5 “Do It Yourself” Projects for August

August is here, and all of us at 600 Global are soaking up the last of the summer months. But don’t let the prospect of fall get you down. Check out these five fun ideas to keep the last month of summer as productive as possible.

  1. Are you a fan of S’Mores? Why not make the hassle less and the convenience more by lining a terra cotta flower pot with aluminum, add some charcoal and voila, you have table-top s’mores! Check out more here

 

2. Want some cool outdoor lighting for your end of summer party? Wrap some tea lights around a hula hoop and find an easy way to secure it to the ceiling and you have some very groovy lighting. Check out more about the hula-hoop chandelier here

 

 

3. Summer light can be one of the nicest parts of the warmer months – make your own suncatchers by using some muffin pans and colorful plastic beads. Melt them into cool shapes and sizes at 400º Fahrenheit in the oven and then, once they’ve cooled, drill a hole to attach some string and hang them near any window with sunlight.

4. Head on over to the nearest craft store and pick up some painted lanterns with glass windows. Print out some of your favorite photos and paste them to the inside of the lanterns, facing out. Not only do these make a lovely gift, but a nice decoration.

5. Save your usable mason jars, and using an oil based paint marker, create some fun and funky vases or pen-holders to put around the house. All you need to do is draw directly on the glass and voila, you’ve made some more cool decorations.Screen Shot 2017-06-20 at 10.10.49 AM.png

All these ideas and more and the perfect way to make August a productive last month of summer, and the best thing? You can use most of these projects all year around. From all of us at 600 Global, we hope you enjoy the last of summer and find something fun to spend the time. Follow 600 Global on Instagram to see what we’re up to during the month of August!

5 “Do It Yourself” Projects for August

How to Make It Through the Summer Sports Slump

At one point, 600 Global had the luxury of watching the Phoenix Suns, Arizona Coyotes, and the Arizona Cardinals, all at the same time. It was that small time of year when three of the four major sports collided and there was a game on almost every night of the week.

Unfortunately, none of the Phoenix teams qualified for the playoffs in their respective sport, and everyone at 600 Global was left with nothing to cheer for. One minute you’re watching 3 teams a week, the next, all their seasons are over.

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Football season ended in February, the Stanley Cup ended in June, and the NBA Finals wrapped up shortly after. So now were left with the question, what is there to watch?

Well, it may not be the most exciting answer, but the answer is baseball.

There’s a certain stretch during the year where there’s still a crossover of three sports: baseball, basketball, and hockey (although it’s usually the playoffs for basketball and hockey). It may not be as exciting as football or if your teams aren’t included in the playoffs, but nonetheless, it’s a good transition into the summer sports slump.

The summer sports slump refers to the time period in June and July where there’s nothing to watch except for baseball. It’s the only time of the year where only one professional sport is actively playing and needless to say, it gets boring.

It’s upsetting just to think about it but keep your hopes alive, you’ll get through it.

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The good news is that the Arizona Diamondbacks look promising. They have a young team and they’re already proving they can play ball. They’re playing in arguably the toughest division in baseball and are still posting a good record. That’s impressive.

Another reason to be optimistic is that believe it or not, baseball games offer arguably the best fan experience. Whether it’s a game after work or a day game on the weekend, it’s almost impossible to not have a good time.

Also, the MLB is 162 games long which give you about 4-6 games a week to watch. That’s a lot of sports for one week. It can certainly give you your fix for sports for a few months before football season picks up again.

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While we endure the summer sports slump just remain optimistic, baseball season is alive and well. While it may not be your favorite sport, you can count on 600 Global to be cheering for the Diamondbacks until the Cardinals are back in action.

How to Make It Through the Summer Sports Slump

Get to Know 600 Global Manager Mike Frericks

Today we got the chance to talk to Mike Frericks, one of our managers at 600 Global. Take a look!

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Mike Frericks (second from the right) pictured with 600 Global colleagues

We kicked off our interview by speaking about his management style. Frericks began by explaining that he tries to be available to everyone as a resource whenever possible. He focuses on providing employees with the tools they need to be successful at 600 Global.

We continued on to pick Frericks’ brain…

Q: Tell us about how your career path led you to 600 Global.

“I was very fortunate, I came right from my undergrad with a BA in Business Management. It’s a pretty broad degree and I was told that the consulting world was a good opportunity for someone like me. I joined the company in June of 2015 and since then I’ve learned a lot. I would say I’ve learned more in of the business side of my degree in my three years at 600 Global than during six years of school.”

Frericks graduated from Wayne State University where he played baseball for the Warriors. Going through two shoulder surgeries to retain his position as a pitcher taught him a lot about perseverance in the face of challenges. It was these surgeries that allowed him to keep his scholarship and work towards an MBA. He played international baseball in Canada, but after facing a third shoulder injury, he decided it was time to hang up his pitching glove and put his focus into a company like 600 Global.

 

“One thing I always took pride in with baseball was that I was always team captain in high school and then in college. We didn’t have team captains until my Junior year but I was chosen as the first captain in our program’s history. So I think my success in business is partly because I’ve always taken on a captain role, communicating between coaches and players, employees and management. I just want to make sure that everyone’s voice is heard.”

Q: What piece of advice you would give somebody who is trying to become more involved in a company like 600 Global?

“I would say, you don’t have to do it alone, everyone in our company we promote from within, so everyone’s been in their shoes — so pick people’s brain and learn something from other people. I want everyone to be successful in this company, we want to help everyone get promoted.”

Frericks believes that the difference between successful and unsuccessful people is belief.

“If people really believe in their big goals they’re gonna be successful – so a lot of times it can just be perspective.”

When Frericks played baseball, he reflected, he would frequently hear guys talking about how they were going make it to the major leagues. The belief in yourself and your ability to succeed can easily be applied to the business world, he feels.

Q: How do you stay motivated throughout the day?

“When I wake up, I think about the new guys, what can I teach the new guys to help them in the future. If you take care of the newest person in the room, everything else will fall into place.”

Frericks’ favorite quote comes from Mark Cuban, American Businessman:

“Work like there is someone working 24 hours to take it all away from you.”

In the end, it all comes down to Frericks’ perspective on the company,

“Everyday that I talk to someone, I want to make people’s days better, whether I’m only speaking to them for a minute or whether they come a part of the company and I know them for the rest of their life. I believe in what 600 Global is doing, we’re changing people’s lives.”

Get to Know 600 Global Manager Mike Frericks

3 Activities to Boost Productivity in Your Free Time [LIST]

Here at 600 Global  (Phoenix, AZ), being productive is the name of the game. We are always striving to be better every day. We adamantly believe that the way a person uses his or her downtime will have a tremendous impact on how quickly he or she achieves success. It’s important to find activities that will help you to continue to grow and learn, as well as activities you enjoy doing.

Here are three things that you can do when you aren’t at work that will boost productivity!

  1. Practice public speaking

It is an immense fear for many people, but public speaking is a necessary skill in not only business but all aspects of life. If you love movies or books, it can be both productive and fun to print out some scenes and practice reciting them in front of the mirror or with your family or friends. Furthermore, you can write a short speech or borrow a presentation from a coworker and set up a camera to record yourself. This way, you can critique your style and delivery without the need of another person. Practicing this skill will boost your confidence at meetings, during business calls, and even in small talk.

Public speaking skills are essential in business, but they are also tremendously beneficial in social settings as well!

2. Exercise

In order to stay healthy, exercise balanced with a nutritional diet is a requisite. It does not have to be grueling and unenjoyable! You can join a salsa class (excellent cardio), a spin class, or go hiking to stay in shape when you aren’t at work! Here at 600 Global, North Mountain Park is right here in Phoenix, AZ and provides wonderful views that stretch for miles and miles! By doing things that you love and simultaneously getting in shape, you barely notice that it’s exercise.

You don’t need to be constantly cranking out workouts in the gym, especially in the summer seasons!

3.  Learn to cook

There is an obvious benefit to learning how to cook — you learn how to make your own yummy food! But there are also other positive outcomes that come with this skill because, like learning anything, it takes determination and practice to improve. Not only will you be refining your business skills in the office but you will be keeping your productivity up outside of work by learning how to cook something new every night for dinner. This is a great way to stay sharp, stay productive, and bake up some delicious meals for friends and family. You can also bring your creations into work to show off your new skill while getting brownie points (no pun intended) from coworkers!

Delectable treats are always welcome here at 600 Global!

 

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600 Global CEO on the Importance of Philanthropy [INSIGHT]

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Corporate social responsibility is one of the many admirable traits possessed by 600 Global (Phoenix, AZ). We were lucky enough to speak with CEO Michael Sessions about philanthropy and his stance on giving back to the community.

Recently, Michael donated to a fundraiser that serves a community in the Dominican Republic. He made the decision to sponsor a hole in the foundation’s golf tournament, which was held in order to raise money for a community center in Hoyo Oscuro, Dominican Republic that serves 98 families or roughly 580 people.Screen Shot 2017-06-09 at 4.51.33 PM

“The foundation is set up to support a community in the DR. The goal is to raise enough money so that, over time, the village can be self-sufficient and will not have to rely on donors. It was really great to help out such an awesome cause.”

Michael is no stranger to philanthropy — the 600 Global team has worked with the Red Cross, Autism Speaks, and has even raised close to $15,000 for Operation Smile over their 18 years of business. Although, he doesn’t think that you need money to be able to help others.

“We try to help out whenever we get the chance! If I can play golf and give $1,000 to a charity that is helping families in need, that’s wonderful.

But you do not need to be wealthy to give. Volunteering time is extremely valuable and it is always appreciated by these organizations and you don’t need any money to do that.

My wife and I spend time at a place called UMOM, which is the largest shelter in Arizona for battered and homeless women and their children. We go down there and help give out food and wash dishes.”

The selfless acts of these organizations are something that Michael enjoys taking part in. 600 Global has worked with several organizations to volunteer and donate, so we asked Michael about his favorite philanthropic interest. It is no surprise that he is most interested in helping children in need, especially since he has three of his own.Screen Shot 2017-06-09 at 4.47.09 PM

“I like organizations that help children who can’t defend themselves or care for themselves yet. They need the most help. These kids don’t really have a voice, so working with groups like Operation Smile allows us to have a voice for them. I have three kids, so I definitely feel that it is important to help these children get access to safe care.”

This attitude is an amazing example for other businesses to follow. It is no wonder that 600 Global has been in business for 18 years, especially with a successful, courageous, and socially responsible CEO like Michael.

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600 Global CEO on the Importance of Philanthropy [INSIGHT]

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]