Enhancing Leadership Skills | VOTW 071619

Enhancing Leadership Skills  | VOTW 071619

For the next two weeks, we’re addressing leadership skills and how you can enhance yours.
This week’s Video of the Week focuses on empathy, an important part of the emotional intelligence leaders need. Dr. Brené Brown explains the difference between sympathy and empathy and how to respond when someone else is struggling. This three minute RSA Short will stay with you long after the week is over.

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Stop Giving 110%

Stop Giving 110%

Stop Giving 110%.  

Picture it:  1993.  Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You” is the song that proms are made of, and I’m interviewing for a college scholarship in my best dress from the pages of Seventeenmagazine with my hair freshly permed at Great Clips.  My high school guidance counselor is one of the interviewers.

He asks, “What is your best quality?”

I proudly respond, “I give everything 110%.”

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Perfection! | VOTW 070919

Perfection!  | VOTW 070919

This week on the Apochromatik blog, we’re focusing on why perfection is not necessarily a good goal. For the Video of the Week, psychologist Thomas Curran explains why aiming for perfection can backfire and actually be dangerous. Check it out, and come back Thursday for a new blog post on why giving 110% is almost never the best approach to succeed at work and at life.

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Summer Starts Tomorrow

Summer Starts Tomorrow

Summer officially starts tomorrow, and the second half of 2019 starts in just a few days!

True, at least in Chicago, summer hasn’t quite completely taken hold yet as it is 55 degrees out today. But the end of the quarter is a great time to take stock of where your year is going and to consider the balance between your vocation and avocation and personal and professional lives.

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The Un-Video Video of the Week | VOTW 061819

The Un-Video Video of the Week | VOTW 061819

This week the Video of the Week is . . .not a video!  Instead, we’re featuring a recent episode of the Becker Group Women’s Leadership 15 Minute Podcast. Amy M. Gardner is the guest, and they covered Amy’s path from Luther College to the University of Chicago Law School, and from law firm partner to dean of students to coaching and consulting for lawyers and their employers; goal setting; staying motivated; starting your own business; and more. Please check it out, and be sure to subscribe.

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Imagine Your Future Self

Imagine Your Future Self

Have you ever wondered why it can be so difficult to stop procrastinating?  We’ve offered tips before on how to stop procrastinating, and you could procrastinate all day by reading the science behind it.  (Ask me how I know – from the Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience to a fascinating working paper from the National Bureau of Economic Research on college students’ procrastination and present bias, I may have read it all.)

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Why We’re Bad at Predicting the Future | VOTW 061119

Why We’re Bad at Predicting the Future | VOTW 061119

In today's Video of the Week, Harvard psychologist Dan Gilbert explains in his TED2014 Talk why “the ease of remembering versus the difficulty of imagining” means it can be hard to predict what you will value or prefer in the future, which has huge implications for our decision making today.  In Thursday’s blog post, we’ll address why improving your ability to consider your future self will aid your career growth and goal achievement.  

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Enjoying Summer | VOTW 052819

Enjoying Summer | VOTW 052819

Right now, with summer stretching out before us, is a great time to plan how you want to make the most of it.  Go beyond thinking about a vacation and think about how you want to enjoy sunny Saturdays and longer hours of sunshine.  This week’s Video of the Week features Laura Vanderkam explaining how to gain control of your free time. (For a free Apochromatik time tracker tool, email keith@apochromatik.com.) 

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Making the summer associate experience a win-win

Making the summer associate experience a win-win

The summer experience has big stakes for both the law firm and the summer associate.

Most firms hire summer associates as a talent pipeline for their full-time associate ranks. The summer is an important evaluation period and recruiting period. The firm wants summers to be excited about full-time employment. This process, done annually, fosters a firm’s growth and evolution.

The summer program is equally important to the summer associate. The summer wants a full-time job; it’s harder to find a permanent spot as a rising 3L without an offer in hand. The summer also wants to create a positive reputation at the firm, because that reputation lays the foundation for long-term success at the firm.

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5 Tips for Summer Success: What Every Law Student Needs To Know

5 Tips for Summer Success: What Every Law Student Needs To Know

—Julie Schrager

For some students, summer is a break from school.  But for many law students, particularly after their 2L year, summer is an important step on the path to a permanent position.  You manage multiple writing assignments (and social events too!) and adapt what you’ve learned to new types of work and interactions.  And even if you are working at a law firm or other setting that either always gives offers or never gives offers, your second summer is an opportunity to develop some of the professional skills that you will need to be successful in whatever position you obtain after you graduate.  

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Northwestern Alumni Networking Webinar Follow-up Post

Thank you all for logging on for the Northwestern University Alumni Career Webinar, “3.5 Tips to Turbocharge Your Networking Skills.”

We have listed several resources below to assist you in your networking plan.

Amy Cuddy’s book, Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges is a great place to start in an effort to make networking opportunities more comfortable.

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11 Rules for Supervising Remote Employees

11 Rules for Supervising Remote Employees

Last week we shared 11 Rules You Need to Know for Working Remotely [add link], whether occasionally or full-time.  As we noted, 70% of workers around the world are remote at least one day per week, and more than 50% work remotely at least half of the time.  That means that more and more managers now supervise people working remotely. Whether you supervise employees who work remotely once in a while or people who are hired specifically to work remotely every day, the task requires different considerations – and often being more intentional – than supervising people you see every day.  As I shared last week, I’ve worked remotely full-time for about four years in various environments, remotely 10-30% of the time for about eight years, and have been location-independent for the last year. Having been supervised by staff both in a physical office and who were also remote, and having supervised employees who were always or partially remote, I’ve seen it all in terms of what to do . . . and what not to do.  Here are 11 rules to make managing remote employees better for everyone.

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Effectively Leading a Remote Team | VOTW 050719

Effectively Leading a Remote Team | VOTW 050719

Working remotely, whether occasionally or routinely, can make employees’ lives easier.  But supervising remote employees can require extra effort from managers.  For today’s Video of the Week, the Harvard Business Review shares tips on collaboration and communication for remote teams.  Check it out, and come back Thursday for our blog post on how to supervise remote workers without wanting to pack it in.  

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