Thursday, February 19, 2015

Leadership Lessons from our Presidents

In light of the recent passing of President's day, we thought it would be fitting to pay respect to the forefathers of our country. There is much we can learn from the way our past leaders helped to shape and mold our country, and we'd like to highlight a few crucial characteristics of leadership that some of our past presidents personified.

George Washington emerged as one of the most influential leaders in the founding of the United States; even landing himself the title, "Father of the Country". What really set Washington apart was his "servant leader" style of leadership. A servant leader is someone who leads by example, who isn't afraid to get their hands dirty and is driven by their high ethical standards. This type of leadership often produces a very high team morale.

Washington is best known for: his integrity, his willingness to listen and take criticism from his advisors, treating others with kindness and respect

To say that Lincoln was one of the most effective leaders in US history is an understatement. Molded by poverty and loss, exercising unwavering drive and determination, Lincoln was an entirely self-taught man and exemplified leadership from a very young age. There is much debate as to which type of leader Lincoln was, as he fits many molds. However,  it is safe to say that he does fit that characteristics of a transformational leader.By definition, a transformational leader motivates his/her followers to see beyond their own needs by activating "higher order" awareness of moral values, the greater good, justice and equality. Followers of transformational leaders typically feel a great sense of loyalty and trust toward their leader. As a result, they are easily motivated to go above and beyond what is expected of them without prompting, despite adversity.

Lincoln is best known for: his ability to learn, his willingness to share credit for success, his hands on approach and managing directly, his ability to communicate effectively

Another great presidential leader was Thomas Jefferson. Shy and reserved by nature, Jefferson was not what you would call a natural born leader. He picked up his more forthright leadership qualities as time moved on, proving that great leaders come in all shapes and sizes and do not always display typical leadership characteristics straight out of the gate. 

Jefferson was best known for: being very knowledgeable and well-read, his remarkable writing skills, speaking his mind- even when his opinions weren't popular, learning from others

Theodore Roosevelt was another transformational and pragmatic leader. The youngest to have ever held America's highest office, Roosevelt may have been one of the best prepared to be president. Roosevelt displayed remarkable leadership in the face of overwhelming challenges, while breaking customs and consistently rising above and beyond expectations.

Roosevelt was best known for: taking the reins, recognizing the talents of his team, acknowledging and forgiving mistakes, developing leaders, delegation, demonstrating faith in his team

These are just a few of our country's great leaders and there is a lot to be learned from our former presidents and their leadership styles and how those approaches can be implemented into current business modules. 

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Resolving to Stick to your Resolutions

2015 is here and January is coming to an end. That means that those of us who have made resolutions are in danger of falling off the wagon and falling back into old habits. Where do we go wrong when making New Years resolutions?

There's something so inspiring and motivating about the start of a brand new year, that everybody gets on the "new year, new me" kick. Well, there's nothing wrong with the current you! When you try to completely remodel yourself and set unattainable goals, you are setting yourself up for failure, and that is why so many people give up not long after they begin. Just aim for small improvements- after all, you're already pretty great to begin with! And just because New Years has already come and gone, it is never too late to begin again! Here are a few tips to set yourself up for success.

1. Set small, measurable attainable goals. Don't overwhelm yourself with too much pressure; that is how people fail. However, don't underestimate yourself, either. If you have a big goal, break it up into smaller, measurable goals so you can mark your progress along the way.

2. Make room for fun goals, too! Have a hobby that you stopped doing years ago? Make some time to get back into it!

3. Write them down. Make a chart or a vision board and hang it where you can see it. 

4. Make it fun! Set goals that make you feel good about yourself. Think about how you'll feel after you accomplish them. Don't make it a daunting task.

5. Set goals in different areas of your life (your health, your relationships, your career, your hobbies, etc). 

6. For the love of Pete, don't fall victim to fad diets! Just aim to improve your health! (add more fruits and veggies, cut out refined foods, exercise more, etc).

Now go have some fun and kick 2015's butt! 

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Holiday Festivities at Peak!

We hope you all enjoyed your holiday and had a fabulous start to the new year! We had a great time at our annual Christmas party, and wanted to share some of our office festivities with you!

We started off with a scavenger hunt at The 16th Street Mall in downtown, Denver. We split up into teams and ventured off throughout the mall to gather as many items at possible, from selfies with strangers to hotdogs! The scavenger hunt winners were Zach, Big Kev, Taylor and Andy, (aka: Team Vultures)! 

After the scavenger hunt, we all met up at Stoneys, downtown to kick off the party! It was a catered event, and we were lucky enough to have DJ Dan spinning beats all night long!

We had a costume contest for the best holiday attire of the evening. The costumes ranged from ugly sweaters, to penguin onesies, but Samantha stole the show in her Christmas Boba Fett get up, and won a $50 gift card to Buffalo Wild Wings!

We did play trivia, but there were no clear cut winners, since the boys decided to play dirty, (no surprise there)! Aside from that, there was lining dancing and an overall good conglomeration of fun with great music, great food, and most importantly, great people!


Here's to a great new year!

Saturday, December 27, 2014

More exciting news at Peak-Inc!

We are starting off 2015 with some great news! 

Jonathan Leach has been promoted to management and will be opening a new office in Portland, Oregon! 

He will be settling down in OR on January 5th, 2015. Congratulations, Jon! We know you're going to do big things!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Reindeer Games at Peak Inc.!!

We're getting in the holiday spirit, here at Peak-Incorporated! However, that's not to say we haven't lost our competitive streak! Our very own Santa Claus, ( Eric ) has gathered some enticing gifts around our tree in light of the office Reindeer Games! 
Here's the scoop! Each of us are awarded points, depending on our all around performance. The one with the most points gets first pick of the gifts, and so forth. Be careful, though! Points can be deducted just as easily as they were given, so make sure you're on top of your game this month! 
And just for fun... here's a throwback picture of our CEO, Eric in a Christmas play. Just look at those cheeks! 

Happy Holidays, everyone! And we hope you all have a wonderful New Year! 

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