Video of the Week...Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Coaching isn’t just for athletes — a coach can help you advance much more quickly in your career, regardless whether you’re a lawyer, a manager, a salesperson, or not sure what’s next for you.  As surgeon Atul Gawande explains in this week’s Apochromatik Video of the Week, great coaches “are your external eyes and ears, providing a more accurate picture of your reality.  They’re recognizing the fundamentals.  They’re breaking your actions down and then helping you build them back up again.”  

Video of the Week...Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Your professional network just may be your biggest career asset, which is why we’re focusing on networking on the Apochromatik blog this week.  First, in this week’s Video of the Week, the Harvard Business Review shares five ideas in under 60 seconds to help you expand your network.

Have more time?  Check out this 60 second Harvard Business Review video sharing three tips to make networking less awkward. 

Performance Reviews: The Best Investment of Your Time

Performance Reviews: The Best Investment of Your Time

This week I look at the review process from the manager or supervisor side of the desk.  If you have been invested in your career for several years you likely have at least one direct report.  That means you are in a small way responsible for helping them progress in their career through effective feedback that allows them to advance in their career, find their focus, and improve their weaknesses.  This week we look at the “management” side of the review process to ensure you are doing your job to improve the performance of those who work for you and improve the organizations overall performance and effectiveness.

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Video of the Week...Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Giving feedback can be complicated and a missed opportunity,  which is why we are often hired to teach supervisors how to give meaningful and effective feedback.  It’s also the topic for this week’s Video of the Week and blog post.  In this week’s video, in less than three minutes Michael Mauboussin, author of The Success Equation, shares four tips to help you give meaningful feedback.

If you have more time, check out this bonus video on how and why to give negative feedback.  It’s short (less than 90 seconds) and may change the way you view giving negative feedback.  Your employees will thank you.

And be sure to check back Thursday for a post on how to give feedback.  



One of our most popular trainings is on how to solicit and respond to feedback, both during and outside the formal review context.  (We also train supervisors on how to give meaningful feedback.)  As we speak to people who have made time to attend a training on making the most of feedback, we often hear that they are “too busy” to prepare for their review.  As we always say, that’s like saying “I was so busy packing for vacation that I didn’t have time to book a plane ticket.”  Your review may be the one time all year when you and your boss both carve out time to sit and talk about your career.  Don’t let this opportunity pass you by.  

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Video of the Week...Tuesday, October 23, 2018

One of our most popular training topics is feedback — both how to give feedback (for supervisors) and how to solicit and react to feedback (for everyone).  With annual review time quickly approaching in many offices, we’ve been busy delivering customized trainings around the country.  With the topic on so many people’s minds, this week we’re focusing on receiving feedback.  First, in today’s Video of the Week, Triad Consulting Group Founder and Harvard Law School Lecturer Sheila Heen explains why it’s critical for your career to learn to solicit, receive, and process feedback.  Her TEDxAmoskeagMillyardWomen explains that feedback is at the junction of the human need to learn and grow and the need to be accepted and respected the way we are now.  Check back for Thursday’s blog post on how to prepare for your review and how to respond to feedback you receive in your review.

Is your résumé in need of a redo?

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Today Apochromatik is launching Résumé Redo.

Résumé Redo comes after months of assisting clients with application materials for new jobs, board appointments, advanced degrees, and promotions. Our clients tell us they have more confidence and they get the results they want when their résumé, cover letters, writing samples, and references are targeted for their specific goals.

We have interviewed professionals across the country to develop standards to make your materials stand out. Now you can benefit from the services of Apochromatik Résumé Redo.

Go to and enter your email for information on how to take the next step to join Résumé Redo.

One Common Mistake to Avoid in the Search for True Job/Career Satisfaction

One Common Mistake to Avoid in the Search for True Job/Career Satisfaction

Job satisfaction, and for that matter career satisfaction, can play a big role in our overall happiness.  I don’t know many people who haven’t had the Sunday evening “workweek dread” come over them around 4:00 p.m.  But if that happens to you more weeks and sometimes days than not, you might need to consider whether you have real job satisfaction.

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Video of the Week...Tuesday, October 16, 2018

We work with clients every day to build careers they love, so this week we’re focusing on job satisfaction in the Video of the Week and Thursday post.  Today’s Video of the Week features the late Scott Dinsmore’s TEDx Talk introducing  basic steps you can take to start to identify the work that will be both meaningful and rewarding to you.  Please check it out, and watch for Thursday’s post on this important topic.

ALL NEW: Video of the Week...Tuesday, October 9, 2018

This week we’re focusing on email in both the Tuesday Video of the Week and Thursday blog post.  First, in the Video of the Week, Sherry Turkle explains why a constant barrage of texts, emails, and other electronic communication does not result in deep and lasting connections the way that a conversation can. That has implications for your professional life, your personal life, and your feelings of connection and belonging. 

Please check it out, and stay tuned for Thursday’s blog post to help you make your emails more effective. 

Career Lessons from a White House Internship: Alongside a Stalker

Career Lessons from a White House Internship: Alongside a Stalker

When someone sees my resume, the item I’m most likely to be asked about is my internship in the West Wing of the White House.  That is usually followed up by asking whether I know there’s a character named Amy Gardner on the “West Wing” TV show.  (Yes, I do, and I have a great – mostly true – story about how she really could be named after me.  And if you know any different, don’t tell me.  I like my version better.)  Until now, though, I haven’t publicly shared how I got that West Wing internship.  It wasn’t due to connections or networking and certainly not any special expertise.  Instead, I got my internship in the White House press office largely because of the lessons I learned from a stalker.  

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Leaving your job? What to Say in a Goodbye Email...

Helping our clients determine the next steps in their careers sometimes means helping them prepare for a change.  When that’s the case, your goodbye email to your current employer can get overlooked in the flurry of wrapping up your position, but is a great opportunity to leave with grace and gratitude.  Apochromatik’s Amy M. Gardner wrote a guest post for Corporette (the blog about “fashion, lifestyle, and career advice for overachieving chicks”) on the topic of goodbye emails.  Please check it out! 

ALL NEW: Video of the Week...Tuesday, October 2, 2018

One of the best bits of advice we give our clients is about effective networking. This is really the first step to a successful job search process, but often overlooked. This week, the Video of the Week expands upon unconventional networking.

Organizational psychologist Tanya Menon addresses how we can get out of our narrow social circles with similar people and why expanding our networks through unconventional networking can lead to new ideas and opportunities.

ALL NEW: Video of the Week...Tuesday, September 18, 2018

“Get a mentor” is common career advice.  In this week’s Apochromatik Video of the Week, Lori Hunt discusses how mentoring made a difference in her own career and life, and the positive impact of mentoring on both mentors and mentees.  After you watch this quick TedxCCS talk, register here for the free webinar Amy M. Gardner is conducting this Thursday on how to build and utilize effective mentoring relationships.