Wednesday, November 19, 2014

The Benefits of Practicing Gratefulness



     It’s that time of year again. With Thanksgiving fast approaching, everyone is counting their blessings and thinking of what they are thankful for in their lives. While taking the time to be grateful for your blessings is a wonderful thing, it is a practice that should be put into place year round, and not just periodically. 

     The benefits of practicing gratefulness are exponential and they extend into all areas of our lives. Focusing on the things we have can improve our physical health, spiritual health, relationships, careers, and personalities. 

     Practicing gratitude just plain-old makes you happier! By focusing on what you have instead of what you don’t have, you will be more at peace and generally, in a better mood. This, in turn, will have a positive impact on all other aspects of your life. You will feel more relaxed, more content and more focused on positive emotions, which will lead to improved self esteem, optimism, less materialism and more selflessness. In turn, this will lead to improved relationships. 

     Now, look at you- being so fabulous! I bet you’re feeling pretty fabulous too; sleeping better, feeling more energized, walking around with a little pep in your step. Now that you’re feeling so great, you can really focus on your career. Practicing gratitude can lead to greater productivity, better management, better appreciation of your coworkers, improved teamwork, and improved confidence at the workplace. Additionally, when you show gratitude, people tend to gravitate toward you more, which is always a plus in the workplace. 

     It’s easy to forget to count your blessings when things gets hectic and life’s worries take over, instead. Try to remember to incorporate practicing gratitude for all the things that you do have and you will find that life’s worries won’t have such a hold on you anymore. Have a wonderful holiday season, everyone! 

Friday, October 24, 2014

Keys to Motivational & Inspiring Leadership


     We’ve all heard the old adage, “Great leaders are born, not made”. While there may be some innate leadership qualities that some of us are born with, I am not a firm believer that one can be birthed into this world with inherent characteristics of an all around kick-butt head honcho. Great leaders are developed over time. 

     Most CEOs and entrepreneurs with remarkable leadership qualities started out in ordinary, entry level positions and, with time, cultivated their attributes throughout their transition toward management. Leadership skill-sets are attained through experience, research, observation, seeking advice from others, and learning from one’s own successes and failures. So what are the keys to becoming an inspiring leader?

1. Earn trust. In order to be a successful leader, you MUST have the trust of your employees. You cannot run a business without the backbone of your company, your loyal employees. And you cannot gain their trust if you are not worthy of their trust. The rules of earning trust are simple; treat your employees with respect, show interest in their lives without prying, show interest in the success of their career path and help them to succeed within the company, and be respectful when you must address any mistakes that have been made. When there is mutual trust in the workplace, things will run much more efficiently. 

2. Be honest. This covers a wide range of details. Be honest with who you are and don’t try to change your personality at the workplace. People will pick up on it and find it to be disingenuous. Be honest with your team and communicate effectively, whether it be positive or negative subjects. Face up to challenges and trust in yourself and your employees to be able to handle whatever those challenges may be. 

3. Be confident. This one cannot be stressed enough. As a leader, your job is to keep up team morale. If you are not confident in yourself, why would your team be confident in your ability to lead? Even in times of doubt, it is your job to assure your employees that all companies have minor setbacks and  set forth a plan to get back on schedule. Never let ‘em see you sweat!

4. Have a positive attitude. Remember that you want your office to have a positive and upbeat atmosphere. You also want your employees to be happy in their place of work and to stay motivated toward the ongoing success of the company. Don’t forget to have a sense of humor and have a little bit of fun at the office as well. Have a game day or grab a bite to eat as a team after work. Hold friendly competitions to boost company morale, stay close as a team and stay motivated to make the company a success. 

5. Inspire. Great leaders are able to motivate and inspire others. Not only can they inspire others to help their own company to succeed, but they inspire others to follow their dreams of success, as well. Most extraordinary leaders will tell you that they were inspired by another extraordinary leader that they worked either under or close by. 


"The courage of leadership is giving others the chance to succeed even though you bear the responsibility for getting things done." - Simon Sinek




Friday, October 10, 2014

Expanding in Dallas!

Hey, Everyone! We just wanted to let you know that we have expanded our office in Dallas! We can't wait to see what the new changes will bring! Here are some pictures of our beautiful new office if you'd like to check it out! 







Monday, September 29, 2014

Tips for Staying Productive on Weekends


What sets apart highly successful people from ordinary people? Extraordinary people have extraordinary habits. In fact, they even stick to those habits on the weekends and on their time off of work! Here are some of their secrets.

1. They stick to a schedule. They get up around the same time they would during the work week. You won’t find a successful person snoozing until 2:00pm on a Sunday. Not only does this waste the day away, but it throws off the sleep schedule for the next few days. Not conducive for a productive work week! 

2. They plan it out. Successful people know the importance of setting goals and accomplishing tasks. Of course, down time and R&R are not off-limits, but slacking off is not on the menu. 

3. They prioritize. List making and setting deadlines are crucial here. Successful people know which tasks take priority and they make sure to tackle each goal accordingly.

4. They stay active and healthy. Setting aside some time to sweat is not only important for you physically, but mentally as well. There is no better stress reliever than getting that adrenaline pumping. So hit the gym, take a hike, walk your dog, play some football with friends...whatever floats your boat. 

5. They make time for friends and family. It’s important to step back from your career time to time, and spend some quality time with the ones who care about you and support you. 

6. They take some time for themselves. They spend time on hobbies they enjoy, which provides an outlet for stress relief, nurtures creativity and provides opportunities to network- which brings us to the next topic.

7. They network. Successful people seize opportunities to network with other successful people, whether it be during social events, business events, or during leisure time. 

8. They reflect. One very important habit of successful people is that they reflect on their past experiences- both good and bad. They analyze and review what has and has not worked in the past, make plans as to how to improve for the future, and move on. 

9. They prepare. Lastly, successful people take the time to prepare for the rest of the week, or an upcoming event such as a meeting, conference or other venture. 

Of course, there just isn't enough time in the day to do everything every single weekend. This is where prioritization comes into play. Successful people know when it's important to do which task and when certain tasks can take the back seat. Here's to success! 

"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit." - Aristotle 



Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The Benefits of Being “Sports-Minded” in the Work Place


     While conducting a job search on the internet, you will come across many different requirement listings, depending on the particular job type and description you are looking at. There are many staples that you will typically encounter on just about any ad, such as reliability, communication skills, experience, professionalism, positive attitude, flexibility, etc. 

     One specific qualification you will find listed, particularly in the fields of marketing and sales is, “sports-mindedness”. What does that mean, exactly? You may think you’ve hit the jackpot and have stumbled across a job where you’ll be hanging out, talking sports all day and going out for a couple of cold ones to catch the big game after work. Not so fast- that’s not quite what we’re going for, here. Although we do love our sports, here at Peak, and we do get together to watch sports on office nights or battle it out for game tickets during office competitions, there’s a much bigger picture behind this phrase.

   So...what does it mean to be a “sports-minded” individual? Well, let’s think about the mind set of an athlete. Professional athletes eat, sleep and breathe sports. They are determined, goal-driven, hard working and they train hard. They’re also team players. They love and support their team and they build each other up in order to help each other succeed. They continue to learn and grow through their triumphs and tribulations, and they pass on their knowledge to their teammates in order to cultivate a strong, trusting proficient unit. They may not always win, but they pick themselves back up, dust themselves off, and jump right back in the game. They learn from their mistakes and use slip-ups as motivation to train harder and kick butt the next time around. For sports-minded people, failure is not an option and giving up is not in their vocabulary.

     Being sports-minded is a great concept to get behind and once you adopt this frame of mind, nothing....and I mean NOTHING can stop you! Not only will this benefit you in your career, but you will find that all aspects of your life will improve. 

"The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a man's determination." - Tommy Lasorda

Friday, August 29, 2014

Big News for Ben Bacca!

We are proud to announce that Ben Bacca has been promoted to management! Ben has been an invaluable member of our team, here at Peak-Inc., and this promotion is well-deserved!  

Ben and some of our team members will be heading out to Indianapolis on Saturday, August 30th to open up a new office, working with AT&T U-verse. 

Here is a little bit about Ben;

Out of High School Ben decided that he wanted to go into Law. However, after graduating in December of 2010 with a degree in Legal Advocacy and Interpretation, he decided that he wanted to start a professional career sooner rather than later. Having worked in sales while going through college, Ben decided to pursue a different path.

"I found a perfect career opportunity here at Peak Incorporated.  A place where I was not only awarded based on my level of work but was also in a competitive environment that fostered my desire to grow and develop my professional self. I am now working though the program so I can reach all my goals and build the personal and professional life I always wanted."

Congratulations, Ben! Best of luck in Indianapolis!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Life Lessons from Billionaire Mark Cuban

A lot can be learned from entrepreneur, owner of The Dallas Mavericks and panel member of Shark Tank, Mark Cuban, as exhibited in this article from daveramsey.com. Here is a brief synopsis of the article. 

This article, "3 Practical Lessons from Billionaire Mark Cuban", illustrates how Cuban cultivated his strong work ethic from a very young age and how his unwavering fortitude led him to become the success he is today. 

The article opens with a story of a young Mark Cuban, who asked his father for a new pair of basketball shoes. When his father told him no, and that he could get the new shoes when he got a job, Cuban secured his first job with the help of a family friend. He sold garbage bags door-to-door, and he soon fell in love with business. This taught Cuban a lesson which he took to heart; If you want something, you have to work for it. 

Ramsey highlights a few key inspirational lessons from his conversation with Cuban in this article. 

1. There's no reason it can't be you. Cuban talks about adversities he faced after completing college. He wasn't always successful; he tended bar, sold software, and even resorted to eating ketchup and mustard sandwiches at times. However, no matter how hard times got he never gave up...he just worked harder. Cuban says, " The one thing in life you can control is your effort.If you are willing to put in the effort to start the business and you are willing to deal with the challenges and the fact you might starve or live like a student . . . If you are willing to fight through those via effort and brain power, anything is possible. There is no reason it can’t be you.”

2. Selling ultimately comes down to connecting and serving. Through his endeavors, Cuban learned another valuable lesson; "If you can sell, you can accomplish just about anything." He also points out that selling is about making life easier for your customers, not about trying to push or convince them of something. He also stresses how important it is to connect with your customers.

3. Don't be a slave to the bank. Cuban is passionate about staying debt free, particularly concerning businesses. Surprisingly, he says that 99% of new business can be started without capital! “If you take a loan, you are no longer the boss,” Cuban says. “And your customers are no longer the bosses. Your banker is the boss. And if you hit any adversity, like every startup does, the priority becomes taking care of your banker . . . You’re no longer in a position to do whatever it takes to survive.”

Click the link above to read the whole article and to access links to the "EntreLeadership Podcast with Mark and Dave".