Posted tagged ‘business success’

Holistic Business

June 21, 2012

Holistic health is a concept I’ve embraced for more than 30 years. It’s a belief that true health is found when the psychological, physical, social and spiritual aspects of people’s needs are all taken into account. I’ve been teased about my belief in vitamins, use of herbal remedies and such – but I’m okay with others thinking I’m crazy because I’m living proof that it works.

I also believe in Holistic Business, but you don’t hear much about that. Companies are applauded when they offer options like job sharing or on-site daycare to create a family-friendly culture. But for the most part, the American marketplace has completely failed to integrate “work” life into a  picture of health and well-being.

Business in America is primarily an intellectual pursuit. Which is supposed to result in financial advancement. So why is it that  according to the Wall Street Journal, 70% of Americans live pay check to pay check?  We’re missing something.

It’s “politically correct” to check your faith in God at the door when you enter the workplace. This emphasis on the intellect and isolation from our basic motivations has resulted in a big fat mess. I have proof there’s a better way – but some think I’m crazy to think I can change the prevailing mindset.

Over the centuries, Jewish people have modeled the holistic business concept because God created it. Consider the fact that Jews are the richest religious group in American society. They make up only 2% of the U.S. population but represent 25% of the 400 wealthiest Americans. Our Judeo-Christian Heritage is rich but we have cast it aside.

When we recognize the connection between the intellect, the heart, relationships and physical health –  supporting people  at a deeper level –  we will get to the heart of transformation. God is in the transformation business.

Cultural transformation starts with you. You have a calling that will lead to fulfillment, success and significance. It is built into your personality, your gifts and the desires of your heart and calls you into your destiny. 

If you’re ready to get it all together – mind, body and spirit – and take it to the next level in business, don’t miss next week’s conference call:  “Seeking Grape Tasters and Giant Chasers”. Register HERE

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You can trade in what YOU know for what GOD knows.

P.S. “Here’s to the crazy ones. The rebels. The troublemakers. The ones who see things differently. While some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.” (Steve Jobs)  So yes, I’m still crazy after all these years.


The Wild Ride Of Change

March 30, 2012

Are you one of those people that runs to grab the front seat on the roller coaster so you can maximize the thrill of the dips and climbs, the wind in your hair and the screams at your back? Me either. In fact, when I was a kid, I thought Mr. Toad had a wild ride.  I had no clue.

The level of change in most of our lives in the past decade has felt  like a roller coaster when I would have opted to go higher via a smooth and steady ride in a climate-controlled gondola.   Even if you have segments of time when you’re not experiencing dramatic peaks and valleys, don’t be lulled into thinking that’s the norm. The ride is far from over, so let’s consider how to make the most of it.

I cringe when I hear the term “embrace change” since change is more like a wild ride than something warm and comforting. The very nature of change is that it ushers in the unfamiliar and thrusts us out of our comfort zone.

It’s said that everything we ever wanted is just outside of our comfort zone. If that’s true, and I think it is, then it serves us well to harness the momentum instead of trying to wrestle things into their old places to maintain the status quo. I don’t think most leaders really want the status quo, which ultimately spells mediocrity, but shifting paradigms and long-held beliefs is an ongoing process. We can make the decision to shift, but walking it out takes daily course corrections. That’s where a compass comes in.

Mastering the art of navigating change successfully could very well become one of the most sought – after skills in the marketplace in the days ahead.

Our youngest daughter, who is in college, was planning a road trip recently and her dad asked if she had a map in her car. She looked at him in puzzlement and said, “dad, no one uses a map anymore. Maps are old-school!”.   A GPS recalculates if you miss a turn and shows where you are in relation to where you need to be. But a compass will work when the satellite can’t get a reading and can be counted on to keep you headed in the right direction, even if you’re not certain of exactly what road you’re on.

Besides having a navigational tool, cultivating an attitude of expectancy is key to a successful journey. Our attitude toward change has much to do with our personality type. I run full force into change with sword drawn, ready for action. One of my partners gets out the calculator, gathers information and ponders long and hard before taking action. Neither one of us have the correct approach. In fact, the ideal is to travel with a team that have all different perspectives that come with different personalities. The one with gutsy boldness and daring has to have someone to catch their tail and haul them back up when they step off the edge of a cliff in the fog.

Change is inevitable, survival is essential, but improvement is optional. Sometimes the whole process is exhausting. It comes in handy that we are more adaptable than we think. Agility is maintained by stretching and change is the way we stretch. You can resist it and it will come anyway. Might as well fasten your seat belt and learn to enjoy the ride.

“Do one thing every day that scares you.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt.

YOU are the Key to Economic Change

March 19, 2012

Business in America is typically treated more like science than art. And it’s really both. Science is a left-brained matter and art functions from the right side of the brain. Business done the right way for the right reasons is a whole-brain function. Success in business is MORE than the bottom line. It’s about MORE than building your brand. It’s about MORE than influence and making a million bucks.

It’s about releasing all the gifts you have to the world. Your gifts, talents, intellect, energy, love, experience, insight and ideas.

Business executed with excellence and joy can change the world.

Consider what 7 billion people want.

Jim Clifton, Chairman of Gallup,  authored  The Coming Jobs War.  Inspired by global leaders who continually asked, “Does anyone know for sure what the whole world is thinking?”, he writes, “Humans used to desire love, money, food, shelter, safety, peace and freedom more than anything else. The last 30 years have changed us. Now people want a good job and they want their children to have a good job. This changes everything for world leaders.”

What the whole world wants is a good job. And effective business leaders are positioned to create jobs. Regardless of whether you own a small business or manage a corporate division of a mega-company, your decisions make a difference in the world’s economy.

Clifton proposes that America’s most pressing problem is not healthcare costs, runaway government spending or global terrorism. It’s creating jobs.  Something so practical can be a catalyst for hope. Imagine hearing good news instead of fearful statistics. Imagine a people full of hope. Imagine having the power to stop the mudslide in the economies of nations.

A wise friend of mine used to say with a gentle smile, “get over yourself, it’s not about you.”  I say, “Get on with yourself – you’re a world changer.”

You and I hold the power of economic change within the action we take today.  It will be released as we find freedom in the creativity of doing business artfully.  Science is good. Art is beautiful. The marriage of the two….remarkable.

‘You’re off to Great Places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, So… get on your way!”

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How to Kill A Relationship in One Easy Step

February 7, 2012

Email can kill a relationship.

I learned an indelible lesson about written communication when I was in 7th grade Spanish class. No- we didn’t have email back in the Stone Age,  but bear with me. My mother had taught me to NEVER put anything in writing that wasn’t meant to be read by many, with the exception of writing in my journal. But in a moment of frustration and anger,  I wrote on my paper in class “Bissell is a b—-“.    I failed to see Mrs. Bissell working her way around the class and reading over my shoulder.  Busted. I  can still feel the heat as my cheeks flamed in embarrassment.  Lesson learned.

What does this have to do with email?

Email is a convenient, non-intrusive way to communicate information.   But it’s a lousy way to communicate emotion-laden messages.   It’s entirely too easy for people to “read between the lines” and inject hidden meaning where maybe there is none. Furthermore, don’t assume the message will only be read by the recipient. They can forward it, print it, re-read it, stew on it… you get the picture.  The inherent danger of email is that it’s fast. It’s too easy to fire off a message when you’re angry.  It’s easy to kill a relationship in one touch of the “Send” button.  So what’s the safeguard?


Otherwise, you might  be like a 7th grader in Spanish class- writing something in a moment of anger and frustration that you’ll regret for a very long time.

Win From Within

January 9, 2012

It was this time of year a couple of digits in time ago that I remember getting hooked on  video games. We had just purchased a nintendo for our children for Christmas and Mario offered entertainment and brilliantly designed challenges. Every time I  played, there was a desire to get a little better, go a little further and conquer the beasts of the next level. I was delighted when the kids had to go back to school and I got the game to myself. After a day or so, reality set it in and I had to concede that my call in life didn’t involve Mario and I had to get to work.

The key to winning and getting progressively better faster was investing time, learning from others and strategizing. There were numerous opponents whose sole purpose was to block your advancement. And so it is with life.

Have you taken the time to really understand the strategies of your adversaries? Or to back it up to basics, are you aware of who your adversaries are?

In the world of business, challenges can take many forms, but my observation is the two main deterrents to success are not obvious. Typically, they are not tangible things like lack of capital or competition. For most, the biggest obstacles are within us and are embedded in our thoughts.

Evil twins that make great men stumble bear the names Pride and Greed. The forms they come in sometimes appear innocuous, but they have deep roots that have cracked many foundations, causing individuals as well as large organizations to fail.

Recognizing, identifying and routing destructive mindsets is mandatory to building sustainable success yet most dismiss the thought of strategically guarding and strengthening the most important asset in your organization – the hearts and minds of people.

What have you done today to strengthen your heart? I daresay that scheduling such an exercise is just as necessary as a cardio workout is for physical vitality.

I’m on a mission to show you what that looks like. Stay tuned.