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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,



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.


  • 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.






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

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

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

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

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

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

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


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


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


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


Until next time,




Robert 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:


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