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

The 18 Year Anniversary Celebration Continues at 600 Global

As 600 Global (Phoenix, AZ) celebrates their 18th year anniversary, founder, entrepreneur, and small business consultant, Michael has been sharing his thoughts on the journey with us. Choosing the path of entrepreneurship can be seen as risky, but as Michael shared in the first part of this blog mini-series, betting on himself paid off more than risking being laid off on numerous occasions.

With all great risks come great rewards, and the 600 Global story is no different. Every familyindividual who is driven to be an entrepreneur is typically seeking one, or all, of the following; financial freedom, being in control and not being told what and when to do things, freedom of time.

Besides running a successful business for nearly two decades (and helping numerous others do the same), Michael has accomplished all of the above. His wife and he have three beautiful children (for whom Michael was able to attend every doctor’s appointment through their pregnancies) all enrolled in private school, and whom he coaches their soccer and baseball teams. And yes, he is still operating a flourishing business and will help numerous others do the same this year. We aren’t sharing this with you to flash his accomplishments, rather show what’s possible when you take a risk and bet on your own work ethic and ability.

“The greatest reward is knowing that I can take care of my family and that I can take care of the people who work with me.”

Michael has set a goal that by the end of this year he will have helped a total of 100 people successfully open their small business, and he is on track to do so! We found it only appropriate to ask for some advice that he would give a new entrepreneur.

He explained that, first and foremost, you have to respect the fact that you are an entrepreneur and truly run your business, not let your business run you. It’s very common for new business owners to get caught up in all the new responsibilities and forget that they are the one running the show.

Michael also talked to us about working hard to set yourself up for the future. What he meant was that if you work extremely hard early on and set the pace for your people, the effort that you will need to put forth, in the long run, will be immensely less. As a business owner, you need to be the one to bear the weight on your shoulders and be the person that the company can build around he explained, you are your team’s clutch player essentially. As Michael put it – “Be the person who wants the ball when there are only a few seconds left.”

Throughout our time with 600 Global’s leader, there was one key message that we noticed kept coming through; take the risk and bet on yourself. It’s no surprise that the culture that he has created in his Phoenix firm supports just that. Michael, along with the entire leadership team, goes out of their way to build trust amongst coworkers and support their people. Being an employee of 600 Global means you essentially have another family.

“I want to give this message to anyone that reads this: Don’t doubt yourself. People accomplish amazing things all the time that they didn’t even know they could do. You might surprise yourself by what you could become good at. Don’t be afraid to bet on yourself… because you might be pleasantly surprised.”

So, to Michael, 600 Global, and the all of the aspiring entrepreneurs that will bet on themselves, cheers! We wish you many more years of success.

Click here to check out the third installment in our interview series with Michael!

The 18 Year Anniversary Celebration Continues at 600 Global

Celebrating 18 Years of Entrepreneurial Success at 600 Global

600-Global-Headshot-2Get ready to pop the champagne… 600 Global (Phoenix, AZ) is celebrating their 18th anniversary! According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, only half of all businesses will survive five years, and only one-third will survive ten years. This is why the 18th anniversary of 600 Global is so impressive. They have defied all odds and continued to thrive, despite a down economy, since the late 90s. We had the chance to pick the brain of the entrepreneur behind their success… take a look!

Our conversation with Michael began by learning about his career path and we found out that he actually began his career in the finance industry. In a world where people are being laid off due to ongoing downsizing, layoffs, and outsourcing, Michael luckily made the decision to change his path.

“I know now that when I wake up every day I have a chance to work – and to also provide work to other people.”

According to him, he would have likely been laid off or forced to relocate, for the two banks that he had worked with prior. One of which, was First Union in Charlotte, NC which was bought out by Wells Fargo. “I’m glad I took the path less traveled by betting on myself,” says Michael. ‘But why this industry?’ we wondered. He explained, in a matter of fact manner, that companies are always going to need sales. If you are able to provide that, you will have longevity, and this is precisely what 600 Global does.

Over the course of his career, Michael has had many noteworthy accomplishments, but to him, nothing is greater than being able to help other people run their businesses successfully. He consults small businesses across the country, to not only help them overcome those labor statistics of failure but, to truly prosper. “I’ve helped people become financially independent and be able to truly live the lives that they want, not just the lives they can afford,” he added. Mentoring these budding entrepreneurs is something that he has found great pleasure in because he is able to help people become who they’ve always wanted to be and fulfill their goals, live their dreams.

“My biggest accomplishment is helping people believe in themselves and getting the best out of people — whether it’s for a week or for fifteen years.”

By the end of 2017, Michael’s goal is to have helped 100 people successfully run their businesses. There has been so much knowledge gained, benefits reaped and people helped over an eighteen-year span in business for 600 Global that we can’t fit it all in one blog post. Our interview with Michael will continue with a second part to this blog mini-series celebrating 18 years of entrepreneurial success!

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Celebrating 18 Years of Entrepreneurial Success at 600 Global