The Power of Association

How many people do you know?  The answer is probably many.  But how many of those would you consider yourself to have a close and meaningful relationship with?  Statistically that answer is likely fewer than five, enough to count on one hand.  Now for the important question: what is the impact of those associations on your life? You’ve likely heard the phrase “Birds of a feather flock together.”  This concept mirrors what professional development experts refer to as “The Power of Association.”  The idea is that not only will individuals gravitate towards individuals who share similar interests and attitudes, but also that those interests and attitudes will be amplified when around others of the same traits.  Over time this can result in significant changes in our lives, and we should therefore be aware of this phenomenon. Let’s use golf as an example.  Imagine that you are playing with a group, and that you are the weakest player in the group.  This Is actually a very good thing.  The reason is that due to the Power of Association, your skill level will improve while playing with this stronger group.  You will be forced to focus more and perform harder in order to compete, and the others in the group will also be inclined to help you by providing tips and technique ideas.  As long as you are open to the environment you are in, their skills and expertise will naturally transfer to you, making you a better player in the process.  As leadership expert Darren Hardy states, “To keep growing, you have to keep associating with those who are greater...

PEAK Newsletter – 3/6/17

A quick update. Happy Monday!  Here’s a quick update on what’s going on in PEAK + photos and video from The PEAK Event this weekend.  Thanks to everyone who attended. Have a great week!  We can’t wait to see everyone at Thursday’s PEAK Around Town! – The...

Bridging Personalities

The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator.  “16PF”.  Taylor-Johnson Temperament Analysis.  These are just three of the dozens of different personality tests available today, each designed to explain the ins-and-outs of your personality.  While the fact that we give personality types so much attention highlights our belief in their importance, have you ever paused to consider just how great a role your personality has in your daily interactions?  Have you ever wondered why you are able to connect easily with one person while another continually “pushes your buttons”?  While there are countless variables that determine how two individuals will interact, understanding your personality and that of others can make a huge impact in your ability to connect. In her book Wired That Way*, Dr. Marita Littauer defines four main personality types: sanguine, melancholy, choleric, and phlegmatic.  While ultimately these are merely generalizations and in no way completely define how a person’s temperament, Dr. Littauer argues that an awareness of the positive and negative attributes of these personality types can improve our ability to interact with those who have attributes that are different from our own. Positive Attributes: Sanguine: outgoing, energetic, curious, friendly, vocal Melancholy: sensitive, concerned, organized, analytical, thoughtful Choleric: confident, goal-oriented, “natural leader”, fast to act Phlegmatic: good listener, steady, easy going, relaxed Negative Attributes: Sanguine: not time sensitive, too talkative, tends to be self-focused Melancholy: easily moody or depressed, too analytical, suspicious, hard to please Choleric: unsympathetic, tactless, places blame onto others, acts without thinking Phlegmatic: indecisive, too quiet about feelings, indifferent, uninterested Again, remember that these are merely generalizations, and that it is possible for an individual to have...

Get a Vision

“A computer on every desk.” – Bill Gates on Microsoft “A man on the moon within the decade.” – John F. Kennedy on NASA “We will deliver the best health care anywhere.” – Wellmont Health System “The preferred quick-service restaurant.” – Pal’s Sudden Service These sentences are examples of Vision Statements, declarations that clearly state the ultimate goal or desired achievement for those organization.  Vision Statements exist in every successful business, rather it be a Fortune 500 organization or a small family-owned industry.  They serve as rallying point around which all employees of an organization can focus their energy towards, providing purpose for the daily efforts. If successful organizations believe in the importance of having a Vision Statement that describes their most desired goal, does it not stand to reason that you as an individual should also have a personal vision for what you desire to achieve in life?  The short and long answer is yes, you should. World-renowned leadership expert John Maxwell speaks often on the subject of vision, especially as it relates to “living intentionally.”  Having a vision isn’t just about having another goal that you are aiming for, although goals can be a part of a vision.  Rather, a vision creates a sense of purpose and identity, a “why” that explains the reasons that you do what you do.  Visions tend to stem from deep passions inside you, causing you to dream big and driving you to strive for more than any list of goals ever will.  And having a vision will keep you from simply “coasting” through life, especially when your vision will impact and...

Do you have SMART goals?

Now that it’s February, let’s ask ourselves an honest question: How is your News Years’ Resolution coming along?  Do you even remember what it was?  If you don’t, you’re not alone.  Several studies have shown that over half of all New Years’ Resolutions are dropped by the end of January!  Even more shockingly is that on average only 8% of all New Years’ Resolutions are achieved! These statistics raise an important question: how can you set goals or resolutions that you will be more likely to achieve?  Thankfully, there are answers. Professional development expert Terri Savelle Foy recommends making your goals “SMART”: Specific Measurable Attainable Realistic Timely Let’s use an example goal to see what this looks like. One common goal or resolution that you hear people make is “I’m going to lose weight.”  Using Terri’s checklist however, you can see that this goal raises many questions.  How much weight are you going to lose?  How will you measure your progress?  Are you planning on losing an attainable and realistic amount of weight?  How?  And how long are you going to give yourself to do this? So how could you better define this goal?  Using Terri’s checklist as a guide, we could elaborate on the goal to make it: “I will lose twenty pounds over a period of five months by spending at least three days each week at the gym.”   This goal makes it clear how much weight you are aiming to lose, and by establishing a timeline it also provides marker points to monitor your progress (four pounds per month for five months).  It also specifies how...

PEAK Announces 2017 Board Nominees

PEAK’s slate for the 2017 Board of Directors was announced at the organization’s Annual Membership Meeting, held on Wednesday, November 9 at Hokie Smokie Grill.  The slated Board of Directors is as follows: President – Matt Storey, Eastman Vice President – Dana Glenn, NETWORKS – Sullivan Partnership Secretary – Emma Clark, Downtown Kingsport Association Treasurer – McClure Boyd, Eastman Credit Union Membership Chair – Katie Steffan, Wilson Worley Civic Projects Chair – Melody Taylor, IntellihartX Communications Chair – Katie Prendergast, KOSBE Marketing Chair – Ashley King, State Theatre Company Events Co-Chair – Jeremiah Clark, MHQC LLC Real Estate Development Events Co-Chair – Lindsay Hensley, Eastman Events Co-Chair – Lindsay Powers, Kingsport Chamber of Commerce Events Co-Chair – Kevin White, GAAM Wealth...

Committee Opportunity – PEAK

Want to get more involved with PEAK?  Consider joining a committee!  Committee members are needed for the following committees – Membership, Civic Projects, Communications, and Events (Professional Development & Social).  If you’d like more information, please contact us at...

Board Opportunity – Sullivan County Health & Education Facility Board

The Sullivan County Health & Education Facility Board is currently seeking new board members.  This opportunity is open to residents of Sullivan County.  The time commitment is minimal, as the board only meets when there is a project to be considered for approval.  There is a six year term, but in some cases the term is less.  If you’d like more information, please contact Mark...

Volunteer Opportunity – Boys & Girls Club

The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Kingsport is hosting a “Party at Santa’s Village” event on November 26th.  They are in need of volunteers and have extended the opportunity to PEAK members.  The volunteers would simply need to show up on the 26th, play games with the kids, and help with a quick clean-up post-event. The expected time frame is 10:30 AM to 2:30 PM.  If interested, please contact John McCord at...