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! 

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".

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Meet the Team; Vann Ellerbruch- Professional Development Trainer!


Get to know Vann Ellerbruch, one of our Professional Development Trainers, here at Peak-Inc! 





 - What was your upbringing in Colorado like?

“I grew up in Northglenn, which is suburb of Denver. Sort of in between Boulder and Denver. I have two younger brothers, Shey and Trace. Growing up in my family required two things: an intense love of sports (as myself and both of my brothers played baseball our whole lives), and an intense love of learning (my parents were both teachers). It was because of my upbringing that I was able to develop such a wide variety of interests and experiences.”

- What extracurricular activities did you participate in when you were younger? 

“In high school, I played baseball all four years (all at center field) and basketball for three (point guard). But beyond that, I was very involved in the theater department at Northglenn High. The proudest moment I had in high school, was when I was given the opportunity to write and direct my own One Act play, which was performed for the entire school!”

- What was your first job?

My first job was at Boondocks Fun Center when I was sixteen. I was assigned to attractions, which meant I was in charge of all of the fun stuff outside (i.e. go karts and bumper boats).

- Where did you go to college and what did you major in?

I went to college at the University of Colorado at Boulder. For me, it was the only choice I really had because I was practically raised on that campus. For instance, I haven’t missed a football game since I was 5 years old. Even worse, my dad went to the CU football game the day I was born, which pretty much sealed my fate. 

I went into college as a Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental biology major, in the 
hopes of going to medical school. In retrospect, I think I really just liked the show Scrubs! In my junior year, I switched to a major that I was much more suited for, and that was Comparative Literature with a double major in Philosophy. I decided to go down this route, not only because it is infinitely interesting, but also because it helped me to learn about myself, both in terms of me as a person and how I fit into the bigger 
picture. 

- How do you like to spend your free time?


I spend the majority of my free time reading, going to local breweries, and playing music! As you can tell by my choice in majors, I am a sucker for literature. Right now, I’m working my way through my William Faulkner collection. At the moment, I’m reading, "The Sun Also Rises".


In terms of breweries, living in Boulder gives me a fantastic opportunity to try both well-established institutions, like Avery, but also smaller startups, like Gravity (my favorite). And playing music is just flat out fun! I’ve played in over 15 bands throughout high school and college, and I don’t plan to stop any time soon!

- Did you always want a career in this field? If so, what first sparked your interest and if not, what made you navigate toward this arena of work?

When I was in college, I switched my major to Comparative Literature and Philosophy with the plan ofattending law school. I wanted to be an environmental lawyer and work on the water rights in Colorado. 

I initially started at Peak because I thought that having sales experience would help me greatly in law school. However, that was before I fully understood the opportunity that this company gave me. By working really hard, sticking to the systems already in place, and by fully committing to the process, I would be able to achieve all of my goals, and then some. Now, I couldn’t imagine myself doing anything differently. I’m incredibly thankful for the way things turned out.

- What has the process been like working your way up through this company?

This is a tough one! The process of working my way up through the company has, for me, been both incredibly enlightening and challenging at the same time. With all of the systems we have in place, the path towards success is clearly defined. It just came down to my own work ethic and willingness to learn. When I started, I was more than eager to learn. I soaked up everything and tried my very best to apply the lessons I had been taught. And I did do very well.

However, in order to take the next step in my career, I had to shift my focus away from myself, and gauge my development on my ability to help others. This was a foreign concept for me up until this point. My whole life, I had been able to accomplish 
my goals by focusing only on myself. For example, as long as I did the research and wrote the paper, I would find success in college. But this company has challenged me to extend the opportunity onto others, both in the forms of training, coaching, and by being the example. And in the end, I found this to be far more fulfilling. My success is gauged by my ability to help others, and that it what I truly love about this opportunity.

- What are you goals with Peak?

My goals with Peak are to be a managing partner. In order to achieve this goal, I need to continue learning as much as I can, following the systems in place, and incessantly work to make those dreams happen.

- What is your ultimate goal for your career?

I want to be a platinum level consultant in this company. I know this is an ambitious and aggressive goal, but I trust in myself, my work ethic, and my ceaseless student mentality enough, that I know I can make this happen.

- What advice do you have for those embarking on a career in this field?

My advice would be to take coaching seriously. The beauty of this business is that you will never encounter something that hasn’t been encountered before. Everyone goes through the same trials, challenges, and successes. If you remain open, listen, and apply what you learn, success is inevitable.

Thanks for sharing, Vann! We really enjoyed getting to know you more and we can’t wait to see where all of your hard work will take you! 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Hard Work, Not Intelligence; Key to Getting Ahead


In this interesting article, Hard Work, Not Intelligence; Key to Getting Ahead, it is suggested that praising individuals solely based on their inherent abilities can actually be causing more harm than good. 

This has actually been an ongoing debate for quite some time. It is almost instinctual for parents to praise their children for their achievements, whether it be for getting good grades, performing well in a school play, or winning a sports game. Of course, parents want to compliment their children’s intelligence, athletic abilities, and even looks. However, is it detrimental to our children’s overall growth as individuals to focus so much on talents that you either have or you don’t? And what impact does this have on us as adults?

What this article is implying, is that it is much more crucial to place emphasis on the importance of effort and hard work in these circumstances. Instead of praising individuals based on their inherent talents, emphasis should be placed on their genuine efforts. (If you give it your all, the outcome will reflect your effort; increasing one's overall determination.) It results in more satisfaction in the outcome or such events and more desire to learn from each circumstance. This behavior translates into all aspects of life and continues to mold us into more responsible, hardworking, educated adults, who don’t just sit back and rely on our talents to get us through life. Not to say that we should never praise individuals for their innate abilities, but positive reinforcement for hard work and effort will be far more beneficial in the long run. 


Friday, June 20, 2014

Meet the team; Samantha Brown- Professional Development Trainer!




Over the past few weeks, we have been introducing some of our incredible team members, here at Peak-Incorporated. Next, we would like you to meet a very inspiring young woman named Samantha Brown! Here is an interview that you won't want to miss!


-What was your upbringing with your family in Colorado like?


    I was born and raised in Arvada, CO, which is just 15 minutes west of Denver. It's a quiet little suburb at the base of the foothills. I have 2 older brothers, (Ryan and Steven), and an older sister, (Sara). I'm, of course, the baby of 4! My Mom is a full blooded Italian, also born and raised here in Arvada, and my Dad, who moved out here in his twenties to chase his career dreams, is from "The Great State of Ohio", as he likes to say. My parents are actually celebrating their 30th wedding anniversary tomorrow, which is pretty awesome considering the norm of America.
    I grew up in the music store where my Mom worked for 15 years, which was a blast. All of us in my family are musicians and LOVE to rock out at every family gathering we have! My Dad has been in sales for the majority of my life- starting off stocking shelves for Western Distributing company when we were living in a tiny one bedroom duplex, to now being the Division Manager for Neuro Beverage where he manages a good majority of the west coast and the south. Needless to say, he's pretty inspiring and definitely the most prominent leader in my life.
    We moved around a lot while I was growing up, but we mostly lived here in Arvada, which in turn lead me to go to high school at Arvada West (Go Wildcats!). I graduated from there when I was still 17, and shipped myself off to the United States Navy to start a new adventure!
   



 - What extracurricular activities did you participate in while in High School? 


     This is going to sound crazy, because normally these things DO NOT go together... but I was a HUGE band-geek in the marching band, whilst simultaneously being a cheerleader. I know it's weird, but I made it work! I was also in dance my entire life, participating in quite a few genres (ballet, hip-hop, lyrical...), gymnastics, and softball. I was also in all of the musicals and plays and adored being a part of the Shakespearean club. I know, my nerd is showing!



- What was your first job?


    My very first job was when I was 14, I did "makeup artistry" for the Field of Corpses Haunted house, and was also one of the actresses in the asylum bit. I know, not particularly normal, but it was a ton of fun! My first actual job was waiting tables at Buffalo Wild Wings until I graduated High School.



- Where did you go to college and what did you major in?


     I went to College at the same time I was active duty Navy, so I didn't get the usual college experience. I ended up getting my degree from Pepperdine University in Malibu, California but only spent about a year on the actual campus, which is really sad considering its been voted the most beautiful campus in the nation. And I agree, it definitely is. I ended up with a BSC in Biochemistry.




- What do you like to do in your free time?

     In my free time I love being outside in the beautiful Colorado sunshine! Hiking, biking, rock climbing, shooting, snowboarding, kayaking, or just laying out in the park with a good book working on my tan :) I love going to concerts, especially at Red Rocks. I also love building and creating costumes... especially Star Wars costumes... Stormtroopers, Mandalorians, you name it, I build it. Also, I'm a beer enthusiast, so I love going to breweries and trying out new things!
                                                          



 - Did you always want a career in this field? If so, what first sparked your interest and if not, what made you navigate toward this arena of work?


     I absolutely never considered a career in sales or marketing, even on a managerial spectrum. My original game plan was: join the military to pay for college, get a degree in hard science, then go to law school to become a patent attorney. As you can tell, my plan changed a bit since then.... I had a bit of an epiphany, class was BORING and it didn't stimulate me mentally the way I had expected it to. I couldn't stand the thought of being stuck in an office doing paperwork all day to make great money, but never actually ENJOY anything I was doing. So, I started bartending to pay the bills until I could decide what it was I wanted. I considered going back to active duty, because at least I was constantly on new adventures, seeing the world... but the military wasn't conducive for the other things I wanted in life, and after one of my very best friends died in combat I decided it wasn't the right fit for me. So, I just began searching for something that would grab my attention. I stumbled upon Peak and actually passed it up the first couple of times I came across it because "sales" didn't exactly sound sexy to me! However, it just kept popping up, everywhere I searched so I took it as a bit of a sign that I should consider the idea... I didn't realize at the time that this had little to do with sales and more so with coaching and development, which is exactly the thing I wanted most! Couldn't have worked out better.



 - What has the process been like working your way up through this company?


      The process has been unlike anything I've ever been through before! I've never been in an environment with so much positive energy, with so many incredible people. I legitimately wake up with a smile on my face excited to get to the office. I know in this day and age that's a rare thing to come across. When I started, I hit the ground running. The idea of no seniority motivated me to kick my work ethic into high gear and take control of the massive opportunity that was presented to me. The support system I've acquired and the coaching I've received while being here is really what's launched my development and pushed me to work my way up to my position.




- What are you goals with Peak?


      My goals with Peak are to be promoted to a managerial role in 2015, and help pave the way for others to do the same!


- What is your ultimate goal for your career?


      My ultimate goal for my career is to gain the financial freedom and time to fund and run the Christian M Pike foundation that will support families that have lost service members in combat, while being able to extend the same freedoms of finance and time to others so that they may see their goals achieved.



 -How do you keep a good work/ personal life balance?


      I keep a good work/personal life balance by really submerging myself into the time I have with my friends and family, making specific time to go out and have fun! Planning is really key there. When I'm a work, I'm 100% at work, when I'm at home, I'm 100% devoted to the people around me and whatever we may be doing that day!



- What advice do you have for those embarking on a career in this field?



      The biggest piece of advice I have for anyone embarking on this career path is to keep a killer student mentality, always be hungry to learn from those around you and grow with them. Push hard through the rough times, work even harder when you're faced with adversity and I guarantee you it will be worth it 10 fold! Lastly, have as MUCH fun as humanly possible!


Thanks for sharing your story with us, Samantha! We look forward to continuing this journey with you and we can't wait to see what the future holds for you! Watch out, world, this girl is on fire!!!!