PEAK Newsletter: 10/17/17

A quick update. Happy Tuesday!  Here’s a quick update on what’s new with PEAK.     The November PEAK Around Town will be a Friendsgiving Event at The Nutty Java in Downtown Kingsport.  The event will take place on Thursday, November 9.  In conjunction with Friendsgiving, we will be hosting a clothing drive to support Mountain State Foundation’s Giving Tuesday.  Click here for full event details.   It’s never too late to reinvent yourself!  Read more in Jeremiah Clark’s most recent blog post.   Congratulations to PEAK member Dana Glenn!  Dana received a communications award from the Southern Economic Development Council.  Read more on page 33 of the Business Journal.   How’s your PEAK Fall Bucket List coming along?!  Last week, Angie Marshall won a set of passes to Cleek Farms by checking items off of her bucket list.  Our next drawing will be for Bays Mountain passes and will take place on October 20.  Click here for details.   The Downtown Kingsport Master Plan is the City of Kingsport’s plan to create a vision to reinforce and magnify Kingsport’s downtown role as the economic and cultural heart of the community.  The kick-off workshop will take place this Thursday, October 19, 7 PM, at the Kingsport Center for Higher Education.  Click here for more details.    Our friends at Kingsport recently launched the Kingsport Selfie Trail!  Click here to learn more about this fun initiative.   Have a great week!    – The...

Professional Development: Branch Out and Reinvent

BRANCH OUT & REINVENT A colleague of mine recently celebrated her thirty-fifth year of employment to the same organization.  This is no small feat.  Even assuming that an organization survives for thirty-five years, a number of both personal and professional factors have to align in order to achieve such a claim.  I applaud my colleague for her achievement and dedication, and I know that her employer appreciates her decades of work and experience. On the other end of the spectrum, I meanwhile once went through three different employers in just as many years. While I may not be achieving the same milestone as my colleague any time soon, research carried out by LinkedIn found that scenarios such as mine are actually common.  Their findings showed that individuals who graduated college between 2006 and 2010 (I finished my undergrad in 2009) held an average of 2.85 jobs over the following five years.  Statistically speaking, I’m average.  And while there has always been a stigma that baby boomers generally held lifelong jobs, a study by the Bureau of Labor Statistics found that baby boomers actually averaged 11.7 different jobs between ages 18 and 48 (note that in the Bureau study, changing positions within the same organization counted as a job change). There can be benefits that come from changing jobs or careers.  This Forbes article, for example, points out that individuals who remain at one organization for a number of years can become complacent, whereas those who have moved around can gain valuable new insights and make important professional connections that could lead to greater opportunities.  It can also be a...

PEAK Newsletter: 10/3/17

A quick update. Happy Tuesday!  Here’s a quick update on what’s new with PEAK.     If you haven’t already, be sure to pre-register for next week’s PEAK Around Town.  On Thursday, October 12, we’ll meet at Cattails at MeadowView for a golf activity, a hamburger dinner, and beer.  (All of this is included in the event cost of $15!)  Golf clubs and golf balls will be provided.  This event is for golfers of all skill levels.  The event begins at 5:30 PM, but if you would like extra instruction from a golf pro, it will be available at 5 PM.  Click here to register.   PEAK Friendsgiving will take place November 9 at Nutty Java.  More details & a potluck sign up sheet will be released very soon.  In the meantime, please click here to save the date to your calendar.   Read a good book lately?  Some studies show that reading is critical to your success.  Read more about it in Jeremiah Clark’s most recent professional development post – Your Library to Success.   How’s your PEAK fall bucket list coming along?  We’ll be drawing for the first of many prizes this Thursday, 10/5!  It’s never too late to join in.  Read more about it here.   PEAK member Tina Radtke was recently recognized by the Times News for her role in driving the success of the Kingsport Theatre Guild.  With Tina as Executive Director, KTG has gone from $20,000 to $60,000 in ticket sales annually and has increased the number of annual productions.  We are so proud of you, Tina!   The Humanae exhibit will be unveiled Thursday, October 5 at...

Professional Development: Your Library to Success

YOUR LIBRARY TO SUCCESS     You may be familiar with the phrase, “the key to your success is found in your daily routine.”  That said, is reading one of your daily habits?  If not, then you’re missing out on an important key to success. The belief that reading (and the learning that comes therefrom) is critical to success is reflected in the habits of many successful individuals.  As acknowledged in a Huffington Post article, Bill Gates reads more than fifty books per year, Mark Cuban reads more than three hours every day, Elon Musk stated that he “read books” to learn how to build rockets, and Warren Buffett spends 80% (yes, 80%) of each day reading. These high achievers are not alone.  Steve Siebold, author of How Rich People Think, spent over three decades interviewing over 1,200 wealthy individuals, finding that most all of them credit reading as an important factor in their success.  These are individuals who not only make it a daily priority to read, but are also highly selective in what they read.  In his book Rich Habits: The Daily Success Habits of Wealthy Individuals, author Tom Corley found that individuals with an annual income over $160,000 read almost exclusively for self-improvement, education, and success.  On the opposite end of his study, individuals with an annual income of $35,000 or less read primarily to be entertained. To make a further comment regarding habits, Tom also found that 67% of wealthy individuals watch less than an hour of television each day, versus only 23% of non-wealthy individuals. Below are several links to articles containing lists of...

PEAK Fall Bucket List

Happy fall, y’all!  In celebration of the arrival of a new season, we are introducing a fall bucket list.  We hope this will encourage you to enjoy all that Kingsport has to offer this time of year. PEAK Fall Bucket List Enjoy a fall themed beverage from a local coffee shop Catch up with friends at the October PEAK Around Town Spend a Saturday morning giving back Visit the corn maze at Cleek Farms StarWatch at Bays Mountain Carve a pumpkin from the Farmer’s Market Visit Downtown Folk Fest Find the perfect costume for the Halloween Bash Give thanks at PEAK Friendsgiving  (more details to come soon!) After checking off one of the bucket list items, post a photo to social media, tag PEAK, and use the hashtag #PEAKFallBList in your caption.  We’ll be sharing some of our favorites on the PEAK social media accounts!  (If your instagram is private, we won’t be able to see your post.  Shoot us a DM so we can check it out!) Throughout fall, we will hold random drawings to give away prizes related to the bucket list.  Each completed and documented item equals an entry into the giveaway! After completing and documenting five items on the bucket list, you’ll receive a set of pint glasses.  A larger prize will be awarded to participants who complete the entire bucket list by December 1. We can’t wait to celebrate fall with...

PEAK Newsletter: 9/20/17

A quick update. Happy Wednesday!  Here’s a quick update on what’s new with PEAK.   Our October PEAK Around Town will take place on October 12, 5:30 PM, at MeadowView’s Cattails Golf Course!  The cost of this event is $15 and includes a golf activity, a hamburger dinner, beer, and club rental.  Golfers of all skill levels are welcome, and extra instruction from a golf pro will be available at 5 PM.  Click here for full details.   Jeremiah Clark discusses overcoming limiting beliefs in this week’s PEAK Professional Development blog post.   Volunteers are needed for the 11th Grade Career Expo.  This event is hosted by Eastman, Junior Achievement, and your Kingsport Chamber of Commerce.  Please click here for more info.   tnAchieves currently needs mentors in Kingsport and Sullivan County.  Being a mentor isn’t much of a time commitment, but can make a major impact on a high school senior as they prepare for college.  Please click here to learn more. Have a great week!    – The...

Professional Development: Overcoming Limiting Beliefs

OVERCOMING LIMITING BELIEFS   “Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right.” This quote from Henry Ford acknowledges the fact that our beliefs have a very real impact on our results in life, whatever the endeavor.  Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for our beliefs about ourselves to be negative or limiting in nature, hurting our efforts to achieve our goals.  Business magnate and motivational speaker Tony Robins has stated much on this subject: “Beliefs have the power to create and the power to destroy.  Human beings have the awesome ability to take any experience of their lives and create a meaning that disempowers them or one that can literally save their lives.  We all develop emotional habits, or patterns, that influence how we perceive our lives. And the states that we are in most often become the most powerful filter of all, determining whether or not we find the strategies necessary to succeed or whether or not we create stories that empower us.  Limiting beliefs affect how much action we take, which then affects the results we get, which, in turn, reinforces our limiting beliefs. It’s a self-fulfilling prophecy in which we are our own worst enemy.” But just as limiting beliefs create a downward spiral on our results, empowering beliefs can aid in creating an upward spiral for success: So how does one go about replacing their limiting beliefs?  Psychology Today recommends starting with these four steps: Write down the limiting belief.  You cannot address the problem until it is clearly defined. Acknowledge these as beliefs, not truths.  They can be changed. Create a new...

PEAK Newsletter: 9/6/17

A quick update. Happy Wednesday!  Here’s a quick update on what’s new with PEAK.  There’s still time to register as a volunteer for tomorrow’s The Farmer & The Chef event, hosted by the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee.  This annual events raises funds to provide food for the hungry in our community.  It’s always one of our most popular volunteer events, as event volunteers enjoy the same farm to table meal that is prepared for guests.  Please click here to register as a volunteer.   Could your social media profiles (or lack thereof) be affecting your job search?  In today’s blog post, Jeremiah Clark shares a few tips on cleaning up your social profiles.   The Main Street project involves the visioning of the best streetscape for Main Street between Market Street to Sullivan Street.  In addition to taking care of the basics, like repairing failed roadway sections, repaving, repairing damaged curbs and updating the sidewalk system to fill-in gaps, the city is making repairs and ensuring ADA compliance. The project aims to set the vision of what Main Street should be.  Please click here to complete the survey.   We’re teaming up with our friends at YPTri to host a tailgate party for the region’s young professionals!  Join us next Saturday, September 16, for a free hot dog lunch before the Bucs take on the Citadel.  Please click here for more information. Have a great week!    – The...

Professional Development: Social Media Cleanup

SOCIAL MEDIA CLEANUP   An individual has been enjoying several years in her dream profession of teaching.  When performance review season emerges, she is excited as she walks down to the administrative offices, as she strongly believes that the feedback she has been receiving from her peers, as well as the completion of her master’s degree, will both result in a significant pay raise.  But when she enters for her meeting, she is shocked to hear that the school system has decided to dismiss her from her job.  They inform her that despite her success in teaching, a photo of her drinking wine with her family was found on her Facebook account, and that the school system could not condone such activity. Meanwhile, an individual who works in consulting roles for large organizations has gone for more than a month without landing a new contract.  His credentials are strong, he has the experience, and he interviews well, but he continually hears that one firm after another has passed on him.  Eventually he reaches out to one of the interviewers to politely ask why he had been passed on, specifically when he had been all but assured that he would receive an offer.  The interviewer informed him that despite strong credentials, the firm was hesitant to offer him the job as they could not find any of his social media accounts and were therefore unable to judge his character outside of a work environment.  When he told the interviewer that he in fact did not have any social media accounts, she respectfully suggested that maybe he should make some. Yes,...

PEAK Newsletter: 8/24/17

A quick update. Happy Thursday!  We’re a little late this week, but with good reason.  We’re excited to announce that we will partner with YPTri for the September PEAK Around Town!  Here’s a quick update of other exciting opportunities.   We’re partnering with our friends at YPTri to host a tailgate for the September 16 ETSU football game against the Citadel.  Full event details are available here.   Volunteers are still needed for this year’s The Farmer & The Chef event, which benefits Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee.  This continues to be one of our most popular volunteer events, as volunteers get to enjoy the delicious farm to table fares prepared for guests.  To register as a volunteer, please click here.   In this week’s professional development post, Jeremiah Clark encourages you to escape your comfort zone.  Read the full post here.   IDEAcademy, hosted by Eastman and ETSU, recently announced their lineup of speakers.  Registration for this free event is available here.   Yay!  We joined the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce.  Please join us at the 8/25 Fourth Friday event.  (More details available here.)  RSVP’s are required.  Please call 423-392-8800.   Have a great week!    – The...