Meet Markus Pierce: Account Manager

Welcome to Grizzly Sales Force, where we value teamwork above all else. We would not have seen the great success we have reached today if it were not for the hard work and determination of our team. This month, we wanted to shine a spotlight on Markus Pierce, an account manager on our team. Pierce was born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee and has been in the business since October of 2017.

Pierce remembers his childhood as one filled with activity and excitement. “My parents would describe me as very outgoing and energetic,” says Pierce, “I was always looking for something to get into- good or bad. I always had a vision for being my own boss and even started selling snacks to other students in middle school.” The drive towards business is something that always existed in Pierce’s life, long before he earned the title of account manager. As a high school student, the achiever was involved in the Future Business Leaders of America. “Getting involved with FBLA exposed me to a business culture at the very beginning of my high school career,” says Pierce, “It helped influence the decision to take the entrepreneurial path. I always knew I wanted to start in sales and marketing because sales are everywhere. The world revolved around sales.”

After high school, Markus Pierce packed his bags and began his career at the early age of eighteen. “Moving to a whole new city at the age of eighteen taught me to be fully independent and changed my life.”

It wasn’t long ago that Pierce was walking through the Grizzly Sales Force for the first time. Since that day he has seen such great growth and has inspired us as his teammates. “My first thought when I joined the team was of the end goal,” says Pierce, “the merit-based business model caught my eye. When I learned that growth had nothing to do with age or experience, I was all in! Not only has this career grown me as a businessman, but it has enforced more discipline and structure into my personal life.”

As for the culture here at Grizzly Sales Force, Pierce speaks with glowing reviews. “The family culture and strong team environment are what brought me into the business,” says Pierce, “to use one word- ecstatic! The energy and culture we have created have given us such a strong foundation. Every morning there are twenty or more people pushing me to hit my goals- that took my inspiration to a whole new level.”

“The number one lesson I have learned through my work is that any dream is possible as long as you have a support system. Being disciplined in what separates the successful from the unsuccessful.”

Despite the growth he has already found, Markus Pierce is only looking up. “My main goal is to be in a position to help others succeed and hit their personal goals. The people I grew up around tended to tear each other down, never building one another up. I want to be the person that changes the flow of things, the one that breaks the stereotypes.”

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How To Become A More Productive Person

There are two kinds of people in the world, ones who find time to accomplish everything on their to-do list, and the others who can never seem to cross everything off. If you feel you belong more to the second group, we have some advice for you. Here at Grizzly Sales Force, we feel being productive is a conscious decision one must make daily. The tips we are about to share can help turn your behavior around, making you a more productive person. Start incorporating them into your daily routine and this year will be your most productive one yet.

Use Time Blocks To Your Advantage

The first step in becoming more productive is to get yourself organized and utilize time blocks. Your time is precious, so divide it up by task to be as efficient as possible. For example, instead of responding to emails throughout the day, dedicate a section of time to solely respond to them. This system allows you to switch gears and get focused on the task at hand. It may seem odd to break your day down like this, but in doing so, it allows you to look at all the tasks at hand. Distractions will happen, but by training your brain accordingly, you’ll be able to better handle any fires that arise during your workday.

Get More Sleep

This one may seem like a no-brainer, but getting more sleep has been proven to make you more productive. Your body and mind need the right amount of rest to perform at it’s best. Don’t take sleep for granted, no matter how hard the urge to stay up maybe. Getting into a healthy sleep schedule can give your body a sense of rhythm that will make the rest of your day go smooth. Do yourself a favor and get more sleep. They don’t say 8 hours of sleep for no reason!

Keep A Detailed Calendar

Make it a priority at the start of each week to write down your schedule. Starting a calendar is one of the best ways to be more productive. This is the space where you write down your work meetings, appointments, and anything else you feel is important. Make sure to schedule clear work hours and allow yourself for breaks. However, do not treat your calendar like a to-do list. Your calendar is a visual representation of your time. Having everything right in front of you will help you to not schedule yourself too thin or double up on appointments.

Turn Off Work Mode

Just like there is a time to work, there is a time not to work. Successful and productive people understand you cannot be in work mode 24/7. It is important to take time to do something for yourself every day. This will help keep you physically and mentally healthy. When you are operating at your best, you can perform at your best in all of your tasks.


New habits take time, so be patient while you adjust. There is always room for improvement to become a more productive version of yourself. You’ve got the tools, now get out there and make this the most productive year yet! The Grizzly Sales Force team wishes you a productive new year.

17 Tips for the Successful Entrepreneur in 2019

It’s almost that time- a happy new year from Grizzly Sales Force! The new year holiday brings cherished moments with friends and family, a bit of vacation time, a glass or two of champagne, and another year of opportunities. The successful entrepreneur doesn’t look ahead and see the next 365 as a mountain to climb, but rather a ladder reaching to the heights of unmatched success. We’ve consulted our team of winners here at Grizzly Sales Force and compiled the ultimate list of advice for a successful 2019.

  1. Network, network, network. Take a moment to wish all of your colleagues and mentors a happy new year and see where the conversation blossoms.
  2. Grow your team this year, even if it’s only by one.
  3. Set at least three meaningful, long term goals. Any successful entrepreneur knows how to set a goal but setting a goal that takes more than a couple of weeks to achieve is where the struggle lies. Think about the entire year ahead, and ask yourself “where do I want to be at the end of 2019?”
  4. Connect with the human aspect of your business. It is easy to plant yourself behind a computer and dive into numbers and quotes each day, but every successful entrepreneur knows the importance of checking in with their customers and team members.
  5. Re-inspire your work and clarify your vision.
  6. Never become complacent.
  7. Create a new game plan. Each new year brings change, so a 5-year plan is a thing of the past. Outline your plans and goals for 2019 and start with number 1.
  8. Keep an eye on the industry. Watch your competitors and focus on industry trends.
  9. Don’t expect immediate success. The path of an entrepreneur is winding, not linear- success truly comes to those who wait.
  10. Tear down your minimums and raise your expectations. As a successful entrepreneur, it is imperative that you do more than you did yesterday.
  11. Plan a vacation. It is easy to fall into the crazy routine of business, and before you know it you’ve made it to Christmas 2019 without a single day off. Take a mental break, and set a vacation date as a motivator.
  12. Pinch a few pennies in 2019. Running a business is hard, start the new year with strong financial habits.
  13. Up your professional game through your wardrobe.
  14. Remember to take care of yourself and your mental health- you are the head of your business, keep it sharp.
  15. Give your LinkedIn a makeover. LinkedIn is your prime networking tool, do not let it slack.
  16. Pursue a new social media option for your business. The world of social media
  17. Don’t be afraid to ask for help in 2019, no entrepreneur can handle the weight of the world alone.

From all of us here at Grizzly Sales Force, we wish you a year full of happiness.

What Does Servant Leadership Mean To Us?

Here at Grizzly Sales Force, we have built a foundation from the concept of servant leadership, but what does this actually mean to us? To us this means accessibility. It means being available to you, anytime. We know that a strong leader is one that can be reached, and that is why we strive to always be just a call or click away. To us, servant leadership is always going above and beyond for our valued customers. We don’t settle for the bare minimum, and neither should you. We know you expect the most from us, because we expect that of ourselves. To us, servant leadership is unending creativity and a constant strive to reinvent and recreate. To be a servant leader is to be an unselfish leader, to put the needs of the team and the client before your own. This is what we strive for each and every day as members of the Grizzly Sales Force team. A comfort zone is foreign to us, we build our team from the bottom up to value creativity and authenticity. To us, servant leadership is trust. We know the value of your trust, and we do not take that for granted.

Servant leadership is more than ruling with an iron fist, to us it is teamwork. It means working together. We see the relationships that we foster with each other, and with you as a team effort, and a collaboration We strive every day to work harder to be more understanding, more collaborative, more flexible, more reliable, and more trustworthy. The basic factors that make a strong team are what we use as a foundation for strong leadership. After all, without a team, there is no leader.

We hope that you see this servant leadership in us with each interaction, as we strive to reflect these values each and every day. Every professional choice, business decision, and relationship we embark on is built upon this idea, with you in mind.

Along with our services, we promise to deliver the servant leadership we value so greatly. We work tirelessly to not only perfect our own leadership style but to inspire leadership in others. Here at Grizzly Sales Force, the key to our strong team is this servant leadership within ourselves and among our teammates. It is our sincere hope that our pattern of servant leadership is not only reflected in our work day after day but will also inspire some leadership in you.

How to Kickstart Your Career in Ten Minutes

 

LinkedIn is a popular form of professional social media and online resume building, but the true muscle is in the myriad of hidden features. By taking advantage of everything the site has to offer, you can get a leg up on the job hunt in a matter of minutes.

Groups

Here at Grizzly Sales Force, we know that the secret sauce of a strong professional network is exclusivity. Creating a group of people based on a shared professional interest can drastically boost your success on this platform and beyond. When considering your connections, i.e “1st level, 2nd level, 3rd.,” the power of the group is in the maximization. When posting about a job change, a job search, an accomplishment, etc. in the group, your announcement is boosted beyond those 1st level connections.

Publications

Are you an aspiring journalist? Highlight your work in the publications tab with direct links to your articles. Not to mention, this feature is apt for showing off social media management work through Instagram feeds or editorial blogs. Advertising your creative work in such a dynamic way will set you apart from the drab of bulleted links.

Connections @ Company

Congrats, you’ve found your dream company! LinkedIn has even done you the favor of showing you that you are a “perfect match” for this company, with all of the qualifications of a potential employee. The key to success after the first “congratulations!” notification, is forging deeper connections. Lucky for you, LinkedIn shows any and all connections you may have at the company for potential contact. Our advice here at Grizzly Sales Force is to take that gift and run with it. Contact those connections, because you never know will end up in your corner.

Career Advice

An overused piece of advice to students and young professionals is “find a mentor.” However, we know that is much easier said than done. With LinkedIn, the professional fantasy of a wiser, older guru with years of experience to help guide you through the trials and tribulations of your chosen career path is now a reality. By opting into the “Career Advice” feature, you are opening yourself to the opportunity to gain valuable advice from behind your screen.

“Get Introduced”

Looking for a way in? When you stumble upon a connection of a connection, you have the opportunity through LinkedIn to “Get Introduced Through a Connection.” Skip the uncomfortable, “Didn’t you work with her? Could you introduce me?” text. We think you should let LinkedIn do the dirty work for you.

In the modern digital age, much of the professional networking happens through social media, and the key to a successful career is harnessing that knowledge. Here at Grizzly Sales Force we feel confident that you too can harness this knowledge to transform your career in minute

Interviewing 101 with Grizzly Sales Force

We’ve all been there – nervous, excited, worried, stressed, and hopeful. We scurry up to a building (after circling the area for 20 minutes trying to find it) with sweaty palms, clenching onto the resume that we desperately printed out at Kinko’s 10 minutes earlier because our printer wouldn’t connect to WiFi, and the ink was low. We fill out a form in the lobby, wondering what the person we are about to see will think of our frazzled hair that the Memphis humidity just destroyed. Yes, we are talking about interviewing!

While interviewing can be frightful for most, the best way to ease anxiety is through preparation and awareness. Read along as Grizzly Sales Force shares its 6 best interviewing tips for job seekers to ace their next interview!

1. Be prepared and on time.

While it’s understandable that life has its own way of bringing chaos into its most important moments, first impressions are everything. Showing up to an interview late without a resume is an immediate turn-off for employers. Also, prepare for your interview by researching the organization, so you’re not going in completely blind to what the company does.

2. Dress to impress.

Ever heard the saying “Dress for the job you want, not for the job you have?” Live by this. Employers immediately notice when an interviewee dresses sharp. They appreciate that the person took the time to look his/her absolute best!

3. Be a learn-it-all, not a know-it-all.

Employers are interested in your background and work experience, but they also want to know what new skills you wish to gain and in which areas you would like improve. They brought you in for an interview because they felt you were qualified, so now it’s time to show them how this position will help you reach your career goals!

4. Keep it professional.

Whether the interview setting is formal or casual, remember that it is still an interview. Avoid over-sharing personal information, as this may come off as unprofessional to the employer. Again, first impressions are everything; if you’re questioning the professionalism about what you’re about to say, it’s probably best to not say it. In conjunction, if you have anything poor to say about your previous company or position, don’t!

5. Ask about the company culture.

You should feel comfortable in the environment you work in, so make sure the culture is a good fit. Does the company has special team events? Do they participate in charity projects? Is it a tight-knit community or do people mostly keep to themselves? These are all great questions to ask!

6. Thank the interviewer for their time in person and again via email.

Before you leave, shake the interviewer’s hand, thank them for their time, and ask for a business card. Later, send a thank you email to the interviewer (hence, the reason for obtaining their card), whether or not you felt the position was right for you. People appreciate knowing that you value their time!

Whether you’re a recent college graduate or a professional looking for a career change, excellent interview etiquette is a must! Do you have more interviewing tips? Post them in the comments below! For more professional advice, check out Grizzly Sales Force’s boards on Pinterest!