The Apochromatik Guide to Mentoring: Part I – Distinguishing between Mentors, Sponsors, Friends, and Coaches

The Apochromatik Guide to Mentoring: Part I – Distinguishing between Mentors, Sponsors, Friends, and Coaches

Mentoring is often touted as a solution to problems in the workplace, from retention and promotion of women and people of color to increasing camaraderie and overall job satisfaction.  While mentoring is not a panacea, it is a tool that can, through thoughtfully designed programs and invested participants, move the needle on all of those.  But, while Apochromatik’s services include working with employers to design mentoring programs and ensure they’re effective, not everyone has quite figured out that they need us.  (Side note: if your employer’s mentoring program needs our advice, or if you’re involved in a non-profit with a mentoring program that could benefit from a quick training for mentors and mentees, let us know.)  

As we launch this series on mentoring, this week we’ll address the difference between mentors, sponsors, friends, and coaches.  In future posts we’ll address tips to be a good mentor, tips to be a good mentee, the three types of mentors you need in your career, and more – all to help you find and foster the kind of mentoring relationships that can help you succeed. 

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Have you heard people discussing imposter syndrome?

In 2018, Apochromatik’s Keith R. Sbiral and Amy M. Gardner headlined a webinar for the American Bar Association (ABA) on the imposter syndrome.  In October, the ABA published an article about the webinar and the imposter syndrome.  If you aren’t familiar with the imposter syndrome, or suspect you might sometimes deal with it, click below to read more about it.

Go Streaking and 4 Other Tips to Create New Habits

Go Streaking and 4 Other Tips to Create New Habits

“I’m too old to create new habits,” the client told me.

“What do you mean?” I asked, assuming I was misunderstanding.  Nope, I was not: 
“I’m too far along in my career and too set in my ways at this age to learn a new habit,” he clarified.  

“Aren’t you 30?” I asked. 

“No,” he said – “I’m 31.”

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How Listening to Leslie Knope Changed My Life

How Listening to Leslie Knope Changed My Life

“As you navigate through the rest of your life, be open to collaboration.  Other people and other people’s ideas are often better than your own. Find a group of people who challenge and inspire you, spend a lot of time with them, and it will change your life.”

-       Amy Poehler 

 Three years ago, I didn’t know what a mastermind was.  Today, I know that my accomplishments over the last two years are attributable in many ways to the focus, accountability, and development that a mastermind provided.  In short, Amy Poehler (or, as I prefer to think of her, Leslie Knope) is right.  Let me back up.  

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Make 2019 Different (and by Different I mean Great)

Make 2019 Different (and by Different I mean Great)

Everything old is new again.  What popular 1930’s trend is back in vogue today?  

I’ll give you a hint.  Historically successful leaders like Franklin D. Roosevelt, Walt Disney, and Thomas Edison (all old, white guy business leaders)  and even author and creative J.R.R. Tolkien, were famous for participating.  The result of their participation was exponential growth in their businesses and pursuits and the “diversity” of thought they obtained from participation helped them accomplish far more than they ever could have alone.

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Apochromatik's Holiday Guide: Make this your best holiday season yet

Apochromatik's Holiday Guide: Make this your best holiday season yet

The holidays are upon us!  With the combination of work parties, family activities, and an expanded to do list, it can be easy to consider December another challenge to get through.  Instead, we’ve rounded up some of our resources on the holidays, both articles that have quoted us as experts, and our own blog posts that can help you end December with deepened work relationships, having advanced your career, and with time and energy left for your most important relationships. So make yourself some cocoa and take a few minutes to learn how to make December a season to cherish rather than endure. 

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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! 

Free Resume Review Session Participation

Both Keith and Amy participated in a free resume review session for University of Chicago alumni earlier today.  In addition to our work for corporate clients, we are always happy to help if your not for profit organization or group is looking for a speaker on career or career transition issues. 

And if you are’t ready for one-on-one career or career transition coaching but would like a professional, one-on-one resume review session, please let us know.

 

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Networking Webinar to Feature Apochromatik's Amy M. Gardner and Keith R. Sbiral

Join Amy M. Gardner and Keith R. Sbiral as they present a Mind Your Career webinar @UChicago on turbocharging your networking skills, June 28 12pm cst  https://bit.ly/2Gig8Gn #MindYourCareerwebinar.

This webinar is free for anyone and is only 60 minutes.  Please share with anyone who may want to brush up on networking basics.

In the meantime, check out Apochromatik's four part series on networking by clicking below.

Tick...tock...tick...tock. Are You Still Looking for Time?

Last week Keith R. Sbiral encouraged action by discussing the Apochromatik Time Tracker.  This week we flash back to a February blog post by Amy M. Gardner also discussing time and why tracking it helps you find more of it. You can read that post by clicking below.

Want another way to save time?  Sign up for the Apochromatik email list and for a limited time receive the Apochromatik Time Tracker download absolutely free.

 

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