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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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.

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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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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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