3 Ways to Get into the Holiday Spirit if You Live in a Warm Climate [LIST]

We’re experts at the “hot Christmas” game here at 600 Global (Phoenix, AZ)! Although temperatures in the 50’s and 60’s are typically cold for us – this weather in December is unheard of to northerners. However, in Arizona, and most of the south, this weather can sometimes dull the holiday spirit. All of the Christmas movies depict families decked out in sweaters and mittens while the windows are fogged with condensation and flurry snowfall in the background. We refuse to miss out on the fun – so here are 3 ways that you can get into the holiday spirit if you live in a warm climate!

All of the Christmas movies depict families decked out in sweaters and mittens while the windows are fogged with condensation and flurry snowfall in the background. We refuse to miss out on the fun – so here are 3 ways that you can get into the holiday spirit if you live in a warm climate!

1. Build a Sand Man!

Psh, snow!? You don’t need that to construct your big, lofty, round buddy! Head on down to the nearest beach, or literally anywhere with sand, and build it up! Take an awesome picture and send it to friends and relatives up north – and do it without numb, frozen fingers. Remind them that the holidays aren’t so bad in the sunshine, which brings us to our next point.

2. Remember That You’re Lucky!

It gets real cold up in the northern states around this time of year. You have no idea what they would give to be able to be in your shoes! Shoveling wet, heavy snow, dealing with a near-Antarctic car in the morning, being blasted by frozen winds at every angle. Those are not enjoyable and 600 Global is incredibly lucky to do business in sunny Phoenix, Arizona. So hey, let’s enjoy our shorts and t-shirts because it is a lot better than painful, icy wind in your face!

3. Go All Out!

Just because there’s no snow outside doesn’t mean we shouldn’t go all out! Make some delicious eggnog, bake dozens of holiday cookies, glaze a Christmas ham, deck the halls, buy pine-scented candles. There is no excuse for not taking part in the holiday cheer!

There are also plenty of neighborhoods to go drive around and enjoy. Yes, northerners, we still put up awesome lights for everyone to enjoy. Oh, and of course – Christmas movies! All of the countless classics that you can only watch one-time per year are just as wonderful in warm weather.

 

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3 Ways to Get into the Holiday Spirit if You Live in a Warm Climate [LIST]

2 Bad Habits You Need to Drop to Be Successful in Your Career

600 Global has had its fair share of success over the last 18+ years — and it’s truly a testament to the positive work habits we practice every day.

Part of developing great habits means dropping all of the bad habits that are weighing you down. Even the most productive and success-minded individuals struggle with doing so — so if you’re in this boat, you’re not alone! The key is to identify the habits that you need to break, and then to change your behaviors — stat!

Here are 2 bad habits to drop today…

Disorganization

Being disorganized can apply to everything from time management to a messy file cabinet. It’s easy to just put things off to the side and forget about them, but eventually they add up. Take control of your life and try to organize it accordingly. You’ll find you’re able to operate with a lot less ambiguity and stress when you always know where things are and have a schedule of your agenda.

Poor planning is at the root of 99% of your stress — we guarantee it! If you go into each week just flying by the seat of your pants, you are missing out on the benefits of being a productive machine! As the saying goes — “Fail to plan, plan to fail.” If you’re looking at a giant to-do list with no idea what to tackle next (or worse, you haven’t even made a to-do list!), it means that you are disorganized. If your car is filthy, your room is a mess, and you don’t know what you’re having for lunch, it might mean that you are disorganized.

Thankfully, this is an easy one to fix. We recommend dedicating a minimum of 30 minutes each week to blocking out time on your calendar for each important meeting and task. Anyone who wants to be successful needs an organized plan.

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Procrastinating

Procrastination is often a symptom of poor planning and disorganization. Some people claim they thrive under pressure but flirting with deadlines can be a dangerous game. There are ways to motivate yourself to get things done by a certain time without waiting until the last possible minute. You don’t necessarily have to work ahead but at least try to get started on things when you receive them rather than putting the entire thing off to the last minute. It’s easier said than done but it’s worth it.

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600 Global knows how difficult it can be to break these habits, but we also know the rewards you will reap if you are able to overcome them. If you can avoid or break these habits, you’re well on your way to being successful.

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2 Bad Habits You Need to Drop to Be Successful in Your Career

3 Reasons Why Corporate Social Responsibility Rocks [LIST]

Philanthropy is something we truly believe in here at 600 Global (Phoenix, AZ). Our CEO, Michael, is involved in a number of charities and naturally, so is our company.

The holiday season is upon us and it is important to remember that it is about giving! Giving is necessary in a world filled with so many people in need.

Corporate social responsibility is something that makes the world a better place and naturally makes for better business! The number one argument for corporate social responsibility should be obvious: it’s the right thing to do! At 600 Global we adamantly believe in the importance of helping those who are less fortunate.

But, if that’s not enough to convince you why your company should give back, here are 3 more reasons…

1. Employee Engagement

Employees love to work for a company that helps others. It becomes a team effort to improve the community and brings everybody in on the cause! When 600 Global took part in the 2nd Annual Golf Tournament Benefitting Operation Smile, employees were excited to take part in such an awesome event with their coworkers. Our team is proud of the work that we do and the charitable events that we take part in, which keeps everybody engaged and excited to be part a company that cares about the community!

2.  Public Image

Giving back to the community is beneficial to everybody. People in need receive better care and attention and it helps society in looking after one another. Companies that take part in these charitable activities are more favorable to consumers than those who do not. Customers feel better about giving their business to a company that actually demonstrates a dedication to philanthropic ideas because they trust and believe in that company’s image.

3. Better Applicants

The benefits of corporate social responsibility do not only resonate with consumers and existing employees, but job-hunters take notice as well. Companies that have a positive public image and perform philanthropic actions also attract likeminded, hardworking, engaged, and valuable applicants. This is because the company is seen as a business that takes care of everybody – the planet, the customers, and the employees.

We have the best employees on earth and that is because, when applying and interviewing, they truly wanted to work here because of our culture. Applicants with a desire to work hard and become part of a team that cares are more enticed to work for a company that matches their ambitions.

We sincerely hope that you’ll join 600 Global in giving back during this holiday season. Share with us in the comments some of the ways that you support your own community!

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3 Reasons Why Corporate Social Responsibility Rocks [LIST]

5 Sales Tips That Will Help You Close Those Deals [LIST]

At 600 Global (Phoenix, AZ), we know first hand how essential sales skills are in business. Our industry is competitive and requires diligence, charm, impeccable social skills, long hours, and a dedicated work ethic. The opportunity for growth and earning potential, however, makes all of the hard work worth it.

Here are 5 sales tips to always keep in mind while on your journey to success!

1.  Personal Development 

In order to be successful in sales you must be confident in and of yourself. Focusing on professional goals is essential to succeeding in your job; but setting and accomplishing personal goals will make you a more self-assured salesperson. Read books, watch videos, take notes on any motivational or self-confidence boosting material that will improve your personal life. It will undoubtedly benefit you in the professional realm.

2. Know the Product

Become an expert of the product that you are selling. Learn all of the ‘ins and outs’ of your product until you know it like the back of your hand. The internet is fabulous place for obtaining knowledge on subjects that were otherwise impossible to learn about. By becoming a fountain of knowledge for customers and team members, you will be more confident in your ability to sell your product. This is one of the reasons why we are so successful at 600 Global.

3. Leave it at the Door

However long your workday is, it is important that you are spending that time setting goals and closing deals. By focusing on personal drama, you will only be holding yourself back and creating a distraction from the progress you are trying to make. Leave those problems at the door!

4. Listen

People enjoy being listened to. They certainly do not like to be talked at and, in sales, this can make or break a deal. Guide the conversation by letting the customer talk when they want to talk and know how to answer questions that they have. You can guide the horse to the water, but you certainly can’t force them to drink it. This will unquestionably strengthen your relationship with them.

5. Relationship-based Selling 

This is a big focus here at 600 Global. Learn the first names of your clients as soon as you can. When you call them, there is no need to get down and dirty with business talk right away. Chit chat is how you start off any relationship and it is the same in business. Get to know your clients first. Remember special dates like birthdays and their local holidays by setting reminders on your phone or computer. Send your clients cards and emails in celebration of these dates. This personal relationship matters and it will strengthen your professional relationship with your clients.

 

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5 Sales Tips That Will Help You Close Those Deals [LIST]

600 Global CEO Launches Podcast, The Sessions Effect

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If you haven’t yet heard the news, the CEO of 600 Global, Michael Sessions, has launched a podcast — and it’s turning heads. The Sessions Effect, recorded in Phoenix, AZ, explores a variety of subject matters related to success and fulfillment in business and in life.

Nine ‘sessions’ in, the podcast has already been downloaded hundreds of times on iTunes. A recent reviewer commented, “Excellent insight from a seasoned entrepreneur…” and another raved, “Best motivation! What a great way to change the way you see things…” If you haven’t checked it out yet, you can find The Sessions Effect on iTunes by clicking here. Perhaps Michael Sessions will have the same ‘effect’ on you as he’s had on so many others over his career.

To set the stage for this preview of Session 1, 600 Global’s founder, Michael Sessions, has spent the last two decades training and developing up-and-coming business professionals. Over the years, he has learned that there is a right way and a wrong way to motivate others. In Session 1, Michael explores the “million dollar question” — How do I motivate my team?

First and foremost, Michael points out that being encouraging, rather than making demands, has been his most successful strategy for bringing out the best in his team. He gives specific examples of conversations he might have with an underperforming employee. (You’ll have to listen to the podcast to catch the details!)

In Michael’s eyes, successful leadership is about providing a support system.

“It’s easy to give up when the only person pulling for you is yourself,” he reflects. “But when you know you have someone behind you who believes in you, you decide to keep moving forward. Not only for yourself, but for them as well.”

You won’t finish Session 1 without understanding the difference between constructive and destructive conversations. You’ll learn how address a person’s performance without being demoralizing — by looking at the numbers, being solution oriented, and most importantly, being encouraging.

If you’re ready to hear Michael Sessions work his magic, head over to iTunes to check out the first session. While you’re there, be sure to subscribe. Enjoy!

600 Global CEO Launches Podcast, The Sessions Effect

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

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