Springtime Heating Up at Atlantic Solutions

Every seasonal shift brings about excitement for what’s ahead — but there’s something particularly exciting about Spring at Atlantic Solutions (South Plainfield, NJ)! Maybe it’s the budding trees, the May graduations, the consecutive promotions, the annual events we look forward to all year — or maybe it’s just something in the air!

Let’s take a look at some of the upcoming events for the Atlantic Solutions team. Be sure to keep reading until the bottom and check out our exciting announcement.

This Week

Our president has selected three top performers at Atlantic Solutions to accompany him to an invite-only business seminar in Los Angeles. Hassan Wehbeh, Nick Sullivan, and James Schnell will fly with DK to the West Coast on Thursday, May 18th, to take part in networking dinners, workshops, and one-on-one coaching from a variety of successful businesspeople. They will be wined and dined and given the well-deserved royal treatment! If the event is anything like last year’s, this group will come back from their long weekend bursting with knowledge and fresh motivation. We can’t wait to hear about their biggest takeaways.

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Last year’s Top Gun event

Next Month

Only weeks away is one of our alltime favorite annual events, a national conference being held in New Orleans this year. Several members of the Atlantic Solutions leadership team will head down to the Big Easy for a long weekend that’s sure to be unforgettable — and we’re not just talking about the beignets!

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Last year’s conference was in Dallas

Exciting Announcement!

This additional event happening in June deserves a drumroll (and definitely it’s own subheading). One of our assistant managers, Tashaun Thomas, has completed his management training at Atlantic Solutions and is currently preparing to manage a new office in June! This is a huge step in his career, and we are thrilled to see his hard work paying off.

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DK and Tashaun

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Here Are 5 Tips to Spring Clean Your Life

That time of the year is upon us, wherein the normal routine of our day we suddenly realize the world is green again, flowers are blooming, birds are chirping, and ah, yes, it is Spring. We don’t know about you, but at Atlantic Solutions we are pretty excited.

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Such an elegant word, we wear Spring like a badge of honor for our survival of yet another New Jersey Winter. When people start talking about Spring, it is time to get excited. But as the sunlight starts to reach the places we thought perhaps it would never reach again, lurking in the corner is the one word which follows Spring, the word-that-must-not-be-named. Cleaning .

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The world may be green again, but the shelves dusty, the clutter unbearable, and our routines mundane. Change seems overdue, even if such change involves cleaning. Some may recoil in fear, others willingly embrace it, and the rest of us try to feel accomplished by reading life hacks on the internet, but how does one muster up the courage to organize their surroundings when life is hectic as is? There is a simple first step, and it starts with you. Yes, you!

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Think of Spring as the real New Year, now is as good a time as any to reevaluate your health, happiness, and lifestyle. So nevermind January, these resolutions start now!

● Create New Career Goals: Our careers are an important part of our lives, as well as our financial and emotional stability. It is only healthy to take a step back and ask “what could I be doing differently, and how can I improve?”
● Focus on Fitness: Physical health has been linked time and time again to benefit both the body and mind. Start at your own pace, and build the confidence you deserve.
● Write to Friends & Family: Are there relationships in your life that you have fallen out of contact with? Or maybe you just want to show appreciation for the special people that are close to you? Write a letter to share the love.
● Declutter Your Workspace: And so the real cleaning begins – an organized environment promotes clarity of thought and boosts mood.
● You Do You: Always remember to make time for yourself. Take a nap, buy a new outfit, read a book, or even go on vacation!

Alter and edit these tips to your heart’s desire, every individual requires a unique cleansing process. Spring has arrived whether we face that dreaded cleaning word or not. Whether you focus on a new job, better relationships, or simply more downtime, above all remember to live more, laugh more, and learn more!

Wishing you a happy and clean Spring from Atlantic Solutions!

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Dad Was Right — 3 Tips We Finally Appreciate

Father’s Day is just one month away, so the team at Atlantic Solutions is in the spirit of appreciation of our awesome dads!

Can you imagine how far all of us would be in our lives if we actually still listened to the advice our fathers gave us as young children? Many of the daddy-isms that come to mind for our staff at Atlantic Solutions are actually just simple words of wisdom that are easy enough for a small child to understand. Let’s take a moment to re-learn a lesson or two from our dads.

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“Money doesn’t grow on trees.”

Do you remember pulling on your dad’s pant leg and begging for the latest and greatest toy you saw on TV, only to receive the disappointing dose of reality that ‘money doesn’t grow on trees’?

By now, you’ve undoubtedly re-learned this lesson the hard way. You’ve re-discovered that most things in life must be earned — and that money is not easily acquired. This is one of the most important pieces of wisdom that any father could impart to his child. Take it from the president of Atlantic Solutions, DK, who recently told us about parenting his daughter, “I always want her to associate success with hard work.”

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“You need to do your homework before you can go play.”

These words were the worst! How badly you wanted to join your friends at the playground and forget about writing that book report about The Boxcar Children.

Dad was teaching several very important lessons with this one. Firstly, he wanted you to learn how to be responsible. He wanted you to understand that the “have to dos” always come first, and the “want to dos” should follow. Secondly, he wanted to teach you the principle of ‘pay now, play later,’ or delayed gratification.

If you’ve already mastered this tricky one, there’s no doubt that you’re already well on your way to greatness.

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“I don’t care if you don’t feel like it, you still need to practice today.”

We know. You didn’t want to practice the piano every day. You didn’t want to go to baseball practice in the rain. You didn’t want to wake up an hour early for theater rehearsal.

But dad was onto something. He knew that the key to success in anything you did in life would be showing up, not making excuses, and enduring the deliberate practice necessary to become great.

THANKS, DAD!

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The Growth Mindset at Atlantic Solutions

At Atlantic Solutions (Cherry Hill, NJ) we are committed to delivering measurable results to our clients and because of that, we are making waves in the sales and marketing world! One of the reasons that we have been able to continuously exceed our client’s expectations is the on-going training that we provide our team. Not only do we make sure that they are confident in their job responsibilities, but we also attempt to provide them with skills and mentalities that will enhance both their careers and their personal lives. James Schnell, who has been working with us for just over two months, enlightened us with some of the things that he has learned so far. Check it out!

“The most important professional skill that I have learned thus far working with Atlantic Solutions is training and developing others to learn what I was taught. I feel that having what I call a student/teacher mentality is extremely key in a career. Someone who can learn something, then teach it to the next person will be very successful in business. Someone who can take advice/constructive criticism then apply it to not only their work but their development of others will succeed. It is something that I will take with me throughout my time here with the company and further.”

Not only did James share his professional growth, but also how he has grown as an individual;

“In my time with the company, I have learned many things about myself. If I had to narrow it down to the biggest personal lesson, I would have to say that it is taking initiative. I have never been one to step up and take the lead. I have always been laid back and very shy, but this position has taught me that in life, taking initiative is what gets you to where you want to be. It is like a domino effect. People will do what others do, especially if they are confidently stepping up to do the right thing and they will respect you for it.”

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This Quote is The Absolute Secret to Success

At Atlantic Solutions (South Plainfield, NJ) we love a good motivational quote. And this is one of our absolute favorites. Are you ready for it?

“To increase your effectiveness, make your emotions subordinate to your commitments.” -Brian Koslow

 

Have any of these things ever happened to you?

  • You’ve accepted a job offer. You’re really excited about your new journey. You commit to working your way up at the firm. But then you have a really bad day at work. Maybe you have a disagreement with a co-worker, maybe your boss gives you some negative feedback, maybe you lose a sale, maybe you miss a deadline, or maybe you’re just feeling stressed and overwhelmed. So you start rethinking the commitment you made to yourself that you would advance and build your career. You’re feeling tempted to quit so you stop giving 100%.
  • You notice that you’re not getting enough sleep at night. You’re feeling tired and are having trouble focusing. You don’t have enough energy to work a full day and then hit them gym. So you decide that you’re going to start going to bed by 11:00 in order to get 8 hours of sleep. But then… you notice that you DVRed one of your favorite shows! You’re excited. You’ve been dying to watch it. So you end up saying up until midnight. You wake up the next morning really tired and struggle through the work day.
  • You have a great conversation with a mentor and he emphatically recommends that you take the time to plan your week every Sunday. You commit to making this a habit because you know that doing so will help you be successful. But then… you have an aggravating conversation with your mother. It sours your mood. Suddenly, you no longer feel like planning your week, so you don’t. Consequently, you feel scatterbrained when Monday comes and your week is less productive.

If these three examples don’t sound familiar, there are probably loads of other similar scenarios that come to mind for you.

The real secret to success lies in self-discipline. It’s about having grit. It’s about understanding that the difference between successful and unsuccessful people is that successful people do the things they don’t feel like doing. When you subordinate your emotions to your commitments you will be well on your way to achieving greatness.

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How to Spark Your Creative Genius

For years it has been thought that the left side of the brain is the most important side. Its functions are to think in a logical, linear and by-the-number manner. According to Daniel Pink, creativity expert and author of A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future, we are entering a conceptual era in which right brain abilities such as artistry, empathy, inventiveness, and big-picture thinking will be just as important as the left. At Atlantic Solutions we believe that creativity opens up a new world of opportunity. By following these three steps, you will be able to access the right side of your brain most effectively.

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1) Break your routine

Routine and habit can squash creativity. Once our creativity is stifled, our minds are not challenged anymore. To break the routine, do things you’ve never done before. Join a new class at your gym, try cooking a new recipe, do something outside of your comfort zone.  Choose an activity that thrills, inspires, or even scares you. When we take ourselves out of our comfort zones and push through our fears, we liberate ourselves, gain new perspectives and expand our creative minds.

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2) Keep an Idea Journal

Ever had an idea come to you in a dream, during the ride to work, or in the shower? Great ideas can come unexpectedly so it’s important to write them down so as not to forget. Atlantic Solutions actively encourages its employees to take note of the things that motivate or inspire them throughout the work day. Keeping a journal handy can help to capture a thought or idea in the moment. The journal can hold bits of wisdom, observations, and inspiring words. It can be used as a brainstorming tool.

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3) Create a Vision Board

A vision board is where images and words are displayed that represent who you are or want to be, do or have in your life. Creating a vision board helps identify your intentions, keeps you focused on these intentions and then helps to make them a reality. Vision boards can be created for all kinds of uses such as a particular project or outlining your life’s dreams or goals at work. The vision board is a way of getting thoughts, goals, and desires on paper to add clarity and to make more indelibly on the mind. Keep the board in a place where it can be viewed daily. The more you look at and contemplate your board, the more your wishes enter into your subconscious, manifest and become reality.

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Learning how to spark your inner creative genius opens up endless possibilities in the workplace. While it is important to depend on our learned skillset, it is vital to cultivate our creativity in order to unlock more meaningful results. At Atlantic Solutions we value our creative employees who are able to think outside of the box, step out of their comfort zones and bring new ideas to the table.

 

Are You a Leader? Here’s a Survival Kit For You

Here at Atlantic Solutions (South Plainfield, NJ), we don’t just throw our staff into leadership roles. We coach them, develop them, and prepare them to take on more and more responsibility. And once our team members are in leadership roles, you can bet that their training doesn’t stop there! Our philosophy is to always be learning, growing and improving.

In the spirit of strong leadership, we’ve pulled together a list of “tools” that you’ll need to survive and thrive in your role as a leader. Enjoy!

A rubber band to remind you to snap out of it when you lose your attitude.

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All human beings experience ups and downs. But, part of being a leader is setting the pace for your team. This, in part, means having a great attitude and remembering that your people are always watching. It means taking things in stride when they don’t go as planned. It means staying positive even when you suffer a setback. It means not letting one negative event keep you from going after your goals (and your team’s goals!) with the same vigor and enthusiasm as when you started. Your team will follow suit. And for a fun summertime activity — try the watermelon experiment above! (We recommend doing it outside!)

A mirror to remind you to lead by example.

So much of great leadership is modeling the attitudes and behaviors that you want to see in your team. It’s not money say monkey do, it’s monkey see monkey do!

Clear tape to remind you to be transparent.

When you’re the leader of a team, it is essential to be honest, open, and communicative with your people. Don’t keep secrets, make sure your team members know where they stand, what’s to come, and how they can improve.

Binoculars to remind you to share your vision.

Part of transparency is sharing your vision. Not only is doing so an important part of open communication, but it’s also a huge motivator for the people on your team.

An eraser to remind you that no mistake is permanent.

One of the worst habits is making a mistake and then giving up. As a leader, it is important to teach your team how to learn from their mistakes and move on. Most problems can be fixed.

Headphones to remind you to listen.

Listening is one of the most important activities of a leader. Take the time to hear your team members out. Find out what they’re afraid of. Find out what they’re excited for in the future. Listen to what they’re most passionate about. Welcome their feedback. Just hear them out!

Smarties to remind you that you are smart and capable.

Having self-confidence is crucial when in a leadership role. This doesn’t mean that you have to know everything — and it doesn’t mean you have to pretend to know everything. What it means is that you should be humbly self-assured so your team has a strong leader to follow.

A dollar bill to remind you to invest in yourself and your team.

And we don’t actually mean financially! Investing in your team means spending quality time with them, having great conversations, getting to know their struggles and dreams, and providing opportunities for personal and professional growth.

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7 Ways Your College Sports Background Will Translate into Career Success

Atlantic Solutions (South Plainfield, NJ) will be the first to tell you that college athletes make some of the best employees! Here are seven reasons why a college sports background is a valuable asset in the eyes of many employers.

1. You know how to handle criticism.

Whether it’s on the hardwood or in the locker room during halftime, you’ve been conditioned to take harsh, negative feedback and channel it into motivation. When your boss gives you pointers, much like your coach, you keep a student mentality and understand that he or she has your best interest at heart.

2. You manage time well.

Morning training from 6:30am to 8am. Class from 9am to 1pm. Help Desk from 2pm to 3pm. Practice from 4pm to 7pm. You’ve juggled academics, sports, and extracurriculars basically your whole life. The real world won’t be a problem for you!

3. You’re an opportunist!

Whether it’s a chance to take that game-winning shot, to fill in for a starting player, or attend an optional preseason practice, you know that every opportunity is a chance to prove yourself — and improve yourself. You take this belief to heart and into your career.

4. You have a growth mindset as opposed to a fixed mindset.

You’ve accepted that you’re not a 6’8 mega-athlete. However, because of those days of endless training resulting in impossible athletic improvements, you’ve developed a growth mindset. You know that anything can be done as long as you put in the work. So in the future when your co- workers are squirming in their seats about an impossible task, you’ll already be halfway done.

5. You’re a team player!

You know that communication is key. You’re constantly discussing how to overcome tough situations. You know how to work with teammates even if you don’t fancy them. You also know how to adjust, whether it’s being more of a role player or becoming the vocal leader. These intangible skills stick with you for the rest of life, and they’re especially helpful in the workplace.

6. You’ve dealt with failure repeatedly.

You’ve missed crucial shots and lost rivalry games. The feeling of failure is excruciating, but over the years you’ve learned how to rebound. You see failure as a chance to grow from your mistakes. Failure will continue to appear throughout your career, but you’ll know how to handle it no matter the circumstances.

7. LEADERSHIP.

There are many employees who have the opportunity to lead but don’t have what it takes. Not you. Your leadership skills on the field are tried and true, and ready to be applied. In fact, many office leaders were college athletes just like you!

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Diehard Yankees Fan, Frank DeLeo, Hates This One Player The Most

Frank DeLeo, team member of Atlantic Solutions (South Plainfield, NJ) is much like many of his colleagues when it comes to his intensely competitive nature. With so many members of the team coming from sports backgrounds, smack talking seems to be a normal and wonderful part of most days here in Jersey.

When you’re a lifelong baseball fan like Frank is, you’ve got some pretty strong opinions about the best and worst teams and players… and so of course, we wanted to know his thoughts just in time for the 2017 season to kickoff.

Feel free to comment below to share whether you agree or disagree with his assessments. Here we go! …

Who is your all-time favorite championship team in any sport? 

Favorite Championship team is my home team the 2009 New York Yankees. The three-man rotation of Cc Sabathia, Aj Burnett, and Andy Pettitte were unstoppable and Hideki Matsui went on an absolute tear.

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What’s one NFL team you would get rid of right now? 

The Jets, because I love them and I can’t bear to watch them lose like this anymore.
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What’s one player you cannot stand in any sport?

Jose Bautista because he kills the Yankees and he’s way too cocky about it.
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Do you have a favorite player? 

Favorite of all time is Derek Jeter because with all the spotlight on him he was always able to maintain a great attitude and hit in the most clutch situations.

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Right now my favorite is Greg Bird. I love his attitude and I think he is poised for big things in the future.
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What’s your favorite sports memory of all time?

I was able to witness the night at the garden when Melo scored 62 points.

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

Wrigley Field
MLB: Los Angeles Dodgers at Chicago Cubs
Well, what do you think? Did Frank nail it? Is he right to want to get rid of his beloved Jets? Are you a Jeter fan — is he all he’s cracked up to be? Atlantic Solutions wants to hear your feedback!!
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Tashaun, Jalil and Milady Attended a Seminar in California — Here Is What They Learned (Part II)

We told you we’d be back with more! Let’s hear more what the Atlantic Solutions assistant managers learned about during their recent business seminar on the West Coast. If you missed the first part of the series you can read it here!

Time Management

Tashaun and JalilMost business leaders will tell you that the way the manage their time is a factor that makes or breaks their success. So, Tashaun, Jalil and Milady were understandably grateful that this subject matter was covered at the seminar in such depth.

The first step in time management, they learned, is to determine your “why.” In other words, who do you want to be, what do you want to accomplish, and what choices are you going to make in order to achieve your goals.

The next step in planning is writing down a list of roles and relationships and prioritizing the top three, or the “big rocks.” The group watched a wonderful video, based upon Stephen Covey’s teachings, that provided a visual illustration of what happens when you fail to prioritize your most important tasks. The important takeaway was this: when planning your week, first schedule what is vital. Then schedule what is important, and only add what would be ‘nice to do’ at the very end. If you do this in the wrong order, the vital tasks will either never get done, and/or you will find yourself stressed and overwhelmed!

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There were so many other highlights of our assistant managers’ California excursion that we would be remiss to leave them out!

There was the dance-off on Saturday… which Jalil won and picked up $100 cash. Tashaun remarked, “He’s a dancer so I wasn’t surprised. He was very confident going in. The odds were definitely in his favor.”

Then, of course, there was lots of fun on Venice Beach with the whole group!

Tashaun shared with us that he most enjoyed the opportunity to connect with the other professionals at the seminar. He enjoyed hearing about their struggles and strengths. His biggest takeaway was this:

“If you don’t like helping people you’ll never get ahead. Your most valuable skill is transferring knowledge. Helping others is your opportunity.”

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