We have an opportunity to become The Grittiest Generation, will we take it? Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, I’ve been reading the book Grit by Angela Duckworth. In it, she presents compelling research that it’s the pairing of passion and perseverance, what she calls grit, that makes a person successful.
How do you know if you’re on track to achieve your goals? For most of us, when it comes to our personal lives, we need some type of data. You […]
If you’ve spent much time with my team, you’ll know that we finish every facilitated workshop or event with a concise list of action items, owners and projected due dates. […]
It’s hard to see yourself clearly sometimes. No one likes to brag, or I should say, no one I like likes to brag. When my fellow Peaker Andy sent us […]
In 2019, JaQuale and her team at Denver’s county jail – The Denver Sheriff Department (DSD) improved the “Inmate Request Process,” through a very visual & innovative solution. Instead […]
As we rounded the corner from 2019 to 2020, many of us had hoped that this year would be one for the books. A global pandemic wasn’t what we had […]
At Peak Academy, we heavily stress the importance of working with what you’ve got – no new budget dollars, no additional people, and no new technology. This is one of […]
The Healing Organization: Awakening the Conscience of Business to Help Save the World – Book Review Pt. 1
This is the first of a three-part review of a brilliant book called The Healing Organization: Awakening the Conscience of Business to Help Save the World by Raj Sisodia and […]
I’ve spent most of my career pitching, selling, pleading, inspiring, and downright begging people to innovate and fundamentally change the way government works. And I’ve met a lot of resistance. […]
Being held accountable for our actions and promises, in theory, is something that we can all agree on. If someone promises to do something we should expect them to go […]
Hello virtual world! Things have been a bit bonkers lately! Maybe you’re working in an emergency response center and your “real job”, the one that you got hired to do, […]
Peak Book Summary: The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People – Powerful Lessons in Personal Change
“The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People – Powerful Lessons in Personal Change” (‘seven habits’) is by Stephen R. Covey. And it is the best book I’ve read thus far in […]
In honor of the national holiday she invented, Galentine’s Day, we compiled the ten reasons why Leslie Knope would definitely be a Peak Academy Black Belt.
In the world of government, innovations can have long-standing, drastic impacts on residents. As innovators, it is important to develop a deeper understanding on who is being effected and whether […]
Take a moment and think about the last mistake you made. Maybe it was this morning when your burrito ended up on your lap, or last night when you watched […]
Imagine if you built a program from the ground up. You’ve poured everything you had into making it a success for years and it has changed the lives of thousands of the people who need it most in the community. And now, you’re ready to retire. But you don’t want to see your life’s work fade away. Organizations love to talk about onboarding, but this Black Belt’s innovation around offboarding has preserved the success of a program.