness Studies I have other impressions that will not go away. This is how I know I should pay attention to those aspects of my Vision. What then are the ideas, insights and impressions that continually pop up for you? What things simply “NEVER GO AWAY”? These are the things I would consider the basis of the next step in DOING something to manifest your vision.

Now that you have a few things that you can call the base of your action steps and feel like it truly is time to move you will have to ask yourself what action would best serve bringing your vision into manifestation. Once again we look to he collected wisdom of the entire Visioning process.

Train Tracks Black and White

Decisions Decisions

I do want to add a reminder here about the continual nature of the Visioning Process. Visioning for your business never ends. Even once you move to taking action on one aspect or another the process can continue to inform your strategies. As you continually use the process you will begin to amass a collection of notes, insights and other forms of recording the vision itself.

Once you have completed a few different sessions compile the impression for each question individually. I like to copy and paste the impression from each person’s vision into one master document. This master document becomes an incredibly valuable tool when you begin to take action and make decisions about what action to take. The master document becomes a road map, which can guide you from nothing to something.

Now when you are at the point of deciding what to do, when to do it, and what resources to use in order to accomplish your chosen action steps simply hold up the Master Document and ask if the decision you are about to make will move your organization towards the fulfillment of that vision. If so go right ahead and get started. However if the decision does not serve to fulfill the vision I suggest you reconsider your decision.

You now have a way of determining if it is time to take action and how to determine if the action you have chosen will actually lead to the manifestation of your vision. As you move forward in the direction of your dreams for your life and your business, the Visioning process will always serve you in becoming clear on what it is you are to accomplish, when to begin taking action and how to know the decision you make will serve to manifest your vision.

Next week we will take a look at another important aspect of manifesting your vision. How do you enroll your friends, family and others that are here on this planet to serve your vision? You can look forward to strategies that will get more people on board with your vision and get them engaged in the manifestation of the vision.

Until next week,

Peace and Blessings.

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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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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This Way That Way Sign:

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The Solstice of Your Business Year

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

Star of David at SunriseDecember 21st is the day of the winter solstice the shortest day of sunshine for the Northern Hemisphere.  It’s natural then, for each of us to turn within and shine our inner light more brightly.  A time for stillness and reflection.  Eckhart Tolle, author of The New Earth says “To be still is to be conscious without thought.  You are never more essentially, more deeply yourself than when you are still.”

In that personal stillness we can think back on the year.  It’s been a time of significant change for most of us, a time of what I call values-based choices.

In some instances they’ve been tough decisions based on lower revenues…having to let go of employees who have contributed their time and talents to us, or  being “let go” by some of our customers who were also feeling the crunch.

What have you learned from all this?  What did you discover about what’s truly important to you?  What do you know you want to do differently moving forward?

What did you release that actually lightened your mental or physical load and freed your soul?

In many cases the tough choices have created gaps that need to be filled back in. Maybe there are positions or functions you learned you could live without and other posts that are critical to rehire so you to meet the customer orders that are beginning to increase.

What relationships with family, friends, business associates, or volunteer causes did you put on hold because you were “too busy” that now need to be re-established and re-connected?

What commitments to yourself and others did you sweep under the rug till you had more time?  Is that still something you need or want to fulfill or can some of those items be handled by someone else or not done at all?  Decide and Act.  If you plan to honor a commitment first quarter, get it in your calendar.   If you can’t get it done, let the other party know you can’t do it, and, if possible, help them find another resource.  One way or the other, get those commitments off your mental list of “oughts” and “shoulds” and free up your energy and focus.

Joel Goldsmith wrote “Within us is a deep well of contentment, a vast, all-embracing silence into which we relax and through which all good appears to us.”

The important thing is to be complete and clear as you move into the Holiday Celebrations with family and friends so you can be fully mentally and emotionally “present”.   It’s the greatest gift you can give them!

Blessings and Peace,   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

Photo Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/vega_33/2601240910/in/faves-53047939@N06/

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4 Pillars Guest Post by Rev. Margaret Shepherd

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

During our recent 8 week series on “The 4 Pillars of Spiritual Entrepreneurship” We were contacted by Rev. Margaret Shepherd of the Visionbuilders Institute. Her ideas and insights around the topic of Vision are so compelling we asked, and she graciously agreed to write an exclusive guest post for us. This week we are pleased to share with you her blog post on how Vision can support and serve your business or organization. We believe you will find this article not only informative, but inspirational as well. As always you are welcome to share your comments and questions below.

Pillar #2 – VISION

Rev Margaret Sheperd

Rev. Margaret Shepherd

Vision is the base of the Second Pillar of Spiritual Entrepreneurship, as Robert shared in an earlier post. The topic of vision is an exciting one for me, since my daily work is teaching organizations and individuals how to succeed by building a vision.

Increasing your business success means increasing your personal power – and the right vision does that like nothing else. Think of the most powerful, successful people you know. Wouldn’t you consider them visionaries? Let’s explore how you can claim your own visionary success.

Let’s start with the “Visionbuilders” definition of vision, and what it means:

“A VISION is a spiritually inspired imagined ideal experience you want more than you fear change”.

  • Spiritually inspired: when a vision is discovered through inner stillness – instead of brainstorming or logic or as an avoidance of an unwanted state – the discovered vision is the real deal.
  • Imagined: a vision is creative, something that hasn’t existed before, living in imagination before taking form. Human evolution exists because of visions.
  • Ideal: a vision is a stretch beyond what seems logically possible, an over-the-top dream.
  • Experience: a vision isn’t a goal or an intention but an experience you want to live in.
  • You want more than you fear change: ah, there’s the big challenge.  We are naturally hardwired for success, yet we are also naturally hardwired to fear threats.  It’s easy to get confused and feel the same fear response to an imagined threat of failure, change or intimacy as we would to a sabre tooth tiger at the door of our cave!

Now that you know what a vision is and that it is your ticket to success, where and how do you find one? Just as Robert notes, it’s a “silent, inner” process. There is a part of you – as an individual or team – that knows the right vision for right now. Revealing that vision is simple if you follow one rule – STILLNESS.  I don’t mean just quiet or inactive, I mean a still mind, still enough that it opens to profound wisdom, clarity and guidance otherwise unavailable. You’ll know when you’re there because of a deep feeling of peace, well-being and safety.

I’ve successfully led some really left-brain, hard-nosed, non-contemplative people in the VISION DISCOVERY process.  They soon become so good at it and get such excellent results you would think it was magic. But it’s not. It’s the most natural thing in the world to focus inward, connect with your highest self and listen to its wisdom.

How does vision empower your business? It is nothing less than your brand, your guiding direction, your criteria for decisions, your inspiration and your strength.  It is your economy of resources and your peace of mind. It is your team-builder and your best corporate culture. The deeper your devotion to your vision, the greater it’s benefits.

In the “Visionbuilders” work, we encourage not only an overall corporate vision, but a vision for any important aspect of your business. A vision of ideal clients or customers, for example, or a vision for the financial management of the organization, or a vision for your role in your industry.

Let me share a personal example with you. My husband and I own apartments, a business that grew from vision.  Our overall vision is “Our tenants experience their highest ideal of home, and anyone in any way involved with our properties thrives and prospers.” We see this vision in our mind’s eye, and it is our criterion for all decisions about the apartments.  Supporting visions have evolved and been made real over time – a renovation project, a change in management companies, and annual profit margins. We have consistently succeeded with our vision – regardless of the larger economy, demographics or any outside circumstances.  Don’t miss this important point: If you do your part, vision finds its own fulfillment.

Sounds easy right?  Well, yeah, until you get stuck and don’t know why.  Here’s what I’ve learned from my personal visionbuilding successes and failures and those of my clients. No matter how inspiring your business vision, if your corporate mindset, actions and structure don’t support it, it will stay suspended in the ethers – a phantom taunting you with unfulfilled promises.

It’s easy to see that you have to move your feet to make your vision real, but harder to know the right dance steps. Can you guess where to turn for further insights and guidance?  STILLNESS!  The vision itself, and the clarity, guidance and insights you need are the domain of the intuitive mind. That’s where the dance steps are.  But then it’s time to get out there on the dance floor and move your feet. Because I’ve learned that successful visionbuilding means inner directed action, I teach a set of stillness-based skills and action skills. When you support your vision with strategy, standards, systems, and structure guess what’s automatic? Visionary success.

As every Spiritual Entrepreneur knows, when one of us wins, we all win. I’m so excited for your visionary success – for your business to be serving, blessing and thriving in a bigger way. Shine on!

© margaret shepherd 2010

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Margaret Shepherd brings Vision to life. Her Visionbuilders program teaches the inner and outer skills that build a Vision for your company, your career or your cause. An ordained New Thought minister with an MBA, she is accomplished in organizational and leadership development, success coaching, speaking and training. A published author, her free weekly message “T.G.I.M. – Thank God It’s Monday” inspires the workweek of thousands every Monday morning.
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Reaching New Heights

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

Ama Dablam

During the past 6 weeks we have explored the 4 Pillars of Spiritual Entrepreneurship and as we approach the conclusion of this series we are being given an opportunity to Reach New Heights.

I can not begin to count the number of times I have been assaulted with the “fact” that more millionaires were made during the Great Depression than in any other time during American History. While all this may be true I think it does each of the spiritual entrepreneurs an extreme disservice. The articles and get rich programs that remind us this “fact” imply that f we simply have liquid capital than there is simply no reason for us not to be a millionaire. As the world wide economy has begun to re-invent itself there have been a wealth of opportunities, however a pile of cash and or a great idea are not enough to propel anyone to the all elusive “Overnight Success” status. Last week we looked at the “Power of a Strong BASE” and this week we look at how the pinnacle of each pillar can provide the platform from which we can “Reach New Heights”.

We must then begin with Character. Earlier in this series I asked if you would rather blaze your own trail or be known as someone that followed the crowd. As we stand today on top of this pillar and look across to the top of the other three pillars; Adaptability, Skills and Focus I believe you will see how we have created the platform that rests on top of all 4 Pillars. Are you ready to blaze a trail into the unknown, into the field of unlimited possibilities, or stay within the confines of what you already know?

Once you commit to the journey of blazing a new trail you will find that Adaptability has its benefits. I truly believe one of the contributing factors to the success of all those depression era millionaires was the ability to adapt to “What Is”. Rather than wallow in the dis-belief of their abilities, character and skills they stayed focused on their ability to adapt their situation into something that would make life work for them, No Matter What.

These pioneers also made use of the Skills they already possessed, or set out to gain new skills that would position them perfectly for the raising tide of innovations and new ideas. During my studies of these men I was often struck by the visionary nature they all exhibited. These men were able to blaze trails where many only saw quicksand. They often were called to develop new ways of Being or Doing what was required in order to move in the direction of their dreams.

Finally our Focus must be on our dreams and our ability to accomplish those dreams. A friend recently reminded me of the dynamic trajectory of an archer’s arrow in flight. The archer never questions the arrow’s ability to fly and the arrow simply flies to where the archer focused his attention. The focus we are being called to bring is an unwavering faith in ourselves and our chosen business. As spiritual entrepreneurs I would also suggest we are being called to focus our efforts on co-creating a world that works for everyone, in whichever ways we can.

Standing on top of the platform supported by the 4 Pillars provides an unrestricted view of the heavens. From up here it is easy to see the unbounded Character, the malleable Adaptability, the forever expanding Skill set and the unwavering Focus necessary to express ourselves as spiritually minded business owners,managers and organizational leaders. Spiritual leadership is about more than understanding these principles; it is about modeling these behaviors in every moment and with every policy, procedure and personal interaction.

At the Inspired Business Center we strive to support Spiritual Entrepreneurs as they move in the direction of their dreams and support a new vision of business and organizational leadership. We understand that each and every organization is a living breathing unique emanation. As such we provide unique solutions for each organization we work with. We invite you to learn more about what we do and who we are by joining us on the third part of a three part Tele-Seminar: The Courage to Hold the Vision. You can learn more about this FREE CALL HERE. We also invite you to experience a no-obligation consultation and learn how you can implement the 4 Pillars of Spiritual Entrepreneurship in your business or organization. Simply CONTACT US for details.

Be sure to join us next week as we conclude this 8 week series and provide some glimpses of what we will be sharing as this year comes to a close and we move into 2011. Make sure you check in with us next week as we put the roof on our organizational structure and explore the next steps in utilizing our Beliefs, Character, Vision, Adaptability, Passion, Skills, Faith and Focus in the creation of an amazingly prosperous business.

Until next week,

Peace and Prosperity

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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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Moutain:http://www.flickr.com/photos/shicks/845155014/

Buddha:http://www.flickr.com/photos/pagedooley/3493267443/

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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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