Tashaun, Jalil and Milady Attended a Seminar in California — Here Is What They Learned (Part I)

Jalil and TashaunOne of the greatest perks of moving up in the ranks at Atlantic Solutions is the opportunity to travel across the country to learn from others. We recently sent our three assistant managers, Tashaun, Jalil, and Milady, to California for a pretty spectacular seminar, a business boot camp intended to prepare them for their next steps.

The long weekend of training was extremely thorough and covered a variety of topics. We had a chance to hear all about it and have decided to spread the love. We hope you enjoy this 2-part series!

Crucial Conversations

One of the most interesting parts of the seminar was the subject of “crucial conversations,” which is a discussion had between individuals when opinions vary, the stakes are high, and emotions are running strong. The group talked about how to have a conversation that avoids a fight or flight response from the other person. They discussed the importance of having the right tone and asking open questions to prevent the other person from going on the defensive. Tashaun, reportedly, was particularly struck by the amazing examples that the speaker, a widely respected president of a large corporation, gave from her personal life. This segment of the seminar ended with the incredibly useful exercise of role-playing a variety of high-stakes conversations.

Leading by Example

image3Another impactful part of the event was the joint discussion of leadership by example and integrity. The group got to hear from an impressive self-made millionaire about some of the most important lessons he’s learned along the way. He described some of the work habits that were most influential in achieving success. He also talked about the importance of always treating people well and having a great attitude no matter what. He reflected on the practice of behaving in such a way that you would be proud for others to emulate — whether in your capacity as a business leader, spouse, parent, or friend.

Don’t worry, Atlantic Solutions has more tips to share from Tashaun, Jalil, and Milady’s business seminar! You can keep reading here.

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From South Plainfield to South Beach, He’s Making Atlantic Solutions Proud!

In South Plainfield, NJ at Atlantic Solutions, we deliver high-quality results to our clients through personalized strategies. Our secret to unmatched success? Developing the hardest working, morally sound, and driven team behind us. In just three short months, Brian Baccarella has made a lasting impact on the leadership team at our company and we couldn’t be more proud.

Brian was recently invited by our president, DK, to an exclusive event in South Beach, Miami. In addition to being able to explore South Beach and enjoy the Miami nightlife, he also spent time with a top industry consultant. His business get-away was the true definition of ‘work hard, play hard.’ At Atlantic Solutions we believe in rewarding top performers, regardless of their tenure with our firm, and Brian is a great example of this! After only a few weeks on the job, he earned a promotion and has since been trained in leadership development and is taking on new responsibilities within the company.

One of the keys to our success lies in the internal training and development that we provide to our employees. What sets us apart is the fact that we cross train specific job skills with personal development so our people are prepared for success in every facet.

“For me, personally, the most important professional skill I have learned is how to take control of your mind and emotions. It can be the most difficult thing to do when things aren’t going your way, and some days it will be a constant battle but it’s one of the few things you actually can control in life,” said Brian.

Brian explained to us how focusing on the things that are going wrong will negatively affect your body’s own biochemistry, whereas focusing on the opportunities hidden underneath the muck will do the exact opposite. The good news is that you get to choose! The bad news is that it isn’t always going to be easy, and you’ll have days when you fail regardless. “But most people will let the bad news stop them and you can choose to not be like most people,” added Brian.

Brian also shared some of the things that he has learned in his time so far with Atlantic Solutions that will add value to his personal life:

Being a team player and developing others is crucial in business (and life.) When you teach others, they teach you. You can’t do anything alone, and even if you could, why would you want to? I’ve also come to realize that you cannot control the outcome of a day. You can only control the steps you take to achieve the outcome. Focus on the right steps and your desired outcome will usually follow.”

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Two Quotes We Love That Will Catapult Your Career

16300255_693175424176003_5333113245236163095_oAtlantic Solutions (South Plainfield, NJ) shares two of our favorite quotes that are packed with the wisdom necessary to succeed in any career.

Becoming successful in business is hard! If it were easy, everyone would be successful. Perhaps that’s why we love it so much. It brings out our most competitive spirits, pushing us to be our best. Thankfully, we’ve got great mentors and role models who are chock full of success tips. Let’s take a look at two quotes that anyone can learn a lot from…

“Take care of your character above all other things and your reputation will take care of itself.” –Lolly Daskal

At Atlantic Solutions, we believe that integrity is black and white. Having good character is about doing the right thing. It’s about being transparent and honest with people. It’s about acting ethically whether or not there will be consequences. It’s about behaving honorably even if know one will know that you did.

Many people worry about their reputations, but reputation is really just the surface-level representation of a person or company’s perceived character. Instead of worrying about what others think about you, worry about being a good person and always doing what’s right (especially when it’s the hardest). As Daskal wisely notes, in doing so, your reputation will take care of itself.

“Energy and persistence conquer all things.” – Benjamin Franklin

Mister Franklin was a key player in American history and an incredible trove of wisdom, and this quote is a great embodiment of that. In any worthwhile endeavor, the road to success is filled with one speed bump and road block after another. Many people fail to achieve their goals because they become demoralized when they realize how hard the journey is. The vibrant energy with which they started their undertaking starts to wane. Listless and discouraged, they stop pushing.

The secret to ‘conquering,’ however, is persistence. Everyone knows this in theory, but not many people realize what persistence really looks like. Often, it means doing the very last thing in the world that you feel like doing. It means pushing yourself harder than you even knew you could. It often means sacrifices, hard work, and long hours. It means pulling yourself together even when you’re sad, frustrated, or tired. Persistence means staying the course. Those who are energetically persistent are sure to see their efforts pay off.

Successful business professionals have achieved some level of mastery over both integrity and persistence. These are mentalities that we strive to impart (on a daily basis!) to everyone who works at Atlantic Solutions.

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The President of Atlantic Solution, Self-Professed ‘Foodie’ Talks About Food!

The Atlantic Solutions organization is not shy about the fact that we love food. Really, we love it. We just love it. The person who loves it the most? Our esteemed leader, the president of our firm, DK.

We stole a few minutes from his busy schedule to ask him some very pressing questions about his passion for food. Enjoy…

On the thing we’d be most surprised to learn about him.

Before we realized that this interview would be all about food, we actually learned something truly hilarious about this entrepreneur. “I don’t like touching food with my hands,” he confessed. Say what? Don’t worry, we followed up to get the details on this. DK can’t tolerate the feeling of greasy fingers — so much so that he uses excessive amounts of napkins to prevent the travesty. The Atlantic Solutions team enjoys a good laugh on a weekly basis when their president wraps his chicken wings, pizza, burger, or sandwich in a napkin. “Every so often I’ll grab a french fry if I’m in a rush, but then I’ll quickly go wash my hands” he shared.

On the food he can’t stand.

Our original question was as to whether there was a food that he couldn’t be paid to eat; but, we quickly found out that DK is a major foodie, and there was really no such thing. We did discover, however, that the ‘corner’ Chinese restaurant would be his least desired form of cuisine. He told us, “If I eat at a Chinese restaurant it needs to be authentic!” He continued, “I love food from all different cultures. I’m in Rhode Island visiting our branch office right now and I always look forward to the chicken at the local Jamaican restaurant here.”

We also learned that DK lives for sushi. In fact, it’s a Friday night tradition in his household. His favorite is the salmon avocado roll. #getinmybelly

On the weirdest thing he’s ever eaten.

Upon discovering that few things would perturb the palate of this food lover, we had to ask this question. Fair warning, if you’re a vegetarian, you might want to skip this question! DK shared, “Iguana is a delicacy in Honduras, where I grew up.” “I’ve also eaten ocean turtles… so tasty,” he added. He’s reportedly yet to find these delicacies in South Plainfield, NJ, but he’s discovered them in Miami and New Orleans. We ended this mouth-watering conversation by hearing about an interesting appetizer that DK has yet to forget: rattle snake served in tartar sauce, which he tried at a restaurant in Arizona. “It’s like popcorn chicken, I lovvvvveedddd it,” he raved! #nomnom

Not to worry, our interview didn’t stop there. You’ll have to stay tuned to hear what we talked about next! Keep in touch with Atlantic Solutions by following us on LinkedIn.


Atlantic Solutions President to Become a “Big Brother”

ufvrefr8Giving back is a core value of Atlantic Solutions in South Plainfield, NJ. So we can’t say that we’re surprised that our president has decided to volunteer his time as a “Big Brother” for the Big Brothers and Big Sisters (BBBS) of New York City. We can say, though, that we’re so impressed and proud to have a leader who has made this a priority in his very busy life.

BBBS has expressed that one of their biggest challenges at the moment is closing the gap between the number boys on their waitlist and the pool of male volunteers. Thankfully, our president is stepping up to the plate! He shared, “There are a lot of kids who don’t have that person to look up to. I’m the man I am today in part because of my dad.”

This is an activity that our president and his wife will be doing together, and both are excited to have the opportunity to support some great kids. They started the journey with BBBS on November 9th in Brooklyn at an orientation program. They went over the history of the program, shared the success stories of their kids, and addressed the steps to officially get going. Our president learned that it takes two to three months for the background checks and matching process to take place before a Big Brother or Big Sister can begin mentoring a child. While, of course, our president is anxious to get going, he is thankful to have the opportunity to mentor a child in need.

Did you know that in New York City there are over 500,000 children living at or below the poverty level? All of us at Atlantic Solutions would like to encourage anyone reading this to consider taking part in the Big Brothers and Big Sisters program as well.

Leading the youth mentoring movement since 1904, the BBBS mission is to give children who face adversity the opportunity to build a relationship with a great mentor. The results of the program are impressive, to say the least. We learned that 96% of “Littles” who graduated from high school were accepted into college.

We will keep you updated on our president and his wife’s journey with Big Brothers Big Sisters of NYC, so be sure to stay tuned! You can connect with Atlantic Solutions on Linked In here!


Recently Graduated and Already Standing Out at Atlantic Solutions

The South Plainfield, New Jersey team at Atlantic Solutions will only be as successful as the people who make up that team. Why? Because they grow together. As the company continues to deliver high results for clients, more leadership within the company is needed to keep up with the growth. Lately, there has been a standout member of this leadership team that we couldn’t help but learn more about!

Before starting with Atlantic Solutions, Hassan Wehbeh attended Brooklyn College and graduated with a degree in Finance and Investment in 2016. There he stayed insanely busy. First, he joined the Varsity Soccer team, for two principle reasons — to learn more English, and play the game that he loves. During his sbrooklyn_college_logo-svgecond year, he found opportunities within the business school to get more involved, learn more about the stock market and get connected on and off campus. He actually started a club called BC StockTrading Club. Within the club, he hosted speakers from big investment banks like Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, and Deutsche Bank — as well as Deloitte, KPMG, Ernst and Young. And if that wasn’t enough, he decided he wanted to become the president of the Investment Club… so he did. As the savvy business man that Hassan was becoming, he even helped create joint events with the marketing club to raise more awareness for both of his clubs.

You’d think he had his hands full, right? Well, apparently not enough becaatlantic-solutions-hassan-wehbehuse he added four internships into his experience while at Brooklyn College. They included a non-profit called DonorsChoose.org (which is the first non-profit to ever make on the fortune magazine), a wealth management firm called E. J. Sterling on Wall Street, ABC Global Systems doing credit risk, and an on-campus program called “The Liebowitz Entrepreneur Program,” where he had to create his own business and present it to potential investors. Now, Atlantic Solutions does not require previous experience to join the team, but wow! Talk about a full resume before having any “real world” work history.

Many people worry about “using their college degree”, but this is what Hassan had to say about that, “I studied finance and investment, I am supposed to be sitting in a cubicle at a bank analyzing data right now. NO, that is absolutely not what I wish for myself. I want to be my own boss and mentor atlantic-solutions-hassan-wehbeh2anyone and everyone that wants to become like me. So am I utilizing my degree? Not in the traditional way, but yes I am because I still invest in the stock market and in the future I’ll only utilize it even more.”

Working at Atlantic Solutions was Hassan’s first job after graduating so we wanted to see what his advice would be to someone graduating college this year and looking to start their first job?

“Your first job should be an investment in your future and not someone else’s future. Any college graduate should use their education for themselves, and make themselves successful and richer in knowledge and money. I would never advise a college graduate to use his education to work and make someone else richer and successful, because this is average, and we are all looking to be above average.”

Atlantic Solutions is Cruz-ing For Greatness

Atlantic Solutions is creating some buzz around South Plainfield, New Jersey with their extreme growth this year! Besides the revenue that they are bringing in for their clients, they have also promoted two Assistant Managers in less than six months! Most recently, Jalil Cruz joined the Management team after being a valuable employee just shy of 3 years. If you understand Jalil – if you know his story and what motivates him, you’ll see why everyone is so excited about this promotion!

Celebrating Jalil’s promotion!

“The reason I am a top performer is because I know what it feels like to grow up poor. I want to be the person in my family that can truly make a huge difference in our lifestyle. My goal is to buy my mother a house and be able to give back to those that helped me become the person I am today.” If that’s not motivation to build a successful career, we don’t know what is!

Jalil also shared with us that he believes being selfless has also played a big role in his success. “I don’t think about the money that I can make with the sales, but the amount of people I can actually help just by offering our client’s products and services. What motivates me the most is helping people.”

All promotions at Atlantic Solutions are awarded based on performance, but what Jalil believes he does better than most other trainers in the company might surprise you… “One thing that I do better than most people is giving my 100% effort to any new person that starts with our company. I do not prejudge someone based on how they look, the way they speak or based on where they come from. My goal is to train and develop someone into a great leader and an even greater person no matter their circumstances. I want that person to be as good as me or even better.” That selfless theme is coming back around, don’t you think?

Jalil is truly a gratlantic-solutions-jalil-cruzeat addition to the Management team at Atlantic Solutions and provides a worthy example to other employees. Here is his advice to others working towards success within the company: “Fast is slow and slow is fast; there is no race to getting promoted. It is a journey that involves so many obstacles to overcome and lessons to be learned. If you are not promoted yet don’t worry, you are exactly where you need to be. Find out exactly what you need to work on and how you can make it to the next level. Enjoy the process because the best coach is the coach that has already experienced all of the obstacles. Most people put a timeline on when they are going to get promoted and usually give up if they don’t reach their deadline. My advice to them is not to quit, don’t give up! As long as you have a goal nothing can stop you.”

And we truly believe that nothing will stop Jalil Cruz in pursuit of his goals. Keep up with him and the rest of the Atlantic Solutions team by following them on LinkedIn.

10 Quotes to Awaken Your Inner Leader

14117958_619239398236273_3506627558817184270_nAt Atlantic Solutions developing leadership skills within our employees is at the forefront of our training. This is imperative to the growth of our company because we only promote from within. Once someone has demonstrated that they have the skills necessary to advance, they do! With leadership training being such a large focus within our company we decided to share with you 10 of our favorite quotes on leadership.

  1. “People buy into the leader before they buy into the vision.” – John Maxwell
  2. “Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others. – Jack Welch
  3. “Leadership is lifting a person’s vision to high sights, the raising of a person’s performance to a higher standard, the building of a personality beyond its normal limitations.” – Peter Drucker
  4. “The most dangerous leadership myth is that leaders are born- that there is a genetic factor to leadership. That’s nonsense; in fact, the opposite is true. Leaders are made rather than born.” – Warren Bennis
  5. “Leadership is influence.” – John Maxwell
  6. “The challenge of leadership is to be strong, but not crude; be kind, but not weak; be bold, but not bully; be thoughtful, but not lazy; be humble, but not timid; be proud, but not arrogant; have humor, but without folly.” – Jim Rohn
  7. “Leadership is solving problems. The day soldiers stop bringing you their problems is the day you have stopped leading them. They have either lost confidence that you can help or concluded that you do not care. Either case is a failure of leadership.” – Collin Powell
  8. “A good leader is a person who takes a little more than his share of the blame and a little less than his share of the credit.” – John Maxwell
  9. “Earn your leadership every day.” – Michael Jordan
  10. “The supreme quality of leadership is integrity.” – Dwight Eisenhower

14424939_627792217380991_1106556098804346036_oMany people come to Atlantic Solutions with little to no professional experience. With a clean slate, our seasoned professionals are able to provide the coaching, training and mentoring that is required for them to learn and grow. To learn more about Atlantic Solutions, visit our website!