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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Atlantic Solutions Weekend of Fun in the Sun

atlantic-solutions-south-plainfield-nj-1In South Plainfield, New Jersey at Atlantic Solutions, we believe in providing unique opportunities for our employees to develop themselves personally and professionally — all while rewarding key players on the team. One way that we do so is by traveling. It has become a tradition that our President, DK, invites some the top people (based on performance, not tenure) for a trip to Miami every year! Late winter in New Jersey seemed like a perfect time to head to South Beach…and it did not let them down!

“I love hosting events like this,” said DK. “It’s great to be able to reward and motivate my team and show them what success can look like if they work hard and get the job done. Watching my guys enjoy themselves and truly having a good time is the best part.”

This year, Hassan was invited from Atlantic Solutions, and he, DK, Brian, as well as a few others from around the country landed in Miami on a Thursday. That night they met up in Hollywood, FL with colleagues from the area before settling into their hotel. On Friday they were able to spend the day with one of DK’s entrepreneurial mentors Julie, a leader in the industry. It was exciting for them to not only learn from her but also to see how a different marketing campaign operates. That night, DK and crew went out for dinner at P.F. Changs and explored South Beach.

What’s a trip to Miami without spending some time at the beach? So that’s exactly what they did on Saturday! Everyone met up for brunch on South Beach and spent the day playing volleyball. While they were hanging out on the beach they noticed a game of “foot volley” going on right next to them (it’s like soccer but it is played volleyball style using feet and head.) Being a former soccer player, DK noticed a familiar face – a soccer legend – a superstar who played in Italy named Christian Vieri! He was extremely laid back and friendly, they even got to take pictures with him! Fun fact; apparently lots of soccer superstars prefer to retire in the U.S. because they’re not as recognizable by fans here as they are in Europe.

After a long day of sun and fun, they headed back to the hotel and got cleaned up for dinner (at a nice tapas place in South Beach) and one more night out in Miami!

“The entire trip was incredible, but what really sunk in for me was the fact that there was nothing extraordinary about the successful people that I had a chance to meet with and learn from. They simply had a great attitude and worked extremely hard. I feel, now more than ever, that success is truly within my reach and it doesn’t have to take me as long as I initially thought to get there,” explained Hassan.

Check out some of the highlights from Atlantic Solutions Miami trip:

 

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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2 Unforgettable Lessons from Super Bowl 51

Atlantic Solutions (South Plainfield, NJ) shares their business takeaways from the Super Bowl.

cgdfumsxfemq8If you’re like us, you spent Sunday, February 5th with friends and family indulging in tailgate food in front of a big screen. The typical Super Bowl Sunday! And what a game. Regardless of the team you were cheering for, we can probably all agree that it was a doozie. Did you know that there were actually 24 records broken? In addition to the great commercials, show-stopping half time performance and an incredible finish to the game, there were also some lessons to be learned!

Mistakes aren’t fatal – In the first part of the game, the Patriots made numerous errors, which the Falcons quickly capitalized on. Their kicker even missed a much-needed extra point. We all know how the game ended, just to prove, yet again, mistakes aren’t the end of the road. You will make mistakes in business but at Atlantic Solutions we teach our employees to learn from them and bounce back even better than ever.

Success isn’t final – The Falcons came out to an early lead and up until the fourth quarter were up by 19 points! No team had ever come back from that large of a deficit to win the Super Bowl. But it happened. It’s just a reminder that no matter what, you have to keep pushing forward. When you feel like you are at your best, push harder because once you’re at the top, there’s only one way to fall.

More than 111 million people tuned into Super Bowl LI, do you think they all took away the same lessons as we did? Doubtful. Something that sets us apart here at Atlantic Solutions is that we teach an entrepreneurial mentality to our employees which will give them an edge up in their careers. Something that may seem as trivial as a football game can bring about tons of lessons in resilience, leadership, passion, preparation and more. Not everyone will pick up on them but you can count on the fact that our team will!

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Seeking Success in Your Career? Here Are 3 Quotes You Won’t Want to Miss

Success is always on the mind here at Atlantic Solutions (South Plainfield, NJ). We’ve collected three pretty fantastic quotes to inspire you to achieve greatness in your career.

“Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others.”
-Jack Welch

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Think about what they tell you every single time you’re on an airplane. Secure your own mask first before helping others. Welch volunteers some fantastic words of wisdom. Before taking on a leadership role, your focus is on your own professional development, as it should be. It’s not that you’re unwilling to help others — it’s just that you need to first put yourself in a position to be able to do that.

At Atlantic Solutions we insist that each individual is able to manage him or herself before training or managing others. This ensures that the person is ready and able to deliver value. In a leadership role, if your team succeeds you succeed. So it’s in everyone’s best interest that you help your squad grow.

“Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success.” -Dale Carnegie

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Your attitude about the journey to success is everything. When average people fail, the feel discouraged and stop moving forward. Whether by making excuses, losing their sense of urgency, having self-pity, or taking their eye off the bigger picture — average people slow themselves down. Now, on the other hand, above-average people view failure in a positive light. They see it as a learning experience and they understand that it’s a normal and natural part of growth.

“There is no beast mode, there are only beasts, and they’re like that all the time.” -Tim Grover

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Success is a way of life. It’s a series of habits practiced day in and day out. It’s doing what you need to do even when you don’t feel like doing it. It’s giving one hundred percent to everything you do and not leaving anything on the table. Being a beast is a state of mind, it’s not a Halloween costume!

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Perfecting Your Conference Game — Tips from the Pros

Atlantic Solutions is no stranger to conferences and industry events. We simply love them and can’t get enough. We love to learn, we love to connect with other professionals, and we love to hang out with the many friends and colleagues we’ve made across the country.

We just got back from Texas from an amazing meeting and we’ve decided to share some of our latest and greatest tips for making the most out of your next business trip. Enjoy!…

Tip #1: Set a goal or two before the event begins. The keyword here is BEFORE! From the moment you hop off the plane and head to your hotel, you’re likely to be busy busy busy. And before you know it, you’re surrounded by people, grappling with your itinerary, and making sure your suit is pressed. So here’s a great airplane activity for you: take some time to write down what you’d like to get out of the conference. Here are some questions to get you going…

Are you on a mission to learn more about a certain subject?
Are you trying to find a new mentor?
Is there anyone in particular that you want to make sure you speak with?
Is there something that you’ve been struggling with that you might be able to ask for advice on?
Do you want to deepen relationships with any specific colleagues you’ll be seeing?

Tip #2: The second tip we’d like to share is about having courage. Not everyone is comfortable with approaching a stranger just to say hello and make an introduction. But we’re here to tell you that you can do it!!

One of the most valuable parts of attending an industry event is the opportunity to network with others. But, you’d be amazed by how many people chicken out from doing so! Make the decision ahead of time that you’re going to have the guts to approach someone you don’t know. Maybe it’s just the person sitting next to you or behind you. Maybe it’s the millionaire taking a quick coffee break before his next speech. You never know what will come from making a new connection, so be courageous and go for it!

Hopefully, these two tips will help prepare your mindset for the next event you attend. Stay tuned to hear more about the Atlantic Solutions management team’s Austin trip!

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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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Personal Development at Its Finest at Atlantic Solutions

At Atlantic Solutions in South Plainfield, New Jersey, providing their employees with effective coaching and training has been a huge part of their continued success. This training does not end with a new hire being taught the ins and outs of their job duties. Quite the opposite actually, that’s only where it begins! You see, the President of the company believes in helping his team become well-rounded professionals in business and life. This approach has proven to be successful because the company continues to exceed their client’s goals and grow in an extremely competitive market.

For example, Francis DeLeo has only been a part of the Atlantic Solutions team for a few months, yet he has already seen some big changes in himself! Francis explained that his new position has really helped him get out of his comfort zone! Being in a role where he is the “face” of a large company and interacting with customers has also helped him find ways to relate to all different types of people. This is allowing him to create more personal and lasting relationships in his personal life as well.

“Most importantly this job has given me more confidence and taught me to always stay positive,” Francis added.

Coming into this position as an entry level professional with little to no experience, people like Francis rely on the expert training that is provided to ensure that they will be successful with their new career endeavors.

“The most important professional skill I’ve learned so far is how to maintain a student mentality, no matter what position you are in. It’s important to continue to learn because if you stop learning you stop improving yourself, explained Francis.”

He went on to talk about how he’s even been able to help others in the office by sharing his experience with them. The idea is to be able to teach them from the mistakes he has already made, with the hope that they will be able to avoid them. Clearly, the team comradery is in full swing at Atlantic Solutions. They pride themselves on helping each other reach their goals and as you can see, from someone as new as Francis, this corporate value is already being embraced.

3 Simple Things You Can Do Right Now to Have a Great 2017

Here in South Plainfield, NJ at Atlantic Solutions we are excited to start a new year! It’s natural re-start and everyone is excited, reenergized and goes into it with extremely high ambitions. Lots of people are making New Year’s resolutions, but let’s be honest… how many of them will actually follow through with them? Here are three things that are super easy and you can do right now that will help you have an even better year!

1. Unfollow negative people on social media. We all have those people that pop up on our news feeds that are constantly complaining. Be it the weather, politics, or personal issues… it gets old! There are always going to be unpleasant and challenging things in your own life, so why waste time reading about other peoples? In addition, try to avoid spending time with those types of people. Their negativity will inadvertently wear off on you and nobody’s got time for that.

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2. Throw away the clutter! You’ve heard of spring cleaning… well, consider this New Year’s cleaning! Delete old contacts out of your phone, get rid of unused apps, clean out your friends list, go through your drawers and empty your closet. You’ll be surprised how much more relaxed, organized, and less stressed you will feel just by simplifying your environment.

3. Practice gratitude. Stop thinking of what you wish you had and start being grateful for what you do have. Now, we do not mean to stop being ambitious and strive for bigger and better, but you do need to appreciate what you have along the way. When you stop and think about, you are in a much better position than many other people around the world. Once this becomes a habit you will live a happier life.

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Our company culture is one of personal development at Atlantic Solutions and these are just a few of the tips that we would give any of our employees on how to improve themselves. Hopefully, they will also give you a great head start to an amazing 2017!
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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.