The best apps for business!

It seems like every day someone is telling me about an awesome new app to download. With all of these new apps coming out each day, it is hard to tell which ones are really helpful and which ones are just a waste of time. Here is our list of our favorite apps at Accent Group!

Here on Biz: This app allows you to view which of your LinkedIn contacts are near you. When you request a connection, you can chat with your contact and set up an in-person meeting.

HootSuite: This app allows for all of your posts from social networks all at once. The days where you have to sign into Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, etc. all separately are long gone with HootSuite! It also provides help for you to manage your social media usage all together.

Dropbox: Dropbox gives you 2G storage for free with this app. So now you can store all of your files, images, videos, documents, all in one place for access anywhere anytime. You can also edit and sync all of your changes from anywhere.

Brewster: Have so many contacts and networking opportunities you don’t know what to do with? Use Brewster to take your contacts from all of your applications and create in-depth profiles for each contact. You can receive gentle reminders to contact someone and set up favorites with this fully searchable app. It also allows you to be able to note information about each individual so nobody gets lost!

We also suggest that Trello, UberConference and Evernote might be worth looking into as well.

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Accent Group Hosts Regional Meeting!

Next week Accent Group will be hosting our quarterly regional meeting. 10 other offices will be joining us in Farmington Hills to network, train, and learn everything there is to know about the business.The purpose of this meeting is to invite surrounding markets into one place to share best practices, tips n tricks for success, facilitate networking, as well build solid business relations. We are really looking forward to seeing some familiar faces along with the new attendees.  Real leaders never stop learning.

Setting Goals

A daily activity here at Accent Group is to set goals. Everyday we gather around and share our goals with everyone. This sets up our employees for success daily! By setting and sharing goals, it allows for everyone to learn from each other and contribute to each others success. Throughout the day, reminding each other of goals gives us a chance to realize the negatives and positives of the day and change anything that isn’t allowing us to pursue the goals. Check out this article from Entrepreneur.com about how to define goals.

http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/225655

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Hard Work Pays Off

Our annual Catch a Rising Star conference is coming up next weekend. This event hosts all of our top location managers across the country to come together in Las Vegas! Who doesn’t want a trip to Vegas right? Well, all of their hard work and determination is finally paying off. Their dedication and career mindset to the success of the business has brought attention to top executives as they are chosen to go. The event includes dinners out, shows on the strip, and sightseeing as well as lots of one on one time and networking opportunities to maximize capabilities as location managers.

Camp Casey Volunteer Work

This past week a few of us were lucky enough to team up with the Detroit Pistons to raise money for Camp Casey. Camp Casey is a local, non profit organization that provides a horseback riding program for children with cancer. On Tuesday, along with other volunteers, we went to the Pistons game and sold 50/50 raffle tickets. Just about $5,000.00 was raised!!! The highest sellers were Lindsay and Lorraina from Accent Group, who sold over $500.00 in raffle tickets alone! WooHoo! We received an official basketball signed by Kim English and four tickets to an upcoming game against the New York Knicks! Alicia, Jill, and Suzy also volunteered from Accent Group to help out with this special event.

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Secrets to Success!

Everyone wants to know Bill Gates’ secret to success right? Well, duh! INC.COM recently revealed three traits that Bill Gates maintained in his rise to the top.

  • Strategic Acting
  • Powerful Partnerships
  • Ferocious Tenacity

Bill gates is not just simply a visionary,  but also an “executor.” He took his ideas and turned them into reality! More than 30 years after the launch of his multi-billion dollar company, he is still ruling the computer industry.

Check out the full article from inc.com

http://www.inc.com/lewis-schiff/bill-gates-extraordinary-success-secrets.html

Accent Group supports Camp Casey!!

Accent Group will be pulling out their best boots and cowboy hats in support of Camp Casey, a nonprofit horseback riding program for children with cancer headquartered in Michigan!

The Detroit Pistons have selected Camp Casey as the charity recipient for their 50/50 Raffle!

We have volunteered to sell raffle tickets to the crowd while telling them about Camp Casey at the Pistions vs. Memphis Grizzlies game on Tuesday, February 19!

To learn more about this local chirity and how you can help out visit their website at: camp-casey.org

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The Self-Aware Leader

Everyone loves a good book recommendation right? Well I know we do here at Accent Group. My current assigned textbook in Team Leadership at Oakland University is The Self-Aware Leader: A Proven Model for Reinventing Yourself  by Daniel Gallagher. After reading just one chapter in the book I knew it was just something I had to share. Gallagher is a Fortune 100 Executive and he shares his distinctive approach on how to become the best leader one can be by increasing self-awareness from a business aspect. He offers a modern outlook on how management is always quickly changing. Two key points of the book is a new psychological structure on leadership that’s applicable to today’s business and concrete strategy to apply the new concepts and ideas into action.

Achieving Goals

Forbes Magazine published an article on How to Be  A Super Achiever. Here at Accent Group, Inc. submitting goals and achieving them is one of the most important aspects of our business. Without goals, there is no room for growth. Setting goals is a process that helps one plan for the future and keeps up motivation to turn dreams into reality.

So how do the most successful people do what they do and get to where they want? Authors and Husband/Wife Camille Sweeney and Josh Gosfield went out and found exactly what they were looking for. By meeting with people who are the best at what they do, they found that they all possessed similar qualities that were the keys to their success.

Here are the top ten qualities that these leaders has in common:

  • Dedication To A Vision
  • Intelligent Persistence
  • Fostering a Community
  • Listening and Remaining Open
  • Good Storytelling
  • Testing Ideas In the Market
  • Managing Emotions
  • Constantly Evolving
  • Practicing Patience
  • Pursuing Happiness

Check out the Article for more information on how to improve yourself into a Super-Achiever!

http://www.forbes.com/sites/jennagoudreau/2013/01/17/how-to-be-a-super-achiever-the-10-qualities-that-matter/