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.Read More
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.Read More
With summer approaching, the ability to work remotely can loom as the Holy Grail of benefits, making possible shorter days (minus the commute), focused attention on long-delayed projects, longer vacations thanks to the ability to work while the family relaxes, and lower childcare costs. As we work with our career transition clients, the ability to work remotely – whether occasionally or regularly – is one of the items must often on their wish lists, whether as a proxy for a flexible workplace, or as a critical component to make their lives work. This isn’t a unique desire; 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.Read More
There are plenty of reasons reading more is important for professionals, from improving brain functions to keeping up on trends and developments in your industry, giving you something to talk about and think about outside work and family, to just feeling like you are using your brain. But when was the last time you sat down with a novel or any other book you didn’t have to read for work? In fact, 31% of Americans report that they have read just 1-5 books in the last year.Read More
When you think of executive presence, what comes to mind? Is it looking rested and like you just came back from a vacation? Having just the right outfit for every event? Having a booming voice that enables the speaker to be heard over chaos? After decades of working with leaders throughout my career, I can tell you that you don’t need self-tanner, a personal shopper, or elocution lessons to have executive presence. (In fact, being inauthentic can actually hurt, rather than help, the cause.)Read More
Monday, March 25, Apochromatik’s Amy M. Gardner and Keith R. Sbiral will both serve as LinkedIn profile reviewers for a University of Chicago Alumni LinkedIn profile review event. The event is free and limited to UChicago alumni. LinkedIn profile review is included in Apochromatik and ResumeRedo.com packages, because LinkedIn is a vital part of your career development and transition. To learn more about the event, click here.
Many job seekers put together a thoughtful job search plan, prepare their resume and cover letter carefully, and agonize over their interview attire, but when it comes to their references, they just type up some names, phone numbers, and email addresses and call it done. The good news: because so many people just throw their reference list together, this is an area where it’s easy to stand out.Read More
Building your network is an obvious and important step to build your career. So important that we’ve written before about three common networking mistakes you can avoid, how holiday parties can help you expand your network, and our four part series on building a network from scratch in 15 minutes per week. Once you’ve built your network, though, then what?
Herminia Ibarra, in her book Act Like a Leader, Think Like a Leader, states, “…just because a person knows that a network is important to her success, it doesn’t mean she is devoting sufficient time and energy to making it useful and strong.”Read More
“Business travel.” Two words that can spur thoughts of luxurious hotels, interesting cities, and free meals. Or, for those who do a lot of business travel, those words can prompt thoughts of suspicious stains in hotel rooms with thin walls next to the ice machine, repetitive conference rooms, and surviving on Southwest pretzels and granola bars eaten while jogging through airports.Read More
As a kid, did you ever hear a creaking floorboard in the night, and become convinced that there was a fully grown boogieman waiting to pounce out of your closet?
Procrastinated tasks can become the adult equivalent of monsters in the closet. You don’t want to admit it, but you see the signs every time you look at your to do list, whether it’s in an app, a spreadsheet, a paper planner, or on a post-it. Maybe it’s scheduling your annual physical, sending a thank you email, texting your niece, or finding a contractor to finally fix the bathtub. Or maybe it’s writing an article for a professional publication, filing an amended tax return, getting your job application materials together, reviewing resumes for a position you’re supposed to be filling, or finally cleaning up your office.Read More
January was National Mentoring Month. Mentoring can be one of the most beneficial tools in your career toolbox, but it can be intimidating to figure out how to get someone to mentor you, and it can be easy to give up if you sense a prospective mentor or mentee isn’t excited about working with you. We addressed aspects of mentoring in depth on the blog during January in the Apochromatik Guide to Mentoring, and provided the Apochromatik Mentor Finder: The Five Step Method to Find Your Mentor, a free tool you can download to start working on finding your mentors.Read More
Amy M. Gardner is cited extensively on Ivy Exec's new article, "Mentor Versus Sponsor: The Differences and How to Find and Work With Them." Check it out as National Mentoring Month comes to a close.
During National Mentoring Month, we’ve talked about mentor and mentee expectations, and differences between sponsors, mentors, coaches, and friends. We also addressed how to know whether you’re ready to be a mentor. Today, we’re tackling the three types of mentors that every professional needs to succeed. If as you read this, you realize you’re missing one or more of these three essential mentor types, know that you’re not alone, and download the free Apochromatik Mentor Finder tool by joining the Apochromatik email list.Read More
January is National Mentoring Month, so we’ve been focusing on mentoring here on the Apochromatik blog.
We’ve addressed differences between sponsors, mentors, coaches, and friends , mentor and mentee expectations, and the one thing you must do to make the most of a formal mentoring program. Tomorrow we will cover the three types of mentors that every professional needs to succeed. If as you read this, you realize you’re missing one or more of these three essential mentor types, know that you’re not alone, and download the free Apochromatik Mentor Finder tool by joining the Apochromatik email list to get a jumpstart.
But today we are addressing a question we’ve been asked many times: How do you know whether you’re ready to be a mentor?Read More
Not everyone is involved in formal mentoring programs, but we’ve had several requests to address how to make them more worthwhile.
Before we jump into that topic, though, January is National Mentoring Month, so we’ve talked about mentor and mentee expectations, and about differences between sponsors, mentors, coaches, and friends. Later this week we will tackle the three types of mentors that every professional needs to succeed, but if you can’t wait to get started strengthening your own mentor relationships, download the Apochromatik Mentor Finder tool by joining the Apochromatik email list.
Back to how to make the most of a formal mentoring program.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.
“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.”Read More
“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.Read More