Peter Gasca is a contributor to Inc. Magazine & Entrepreneur.
Peter among many talents is a co-author, a former co-founder, and journalist at Entrepreneur and Inc. Magazine.
As a business strategist and consultant, Peter is consistently making a mark within his community as a part-time teaching associate at Coastal Carolina University where he is the Director for the Community and Business Engagement. His book One Million Frogs, describes the entrepreneurial and life experiences of Wild Creations and the growth accompanied with its successes.
His ideology and entrepreneurial pedagogy is shared across Inc. Magazine and Entrepreneur where he discusses various topics, deconstructs business and marketing strategies, and campaigns within the business environment. He is noted in Business Insider, CNN Money, NBC News, Yahoo Finance and CEO.com for his commentary on entrepreneurship.
Read more about Peter, his role as educator and contributor, and his love of baseball in this month’s What’s On My Desk!
We rarely see an office setting of this magnitude. Can you start by telling a little about where this desk is?
My office is on the campus of Coastal Carolina University, where I serve as an Executive in Residence and run a student consulting practicum. I honestly can’t complain. It is the former Assistant Dean’s office, and I think they gave it to me a few years ago in a rush, since office space was so rare. I actually didn’t get “moved in” until this past year, when it was clear they hadn’t realized their mistake and wanted their nice office back.
What are the two certificates hanging on the wall?
BS degree from Arizona State University, MBA degree from Georgetown University. I hung them because I might have felt a little insecure working with a bunch of academics who wallpaper their rooms with degrees and certificates.
We spy an open notebook on top of your desk. What do you usually use it for?
If by notebook, you mean journal, then yes. I am completely digital when it comes to files, notes, to-dos, calendar, planning, etc, but I am still analog when it comes to reflecting and maintaining a sense of mindfulness. Journaling throughout the day forces me to slow down when I write main ideas down, which in turn forces me to think about them more mindfully. It is completely therapeutic.
What’s inside your personal fridge?
It’s for keeping my coffee beans and cold “sodas” (remember, I work on a school campus).
Do you prefer your sit down desk or your standing desk?
I am standing right now, and I stand most of the day. I go back and forth some days, depending on the task needed. Without exception, however, I always unplug and sit for group meetings, because nobody wants to stare at my ass while we work.
There are a few baseballs and other sports items on the top of your bookshelf. Where are they from?
That is a very small sample of my ball collection, but the ones up there are 1) a ball from the Myrtle Beach Pelicans (Cubbies Rookie affiliate), 2) Arizona Diamondbacks (from the very first game in 1998, for which I camped out at 4 AM on game day for a ticket). I also have pucks from 1) Phoenix Coyotes (the inaugural game in Phoenix) and 2) the Chicago Blackhawks (another visit). My favorite team is the Los Angeles Dodgers, as I am original from LA. I grew up in Phoenix, however, and when the Diamondback arrived in 1998, I had to adopt the home team. I will always, however, bleed Dodger Blue.
Can you tell us about the awards on your bookshelf?
I have a few things up there. A small trophy recognizing my old company, Wild Creations, as the fastest-growing company in South Carolina in 2010, and a small honorary emblem from our recognition as an Inc. 500/5000 company for two years. An award for being recognized as a finalist for the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2011. By and large, however, my pride and joy is the “World’s Greatest Dad” award I received by the prestigious and renowned organization known as My Kids.
Does your office come complete with a window?
Oh yes! And a very nice, large, floor to ceiling window to the left that overlooks the campus from the second floor of the Wall College of Business. I am particularly fond of this, because for years running my own business, I had little more than a scant closet, which I shared with my business partner.
Not really. This year, I have adopted a new productivity system that emphasizes clean desk and zero inbox. I have always tried to follows these habits, but not religiously. With that said, I completely understand that some people just function better with a cluttered desk. Some of the most productive people I know work in these seemingly unorganized conditions. It is one of the few times I don’t judge or advise. Everyone should look for an office set up that helps them be the most productive and happy.