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‘Why do my habits suck?’: 3 steps to make them better

Apr 23, 2018

Reading Time: 4 minutesAristotle once said, “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” A little more recently, Tony Robbins said, “It’s not what you know, it’s what you do consistently.” These are two of my favorite quotes about habits. If I had to sum up everything I know about habits,…

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‘Why am I not learning anything?’: 5 tips for becoming a better learner

Mar 14, 2018

Reading Time: 3 minutesMaybe you’ve been in the same job for a few years. You’re doing fine in the position that you have, but you’re not really doing anything new or different from when you started. Maybe you’re sitting in a college classroom, completely detached and checked-out of the conversation. Perhaps you don’t see the point of what’s…

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Accord Group joins forces with Habitat for Humanity

Feb 7, 2018

Reading Time: 3 minutesThe Golden Rule is pretty simple: Treat others the way you want to be treated. It’s one of the four values that we try to live by every day. Last August, Dustin, a project manager from one of our offices in Virginia, had the opportunity to do just that. Thanks to his initiative, we were…

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3 ways to stop setting bad goals right now

Jan 10, 2018

Reading Time: 4 minutesWe’re all guilty of setting bad goals. Goal-setting isn’t a simple task, and it’s easy to get frustrated, throw your hands up and walk away. The typical advice-column approach to goal-setting can leave us feeling empty-handed: we set goals that aren’t particularly meaningful, our success is based on factors out of our control, and we’re…

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Stewardship: With great power comes great responsibility

Dec 4, 2017

Reading Time: 3 minutesStop what you’re doing. Breathe in, breathe out. Now think about this: Your next breath is not guaranteed. That could have been your last one. If it wasn’t, keep reading. So much is out of our control. For example: I am the CEO and owner of Accord Group. I can look at all sorts of…

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You can’t download gratitude

Nov 17, 2017

Reading Time: 3 minutesPeople are made of two things: Hardware and software. Let me explain. Your hardware is your character. It’s your personality and your work ethic. It’s how you make decisions and treat other people. Software, on the other hand, represents your skills. You can “download” software to learn something new. You can seek out “updates” to…

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Two things that will kill your business growth

Oct 23, 2017

Reading Time: 3 minutesIf there’s anything that I’ve learned in my 15 years in the business world, it’s this: Nothing can kill a business’s growth faster than out of control egos and greed. An unhealthy ego looks like a typical know-it-all: They don’t listen to the opinions of others, don’t try to learn, and don’t take ownership. They…

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Servant leadership: Be selfish by being selfless

Oct 4, 2017

Reading Time: 3 minutesServant leadership is one of those buzzwords that gets thrown around a lot in the business world. It’s a term that I think often gets lost in translation. Some people interpret being a “servant” as having to spend all of your time helping other people. Instead of pursuing your goals and doing what makes you…

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How to repair storm damage to your home

Oct 2, 2017

Reading Time: 3 minutesWhen severe weather rolls through your neighborhood, it’s never a welcome sight. Overall, severe weather causes $10 billion of damage across the United States each year. To make matters worse, storm damage is often hard to identify. Not all storm damage is catastrophic – things like hail damage to your roof can often go unnoticed…

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