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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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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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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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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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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How to work remotely | VOTW 043019

How to work remotely | VOTW 043019

Working remotely is often considered the holy Grail of employment benefits, but the reality can be perilous.  That’s why working remotely is this week’s topic on the Apochromatik blog.  For the Video of the Week, learn how to intentionally build a better relationship with your boss — a much more challenging task when you work remotely.  Come back Thursday for tips on how to work remotely without hampering your career.  

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What Can Reading Do For You? | VOTW 042319

What Can Reading Do For You? | VOTW 042319

In honor of #WorldBookDay, this week on the Apochromatik blog we’re talking about why and how to squeeze more reading into your schedule.  For today’s Video of the Week  we feature a short eight minute video discussing some of the benefits of reading.

Check back for Thursday’s post where we share hacks to fit more reading into your schedule.    

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VOTW 31919 | Why Video Interviews Require Special Preparation

VOTW 31919 | Why Video Interviews Require Special Preparation

This week’s blog topic is video job interviews.  More and more employers are using them, whether as a replacement for phone interviews or even in place of in-person interviews.  Thursday’s post provides 5 tips to ace your video interview.  Before we get to substance, though, here’s a light-hearted reminder of why video interviews require special preparation.  Close your door, and get ready for 45 seconds of hilarity that you’ll avoid by following Thursday’s tips.  

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VOTW 031219 | Questions Your References are Likely to be Asked

VOTW 031219 | Questions Your References are Likely to be Asked

This week’s topic is how to serve your network.  For the Video of the Week, we’re featuring one of our favorites: Drew Dudley’s “lollipop moments” TEDx Talk about everyday leadership.  Invest 6 minutes in this great reminder that a small favor can make a big difference.  And check back for Thursday’s post on easy ways to help others in your network. 

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Video of the Week...March 5, 2019

Video of the Week...March 5, 2019

This week’s topic is how to serve your network.  For the Video of the Week, we’re featuring one of our favorites: Drew Dudley’s “lollipop moments” TEDx Talk about everyday leadership.  Invest 6 minutes in this great reminder that a small favor can make a big difference.  And check back for Thursday’s post on easy ways to help others in your network. 

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Video of the Week...February 26, 2019

Do you groan when you hear the phrase “business travel”? Even if you love business travel, it can make it hard to progress on your goals, which is why it’s this week’s topic on the Apochromatik blog.

First, to discover the joy of business travel, argues Joaquim Bretcha, focus on people, an attitude of introspection, and language. Bretcha’s TedX talk is this week’s Video of the Week.
Check back Thursday when we share tips to make business travel more enjoyable and productive.