5 Fun Facts About Flag Day

All of us at 600 Global are very proud to be an American company. In fact, since our beginning in 1999, 600 Global has expanded to 80 offices all around the United States. While the 600 in our name reflects our outstanding goal to open 600 offices internationally, we thought we’d take a moment to appreciate the significance of our United States flag and the celebration of Flag day on June 14th.

On May 30th, 1916, Woodrow Wilson declared Flag day a holiday. However, it wasn’t until August 3rd, 1949, that President Harry Truman signed and Act of Congress which made it an official (though not a federal) holiday. These two acts designated Flag day as a day to appreciate the American Flag in all of its history, and the sacrifices that went into the independence of our country.

In case you’ve never heard of the holiday before now, we put together a list of some interesting facts about the American Flag.

1. While the popular story is that Philadelphia seamstress, Betsy Ross, was the first to create a stars and stripes American Flag, there is actually no documented proof of this fact. This story originated from her grandson, nearly 100 years later.

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2. The designer of our current flag is a man named Robert G. Heft. He was 17 and attending school in Ohio when President Dwight D. Eisenhower issued a nation-wide search for the perfect design. Heft created the design in his sewing class and it was chosen out of over 1,500 entries. He received a B- on the project, but his flag still flies.

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3. Many Lunar Scientists believe that, due to the harsh environment of the moon, many of the flags that have been placed there, including the American Flag, may be bleached entirely or in varying stages of decomposition. No one has been up very recently to check on them.

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4. While there were originally only 13 stars on the American flag, to represent the original 13 colonies, now there are 50, representing the 50 states. However, there are still only 13 stripes which pay homage to the original 13 colonies that declared independence from Great Britain.

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5. Pennsylvania, home Betsy Ross, is the only state where Flag Day is truly an official holiday.

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So be sure to mark your calendars and remember a few fun facts about your American flag when June 14th rolls around.

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5 Fun Facts About Flag Day

Trenton Deal on His Personal Sports Preferences [Insight]

During a brief conversation with Trenton Deal, a team leader at 600 Global, we discovered his likes and dislikes in the sports world.

Q: Who is your all-time favorite championship team in any sport? — Why? 

A: 2008 Golf Ryder Cup. At that point in time, Tiger [Woods] was still at his prime golfing years. 

Sidenote: The USA defeated Europe 16.5 to 11.5.

Q: What’s one player you cannot stand in any sport? Why can’t you stand him/her?

A: I cannot stand Bubba Watson. He is always looking for someone else to blame besides himself. That’s not the trait of a real winner. 

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Sidenote: Last Majors win was in the 2014 Masters Tournament.

Q: Do you have a favorite player? (Why is he or she so great?)

A: My favorite player right now is Rory McIlroy. I’d say he has the best swing on tour right now. If he can work on his consistency he’ll be in great shape. 

Sidenote: Rory hasn’t won a Major since 2014.

Q: What’s your favorite sports memory of all time?

A: Tiger Woods winning the 2008 U.S Open. To this day has to be one of the greatest last rounds in golf. 

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Sidenote: Home of the iconic Tiger Woods putt and celebration.

Q: What is one sports venue you want to visit before you die?

A: I would really like to see the Ryder Cup because of its significance, and the energy that the tournament brings. 

Sidenote: The Ryder Cup typically is the rowdiest and most competitive tournament professional golf offers.

At 600 Global we believe that competition inspires greatness, and sports are a testament to that. 600 Global prides itself on being a business developer and aims to be the best at what they do, similarly to these athletes mentioned above (besides Bubba Watson). Success is the goal and just like these athletes, it’s exactly what we strive for.

Trenton Deal on His Personal Sports Preferences [Insight]

Happy 18th Birthday 600 Global! Interview with our CEO [PART 3]

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Back in April, we began an interview mini-series with the founder of 600 Global in celebration of our company’s 18th anniversary. This month, we caught up with Michael again to learn a little more about the people and practices that help him reach his own goals and have positioned him to guide others in fulfilling their own.

Now the CEO of a company with over 80 offices and approximately 600 employees across the United States, he has come a long way from the 10-year-old who wanted to be a fighter pilot after seeing Top Gun. Like many successful individuals, Michael credits much of his success those who have supported and mentored him in his endeavors. He names God, his wife, and Bob Proctor as a few. When it comes to business, he stresses the importance of having a student mentality and never thinking you’re too important to learn from someone.

“I’m a good student of anyone that’s doing a better job than I am. The world is way different than when I started in 1999. I actually learn a ton from newer entrepreneurs, so many of them come to the table with fresh ideas. It’s just like that saying, ‘When the student is ready, the teacher appears.’”

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Any employer can testify that it’s vital to trust the people who work for you, and after 18 years in business, Michael knows this all too well. He explains that he’s learned this lesson after giving certain people the benefit of the doubt before they deserved it. “I wanted more for them than they wanted for themselves. But I can only be part of the equation.” It’s through these experiences that he has developed a high standard for what it takes to earn his trust. But he doesn’t believe in mistakes.

 

“As an entrepreneur, you’re going to try things and they’re not going to work, and you’re just kind of going to go back to the drawing board, learn from it, and keep going.”

These days, he seeks out employees who are self-driven, “down for whatever,” and above all, full of grit. He doesn’t care what you look like, who your dad is, or where you went to college. “Talent loses to grit every time. That’s what I’m looking for. I want a badass.”

Keep an eye out for the conclusion to this series over on the 600 Global blog!

 

Happy 18th Birthday 600 Global! Interview with our CEO [PART 3]

A Day in the Life of 600 Global HR Director, Jenny McGuire

Jennifer, Jenny, McGuire, graduated from Elmhurst College in 2005 with a degree in Political Science and Government. She credits this degree as a contributing factor to her understanding about the do’s and don’ts of the legal aspect of the Human Relations department for 600 Global.

Jenny McGuireAs the director of HR, McGuire had a few positive tips for making a resumé more significant and noteworthy among other applicants. First, she advised, it is always a good idea to include some kind of personal objectives. Doing so gives the company a better idea of where a certain candidate may see him- or herself with the company in the future. For some reason, more and more people are excluding the personal objectives section from resumes, but remembering to tell a possible employer what you’d like to be doing is never a bad idea.

At 600 Global they look for resumes that have been proofread and clearly thought out, so McGuire advises to always be sure that you’ve researched the job you’re applying to. Candidates who show they’ve done their research and are already putting work into the application process will most definitely stand out from others.

McGuire has worked for 600 Global for six and a half years now, supporting two wonderful kids and a husband at home. Prior to becoming the head of HR at 600 Global, she had experience with both Lifetime Fitness as well as the weight loss company, Jenny Craig.

Jenny and her two kidsEven working from her home, just outside of Chicago, Illinois, McGuire maintains an “in the office” mindset.

This ensures that she will continue to be productive and motivated to work even amid the distractions that being at home can provide. Waking up early is key, McGuire gets up at 6:30 every morning to prepare herself for the day. Keeping this routine even though she may not be leaving the house for the day ensures that she stays motivated to work and not just stay in for a lazy day.

Coming from working in the health industry, McGuire stressed the importance of prioritizing your health, even during a busy work day.

“If you take care of yourself, you’re always going to be happier and less stressed. Give yourself 30 minutes to an hour a day, a short period of time just to take care of yourself and get some kind of exercise. If I wasn’t healthy or happy I wouldn’t be good at my work or able to focus on taking care of my family.”

Ultimately, McGuire has loved the last six and a half years working for 600 Global and despite the fact that she’s received recruitment offers from other companies she would never consider leaving.

“What can I say? I like the company, I like watching people succeed, and I like that we do that.”

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A Day in the Life of 600 Global HR Director, Jenny McGuire

600 Global Employee Review

Testimonial by 600 Global employee, Shawn Cannata:

“In the time that I’ve worked for 600 Global (one year), I have grown both personally and professionally. I have learned how to be a strong leader. I have learned how to develop people and coach them on how to be successful, not just in work but in life. I’ve become a more confident person inside and outside of work.”

“I feel the most important thing I’ve learned is that anyone can be successful if they put their mind to it (what you think about you become). It’s all about loving what you do and having a purpose. I love the people and the company I work for and couldn’t imagine doing anything else. There’s no seniority and unlimited growth for those willing to work hard to accomplish their goals.”

600 Global Employee Review

The Keys to Leadership

There’s an old saying about the difference between a manager and a leader: “Managers do things right. Leaders do the right things.” At 600 Global, we recognize how vital great leaders are. As a leader, part of your job is to inspire the people around you to push themselves – and, in turn, the company – to greatness. Leadership can be a struggle to develop, as there are intrinsic qualities that are tough to cultivate. But if you’re willing to face the challenge, and follow these guidelines, then you’ll be on the right path to becoming the leader your business needs to succeed.

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Lead By Example

Actions really do speak louder than words. Good leadership takes a strong character and a firm commitment to do the right thing, at the right time, for the right reason. This means doing what you say when you say it. If your team can’t trust you, you’ll probably never lead them to greatness. Find ways to energize, motivate and show confidence in your team with the belief they can do anything they set their minds to. At 600 Global we lead by example and when you lead by example, you create a picture of what’s possible. People can look at you and say, “Well, if they can do it, I can do it.” You must be willing to do the things you preach about.

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Take responsibility

Deflecting blame is no way to build trust. Not only is owning up to our actions the right thing to do, but it can often overcome negative consequences. Business growth involves taking risks that don’t always pan out. Be willing to stand up for your employees and their decisions when expectations aren’t met. This will motivate your employees to feel they can accomplish what’s needed to achieve the organization’s goals. Be credible – people want to follow an honest leader. Be candid about why things didn’t work out, learn from the mistake and move on. People will trust someone who actively displays honesty.

“The price of greatness is responsibility.”
― Winston S. Churchill

Show confidence in your decisions

There is a rumor circulating that those who are confident are never afraid; that they confidently walk into the line of fire with no fear. But this couldn’t be further from the truth. Everyone has fears especially those who have to make big decisions. However, a leader that is technically qualified for the position, but lacks confidence, will find it difficult to lead others. Confidence is a state of mind and is the fundamental basis from which leadership grows. At 600 Global we know how vital it is for our leaders to maintain their confidence so that our business team as a whole remains calm, cool and collected.

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Becoming a better leader means growing your expertise in whatever industry or niche you’re in; being willing – and able – to share your insights with those around you; being good at not only sharing your expertise and insights, but also at teaching others how to apply them so they don’t make the same mistakes; and being someone who your followers can trust and view as an authority figure. Our leaders at 600 Global have made a world of difference in our company by taking responsibility, remaining confident in their decision making and leading by example.

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The Keys to Leadership

The Three R’s Of Motivation

At 600 Global we not only believe in setting goals, we believe in absolutely crushing them and we strive to do just that each day. However, sustaining motivation can be tough even under the best of circumstances. Ah, but don’t stress! By following these manageable steps, we ensure that you will conquer your to-do list and still have plenty of time for Taco Tuesday with the crew.

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“I think it all comes down to motivation. If you really want to do something, you will work hard for it.”

– Edmund Hillary

Repeat Good Habits

Focus on practicing the right habits every day — whether you like them or not. The more you practice the patterns to a successful day, the more routine it becomes. The more you practice the habits of doing the right thing (exercise, diet, getting your work done), the EASIER it becomes. At 600 Global, our belief is that consistency is key, so we habitually practice The 8 Great Work Habits. But you can apply active habits to any part of your life. The ultimate goal is to be able to handle any task that your career (or life for that matter, throws at you.) Learn that you can do things you didn’t think you could do by creating smart habits every day of the week, for every area of your life.

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Remain Positive

Not every day will be easy, but it will certainly be worth it. With each curve ball that gets hit your way, there will be an important lesson — remember it. Sometimes even the most determined people get overwhelmed. You may be burning yourself out and a much-needed break might be just what you need. When things get a little rocky, remain logical and sensible. Don’t be too hard on yourself. Brush yourself off and take it one moment at a time. Stay elevated by watching YouTube videos of inspirational moments so you can suddenly feel a new sense of motivation to keep striving,

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Reward Yourself

Cultivate a done-list to record everything you’ve accomplished during each day. Then, when you feel like you’re getting lost amidst the buzz, you can take a look at what you’ve actually finished. Seeing the list of things accomplished will renew both your energy and motivation. Finish your tasks and then reflect on them — once your to-do list is complete. Celebrate. Whenever you hit one of those benchmarks, stop for a while to enjoy that fact. Give yourself a day off. Go out dancing or to a basketball game. We always make time to celebrate our success here at 600 Global. If you remind your brain each step along the way that there will be an occasion to have fun, both your brain and you will be that much more motivated to get to the next achievement.

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Personal motivation is key to maintaining almost all aspects of life. Even the most determined people can lose steam sometimes. You are your biggest obstacle. At 600 Global we know how important it is to find a rhythm to your everyday life so that motivation is abundant.

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The Three R’s Of Motivation