Feeling anxious?  A few ways to calm down when anxiety is getting the best of you.

Feeling anxious?  A few ways to calm down when anxiety is getting the best of you.

We’re addressing stress and anxiety this week on the Apochromatik blog.  Before tomorrow’s weekly post addresses overcoming anxiety around writing, we’re looking back at one of our first posts, when I wrote about ways to calm down when you have a big meeting or other project causing you anxiety.  

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Video of the Week...February 5, 2019

Can changing how you think about stress make you healthier?

This week we’re addressing stress and anxiety on the Apochromatik blog.  For the Video of the Week, Dr. Kelly McGonigal, author of books including The Willpower Instinct and The Upside of Stress, argues that harmful effects of stress on your health are not inevitable.  Research actually suggests that her advice might just change how you think about stress and, by extension, the effect it has on your body.  

Apochromatik's Mentoring Month Roundup

Apochromatik's Mentoring Month Roundup

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.

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The Apochromatik Guide to Mentoring: Part V – The Three Types of Mentors Every Professional Needs to Succeed

The Apochromatik Guide to Mentoring: Part V – The Three Types of Mentors Every Professional Needs to Succeed

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. 

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The Apochromatik Guide to Mentoring: Part IV – How do You Know Whether You’re Ready to be a Mentor?

The Apochromatik Guide to Mentoring: Part IV – How do You Know Whether You’re Ready to be a Mentor?

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?

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The Apochromatik Guide to Mentoring: Part III – The One Thing You Must Do to Make the Most of a Formal Mentoring Program

The Apochromatik Guide to Mentoring: Part III – The One Thing You Must Do to Make the Most of a Formal Mentoring Program

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.  

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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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