The Apochromatik Guide to Mentoring: Part II – 8 Things Mentees and Mentors Want

The Apochromatik Guide to Mentoring: Part II – 8 Things Mentees and Mentors Want

Last week we addressed the differences between mentoring, sponsorships, coaching, and friendships, and delved deeper into mentoring.  This week, we’ll focus on what mentors and mentees want from each other.  When mentors and mentees have differing expectations, problems can crop up in the relationship or, even worse, cause it to fall apart completely.  By understanding what your counterpart wants, your relationship can be positive and productive for both of you.

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Video of the Week...January 22, 2019

Mentoring month continues. This week, Chip Conley, the author of “Wisdom at Work: Making the Modern Elder," discusses intergenerational mutual mentorship and the importance of the diversity of age in the workplace.

The best time to start to create a career that you are excited about starts right now in the first quarter of 2019. Take 12 minutes to start the process and learn some key insights from Chip Conley’s time at Airbnb.

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.

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.

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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Don’t make resolutions, and 6 other tips for success in 2019

Don’t make resolutions, and 6 other tips for success in 2019

Tuesday wasn’t magical. 

There, I said it.  Yes, the new year is exciting – time to turn the page on 2018, and look forward to the blank slate of 2019.  If your inbox is like mine, you probably had an onslaught of emails Tuesday and Wednesday with subject lines like “New Year, New You,” “New Year, New Discoveries,” or my favorite: “New Year, New Shoes” (because evidently, the 2018 me is good enough, but my shoes aren’t?!). 

But beyond the emails trying to get us to whip out our credit cards, the new year is a good time to reflect on last year and think about how we’d like the next year to be different.  Here’s the catch, though: You probably tried that last year, yet all of the new shoes in the world won’t help you make progress on your goals in 2019.  Instead, you need a dose of reality, and what we call the CAN-DO Formula.

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Apochromatik's 2018 Top Ten Blog Roundup

Apochromatik's 2018 Top Ten Blog Roundup

2018 was a busy year. Now it’s almost in the history books.

So what better time than the last ten days of the year, when offices are a bit quieter and like seems to slow down just a bit then to take a moment to catch up on some great reading that you had every intention of getting to all year?

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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.

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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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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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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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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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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Keith Sbiral featured on Small Town Leadership blog

Apochromatik’s Keith R. Sbiral is currently featured on the Small Town Leadership blog. Check it out to read the leadership lessons Keith learned from growing up in a town of 300 in rural Iowa, and how he builds on those experiences today to help clients master their leadership and career challenges.

Keith still has openings for early 2019. Reach out ASAP for more information!

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.  

You've had the Thanksgiving feast...now it is Cyber Monday!

You've had the Thanksgiving feast...now it is Cyber Monday!

You’ve had the Thanksgiving Feast...

Stood in line for the deals of the century...

Took a nap over the weekend and watched a game, binge watched that show you have been wanting to watch, or spent time with friends or family...

And now?

You are back at work.

Things haven’t changed since before the holiday, have they?  They probably won’t change in the new year either.  In fact, they probably haven’t changed for a long time now, right?

Are you ready to move your career to the next level?

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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.