Posts Tagged ‘Focus



30
Apr
10

What is a Vision Statement?


vision of peace statue

Originally uploaded by Dan Anderson

Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “I have a dream,” and what followed was a vision that changed a nation. That famous speech is a dramatic example of the power that can be generated by a person who communicates a compelling vision of the future.

Management author Tom Peters identified a clear vision of the desired future state of the organization as an essential component of high performance. If a strategic plan is the “blueprint” for an organization’s work, then the vision is the “artist’s rendering” of the achievement of that plan. It is a description in words that conjures up a similar picture for each member of the company of the destination of the company’s work together. There is one universal rule of planning: You will never be greater than the vision that guides you. No Olympic athlete ever got to the Olympics by mistake; a compelling vision of his or her stellar performance inevitably guides all the sweat and tears for many years. The vision statement should require the organization’s members to stretch their expectations, aspirations, and performance. Without that powerful, attractive, valuable vision, why bother?

How a Vision is Used

John Bryson, the author of Strategic Planning for Public and Nonprofit Organizations, states that typically, a vision is “more important as a guide to implementing strategy than it is to formulating it.” This is because the development of strategy is driven by what you are trying to accomplish, your organization’s purposes. A mission statement answers the questions: Why does our organization exist? What business are we in? What values will guide us? A vision, however, is more encompassing. It answers the question, “What will success look like?” It is the pursuit of this image of success that really motivates people to work together.

A vision statement should be realistic and credible, well articulated and easily understood, appropriate, ambitious, and responsive to change. It should orient the company’s energies and serve as a guide to action. It should be consistent with the organization’s values. In short, a vision should challenge and inspire the company to achieve its mission.  Reprinted: Alliance for Management

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12
Apr
10

6 Strategies for Making More Money in Less Time

 


Renewable Energy Sculpture in front of Houston Public Library

Originally uploaded by ANVAR – SO BUSY RUSSIANTEXAN ©

Laura West, host of the Joyful Business Blog recently wrote about packaging your services in a way that enhances your energy.  I call this R.O.E. = Return On Energy. I have changed Laura’s post up a tiny bit, but here it is mostly word-for-word –an inspiring read if you don’t want to feel depleted “holding-up” your business…..

One of the most important intentions in your business, even in a passion-based business like yours, is to make a profit. Yes! ~you do want to make money while making the world a better place by contributing your magical gifts. In order to keep contributing and changing the world in your unique way through helping your clients, you need to also be financially successful. Your gift, in the form of products and services, is the seed, your business plan the tree, and financial success a must-have-fruit!

The thing is, this must-have-fruit, should not come with an unjust price of draining your energy in any way, shape, or form –ever. You want to create energy-enhancing business models! There are ways of serving a variety of client needs while serving your need to develop a financially sustainable and flourishing business – all without depleting yourself physically, spiritually and energetically.

One thing you can do is to look at how you can bring your creativity into your pricing and services so that you make more money and give more value with out taking so much of your time that it starts to drain your energy. Here are six ways to create packages for your services, products, experience and knowledge so that you can joyfully serve more clients in less time and make more money doing it!

Strategy #1: Offer Options with Your Time
The idea here is to offer three ways a client can work with you – a small investment option, medium option, and top of the line option. Clients love choice. If you tell them that you have one price or one package, they will often not take it because the question becomes “Do you want this service? Yes or No?” With three options, the clients have a choice. The question becomes “Which one would you like?” This is a totally different question which will lead you to more clients. You’ll also be surprised at how many people will take the top of the line or premium option. This is a great way of stretching into new pricing options that might have been higher than you were used to charging.

Strategy #2: Package Your Process
Potential clients like to know that you have a process. It helps them to know what to expect from you so they can get their arms around the commitment. Most of all, it gives them confidence in you. When you share that you have a process, they trust that you know what you are doing. Funny thing is…they don’t really care about what your process is – they really care about the results for them. They just want to know that you have a system for what they are going through. For example, you may offer a six-hour package where you take them through five steps that will change their life or business. Or you may have a 90-day program or a four-week series. When you package your process, you will get more and better results from your clients as well. It creates a win-win. Your clients get more value and better results – and you get clients with amazing results – which feels great!

Strategy #3: Create Products From Your Process
Have you determined your five-step process? Now is a great time to put it into a workbook, an e-course or create an audio series. Some people may want to just buy the product and apply the principles or tools themselves. You’ll be surprised by how many people will buy the product and still want your help in taking them through the work. They need the accountability and partnership for success!

Strategy #4 Create A Membership Program
You attract people to your services who are at different places in their buying process. Many people want just a taste of what you have to offer. Maybe they are new business owners and aren’t quite ready to invest in an entire package with you, or they are just new to your services and want to experience more before they invest in a full program. Offering a membership program is a way of creating a community of these similar clients and giving them a taste of what you offer. You’ve seen examples of free membership clubs like Starbucks, an Amazon Prime Account, or airline frequent flyer mileage programs. Then there’s the small fee membership club that for $24, $47 or $97 a month they can join your membership club and get access to certain services. For example, you could offer a group teleseminar and then mail the audio CD and transcript to them each month. It’s a great way to get them in a relationship with you and usually once people experience your magic – they are going to want to upgrade and they’ll want more from you.

Strategy #5: Offer a Continuity Program
A continuity program is typically a long-term relationship where clients consistently get to work with you in a variety of ways. It’s often offered over a year. You can package together products, ebooks, audios, teleclasses, transcripts, online forums and even in person retreats to create a program throughout the year.

Strategy #6: Premium Programs or Platinum Style Programs
Look around you and you’ll start to notice how often the word “Platinum” shows up to describe an upscale or premium offering. Delta Airlines and their Platinum program comes to mind for mega flyers. A premium or platinum style program is ideal when you are ready to scale back your hourly work and create a premium program (with a premium price tag) for more one-on-one work, special retreats, or small group coaching. There are some of your clients who are ready for this type of intense work. The greatest reward is that the type of clients who come into this program are usually very committed to their success. Again, it’s creating a win-win program. They get flourish with big results, and you see the impact of your work! Every time a client commits to this type of program with me, just the power of this big commitment within themselves creates a jump in their business, new clients, a big PR opportunity or other major success.

What ideas has this post sparked in you for your business? Pay attention to your inspired energy. That’s where you want to start. Don’t try to do all these ideas at one time. Pick one idea and focus on it for the next 90 days. Clear, focused energy is powerful creation energy! Post in original format

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11
Feb
10

Strategic Social Media Portals

 


Tunnel to Infinity

Originally uploaded by fluxxus1

Last week I went to the new Barnes & Noble in Houston with my husband.  As we turned onto West Gray we wondered if this B&N would have a Starbucks in it like most B&N’s given that there are already two Starbucks across the street from each other at this particular end-of-the-world. The corner of West Gray and Shepherd is a triple threat – there are now three Starbucks less than a block’s distance from each other – interesting strategy.

Speaking of strategy……I went to B&N looking for a book on Social Media that focused on integrating social media into a business plan strategy.  It was the right day to go – the very helpful sales associate was in the process of creating a special display for all things Social Media.  While I sipped my triple, vanilla Cappuccino (I can’t help it) he shared the list of books planned for display – over 50 titles.  I chose The Social Media Bible because not only did it give a great overview – it had a strategy focus plus information on metrics – perfect!

Because here’s the thing – there are so many avenues (portals) of Social Media that unless you target and measure the mix that gives you 1-a decent R.O.I. and R.O.E. (Return on Your Energy) 2-a projection of your particular business vision into the world and 3-happiness –you could get really, really frustrated.

As a famous yogi once said ~ We come from Infinity into finite to prove ourselves through the projected purity of our actions, and anyone who knows this point of purity and projection shall always be prosperous ~ Yogi Bhajan

Considering the strategic point of purity and projection in Social Media is an interesting inquiry (and one that I am in myself).  My next post will be a quick overview of the components of a decent Social Media Strategy and a few Social Media Marketing Best Practices.  In the meantime, remember this: Social Media provides portals into unique subsets of an infinite universe – choose a finite number of portals wisely.

Speaking of infinity……my husband I were wondering, can an infinite number of Starbucks fit into one city block?

Here is a great video on Social Media R.O.I.  — it points out the potential for high R.O.I. as well as the cost of doing nothing.  There is somewhat of a mixed message with statements leading to R.O.I. not being important — the missing link is strategy, but the video remains an inspiring message.

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19
Jan
10

Face Your Brilliant Creation

We are ourselves creations, and we in turn are meant to design new creations ~Julia Cameron

You must fall in love with yourself, warts and all, if you are going to have anyone else fall in love with what you are creating and offering. Part of falling in love with yourself is understanding and accepting that you are a brilliant center of powerful creation.

Because you are a center of powerful creation, you must also be willing to face the responsibility of your creations. As your business expands and grows, the Core Ideology (mission, vision, and values) ensures that business actions and transactions are in integrity with your original intention. The Core Ideology is, consciously and in co-creation with spirit, determined by you.

The main thrust of core ideology is that it is enduring. Ultimately, Core Ideology provides “higher thinking” and guide posts from which to make decisions ~like a beacon reminding you of what you and your company are all about when things are moving really fast, as well as when things seem dark or confusing. The core remains intact regardless of circumstances (very much like spiritual principles that endure over time, resonate when we hear them, and bring us back to center).  A powerful core ideology will speak to anyone who hears it and supersedes individual personalities.

With your business, you are creating a garden for Divine Source to visit and co-grow. The Core Ideology is the marker, the framework, the boundaries of your particular garden. It states and anchors in that in THIS garden, each and every flower (transaction) will have THIS particular seed of your expression within it. The Ideology trains you to be in the now of the day-to-day business of your business; by trusting the garden you are in — you are free to express joyfully and move into your brilliant power and creation more and more.

Read more about how to face your brilliant creation in the eBook Becoming a Source of Good

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16
Jan
10

They Call to You to Sing ~ Hafiz

We share our tools and instruments and plates;
We are companions on this earth

As the sun and planets are in the sky.
We are all sentries at our sacred humble posts.

The stones and stars envy the movements
Of your legs and tongue
And call to you to sing on their behalf.

The atoms in your cells and limbs are full of wonderful talents;
They dance in the Hidden Choir Spirit conducts.

This love you now have of the Truth
Will never forsake you.

Your joys and sufferings on this arduous path
Are lifting your worn veil like a rising stage curtain

And will surely reveal your Magnificent Self
So that you can guide this world like Spirit

In the Hidden choir
Spirit and his friends will forever
Conduct.

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12
Jan
10

Lean your graceful plan towards spirit

Look what can happen when you lean your graceful plan towards spirit, look at all that amorous light you can catch which will illuminate your customers and loose your soul.

Imagine your business as a garden that Spirit steps into. When you plant the seeds, whether it is the germination of an idea or the strategic evolution of an existing business, Spirit is immediately with you enjoying your creation.  Lean your graceful plan towards Spirit and watch the light on your garden increase and sparkle.

The most important reason to create or evolve a business plan is to design a tangible framework in which you are free to co-create with spirit.  Between your eye and your plan Spirit stands waiting.

5 reasons to have a Business Plan:

1 – To design a tangible framework in which you invite spirit to co-create with you.

2 – To encourage you to ask yourself and others the right questions –right questions include hard questions.

3 – To serve as a guide for the lifetime of your business by providing guideposts and tools to analyze growth, as well as exit points.

4 – To communicate to others who may want to participate with you (as investors, lenders, partners, etc.) what your business is about and where it is going.

5 – To allow you to be in the “now” of the day-to-day tending of the business of your business.

Whether your plan is 5 hand-written pages or a leather bound 100 page document, without it your business can be rudderless and invisible in terms of impact; day-to-day activities will be randomly reactive. Think of your Business Plan as an invitation to Spirit to co-create, guide, play and….shine on you.

Photo: Color Shaman : Shekhinahshaman

Read more about how to lean your graceful plan towards spirit in the eBook Becoming a Source of Good 

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08
Jan
10

Unfold Your Own Myth ~ Rumi

An oyster opens his mouth to swallow one drop.
Now there’s a pearl.

A vagrant wanders empty ruins
Suddenly he’s wealthy.

But don’t be satisfied with stories,
how things have gone with others.

Unfold your own myth,
without complicated explanation,
so everyone will understand the passage,
We have opened you.

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