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 go out for drinks as a team after work. 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. 



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! 

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!