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20
Dec
12

Look at Love ~ Rumi

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Look at Love…
how it tangles
with the one fallen in love

look at spirit
how it fuses with earth
giving it new life

why are you so busy
with this or that or good or bad
pay attention to how things blend

why talk about all
the known and the unknown                                                                                       pic from goggle images
see how unknown merges into the known

why think separately
of this life and the next
when one is born from the last

look at your heart and tongue
one feels but deaf and dumb
the other speaks in words and signs

look at water and fire
earth and wind
enemies and friends all at once

the wolf and the lamb
the lion and the deer
far away yet together

look at the unity of this
spring and winter
manifested in the equinox

you too must mingle my friends
since the earth and the sky
are mingled just for you and me

be like sugarcane
sweet yet silent
don’t get mixed up with bitter words

my beloved grows
right out of my own heart
how much more union can there be

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05
Jul
10

Love is the Yoke

Consider that when you formulate and act your business dream into being you are accessing the intangible world of spirit and then yoking it into the tangible, material world.  Your dream comes from spirit, your plan is a cart, and love is the yoke (a yoke is a wooden beam placed on oxen to pull a cart or load).

Only you, as a divine human, have the ability to use your heart (or love) as the yoke for everything that you do –imagine the possibilities when transacting every aspect of your business from the space or yoke of love –how delighted spirit would be with you then (assuming that matters to you, of course).  Essentially you create a heaven on earth –a space for spirit to further express and expand itself into tangible existence.

Your vision of your business comes from spirit and expressing that vision is your gift back to spirit. There really is no other choice but to act from the heart in all aspects of your business.  The degree to which we all fight this truth –the degree to which we act in non-compassionate, destructive ways within the realm of business, is the degree to which we, and everyone impacted by business, suffers.

Making a conscious choice to make love to the world with business is a choice we can all live with and yoke to.

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15
Dec
09

Plan & Let Go

Fundamentally, planning is about creating the steps between a current situation and a chosen future.  To paraphrase Julia Cameron, who so brilliantly addresses our creative urge in The Artist’s Waywe are compelled because we are ourselves creations; infused with an indwelling creative force. Creative energy is a gift – we are meant to design new creations as a gift back. Refusal to do so is counter to our true nature.

We intuitively know how to form creative energy into a structure that has the potential to attract what we need and desire. Steps are taken; energy turns into form i.e. a spider spins a web, an entrepreneur writes a business plan.  Often, frustration occurs when as soon as the structure is designed, we continue to expect specific linear results (hello ego!) and become lost and identified with goals and the structure itself. How can we relax when our structure demands that there are customers to capture, products to be sold, and bills to be paid?

One option is to go after our targets no matter what – stomping over competitors and employees, short-changing or deceiving customers, destroying the planet and ignoring our values.  Another option is to recognize and get over the fact that after we plan what we want, the specific linear results from specific actions phase is over.

Evolving business concepts proactively interweave attention and action.  When we design frameworks, it is natural that not only will some success show up, but external resistance and internal doubt will also arise.   Once the structure is intact, it is imperative to to be attentive, enthralled, fascinated, and non-judgmental about EVERYTHING that shows up in our web.  We must then be willing to intervene if necessary, let go and modify external actions with the feedback we have received from the universe / environment.  We also must be willing to acknowledge and clean-up, to the best of our ability, fear and doubt that may arise within ourselves and our team.  Planning and letting go is the equivalent of ego and sacred attention working together- ensuring honorable, joyful, and sustainable bottom-lines.

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27
Jul
09

Five Keys to Measuring Productivity

I wrote an article about this topic several (and I do mean several) years ago published in the Houston Business Journal.  Here are the original Five Keys:

  1. Keep it Balanced – Incorporate both leading measures that drive performance and lagging measures that are outcome, or results-oriented.
  2. Know the Organization – Align productivity objectives with the mission and strategy of the organization.
  3. Establish Credibility – Make sure there is buy-in and keep it simple.
  4. Ensure Integrity – Use measures to track progress against goals or targets, not to create competition among teams, business units or individuals.
  5. Share Results  – Establish who will receive what results when.

The context in which the keys were originally designed — “productivity is an expectation that employees produce output that gives rise to, and forwards, company goals” could be altered to “productivity is the innate ability of every individual to express, produce or give rise to” — period.  From a Shaman’s point-of-view it could be said that the only reason we do anything is to express and connect with other people.  It could be said that business is really a construct for people to do that – express and connect – and only that. From this context, the Five Keys to Measuring Productivity would be:

  1. Keep it Un-Balanced – Incorporate both leading measures that drive performance and lagging measures that are outcome, or results-oriented.  Focus on the leading measure – have more leading measures than lagging, include measures that express expression.  Allow individuals to design their own leading and lagging measures – incorporate them.
  2. Know the Organization / Individual Connection – Align productivity objectives with the mission and strategy of the organization.  Include the mission, vision, and values of individuals involved in the organization.
  3. Nurture Credibility –  Credibility should be nurtured, never established.  Make sure the company keeps it’s word. Make sure there is buy-in to productivity measures, that people are aligned and inspired, and keep it simple.
  4. Ensure Integrity – Don’t have a whole lot of goals or targets, and never design measures that encourage a breach of an individuals ethics, or pit them against one another.
  5. Share the Good and the Bad Results  – Establish who will receive what results when e.g. everyone whenever they want them.

Measures are important…..they set the edges of the garden in which a business can grow.  Measures should never, however, rule us and they should above all, support every individual to view and expand their expression and connection – ultimately creating a profitable bottom-line that everyone can feel good about.

View the original article published under my non-pen name, Brenda Rarey, as “Get all employees on board when dealing with productivity issues” Houston Business Journal






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