Video of the Week...January 15, 2019

Tim Ferriss, the author of "The 4-Hour Workweek" and "Tribe of Mentors," says the best mentors won't give you all the answers, but will give you the ability to find the answers yourself. In less than two minutes you can gain clarity about creating a great mentor relationship.

The best time to start to create a career that you are excited about starts right now in the first quarter of 2019. Take 2 minutes to start the process.

Video of the Week...December 18, 2018

As we transition from the hectic holiday lead-up to what are hopefully more relaxed days over the holidays, we encourage you to take some time to consider what you want to make of the coming year.

How will you make 2019 the year you stop tolerating and start building the life and career you want?  

If we can help along the way, please reach out.  But in the meantime, check out today’s Video of the week as David Brooks discusses Résumé vs. Eulogy. It’s only five minutes.

Video of the Week...Tuesday, December 11, 2018 (Live!)

Video of the Week...Tuesday, December 11, 2018 (Live!)

The Video of the Week is postponed to Thursday again this week. Apochromatik will host a Facebook Live on Thursday, December 13, at 3:00 p.m. central (4:00 p.m. eastern) for a live discussion about 2019 and what you can achieve in the year ahead.

2019 is the year you will set and achieve goals and play bigger than you ever thought possible. We will show you how.

Log in to the Apochromatik Facebook page for the live event.

In the meantime, please take a look at Amy M. Gardner’s live video announcing Future In Focus 2019!

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Video of the Week...Tuesday, December 4, 2018 (Live!)

Video of the Week...Tuesday, December 4, 2018 (Live!)

This week the Video of the Week is postponed. Apochromatik will host a Facebook Live on Thursday, December 6, at 11:00 a.m. central (12:00 p.m. eastern) for a lunch hour announcement you won’t want to miss.

2019 is the year you will set and achieve the goals and play bigger than you ever thought possible. We will show you how.

Log in to the Apochromatik Facebook page for the live event.

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Video of the Week...November 27, 2018

Have you received enough Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday emails? Did you wake up this morning to realize that Cyber Monday seems to be extended? Are you bored or frustrated with your technology devices?

Numbing boredom with digital devices can hinder your creativity.  In this week’s Video of the Week, tech podcaster Manoush Zomorodi explains why a little boredom can help you be more creative, and explains a challenge that can help you get your tech usage out of the way of your own creativity.  

Video of the Week...November 20, 2018

Around the holidays we tend to think more about gratitude and the people and things for which we’re thankful. Expressing that gratitude is important for you personally, and for your personal and professional relationships. In time for Thanksgiving, this week’s Video of the Week is a TedXBellevue talk by former professional baseball player Mike Robbins on "The Power of Appreciation.” It focuses on the important distinction between "recognition" and "appreciation.”  

Understanding the distinction between them allows you to have much more impact, meaning, and productivity in your life and with the people around you. He also discusses how to maintain a habit of expressing appreciation, how to accept a compliment, and important research in the field of positive psychology. He also shares what it felt like as a professional pitcher when he was pulled off the mound mid-game. You’ll view appreciation in a whole new light — and be less likely to taunt an exiting pitcher in the future.

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.  
https://hbr.org/video/4623398890001/how-to-expand-your-professional-network

Have more time?  Check out this 60 second Harvard Business Review video sharing three tips to make networking less awkward.
https://hbr.org/video/4562160582001/make-networking-less-awkward 

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.  
https://hbr.org/video/4607465042001/give-your-team-more-negative-feedback

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

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.

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. 

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.  

BEST OF: Video of the Week...Tuesday, September 4, 2018

We’re revisiting the “best of” the Apochromatik Videos of the Week — the most popular videos from the last year.  If you missed them the first time or just want a refresher, this week we present:

Can you really achieve more by pursuing less?  Greg McKeown explains in this week’s Video of the Week why doing what is essential should become your default position if you want to succeed, and specific techniques to adopt if you want to become an essentialist.  

BEST OF: Video of the Week....Tuesday, August 28, 2018

We’re revisiting the “best of” the Apochromatik Videos of the Week — the most popular videos from the last year.  If you missed them the first time or just want a refresher, this week we present:

If it’s Tuesday, it’s VOTW.  Take 20 minutes and listen to this discussion between Mel Robbins and Tom Bilyeu.  If you have a collapsing career or if life is just not going the way you thought it would go…what are you doing to make the decisions that will move you forward?  Don’t “hit the snooze button” in your life.  Today is the day to “check-in.”

Don’t let tiny decisions take you off track.  Discover your greatness!

If you need assistance making sure you have your “five second moments” exactly when you need them please contact Apochromatik!

5…4…3…2…1…Apochromatik.

BEST OF: Video of the Week...August 21, 2018

We’re revisiting the “best of” the Apochromatik Videos of the Week — the most popular videos from the last year.  If you missed them the first time or just want a refresher, this week we present:

Tired?  You’re not alone.  In this week’s Video of the Week, Arianna Huffington argues that lack of sleep shouldn’t be a badge of honor.  Being well-rested is the key to greater productivity, happiness, and better decision-making.  Check out this short video, and let us know what you think.  (And then take a nap.)

 

BEST OF: Video of the Week...August 14, 2018

We’re revisiting the “best of” the Apochromatik Videos of the Week — the most popular videos from the last year.  If you missed them the first time or just want a refresher, this week we present:

In case you aren't familiar with the Video of the Week, this is an Apochromatik feature of a carefully curated video that, in a few minutes a week, can greatly assist your professional and personal development.  They post every Tuesday.

Are you guilty of one (or more) of the seven deadly sins of speaking?  

In this week’s Video of the Week, Julian Treasure discusses the seven deadly sins of speaking, how to replace them with the four cornerstones of powerful speech, six elements of speech to keep in mind, and six vocal warm-up exercises.  The end result — you’ll speak with more empathy and people will be more likely to want to listen to you.

  
Whether you’re preparing for a big presentation or want to be more effective in everyday communication, the ten minutes you invest in watching this video are sure to enhance your speech.