Peak Performance Resources for Leaders by Leaders



1. An electron in the outermost shell of an atom involved in forming a chemical bond. 2. An identity of somebody other than the identity selected by oneself. Somebody else’s identity assumed by a person unknowingly. Include habits and mannerisms which are a result of a person’s compulsion to copy certain people. A valence is a false or true identity. Each person has their own valence. Substitute for self, taken on after a loss of confidence in oneself. The combined package of a personality which one assumes as does an actor on a stage except in life one doesn’t usually assume them knowingly.


1. An amount, as of goods, services, or money, considered to be a fair and suitable equivalent for something else; a fair price or return. 2. Monetary or material worth: the fluctuating value of gold and silver. 3. Worth in usefulness or importance to the possessor. 4. A principle or standard, as of behavior, that is considered important or desirable. 5. Precise meaning or import, as of a word. 6. A quantity or number expressed by an algebraic term. 7. The quality (positive or negative) that renders something desirable or valuable. 2. The degree of importance given to something. 8. That which is valued or highly esteemed, as one’s morals, morality, or belief system.

Value Investing

An investment strategy that involves buying a stock that appears underpriced by some form of fundamental analysis. The stock may be trading at a discount to the book value or tangible book value, have high dividend yields, have low price-to-earning multiples or have low price-to-book ratios. High-profile proponents of value investing, including Berkshire Hathaway chairman Warren Buffett, who for more than 25 years, has taken the value investing concept even further with a focus on “finding an outstanding company at a sensible price” rather than generic companies at a bargain price.

Venture Capital

Business financing for startups and high-growth businesses that have long-term growth potential. The risk is typically high for investors, but the upside offers significant opportunity. Start-ups are usually based on an innovative technology or business model and they are usually from the high technology industries, such as information technology, social media or biotechnology. Firms or funds invest in these early-stage companies in exchange for an ownership stake. Typically venture capital investment occurs after an initial seed funding round. The first round of institutional venture capital is called the Series A round. Venture capitalists provide this financing in the interest of generating a return through an eventual “exit” event, such as the company selling shares to the public in an IPO or doing a merger and acquisition.


An individual who suffers direct or threatened physical, emotional, mental, financial, or spiritual harm as a result of the actions of another person, party or organization.


An individual who commits or threatens physical, emotional, mental, financial, or spiritual harm to another person, party or organization. Typical justifications include “the ends justify the means.” Villains often demonstrate unlikable traits such as judgments, prejudices, egoism, immaturity, cockiness, or a single-minded focus on things such as wealth, power, fame, status, or revenge.

Virtual Advisor

The Virtual Advisor is a free service where you ask a question about a leadership, business, personal or relationship challenge and one of our expert advisors/mentors will reply with an answer. You can expect a reply within 48 hours.


1. Personal qualities, goodness, moral excellence that are inherent in, acquired and demonstrated by an individual. They make up the essence of who we are and how we show up to others. Each positive virtue has at least two corresponding negative aspects or vices. 2. Latin: virtus, Ancient Greek: ἀρετή “arete”) a trait or quality that is deemed to be morally good and thus is valued as a foundation of the principle of collective and individual greatness. The Golden Mean is the middle path between the two extremes (vices) on the continuum. 3. The most pro-survival individual qualities for the greatest good for the greatest number of people.


1. Intelligent foresight. 2. The manner in which one sees or conceives of something. 3. An image produced by the imagination. 4. Force or power of imagination. 5. Imaginative foresight. 6. The software for the mind. 7. An image of a potential future. The big picture. This is how a person’s life, environment and those connected to them will optimally appear and operate as they approach its completion.

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