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.
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
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!
Puerto Rico was such a great time!! To start off, Congratulations to our manager Lindsay for being promoted to Regional Consulting Manager!! With her promotion, she received a beautiful brand new Cartier Watch. Lindsay started four and half years ago into an entry level position with our management development program in San Diego, CA . She now manages fourteen different offices throughout the country as well as four campaigns from coast to coast. The promotion is to recognize that she has helped our portfolio of clients to expand into new markets as well as others grow into a managerial role. Her goals are to continue to help others grow into new markets and continue to be a great example for others. This promotion was special enough, though Lindsay was also awarded one of six other awards during the R&R conference. She was recognized with the Consistency Award for having a very consistent year against all other markets.
The question now is – what is next for Accent Group and Location Manager?!?
We know Accent Group will have another phenomenal year in terms of growth, acquiring new clients as well as other opportunities to enjoy a lil fun in the sun from time to time!
Just over a week until we’re off to Puerto Rico! We can’t wait to enjoy some R&R time on the beach!! Most importantly, we can’t wait to see all of our coworkers from the eleven offices we have spread throughout the country. It’s always nice to see everyone and finally meet all of the new people face to face that we are communicating with everyday. It’s great to share new ideas with everyone and see how they all do things differently in other parts of the United States. Who says you can’t mix business with pleasure?
In the month of October, our office here in Detroit had the opportunity to welcome top representatives from Grand Rapids, Midland, Cincinnati, Columbus, Pittsburgh, and Cleveland to participate in our regional meeting. We would like to thank managers Lindsay, Jessica, Larissa, and Tatum for educating all of our representatives in topics related to our business. We are excited to take everything we’ve learned as we gear up for the growth we will be expecting in the fourth quarter.
So we’re getting ready to kick off ten new events this week! This Wednesday you can find us at the following locations:
*Gourmet Traditions – Waterford
*Style House – Novi
*Style House – Jackson
*Glitter Tattoos – Yspsilanti
*Boom Box – Grand Blanc
*Green Chopsticks – Auburn Hills
*Whip It – Jackson
*Whip It – Utica
*Ibiz – Southfield
*Body Comfort – Flint
Our new Glitter Tattoos are so much fun!! Make sure you check us out in Ypsilanti for those. You can keep children occupied for hours. Even as adults we were having such a fun time with them. LOL.
Also, everyone is getting super excited for our upcoming Puerto Rico trip! Who wouldn’t want to put their coats away for a few days? At least two individuals will be chosen to join our manager Lindsay for a little R&R at the El Conquistador Resort. Quite a change from our crisp fall weather here in Farmington Hills, MI. I was just checking out the website for the hotel at http://www.elconresort.com/ .. take a minute to check it out and see where we are headed to, it just looks amazing!!
We found this great article on Inc.com! I guess our team building days are going to really pay off! Check it out below or click here to read the full article!
Team-Building Activities Are Worth It (Really)
A month ago, I paid to take my staff on a team-building scavenger hunt. Here’s why it was definitely worth it.
About a month ago, I invested in something I had never spent money on: a team-building day.
I was skeptical, to say the least. As a small-business owner, I don’t have money to throw away, and team-building exercises always struck me as a bandage rather than a true fix. In addition, it has always been my feeling that scheduled team building tends to piss off employees in the process–who wants to spend the day “getting to know” team members they haven’t already chosen to befriend?
Like most companies, Metal Mafia has different departments. And as at most companies, there tends to not be a lot of crossover relationships from one to the other. This year, for some reason, there seemed to be more friction than usual between our two main departments: order fulfillment and sales. So, after my partner suggested a team-building day, as much as it pained me, I decided to give it a shot and opted for a half-day scavenger hunt organized by cityHUNT. Knowing that my staff members love reality TV and had been into Amazing Race, I figured they would buy into something along similar lines. I also wanted to show them problem solving in creative ways could advance the company’s needs.
More specificially, I had to convey to the salespeople that the order fulfillment team was a valuable part of the equation that makes our business work, and to teach the fulfillment team to step up in bold new ways to help lead the company in the right direction. I set everyone up in scavenger hunt teams of two–one person from each camp. And because my sales employees are English speakers who don’t know a second language and the fulfillment employees bilingual but native Spanish speakers, I asked for half the clues to be given in Spanish. This way, I was making sure each team would have to rely equally on both partners.
The idea behind it was that I hoped our salespeople–who are, by nature, more openly aggressive and whose job makes them more competitive and therefore more individualistic–would learn to be more conscious of what people together could accomplish and find out how hard it was to do all the silent tasks that our fulfillment team does with such skill.
The fulfillment team, on the other hand, was often too silent, acting as the unheard-but-fundamental ingredient that created customer satisfaction that has helped our company grow for eight years. I wanted these empoyees to take from the day the idea that their voices counted as much as the sales folks’–and that it was crucial that they learn to use them. I also wanted them to understand that being on the frontlines as a member of the sales staff was a hard job, and that it took real skill to help customers get what they needed.
The hunt’s activities were set up so that each team member would have to perform some of the tasks of the opposite team members’ regular duties. Salespeople were timed on how fast they could build and stack boxes. Order pickers were asked to go up to strangers and sell them on the idea of trying on our jewelry.
It was three hours in the hot August sun, but when it was all over, it was a huge success. The teams worked together in ways they had never done, and they found not only a new appreciation but also a new curiosity for one another as both professionals and people. When the day ended, they all agreed that it had been a lot of fun–and asked if we could have more days like this one.
The best part has been watching these employees change in little ways in the month since the team-building day took place. Every single one of them brought something he or she learned back to the office with him or her, and that’s priceless.
We here at Accent Group are filling Entry Level Event Representative Positions with the possibility for Management Positions for the right candidates. We feel that these 6 vital points will help individuals succeed on a business, as well as personal level. If you want to beat the odds and win in the start-up game, please review these 6 vital steps.
1. Set goals- When you start your venture, you most likely have nothing to offer the people who you will try to recruit.
Set three kinds of goals: For recruiting others, create a mission that give the new venture so much meaning to those recruits that they could not resist.
The mission will only get you so far though–you also need a long-term goal for investors–something like going public in five years or finding a corporate acquirer. And you will also need to set short-term goals that help you learn what you need to do to grow without burning through your resources.
2. Pick markets- If you can set goals, you’re far from out of the woods. After all, you need to figure out who will use or buy your product. And to do that, you will need to pick the markets that you’re going to target.
Two hints for picking the right market–you have to have a personal passion for solving that market’s problem and the customers in that market must see your product as a compelling answer to a problem that none of your competitors are solving.
3. Raise capital- It goes without saying that everyone has bills to pay. So if you are going to hire people or buy supplies, you will need money. But where can you get it?
The best place to look initially is probably your customers. If you can get them to pay you more for the product than it costs you to build it–and cover your fixed costs–you are going to be in a good position. You might also try to get your suppliers to extend you favorable payment terms. If neither of those suffices, you can try tapping your own bank account or your credit cards.
And I’ve found that you may want to match your efforts to raise money from other people (friends and family, angel investors, venture capitalists) to the stage of your start-up’s development, moving up that ladder as you ramp your sales.
4. Build the team- You can’t do it all yourself, but resist the urge to hire friends unless those friends have skills in areas critical to your venture’s success that complement your own. I found that the most successful ventures do a great job of dividing up the work that must be done among the most talented people. And they create a culture that binds them all together to focus on shared goals.
5. Gain market share, Recommended Videos, How a Disaster on Everest Inspired an Entrepreneur, What a Serial Entrepreneur Can’t Resist, Leader in Motion: How Choreographer Bill T. Jones Collaborates, To grow, you must get customers to use your product and eventually pay. But I found that many customers are afraid to get too dependent on a start-up that could go out of business and leave them in the lurch.
To overcome that, you have to offer the customer what I called a quantum value leap (QVL), a product that solves a problem that customers care about better than the competition, and to give that solution away. If that QVL actually delivers those early customers will tell all their friends. And you can eventually upgrade the product and start charging customers to use it.
6. Adapt to change- You might think getting those five decisions right would be enough, but you would be wrong. That’s because customer needs, technology, and competitors all evolve and the very success you achieve by making those first five decisions well could doom your venture to destruction.
Unless you can adapt to those changes- seizing new opportunities and guarding against evolving threats- your customers will flee and your venture will be decline. I found that winning ventures follow three approaches to keep this from happening- one of these is to craft a vision of the skills at which the start-up must excel and to make acquisitions and strategic hires to close the capability gap.
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With four unemployed individuals for every one open position, catching an employers eye with a simple piece of paper is crucial.
If you can’t catch the eye of the employer or recruiter from your resume you most likely won’t be able to show your personality and snag a coveted interview.
The big question is “How do I stand out without going overboard?” Well this survey gives you the answer! Different techniques on how people stood out and ultimately got hired and also things that people did that disqualified them for the position.
Click here to read CareerBuilder’s study of most outrageous resume mistakes and creative techniques that worked!